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Governor’s Equal Pay Summit April 10-11 in Butte Montana Tech | HPER Complex

Promoting Women’s Leadership in STEM and Entrepreneurship

The Governor’s second Equal Pay Summit will convene in Butte April 10-11, 2015 at Montana Tech. “Smart Girls” co-founder Meredith Walker will keynote the event. Montana women leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), women entrepreneurs, and Governor Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and Lt. Governor Angela McLean will also speak.

Founded by actor and writer Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Smart Girls is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. With the motto “Change the World by Being Yourself,” Smart Girls encourages girls to volunteer, be themselves, and be more curious about the world they live in.

“The 2014 Equal Pay Summit was a huge success, but we have a lot of work to do for Montana women and girls,” said Bullock. “At this year’s summit, we’re bringing entrepreneurs, scientists, community leaders, and students together to close Montana’s wage gap by promoting leadership and career opportunities for Montana women.”

“Montana Tech is honored to host and cosponsor Governor Bullock’s second Equal Pay Summit,” said Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “We’re proud of the role that Montana Tech has played in launching the careers some of the most talented scientists and engineers—women and men alike—in the country. This is a great chance to elevate the issue of women in leadership and pay equity so that all Montanans have every opportunity open to them.”

“Women graduating from college and starting their careers shouldn’t have to worry that they’ll get paid fairly for their hard work and expertise,” said Montana Tech Student Body Vice President Julia Bryant. “Pay equity is a top priority for students, and we are thrilled to host this year’s summit.”

Participation at the Equal Pay Summit is free and open to the public.  

To register for the summit or find information about the Governor’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force, please visit: www.equalpay.mt.gov. More information about Meredith Walker and Smart Girls can be found at www.amysmartgirls.comComplete with a cocktail hour, attendees will network and create connections.  Five “PowerHouse” women from different walks of life will share their most powerful experiences, learning and wisdom with the audience.  Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to participate in round table discussions. The PowerHouse is intended for Montana women to locate resources, mentors and ideas that will provide the catalyst they need to build thriving businesses and thriving lives. 

Summit Kickoff | PowerHouse Live

Friday, April 10 at 6-9 PM 

Join Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Equal Pay for Equal Work Taskforce to celebrate strong Montana women sharing lessons and showcasing innovative ideas! 

Complete with a cocktail hour, attendees will network and create connections.  Five “PowerHouse” women from different walks of life will share their most powerful experiences, learning and wisdom with the audience.  Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to participate in round table discussions. The PowerHouse is intended for Montana women to locate resources, mentors and ideas that will provide the catalyst they need to build thriving businesses and thriving lives. 

Summit Day Two | Agenda

Saturday, April 11 8-5 PM

  • 7:30 – 8:30     Registration 
  • 8:30 – 8:40     Welcome by Chancellor Blackketter
  • 8:40 – 8:45     Speed Networking Session
  • 8:45 – 9:30     Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jessi Smith
  • 9:30 – 10:15    Don’t Ask, Don’t Get: How to Negotiate Your Way to Yes
  • 10:15 – 11:00  Track: How She Did It: Women Entrepreneurs on the Road to Success
  • 11:00 – 11:15  Networking Break/Poster Sessions                                   
  • 11:15 – 12:00  Paid Leave is Great for Business
  • 12:00 – 1:00    Keynote Speaker: Meredith Walker, Smart Girls
  • Lunch
  • 1:00 – 1:15     Networking Break/Poster Sessions                                   
  • 1:15 – 2:15     Track: Ensuring Gender Equality: Women’s Rights and the Constitution
  • 2:15 – 2:30     Networking Break/Poster Sessions                                   
  • 2:30 – 4:00     Track: STEMinism--STEM and Mentoring for Women
  • 4:00 – 5:00     STEMinism Activity
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Montana Tech
1300 West Park St.,
Butte, MT 59701