Our February 6 blog post was a recap of our 2020 Chair’s Lunch that focused on intentional inclusion and diversity. We mentioned that attendees were provided with an action item checklist to enhance their engagement in these areas. The list includes eight different Chamber initiatives and events as well as important programs that are being driven by other partners. These action items are reflected on the diversity & inclusion webpage of our website.
Two of those initiatives, Dreamkeepers (USD 259 program) and AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation workshops were identified in the printed list with an asterisk as being initiated by the Chamber’s CEO Roundtable. That was an error. We would like to apologize for misidentifying the AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation workshops in this way and provide you with more information about the funding partners and goal of these workshops.
AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation
The goal of this program is to train 1,000 Wichita women to better negotiate salaries to close the wage gap and retain local talent. The long-term goal is to also improve the attractiveness of relocating to Wichita by boosting the low ranking Kansas currently has (36th out of 50 states) in median pay disparity.
The $35,000 project was funded by the Junior League of Wichita, Martin Pringle Law Firm, Wichita Community Foundation, Evergy and three silent partners. Several of these successful training sessions have taken place at the Chamber building and were hosted by W – A Community of Young Professionals, a Chamber affiliate.
You can learn more about the program in this Wichita Eagle story. Please contact Kara Hunt (Delta Dental) or Kim Doze-Lohmann (Martin Pringle) about Wichita programming. You can find scheduled trainings by visiting the AAUW website.
Please note that the American Association of University Women (AAUW) also offers a free online salary negotiation workshop for those who cannot attend local workshops or might wish to review what they’ve learned.
Our thanks and appreciation to all of the Wichita leaders who are driving these important workforce changes for our current and future employers. Keep leveling up Wichita!