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Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops

What are Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops?

Start Smart workshops are a partnership between the Women's Resource Center, the Career Center, and the American Association of University Women.  Start Smart salary negotiation workshops empower college women who are starting their careers to overcome the gender wage gap and teach them to benchmark and negotiate for fair and equitable salaries upon graduation.  Each workshop gives participants resources for benchmarking reasonable salaries and benefits, negotiation skills that teach women how to aim high and be realistic including practice through role play, and knowing your bottom line by developing a bare-bones budget to pay rent, buy groceries, repay student loans, and other basic expenses.  

Each session is limited to 40 participants, and pre-registration is required.  All Texas A&M University students are welcome to attend Start Smart Workshops.  


Why are Start smart Salary Negotiation Workshops Necessary?

According to the WAGE Project, over her lifetime, a woman will earn $1 million dollars less than a man simply because she is a woman.  Using data collected by federal agencies such as the Census Bureau, the Department of Education, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Association of University Women published a study in 2015 noting the following facts about the gender wage gap.

While the pay gap has narrowed since the 1970s, due largely to women's progress in education and workforce participation and to men's wages rising at a slower rate, progress has stalled in recent years.  

In 2014, women working full time in the Univted States typically were paid just 79 percent of what men were paid?

Women in every state experience the pay gap, but some states are worse than others.

The best place in the United States for pay equity is Washington, D.C., where women were paid 90 percent of what men were paid in 2014. At the other end of the spectrum is Lousiana, the worst state in the country for pay equity, where women were paid just 65 percent of what men were paid.

The pay gap is worse for women of color.

Compared with non-Hispanic white men, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian women were paid 62 percent, African American women were paid 63 percent, American Indian/Alaska Native women were paid 59 percent, and Latina women were paid just 54 percent.

Women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation.

From elementary and middle school teachers to computer programmers, women are paid less than men in female-dominated, gender-balanced, and male-dominated occupations.

 The pay gap grows with age.

Among younger workers, women are paid about 90 percent of what men are paid. From around age 35 through retirement, women are typically paid 75–80 percent of what men are paid.

 While more education is an effective tool for increasing earnings, it is not an effective tool against the gender pay gap.

At every level of academic achievement, women’s median earnings are less than men’s earnings, and in some cases, the gender pay gap is larger at higher levels of education.

To view the entire report, click on this link.  The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap


When are Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops Offered?

  • Saturday, February 4 | 10am-12pm | Rudder Tower, Room 404
  • Wednesday, February 22 | 6pm-8pm | University Police Department 1111 Research Pkwy (at the corner of Raymond Stozer Pkwy and Research Pkwy), Conference Room 126 C
  • Friday, March 24 | 10am-12pm | Rudder Tower, Room 504
  • Tuesday, April 18 | 2pm-4pm | Rudder Tower, Room 404
  • Friday, June 2  | 10am-12pm | Rudder Tower, Room 404
  • Saturday, June 24  | 10am-12pm | Rudder Tower, Room 404
  • Friday, July 21  | 2pm-4pm | Rudder Tower, Room 404

Start Smart Workshop Registration

ADA Accomodations

Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops can coordinate reasonable accommodations for participants to ensure access to facilities and information provided during the workshop. If you have a disability that requires accommodations, please request these accommodations no less than 10 business days in advance. Participants requiring sign language interpretation should contact us at least one month before their scheduled workshop so that a sign language interpreter can be arranged. To request accommodations please email