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Monday, September 3, 2018

Lean In Women of Color: Recipient of 2018 Make It Great Award


Over the past year, we have been introducing equal pay day conversations to our communities to create awareness about the pay gap and how it affects women of color. In November 2017, we introduced the Latina's Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project, a website which discloses how the pay gap impacts Latinas and features leaders across diverse industries. We reached out to these leaders to contribute their advice to inspire more women and girls to leadership. 

In December 2017, in partnership with the Lean In Ohio chapter,  we facilitated a free Unconscious Bias workshop for the Dayton Community. On August 7, 2018, we organized the Black Women’s Equal Pay Day conversation featuring women experts from various industries within the Chicago community and streamed the event live for our international Facebook group.

This year at Lean In’s 2018 regional leaders conference, Lean In Women of Color was honored with Lean In’s 2018 “Make it Great" award. We would like to thank our fellow Lean In leaders for being partners and supporters. We would also like to thank the national Lean In/ Option B team for their gracious support!

In 2019, our mission is to expand Lean In women of Color conversations by launching more circles in partnership with other Lean In chapters across the country and abroad.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Join the Conversation on August 7th!



On average, women make just $.80 (cents) compared to white non-Hispanic men. The pay disparity widens for women of color. Black/African American women are making $.63 (cents) to the dollar. This means that a black woman must work 8 extra months in the 2018 calendar year to make up for what a white man made in just 2017. These extra days of work symbolize Black Women's Equal Pay Day which falls on August 7 this year.

On August 7, Lean In Women of Color Chicago and Chicago Women of Power are coming together for a Black Women’s Equal Pay Day conversation. Join us for a discussion on fair pay—what it looks like to negotiate your worth and what you can do to empower yourself and others!

The conversation will be streamed streamed live via the Lean In Women of Color Facebook Group 
This is a first-come first-serve gathering. In-person RSVPs are limited. 

This is a community initiative of the people of Chicago. In partnership with Women Employed, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Women in Digital, Studio B and NAWBO, the program Lean In Women of Color promotes the advancement of women of color in the workplace and society.

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Speakers: —Interim CEO and President, Sharmili Majmudar of Women Employed —Tina Hone, Chief Impact Officer of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago —India Lott, Director, Digital Marketing, Cision | Board of Directors, Speaker Chair, Women in Digital
—Bonnie Ott - Smith, Founder, CEO at STUDIO B ENTERTAINMENT
Taneka Tucker, NAWBO Chicago, Director-at-Large | Vice President, US Business Banking Senior Project Manager at BMO Harris Bank

Moderator: —Julene Allen, Executive Director of Women For Action | Founder of Lean In Women of Color

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Location: Fulton Market Kitchen | 311 N. Sangamon St., Chicago, IL 60607
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (in-person) 6:00 to 7:00 (live-stream)

*Food and drinks are available for purchasing.

To RSVP, email us at info@leaninwomenofcolor.com
Other inquiries, email Julene Allen at julene@womenforaction.org

The Lean In Women of Color Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Conversation is a collaborate initiative between the Lean In Women of Color Chicago Circle and Lean In Women of Color Michigan Circle.



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Campaign resources: Thanks to Women Employed and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago









Monday, July 23, 2018

Black Women's Equal Pay Day Conversation



On August 7, Lean In Women of Color Chicago and Chicago Women of Power are coming together for a Black Women’s Equal Pay Day conversation. Participate if you ever negotiated your pay or if you ever experienced not being paid what you are worth whether it was for a salary, contract or commission. We want to hear from you. We are looking for participants for a salon which will be streamed live for the Lean In Women of Color Facebook Group which is composed of our international audience and other Lean In leaders in and outside the US. This is a first-come first-serve gathering. RSVPs are limited. Once submitting your request and information, we will get back to you to confirm your participation. The Lean In Women of Color Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Conversation is a collaborate initiative between the Lean In Women of Color Chicago Circle and Lean In Women of Color Michigan Circle. To submit your request to participate, please visit the attached link to fill out the form .








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