'Negotiating for Life: Personal Fulfillment, Professional Success and the Power'

Event Details

March 29, 2017
10:30 am-12:00 pm

Campus Center Auditorium

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Wendy Varner

The College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst is pleased to announce the 5th annual Women in Science Initiative Spring Lecture 2017 presented by Sara Laschever on “Negotiating for Life: Personal Fulfillment, Professional Success and the Power of Negotiation.”  

Sara Laschever is an author, editor and cultural critic who has written extensively about women's life and career obstacles.  She is the co-author, with Linda Babcock, of “Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation - and Positive Strategies for Change” and “Ask for it!  How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want.”  Sara has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women's lives and careers, writing extensively about women in the sciences, women in academia, women in literature and the arts, and women in business.

Her interest in women's life and career obstacles led her to work as a research associate and principal interviewer for Project Access, a landmark Harvard University study funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Bunting Institute.  Project Access explored impediments to women's careers in science -- the hindrances, both internal and external, that prevent women from rising to the tops of their fields.  Sara's efforts contributed to the publication of two seminar studies in this field, Gender Differences in Science Careers: The Project Access Study and Who Succeeds in Science?  The Gender Dimension, both by G. Sonnert, assisted by G. Holton.

In high demand as a speaker, Sara lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation for colleges and universities, law firms, government agencies, corporate audiences, and women's leadership conferences in the U.S. and around the world.  She earned her bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from Princeton University and a master's degree from Boston University.