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MASTERCLASS: Harnessing Your Network to Negotiate

  • MG2 1101 2nd Avenue #100 Seattle, WA, 98101 United States (map)

The mission of Lean In Seattle is to #MoveWomenForward. Our community has let us know that in order to move forward as students, professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders, there is a critical need for high-impact skills development opportunities that increase the potential of attendees. Our MASTERCLASS events feature expert speakers and hands-on workshops for our community members. Our September 15th will be our third and final MASTERCLASS event in 2018. 

Please join us at MG2 in Seattle for a dynamic event focused on exploring the many ways that individuals can harness the knowledge and industry insights of their network as resources during the offer negotiation process.

When people consider the resources within their formal and informal networks and the asks that they can make across and within these networks - the focus is often on getting introductions for opportunities (ie: Introductions to hiring managers or potential investors)

What about when you have successfully connected and you need the insights and support of your network to fully understand an offer and how to best negotiate in each circumstance? How can you build capacity in approaching your network and making inquiries about money and compensation? What is the best way to incorporate their feedback into your negotiation process? What is the best way to follow up with your network after they share valuable insights and knowledge? 

In this MASTERCLASS compensation and offer-negotiation experts will take attendees through a deep dive into the best approaches to harness your network to benefit your negotiation.


Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 9:00 am — 12:00 pm

Location: MG2, 1101 2nd Avenue #100, Seattle


9:00 am | Doors Open

9:30 am | Event Begins + Welcome + Lean In Announcements + Wins Celebration + Speaker Introduction

10:00 am | Panel Discussion

11:00 am | Strategic Networking and Negotiation Breakout Sessions with Panelists

11:45 am | Wrap up + New to Lean In Announcement (15 mins)

12:00 pm | Event Ends

Please RSVP today and if your plans change and you will not be able to join us on August 11th please update your RSVP by September 10


Lydia Frank | Vice President, Content Strategy, Pay Scale

For more than a decade, VP of Content Strategy Lydia Frank has led a team of content creators and researchers at PayScale, a compensation data and software company, who work to understand all of the various factors that impact compensation and provide guidance to both employees and employers on how to have more effective pay conversations. In addition, she has contributed content around salary negotiation, gender equity and compensation best practices to various publications over the years (Harvard Business Review, Money, Fortune, TechCrunch) and is regularly cited in the media as a compensation and negotiation subject matter expert. She also regularly speaks to both consumer and business audiences on similar subjects.

Harini Gokul | Female Founders Alliance Investor and Director, Partner Cloud Strategy, Microsoft  

Harini Gokul is a Director at Microsoft, focused on helping customers and partners realize their opportunity in the cloud. She has built and grown multiple businesses at Microsoft, both locally and internationally (with a 5 year stint in Western Europe), driving strategy and execution for maximum impact. Her 20+ years career includes stints in business strategy consulting and financial services. She is also an advisor to startups and non-profits in the Seattle area and beyond.

Harini is an active advocate for greater diversity in our workplace and our boardrooms and is involved with multiple organizations including Washington Women’s Foundation and Female Founding Alliance. Harini is also passionate about early education and is on the board of Tiny Trees Preschool, a non-profit providing affordable, outdoor-focused education in the greater Seattle area.

Pamela Oakes Nonprofit Funding Expert

Pamela J. Oakes, CEO of The Profitable Nonprofit, is a funding consultant.  She specializes in Nonprofit Fund Development, helping small and emerging nonprofits achieve sustainability.  Pamela’s passion is to ensure that those who want to change the world for “good” have the funding and resources to do so.

Pamela embarked on her nonprofit career while working in Johannesburg, South Africa as a corporate trainer.  In this role, she traveled extensively throughout the African countries of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Nigeria and Zimbabwe conducting workshops and training seminars for government, corporate, community, and faith-based organizations in the areas of Diversity, Affirmative Action, Employment & Gender Equity, Change Management, Organizational Transformation, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and Personal Empowerment

Upon returning from South Africa, Pamela worked for nearly a decade with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an Associate Program Officer, Strategic Planning and Engagement, Pamela’s team worked to reform U.S. education with the goal of creating a more equitable system that promotes social mobility and economic development for low-income, underserved, student populations of color.   

Pamela attended the University of Washington where she majored in Political Science. A native of Seattle, she enjoys traveling the globe, experiencing new cultures and collecting African-American art.

Sage Quiamno | Marketing Manager, Female Founders Alliance

Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno is a passionate women’s rights advocate, equal pay champion and community builder. She's formerly Head of Hustle at Ladies Get Paid, where she provided women the tools and resources they needed to advocate for themselves at work. She is now the Head of Marketing for Female Founders Alliance, whose mission to close the VC funding/investment gap for female founders because only 2% of VC funding goes to female founders.

Originally from Hawai’i, Sage taps into her deeply rooted Hawaiian culture to create authentic, supportive communities in Seattle for social justice initiatives. She has produced and moderated multiple sold-out events surrounding pay equity and gender equality across the US and teaches monthly salary negotiation classes at General Assembly. Additionally, she has spoken on panels for the Womxn’s March Seattle, the American Advertising Federation, and the University of Washington at the Foster School of Business, Hired Equal Pay Panel, Microsoft's global DISHA program and at Starbucks for Women’s History Month. Her drive and enthusiasm to fight for pay equity, especially for women of color, has launched her to the forefront of the women’s rights movement and she continues to advocate for the advancement for women in the workplace.

Traca Savadogo | Power Connector 

Traca Savadogo is on a mission to empower women to ask for what they want. A matchmaker for the pros, she is a power connector with an uncanny ability for deal making. Traca’s interviewed over 100 leading negotiators, gathering game-changing insights and bringing them to light. She’s hosted two sold-out workshops on Women & Negotiation, partnering with UW’s Foster School of Business and General Assembly, and has spoken at Microsoft, Women in Tech Regatta, and the Grace Hopper 1x. She’s currently in her second year as a writer in residence with TEDxSeattle, and author of the series Curiosity Conversations. In her past life, she did PR for award-winning Chef Ethan Stowell and hosted Anthony Bourdain for his television show, No Reservations. Living a great story? Begins with advocating for yourself.   


Christine Owner Alliance of Angels and Long-Time Lean In Seattle Leadership Team Member


Lean In Seattle would like to welcome members with different mobility abilities to join us at this event. The MG2 is a partner in the quest for accessible spaces. There is a wheelchair accessible ramp at the venue entrance. The elevator to the event space and restrooms in the venue are ADA approved
This venue is centrally located in Downtown Seattle and can be reached by public transportation and bicycle. 


3rd and Seneca: Diamond Parking, 1201 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Enter on Seneca. Short 5-minute walk to MG2.

1st and Spring: LAZ Parking, 1102 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Parking structure opens at 9 am. Parking structure entrance is located on First Ave between Spring St and Seneca Street. Take the garage elevator to Level 1, where you will be directed to the check-in table

2nd and Seneca: LAZ Parking, 1191 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Parking structure entrances are located on Seneca St and Spring Street between First Ave and Second Avenue. Take the garage elevators to the lobby of the Second & Seneca building (Safeco Building), exit the lobby, and walk towards Spring St to MG2’s main entrance on Second Ave.