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January 2014 Luncheon Announcement
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January 22, 2014 Luncheon Announcement



Erin E. Lawler, Esq.

"Negotiating Strategies for Women"


Contributed by: Dokpe Ogunsanya, EWTG Program Director

Our featured luncheon speaker for January 2014 is Ms. Erin Lawler, a licensed Texas attorney and a credentialed mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. She is a volunteer attorney-mediator with the Austin Dispute Resolution Center and also works as a mediation coach with the training firm of Corder/Thompson and Associates. Ms. Lawler is currently the Vice President of the Austin Association of Mediators. She works as a public policy specialist for the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and serves as the vice-chair of the Disability Issues Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Lawler earned a J.D. with honors from Notre Dame Law School, an M.S. with honors from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from American University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. The following is a synopsis of Ms. Lawler’s presentation: the data on women and negotiating reveals over and over that women are reluctant to negotiate for the things they need to succeed. Caught up in a desire to be liked or to be perceived as easy to work with, women sometimes neglect to advocate for themselves. This is not just a problem for professional women looking for career advancement; the problem extends to everyday conversations with family members, neighbors, co-workers, and associates.

Some examples of situations where women can benefit from negotiating include:

Ø discussing compensation and benefits with a prospective or current employer,

Ø resolving a property dispute with a neighbor,

Ø coming to terms with a contractor or landlord about repairs to a home or apartment, and

Ø buying or leasing a car.

Fortunately, there are effective strategies available to women that apply in almost every negotiation. Through this presentation, participants will learn some of these strategies, including how to:

Ø prepare for a negotiation,

Ø advocate a position while protecting likeability,

Ø describe their proposals in a way that will appeal to the other party’s goals, and

Ø generate options toward compromise.

Employing these strategies will make women more effective and more confident negotiators.      


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Please join EWTG members and friends for this insightful and dynamic program. The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street (ample free parking). Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The program starts at noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests. Remember to register early for the luncheon in anticipation of a "full house,” thank you! 

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