AAUW Teams Up With New York City To Train women to “Ask for More”

August 05, 2019

The American Association of University Women has joined forces with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to train 10,000 New York City women with the skills to negotiate salary and benefits, as well as to advocate for promotions and leadership opportunities.

The initiative—called “Ask for More”—includes online training sessions and, starting in the fall, a series of in-person workshops in the city’s five boroughs. Future plans include offering Spanish-language training, as well as programs tailored to women in specific industries. An employer roundtable and other conferences are also planned.

Once fully implemented, “Ask for More” will be among the largest salary negotiation and women’s leadership initiatives in the country, according to the NYCEDC.

“We are unleashing the power of education and training to address the wage gap that denies women economic security, undermines their ability to support their families, seek higher education, and access health care,” said Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City. “This is the kind of program we must invest in if we want to support women and their financial futures, and if we want New York to continue leading the nation.”

“These workshops bring the city one step closer to the city we want to be—one where everyone is getting paid what they deserve,” said Faye Penn, Executive Director, of Women.nyc. “These free bootcamps are designed to reach women of all backgrounds throughout the boroughs. We’re proud to partner with AAUW to teach women how to ask for more as part of our effort to keep New York the greatest city in the world for women to succeed.”

“Our goal is for every woman to be able to articulate their value and negotiate their financial futures,” said Kim ChurchesChief Executive Officer, AAUW.  “Through this partnership, we are thrilled to help thousands of New York women recognize their full potential and to help the city become an even more equitable place for all.”

Since AAUW’s launched its salary-negotiation program in Boston in 2015, close to 100,000 women nationwide have completed the trainings. In post-course surveys, 85 percent of online program participants report feeling more confident asking for a raise or a promotion. Thousands of women who have taken the course say that they have successfully negotiated salaries 10 to 20 percent higher than what was initially offered.

Women can sign up to participate at women.nyc/salary-negotiation for the New York training sessions, which are scheduled for the following locations:

Bronx Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM

New York Public Library Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458 

Brooklyn Monday, October 21, 6:00 PM

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch Dweck Auditorium, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11238 

Manhattan Friday, October 4, 6:30 PM

The Grace Hopper Program, Fullstack Academy, 5 Hanover Square, New York NY, 10004 


Manhattan Monday, October 7, 6:30 PM

Athena Center at Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York NY 10027 


Manhattan Monday, October 28, 6:30 PM

Rebecca Minkoff’s Female Founder Collective SAP, 10 Hudson Yards, 501 W 30th St New York NY 10001

Queens  Thursday, October 10, 6:00 PM

Queens Library Central 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432


Queens Monday, November 4, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

CUNY LaGuardia Community College 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 


Queens  Thursday, November 14, 6:00 PM

Queens Library Central 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432


Queens  Thursday, December 12, 6:00 PM

Queens Library Central 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432

Staten Island  Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 PM

New York Public Library, St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

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