The ACC and GTM Convention Committee is pleased to announce that Andrea Schneider, Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, where she has taught Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Ethics, and International Conflict Resolution for over 20 years, will present a keynote address and workshop on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Atlanta Convention.
She is the Director of Marquette’s nationally-ranked dispute resolution program. She frequently publishes law review articles and book chapters on negotiation, gender, international conflict and dispute systems design and has co-authored several leading legal textbooks on ADR, Negotiation and Mediation. She is a founding editor of Indisputably, the blog for ADR law faculty and started the Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Annual Conference in 2007. She was named 2009 Woman of the Year by the Wisconsin Law Journal and, in 2016, gave her first TEDx talk entitled Women Don’t Negotiate and Other Similar Nonsense. She was named the 2017 recipient of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work. Her most recent book is Smart & Savvy: Negotiation Strategies in Academia. In her free time(!), she has served in the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in numerous roles including Women’s Philanthropy President, Campaign Chair, and Board Chair from 2016-2018. She was a member of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet and Women’s Philanthropy Board and is currently on JFNA’s Board of Trustees.
While the pay gap for Reform clergy is still narrower than the national gender pay gap, inequity still exists. In its landmark study released in 2012, the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) found a salary gap in the Reform rabbinate including that female rabbis earned less than their male counterparts as senior and solo rabbis.
For Reform cantors a gender-based inequity continues, a hard pill to swallow particularly for the ACC whose membership is over 60% female. According to the 2016 salary survey conducted by the ACC, a full-time female cantor will earn only 86% of her male counterpart’s salary in 2016-2017, which represents only a slight narrowing of the pay gap that was last reported in 2012-2013.
While there are several factors to the gender pay gap including implicit bias, a leading factor is the lack of understanding of necessary negotiation skills for women. By including our male colleagues in the discussion, everyone will begin to understand the differences in how men and women negotiate.
As women become more comfortable with using their skills, and as congregations and employers become more familiar with the issues, all professionals will be paid based on their skills to do the job, not on how well they negotiated their contract.
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