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Asking for More: All You Need to Know about Employment Negotiations

January 31 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Many women, especially Black women leave something on the table with respect to employment negotiations. Learn how to close the wage gap!

Do you feel that you’re “leaving something on the table” in your professional life? Sadly, if you’re a Black woman in the United States, it’s likely that you are compensated less than your male counterparts for doing the same work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on average, Black women were paid 64% of what non-Hispanic white men were paid in 2021. Like Latinas and Native women, Black women experience a substantially wider pay gap than white women due to the compounded effect of racism and sexism. What also factors into this is that men are eight times more likely to negotiate their pay than their female counterparts.


You’ve probably heard this before as these are not new statistics. So how can we close what feels like an impenetrable gap?


In this session, executive coach Donna Hughes will bring her HR and employment law expertise to the conversation and encourage you to improve your negotiation skills by increasing your knowledge and strengthening your ability to advocate for yourself.


Who are we?


Donna Hughes, JD, ACC, is the Founder and CEO of Hughes Solutions, LLC, an executive coaching and human resources consulting business. Donna launched her business to enable senior and emerging leaders to excel in their leadership capabilities, and to support diversity in the C-suite, where women and people of color remain underrepresented.

Donna most recently served as the Chief People Officer for EmblemHealth, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurers. Donna’s prior roles include SVP, Human Resources, for Impax Laboratories, Inc., Vice President, Labor & Employment for Allergan, plc, and Director and Assistant General Counsel for Circuit City Stores, Inc.

For her contributions in leadership, Donna was recently named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2022 list of Notable Black Leaders and its 2021 list of Notable Leaders in Healthcare. In addition, Donna was named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2020 list of most Notable Women in Talent and recognized as one of Diversity Leadership, Inc.’s 2021 national list of “Top 50 HR Professionals”.

Donna received her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, and her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. She is ACC-certified with the International Coaching Federation.

Read more about Donna at https://signitt.com/donna-m-hughes/ and www.hughes-solutions.com


Asila Calhoun is a certified coach whose coaching business, Calhoun Coaching & Consulting, focuses on partnering with new leaders through executives from a variety of professional backgrounds who are ready for change. Asila facilitates this change during one-on-one and group coaching sessions with her clients and through her consulting services of delivering leadership training, team facilitation, and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging coaching, consulting and training.

Asila has a direct yet supportive style that facilitates self-discovery and growth in her clients. Asila is recognized as a coach and facilitator who deeply listens to what her clients say – and do not say, inquiring about what she’s sensing while offering a different perspective.

Asila earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and she holds PHR and SHRM-CP HR certifications. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and a Certified Inclusion Coach (CIC). Asila is also a certified meditation teacher.


Joelle LaGuerre is a certified HR professional – a consultant and coach with a passion for positive psychology. A trainer and facilitator by trade, she is a dynamic presenter with an evident enthusiasm for both individual and organizational growth.

Through her company PRO-YOU, Joelle works with coaching clients to focus on self-awareness and exploration as the foundation for meaningful career and leadership development. An equally passionate consultant, she seeks to help organizations develop strategies that promote optimal individual and team performance.

Joelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from Oakwood University as well as a graduate certificate in leadership development from George Washington University. She is a certified professional in talent development (CPTD) and she is a Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

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