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Women in Tech Breakfast Series: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Get: Pay Equity for Women”

Women are almost half of the American workforce. They are the equal, if not main, breadwinner in four out of ten families. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. The wage gap has real consequences and is a pervasive issue affecting women in all walks of life, regardless of marital, familial or employment status. Surveys show that most business leaders consider pay equity “good business” and a step that is necessary to remain competitive. Pay disparities are not limited to one career or to one demographic, and affect women of all ages, races, and education levels—regardless of their family decisions. Join us for an interactive discussion on this critical challenge. Our panel will share stories, statistics and helpful tips on how you can change this statistic and change the story.

Moderated By: Lisa Richer, VP Merkle

Lisa Richer is a Vice President level HR Business Partner for Merkle where she is a trusted business confidant to the operating group and People Department Senior Leadership Teams. In her current role, Lisa provides strategic planning, direction, support and coaching to Merkle's leadership. During her 20 year career Lisa has gained significant experience that spans general HR, Training, Leadership Coaching, Performance Management, Compensation, Employee Engagement, Recruiting and Sales Management. Prior to joining Merkle, Lisa owned her own HR consulting business; gaining valuable insight into a variety of industries. Lisa believes that solid two way communication and a strong focus on employee engagement and effective performance management leads to happier employees and higher retention. Lisa received her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and holds an SPHR certification.

Panelists Include:

Sharon Waligora is a former Director of Communities, Office of Innovation at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Sharon has over 35 years of technical and managerial experience in knowledge management and community development, in software process improvement, methodologies and metrics, and in software development of scientific satellite mission support systems and state-of-the-art research and development systems, primarily in spacecraft flight dynamics. She has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. She recently retired from CSC completing a long and successful career in technical, management and leadership positions.

Stephanie Ranno is the Managing Director of eQ’s Talent Team, Stephanie develops and delivers strategy to support her clients' talent acquisition needs. With more than a decade in recruiting and staffing, Stephanie has worked closely with enterprise-level and mid-size clients in industries including: financial services, education, professional services, healthcare, technology, retail, and hospitality. Stephanie’s doing her best work when helping build talented and engaged teams for eQ’s clients, and helping talent think through the major life decisions related to career growth or change. Stephanie uses her passion for career mentoring and coaching by volunteering with Maryland New Directions helping Baltimore residents in transition with job search and life skills.

Nafeza Deen, SPHR has over 20+ years HR/Consulting and 11 years Management experience. She is a Manager, HR Services at Insperity leading her team on delivering world class HR solutions to help businesses in all industries succeed. She focuses on aligning companies business goals with strategic HR solutions to build positive organizational cultures, increase employee engagement and retention, and increase organizational performance. She holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources from the University of Maryland, University College and an SPHR Certification. She is a National Member of the Society for Human Resource Management and participates in SHRM Local Chapters.

Thank you to our sponsor: Maryland Department of Commerce

Registration will close on Sept. 28 at 3 PM

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