Start Smart & Work Smart Workshops
According to AAUW research, just one year after graduation, women earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and the gender wage gap widens over the next 10 years. In an attempt to fight this wage gap, Start Smart workshops prepare college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. Work Smart workshops provide skills to those in the workplace needing to renegotiate compensation and benefits.
This AAUW-MT Grant Project supports Montana Governor Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force mission to eliminate the gender pay gap in Montana. Nationally and on average, women presently earn 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns. In Montana the average is between 67 cents to 71 cents, well below the national average.
Participants who attend the Start Smart and Work Smart workshops learn,
- how the gender wage gap affects their lives
- how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs
- how to benchmark salary and benefits
- how to negotiate for their first salary
- how to renegotiate a current compensation
More than 225 college/university campuses throughout the United States have hosted Start Smart. Before the workshop, only 25 percent of attendees said they were confident that they could negotiate a salary and benefits package. That figure skyrocketed to 91 percent upon completion of the workshop.
Start Smart and Work Smart workshops in Montana
The AAUW-MT is in its second year of bringing free salary negotiation workshops to eight campuses of the Montana University System (MUS). This project, funded for another year by a second grant from the Women’s Foundation of Montana (WFM) provided workshops during the last academic year (2014-15) and will also be providing workshops during the current 2015–16 academic year. Additional project funding was also received from the Montana Governor’s Commissioner of Higher Education (OSHE), the Presidents’ Offices at MSU and UM, and the MSU Women’s Center.
This AAUW-MT Salary Negotiation Project is providing workshops at the following campuses:
- Billings – Montana State University-Billings (MSUB) & City College of MSUB
- Bozeman – Montana State University (MSU)
- Butte – Montana Tech of UM
- Dillon – The University of Montana Western (UMW) & Dillon Job Service
- Great Falls – Great Falls College of MSU (GFCMSU)
- Havre – Montana State University-Northern (MSUN)
- Helena – Helena College of UM
- Missoula – The University of Montana (UM)
In the 2015 spring semester the AAUW-MT Start Smart Grant Project provided salary negotiation workshops and facilitator training sessions at three campuses (UM, UMW, and MSU). During these sessions 27 Montana facilitators were trained.
The 2015-16 project will provide workshops at most of the 8 MUS campuses during fall 2015 and also in spring 2016. A spring 2016 Kalispell workshop is also currently being planned.
If you are interested in attending a Start Smart and/or Work Smart workshop or becoming a workshop facilitator, please check the list of workshop locations under the START SMART/WORK SMART WORKSHOPS tab on the top homepage menu bar.
For further information or inquiries, please contact the AAUW-MT Start Smart Executive Committee by email at: AAUW-MT Start Smart Project.
Thank you for your interest and support of this project,
The AAUW-MT Salary Negotiation Executive Committee