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WE’RE CHANGING. When we see gender inequities across the Jewish community, we’re ever more prepared to call them out. Panels with no female contributors? Quoting only male experts in a talk? No. But yet, as we hire, retain, advance and in difficult times, even terminate employees, we still allow gender bias to pervade the process.

Let’s align our organizational values with our Jewish values.

Let’s examine our implicit biases.

Let’s deliberately design for diversity and equity.

Let’s stop accepting the way it’s always been done. 

We believe that hiring and employment processes that are more gender-equitable will help organizations help women rise to positions of leadership and enable them to hire the best candidates at the same time.

Our Gender Equity Advocates will spend time immersing themselves in a variety of employment processes, considering how organizations prepare, interview candidates and offer positions, as well as how they retain and advance employees, negotiate salaries, and even furlough and terminate employees.  


Register now for one of our upcoming workshops or trainings. 


Our Gender Equity Advocates are individual professionals and lay leaders fundamental to the success of their organizations and communities, embedded in their Jewish community as this work is done within their current roles, represent a diverse assembly of Jewish communal professionals and volunteer lay leaders, prepared to serve as advocates for gender-equitable and unbiased processes, language and behaviors, interested in and positioned to build organizational capacity.

All participants in our programs, learning and advocacy efforts embody the above values as well. We welcome those who are curious, passionate and eager to learn, within their current professional and/or volunteer roles, as we dive deeply into this work. 

We especially welcome participation from minority and marginalized communities inside our larger Jewish community.


Gender Equity Advocates are expected to take part in our full program, to grow the relationships that will make change possible and to engage in rich learning together.

In-person GEA workshops are a full day, approximately 8 hours including lunch.

Virtual GEA workshops are approximately 9-10 total hours, over a range of days or weeks, depending on the season. 

Fees range by location (in-person or virtual) and by the size of group (12-18 preferred) and includes all materials and e-access to our resources.

All who complete our Gender Equity Advocates Training are welcomed as full members of our Network following the completion of this training.

Nominate a colleague!   We encourage nominations: please feel free to share this with others who will benefit from being a part of this work.


  • We begin with implicit bias, examining how it functions in our lives, how it influences communication and decision-making, and where it emerges in intersection with hiring.

  • We consider the multi-phased work of the hiring committee, and the various steps of the hiring process, as we imagine how to constitute these committees to effectively combat bias and strive for equity.

  • We engage in close textual reading as a tool to consider how language influences behavior, interact with biases, reinforce social and cultural norms and shift our behavior, using job descriptions as our primary text.

  • We uncover helpful, practical strategies for identifying challenges in hiring and employment processes, and effective ways to advocate for change, located in thoughtful, organizational strategy and a desire to create supportive, equitable workplace cultures.

  • We map out relationships and consider the roles we play in our organizations, through professional and lay relationships, power and connection, and images of leadership, all in an effort to consider how we as advocates have our own power to make change.

Our Influences

Our work incorporates a wide variety of theoretical frameworks drawn from behavioral psychology, design and economics, organizational change theory and design, and social and relational network theory. We don't just locate our change theories in the work of gender studies, but we do begin there. We believe passionately that bringing together a wide variety of disciplines enables us to consider multiple vantage points on our work, helps us to engage in perspective taking, and thickens our discourse.



Salary negotiation. Negotation of contracts. Negotiation of any kind. 


It's on our minds always, as a place for us to grow, as a place for us to notice gender bias and implicit bias overall, and as a place for us to strengthen our own confidence that we bring unique value to our work and to our field. 


Now, more than ever, this is hard. We have no sense that our organizations will be able to support salary increases, and no sense that our asks will be useful. We want to protect our interests, and at the same time we are balancing an awareness that the world is changing around us. 

Together, we'll explore a process for identifying the unique, inspiring and powerful value you bring you your work, and using that value and helpful data to begin your negotiations. While negotiation is in some cases about money and salary increase, it's also about appreciation and recognition, for your employers and for you, and we'll think about both. We'll bring together tools and skills gathered from across the not for profit world and from feminist negotiators, from the business world and from advocates who engage in negotiation with Fortune-500 companies and major universities, grounded in data. 

We invite you to bring your personal negotiation dilemmas to our session.


Who is this for?


This is for everyone. Everyone deserves the opportunity to improve and polish their negotiation skills, and to develop their capacity to identify and articulate their value. 

Also ideal

  • If you're searching for a new position and want to make sure your negotiation skills position you to your best advantage

  • If you are negotiating a new contract (in a current or new role) or moving into a new position and negotiating terms

  • If you'll be serving as a mediator or negotiator for others

  • If you supervise others who will be negotiating and you'd like to support them

  • If you recognize that negotiation is a vital tool in your work and you're looking to improve overall

We happen to think this is great for everyone. But we're biased!!

NEW! Complementary 30 minute Coaching Session

This session comes with one free one-on-one 30 minute coaching session, following this workshop, with session facilitator (and our CEO and co-founder) Sara Shapiro-Plevan. We believe that this session helps to anchor your learning and root your own personal questions in our practice, help you to develop specific and helpful language, and develop a plan for your negotiation. Please feel free to bring your personal negotiation dilemmas to our session. These sessions are booked following participation in our workshop.


More Details

  • Each Ask For It Workshop is for 2-6 people maximum, unless hosted by an organization offering a session to their staff. 

  • Workshop prices begin at $118, and may be lower depending on the size of the group.

  • Financial assistance may be available: please be in touch.

  • Workshops are 2.5 hours long, and are typically held on Friday mornings unless designed for a group requesting an alternate date and time. 


Our individual or multi-part workshops help groups and teams understand their orientation to these big ideas, and how they interact with hiring and employment processes 

Changing our mindsets and changing our practice through deep reflection and practice. Individualized workshops designed for your organization, team or community.


as a value

as a skill

Our work with negotiation begins with locating negotiation in the value of relationships and social connection, and moves on to skill building. Releasing ourselves from gendered assumptions about negotiation enables us to become gifted negotiators.

We can  uniquely tailor our signature workshop and other learning to your organizational needs.


  • Fri, Feb 05
    Zoom link will be provided in advance
    Gender Equity Advocates Book Club Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies For Women In The Workplace (3 sessions)
    Join us for 3 sessions of challenging and powerful discussion of David Smith and Brad Johnson's new book on male allies and how men can show up for women at work. This is for people of all genders to join in dialogue about creating healthy workplace relationships grounded in authentic allyship.
  • Thu, Feb 11
    via Zoom
    An Invitation To Transparency: Reflections on an Open Salary Spreadsheet
    We invite members of the community to join us for a presentation of selected data from the Jewish Nonprofit Salary Spreadsheet, and a chance to inquire into what kinds of data and efforts toward transparency might support employees and employers moving into the future.
  • Mon, Feb 22
    Links provided upon registration
    The Op Ed Project: For Jewish Communal Professionals
    This four session writing workshop is based on time-tested models of transformational learning, designed to unlock knowledge in powerful and unexpected ways.
  • Tue, Feb 23
    Via Zoom: Link upon registration
    Reshaping the Jewish Workplace: What We're Learning from this Moment
    How might we redesign Jewish workplaces to acknowledge the challenge of this moment? Join us to begin a conversation about this redesign and plan for a different future. Concrete plans to be made for change if and when you're ready to step forward into this space: be with us!

3 sessions

Monday, October 19: 12pm-3pm ET/9am-12pm PT

Wednesday, October 21: 12pm-3pm ET/9am-12pm PT

Friday, October 23: 12pm-1:30pm ET/9am-10:30 am PT

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