CWEL’s first Disruption Dinner, sponsored by the Center for Women & Wealth at Brown Brothers Harriman, attempts to talk about gender pay equity by sharing six influential women’s career story and advice to 200 plus attendees.
Meg DeMarco, Director of Programs at CWEL, calls the room to attention and introduces Jane Edmonds, VP for Programming and Community Outreach at Babson, who has an impressive background in politics and entrepreneurship. Edmonds delivers an eloquent speech about the other guests and glides over the Equal Pay topic. Edmonds gives a promising anecdote about Kerry Healey’s impressive work ethic and passion for helping the underserved citizens of Massachusetts, especially women fighting for equal pay.
The moderator is Candy O’Terry, Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year, President & Co-Founder of Boston Women in the Media and Entertainment, 25-year veteran of Magic 106.7, and a member of brand consulting company, Brunner Communications. She starts by beautifully singing Amazing Grace, which is most definitely one of the evening’s highlights. O’Terry manages the panel remarkably like a radio talk show host. She skillfully flows from question to question effortlessly while adding her own experience and answers.
The Panelists’ are Jackie Glenn, Global Chief Diversity Officer at Dell EMC; Nancy Joyce, Founder and CEO of Joyce Advisors; and Evelyn Murphy, Founder and President of The Wage Project. Each of these women reveal extraordinary career paths and valuable life lessons.
Each of these women reveal extraordinary career paths and valuable life lessons.
1. O’Terry (career in Media and Entertainment)
●Success is a conscious decision
●Don’t just show up, stand out
●Wisdom is recognizing a mistake before you make it again
2. Jackie Glenn (career in Health Care and Technology Recruiting)
●Own your difference
●Go above and beyond – sometimes doing so doesn’t pay off, but most of the time it will,and when it does, it will open doors
●Do not be afraid to travel for an opportunity
●Do not be afraid to ask for help
●Think outside the box, go above, below, sideways, and around to solve problems
●Do not give up because mindset is important; if you put down your foot to solve a problem, you will be able to succeed
3. Nancy Joyce (career in Brand Consulting and Entrepreneurship)
●Fostering and building relationships when you don’t need them is just as important as
when you need them
●When someone asks, “how are you,” don’t just say, “I am good.” Share something about
yourself, share a recent accomplishment because that will help you build a relationship
●Learn to advocate for yourself in the workplace because no matter how diligent your supervisor is, he or she will be busy and will not be able to keep track of your accomplishments as well as you can for yourself
●Ask for what you want
●Don’t take everything personally, it’s business
●Research people in your desired career path
●Tips for negotiations: be comfortable with silence, ask for 25% of medium
4. Evelyn Murphy (career in Politics and Non-profits)
●Do not blink at opportunities, take them because they might be game changing
●If women act, then employers will react [in reference to the equal pay gap]
●”We [women] are just as educated and work just as hard [as men]”
●Sometimes, other people see things in you that you cannot see in yourself so use your mentors and people to help you
●The best way to protect yourself and obtain fair compensation is to understand laws and policies about Equal Pay; educate yourself on the topic for your specific company and position
●Attend free salary negotiation workshops
●Pursue your dreams, do something that matters to you
●Know how to translate skills that you learn outside of work into skills that you can use in
the workplace, example is team sports
An important resource for individuals interested in learning more about the Equal Pay Equity is Murphy’s non-profit organization:The Wage Project.