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National trainer to provide salary negotiation workshops at UMW

The University of Montana Western's Career Services is collaborating with the AAUW-Montana (American Association of University of Women), the Dillon Women’s Resource Center, and the Dillon Job Service, to bring two salary negotiation workshops to campus on March 17 and 18.

Annie Houle, the national $tart $mart campus and community initiatives leader for AAUW, will conduct the UMW workshops. Houle has facilitated $mart Workshops across the country in 49 states on over 350 campuses and community venues. While in Montana, Houle will also train local facilitators who will then be prepared to conduct future workshops in the state.

The Tuesday, March 17, $tart $mart workshop prepares college and high school women who are approaching the job market and women who are returning to the work place with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to negotiate their first salary and benefits. Students and participants who attend the $tart $mart workshop will also learn how the gender wage gap affects their lives and how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs. The workshop is from 4-7 p.m., with facilitator training from 7:30-9 p.m.

The Wednesday, March 18, Work $mart workshop is for women currently employed who have been hired in a specific capacity but now are performing the work in a more skilled or responsible capacity and desire to discuss an increase in wage or promotion with their employer. The Wednesday session is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with facilitator training from 1-2:30 p.m.

Participants wanting to become a facilitator for either “$tart $mart” or “Work $mart” must attend both the workshop and the facilitator training.

All sessions will be in the Lewis and Clark Room located inside Mathews Hall on the Montana Western campus.

According to AAUW-Montana, the workshops support the Montana Governor’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force Initiative to eliminate or significantly reduce the gender pay gap in Montana. On average, a Montana woman, working full-time, year-round, earns between 67-74 percent of a man’s salary; the national average is 77 percent.

To register for the workshops and/or facilitator training, visit Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, e-mail An information table will be in library on the days one and two of block seven.

These AAUW workshops and facilitator trainings are sponsored by the AAUW-MT $tart $mart Project and the Dillon Equal Pay Coalition, with grants from the Women’s Foundation of Montana (WFM), and funding from the Offices of the Presidents of UM and MSU, the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the MSU Women’s Center.