NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Ark. (KFTA) — During the job hiring process, negotiating for better pay can be an intimidating and often confusing task for many job seekers.
These skills are learned, and the Network of Executive Women in Northwest Arkansas is helping women gain expertise and confidence to not only negotiate better pay, but create a better workplace for everyone.
“I think the biggest thing is know your value, know your worth. Understand what you’re looking for and why, and have your facts down,” says Denise Natishan, Senior Partner at Cameron Smith & Associates.
New data shows that the gender pay gap is still alive.
A study from the ADP Research Institute shows on average women still only earn 79% of what men are paid.
So, why aren’t women asking for more money?
“I think it’s a lot of understanding yourself and understanding your authenticity when coming to the table, and we as women will do it differently than men,” Natishan said.
At N.E.W, learning how to ask for more means coming together and having an open conversation, supporting each other, and finding that perfect role model or coach.
After participant Robin Hampton started her own IT staffing firm, she says she needed more support, and found it within this organization.
“It builds to our ability to ask for what we have earned, what we do, without feeling like we are begging,” Hampton said. “I think the takeaway is the camaraderie you have with everyone at the events.”
Over 1,200 members makes up the Network of Executive Women in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s not limited to just women. Nearly 6% of members are actually men.
“Men that are apart of N.E.W have become big allies and advocates in the workplace. Not only have they been able to do that, they’ve also been able to develop in their careers as well,” says Jasmine Hudson, a participant.
At the end of the day, it’s all about building a network and finding ways you can connect to one another should it lead to more opportunities down the road.
“Everytime they attend a N.E.W event they come back energized, they come back with fresh ideas, they come back with education and training that directly applies with our business,” says
Beth Stephens, President of Soapbox Influence.
N.E.W. holds various workshops and events each month.
That includes facilitated discussions and role-play for people in any stage of their careers.
You can find a full list of upcoming events on our website HERE.