About | StartSmart | WorkSmart | Volunteers/Trainers

Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man – simply because she is a woman.

StartSmart and WorkSmart are two programs developed by Wage Project, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the reduction or end of the gender wage gap. A woman in the workforce may lose $1.2 million over the course of her life (with consequences following her into retirement) if she does not take action to ensure that she is getting what is owed her, a comparable wage/salary.

These programs provide participants with information about how to determine comparable salaries in their field and geographic area, and further provides them with negotiating skills and an opportunity to negotiate a comparable wage/salary through a highly engaging role-playing exercise. Because research has shown that women don't negotiate salaries when hired, and don't ask for raises and promotions, the negotiation piece of these workshops is essential. 

StartSmart

TBD

What are you worth? Attend this free workshop to find out. StartSmart is an interactive workshop designed to give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. The workshop will:

  • Identify benchmarks for salary and benefits
  • Build skills in salary negotiation
  • Evaluate expenses to determine income needs
This workshop is free, but registration is required. Click the above Register Online button to register. For more information, please call (636) 970-3000.

 

WorkSmart

TBD

Are you paid what you are worth? Attend this free workshop to find out. WorkSmart is an interactive workshop designed to give working women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation and obtain promotions. The workshop will:

  • Identify benchmarks for compensation
  • Build skills in negotiating raises
  • Build skills in negotiating promotions

This workshop is free, but registration is required. Click the above Register Online button to register. For more information, please call (636) 970-3000.

Volunteers/Trainers

Why YOU want to be involved? Help women achieve what they are worth. Become a trained volunteer and help us offer workshops to help women in our community. Be a part of the $tart$mart, Return$mart (in conjunction with $tart$mart) and Work$mart workshops.

  • Help women get paid what they are worth
  • Help close the gender wage gap
  • Prepare women to negotiate and level the playing field
  • Complement your organization's programming

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Attend a one-day training program for either $tart$mart or Work$mart or attend both
  • Agree to co-teach at least one workshop per year over three years
  • Be passionate about helping women
  • Be comfortable presenting in front of an audience of at least 25 people
Please click the above Register Online link to register for volunteer training. For more information, please call (636) 970-3000. 

 These programs are brought to UMSL with the assistance of:

  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, UMSL
  • Women and Gender Studies, UMSL
  • Sue Shear Institute, UMSL
  • Leadership Institute, UMSL
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • Women's Empowerment Center
  • AAUW – American Association of University Women
  • YWCA