As the nation participates in Equal Pay Day recognizing the inequity of pay in many workplaces and industries based on gender differences, the Career Center will host Negotiation Tips for Women on April 19 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Held at the Hancock Stadium Club, Illinois State’s Director of the School of Social Work Dr. Diane Zosky will deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel of female employers from various industries who will share about their personal career paths, tips on being confident in the job search process, and interviewing and negotiation. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to connect with the speakers and other women to ask questions and build their professional network.

“Even though more women are graduating from college and earning graduate degrees than ever before, millennial women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in terms of pay, confidence, and leadership aspirations when transitioning into the workplace,” said Maureen Roach, Career Center senior assistant director for programming and events. “So the Career Center is hosting this event to support students from all genders to enhance their confidence, help them negotiate their salaries, advocate their ideas, and help them to secure professional champions and mentors.”

Through its Cultural Career Network (CCN), the Career Center provides students of diverse backgrounds with career resources and connections to organizations with diversity initiatives to help prepare them for the workplace. “Negotiation Tips for Women and CCN are a demonstration of both the Career Center’s and Illinois State University’s commitment to diversity,” comments Career Center Director Pamela Cooper. “As students take advantage of the career support offered at Illinois State and through the Cultural Career Network, they continue to move in the right direction towards not only career success, but also towards greater inclusion and equity.”

Registration is required to attend and is available online at: For more information or to request special accommodations, contact the Career Center.

The Career Center’s mission is to assist all Illinois State University students with developing, evaluating, and/or implementing career decisions.