Governor’s Equal Pay Summit Slated for March 31-April 1 in Bozeman / by David Lawrence

Event to Encourage Women in Leadership and Promote Montana Pay Equity Initiatives: The Governor’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force today released the slate of speakers for the Equal Pay Summit scheduled for March 31-April 1 in Bozeman. National pay equity advocate Lilly Ledbetter will kick off the summit at 6:30 p.m. on March 31st, with keynote speakers on April 1st to include Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock. April 1st events will center around nine panels featuring close to 50 Montana entrepreneurs, elected officials, business leaders, educators, and activists dedicated to advancing and expanding career opportunities for women. The panels will follow three tracks:

· Shattering the Glass Ceiling: A Woman’s Place is in Leadership

· Closing the Wage Gap: From Parity to Prosperity

· Beyond the “Pink Collar”: Expanding Career Opportunities for Women

“The slate of speakers for the Equal Pay Summit reads like a who’s who of Montana business and community movers and shakers,” said Bullock. “Montanans will have an opportunity to hear from women CEOs, inventors, entrepreneurs, bankers, labor leaders, elected officials, educators, engineers—leaders who are doing important work right now to promote Montana women as active leaders in our economy.”

“MSU is honored to host and cosponsor the Equal Pay Summit,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “This is an incredible opportunity to gather leaders, learn from their experiences, and set a path forward where Montana women share in the economic success of our state.”

“Closing Montana’s wage gap is one of the top priorities of women college students who are looking forward to upcoming career opportunities,” said ASMSU President Lindsay Murdock. “Hosting Lilly Ledbetter and the Equal Pay Summit proves to these young women that Montana values their hard work and contributions to the state.”

Participation at the Equal Pay Summit is free and open to the public. Please click here for a complete listing of summit speakers and summit agenda.

To register for the summit or find information about the Governor’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force, please visit: equalpay.mt.gov.

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