“Every women, every girl deserves to get paid what they are worth” ~ Sherly Sandberg.
On #WomensEqualityDay, the Global Connections for Women Foundation invite leading professional women to speak with authority on “How women can obtain more for themselves – both personally and professionally.”
Women have made great strides in the workplace, but inequality persists, especially when it comes to equal pay among men and women. In a recent report by the US Census Bureau, findings suggests that women earn 80 percent of what men are paid – a significant pay gap. Pay Gap is defined as the difference in men’s and women’s median earnings, usually reported as either the earning ratio between men and women, or as an actual pay gap.
On the other hand, we also see some improvement in wages for women in equal positions as their male counter parts in a few sectors, as more businesses strive to improve the Pay Gap that exists in their workforce.
More importantly, women need to learn how to be more comfortable discussing their wage increase, and promotional opportunities at their workplace.
The Art of Asking for More on Women’s Equality Day – A GC4W Twitter chat aim:
- To equip women with the knowledge to step forward with confidence.
- To encourage women to ask for more at their workplace.
- To obtain best practices to speaking with your supervisor about a promotion or a raise.
- To learn what to avoid when discussing your career growth.
- To learn how to deal with disapproval, when you #askformore.
Why Women’s Equality Day is so symbolic to this conversation? Women’s Equality Day is a day commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote on August 26, 1920. It is proclaimed each year by the United States President since 1971 in which a resolution was passed in Congress designating August 26 each year as Women’s Equality Day. The Global Connections for Women Foundation have choosen to focus this year’s celebration on pay disparities.
Kathy Caprino, M.A. is an international career and personal success coach, writer, speaker and leadership developer dedicated to the advancement of women worldwide. Considered a “brave up” expert for professionals, Kathy is the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough, and Founder of Ellia Communications, Inc. and the Amazing Career Project. Kathy is also a Forbes, Huffington Post and LinkedIn contributor,
Bisila Bokoko is a phenomenal businesswoman internationally acclaimed for successfully taking companies from local to global. For 7 years, she held the position of Executive Director of the Spain-US Chamber of commerce in New York. She then launched BBES, her consulting firm in 2012. Bokoko’s efforts have won her widespread recognition and led to dynamic involvement in EMPRETEC, a United Nations programme that supports up and coming entrepreneurs. Ms. Bokoko fronted the women’s scheme and actively worked to support female entrepreneurs in their efforts to launch hard hitting businesses. She herself is the face of “Bisila Wines”, her namesake global award-winning drop made in Spain.
Kristen Pressner is Global Head of Human Resources for Roche Diagnostics in Basel, Switzerland and supports nearly 35,000 employees across more than 150 countries worldwide. With nearly 90,000 employees globally, Roche is the world’s largest biotech company and the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics. Her work is deeply respected by an international community of both women and men. “The World Economic Forum states it will take 83 years to close the global gender gap. The number of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies decreased by more than 12% in 2017. “Confidence gap”, gender pay gap, ‘office housework’, ‘double bind’, ‘imposter syndrome’…it almost feels like we’ll never get to gender balance in top leadership. Malcolm Gladwell says the tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. I think we can each BE the tipping point.” said Kristen Pressner.
Bolaji Ajayi Williams is a Wife, Mother, Author, Animal Rights Advocate, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WorkingMomin20s.com (WM 1920s Magazine). WM is described as a place where women go to gather motivation, embrace the feminist’s agenda, draw inspiration, connect with relevant cultural matters, and a forum to reflect on social, political and economic topics that impact their daily lives. Denise Mobolaji Ajayi-Williams is a recipient of several distinguished awards including a US Congressional Award for Outstanding Contributions, a US Senatorial Award for Outstanding Community Leadership, named “Global Women Champion” by the Global Connections for Women Foundation (an award-winning charity organization that has also honored President Joyce Banda, Wendy Diamond, Intel, Simon Venture Group and others), and she also caught the attention of Forbes Africa‘s Top 30 Under 30.
Beyond her WM 1920s Magazine legacy, Denise Mobolaji Ajayi-Williams is also the bestselling author of “Akiti The Hunter“ — which has sold thousands of copies worldwide. Akiti the Hunter is part of a five-part children’s book series that chronicles the adventures of an action hero based on African folklore. The book came to fruition particularly because Denise Mobolaji Ajayi-Williams wanted to give her child and other children of African descent a story of a hero that resembles a champion from their own community. The book, however, has also won the hearts of children from multiple ethnic backgrounds. The book is available for purchase worldwide on Barnes & Nobles, Walmart.com and Amazon.com.
Shinjini Das, The Go-Getter Girl! TM, is the 25-year old Founder and CEO of The Das Media Group TM, a digital creative agency, Hollywood television personality fluent in Spanish, global millennial influencer, keynote speaker, engineer, and author with a 179K+ social media following, 1M monthly global reach, and interviews on ABC, FOX, FORBES, NBC, INC, C-Suite Radio, NPR, Business Insider, Marie Claire, and at the United Nations Headquarters. Shinjini is a data-driven insights expert in building television, digital, and social content with meaning to engage her global technology and lifestyle audiences. She shared her strategy to build businesses with empathy as 1 of 100 authors in ‘The Better Business Book: Volume 2.’ Follow her versatile journey @SpeakerShinjini and on www.shinjinidas.com.
Moderator: Lilian O. Ajayi-Ore is the Founder and CEO of the award-winning not-for-profit organization Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W). Reaching more than 3.5 million people worldwide, GC4W was founded in response to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to support women and girls by giving them opportunities to empower themselves and their communities. She previously served at the United Nations in New York as part of the Mission of Nigeria to the U.N. Ms. Ajayi-Ore has received several awards for her humanitarian works including a U.S. Congressional Award for Outstanding Community Service. She was appointed as the Ambassador of Goodwill and Honorary Citizen of the State of Arkansas by Governor Mike Bebe. She was recently named “Top 40 under 40 Most Inspiring Africans in the Diaspora” by Applause Africa Magazine, one of the “Power Women of the Diaspora” by Black Enterprise Magazine, and one of the “20 Influential African Women Entrepreneurs and leaders in America to Watch in 2016,” by Genevieve Magazine, a leading African lifestyle magazine. Ms. Ajayi-Ore sits on several boards including that of Harvard Crimson Impact, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, NAAEP Ltd., the HOPE Program, and International Women in Business (IWIB). A Harvard University graduate, she currently teaches global marketing and public relations at New York University’s School of Professional Studies.