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2016 Equal Pay Summit May 2-3 in Bozeman, Montana State University

Promoting Women in Business

Join Governor Steve Bullock and the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force for the 2016 Equal Pay Summit at Montana State University May 2-3 as we address fair pay for all Montanans. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Jen Welter, the first woman to be hired to coach in the National Football League. She was recognized at the United Nations as Sports Pioneer of the Year and named by ESPNW as one of the 25 most influential women in sports in 2015. 

This year’s theme is Women in Business. We have an exciting lineup of informative panels, resources, and tradeshow of women-owned businesses:

The afternoon of May 2nd, the Task Force will host a Wage$mart negotiation training and opening reception.

Events on May 3rd include remarks by Governor Bullock, keynote Dr. Jen Welter, and sessions on:

  • Understanding Montana’s pay gap with the latest data and research.
  • Panels on starting and growing your business, best business practices, and running for elected office.
  • PechaKucha-style presentations highlighting business resources. 
  • Roundtable discussions on the next steps for closing Montana’s wage gap.

“Our first two Summits have accomplished a great deal, but we still have a lot of work to do to close the wage gap in our state,” said Bullock. “This year’s Summit will focus on women in business on Main Streets all across Montana, and how we can achieve equal pay by promoting leadership, support, pay equity education, and access to critical resources in our state.”


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: information about Dr. Jen Welter can be found at:


Monday, May 2

2:00 – 5:00 Work $mart Wage Negotiation TrainingSUB 233-235 

6:00 - 8:00 First Lady’s Equal Pay ReceptionEmerson Center for Arts & Culture 111 S. Grand Ave. Bozeman, MT

Tuesday, May 3

8:00 - 9:00 Registration - MSU Strand Union Building

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome

MSU President Waded Cruzado

Governor Steve Bullock

Commissioner Pam Bucy, Montana Department of Labor & Industry

9:30 – 10:00 Pay Gap in 2016 - Barbara Wagner, Chief Economist, Montana Department of Labor & Industry

10:00 – 10:30  Break & Tradeshow

10:30 – 11:45 Breakout Sessions

Influencing Change: Women Moving the Dial - Procrastinator Theater

Attracting Talent: Building Diverse Teams - SUB 233-235

Research Roundtable: The Science of Pay Equity - Alumni Legacy Lounge

11:45 – 12:00 Break & Tradeshow

12:00 – 12:45 Words Matter: How to Frame the Problem of (un)Equal Pay 

Lunch Served

12:45 – 1:45 Keynote: Jen Welter, Ph.D., First female to coach in the National Football League

1:45 – 2:00 Break & Tradeshow

2:00 – 2:40 Succeeding in Business: Notes from the Battlefield

2:40 – 3:45 Lightning Talks: Resources for Women in Business

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force Co-Chairs -  

Commissioner Pam Bucy & Director Sheila Hogan, Montana Department of Administration

4:00 Closing Reception - Leigh Lounge, Hosted by President Waded Cruzado

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MSU Strand Union Ballroom
751 W Grant St.,
Bozeman, MT 59715