The time is now for women to be heard when they take a stand against the inequalities they face every day. Women’s empowerment has reached an all-time high, with movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp that have lit up Hollywood and marches around the world. Cosm Coaching is bringing the conversation to Las Vegas with their event “The 21 Experience, A Gender Pay Gap Conference” on March 11. Lectures and discussions will be held regarding the gender pay gap and networking opportunities will be provided for women.
“We really want it to be a discussion about the past, the present and the future,” says Dolo Bazzle, the conference creator, “and how we can close the gap and get a handle on some of the things that are standing in our way.”
“The 21 Experience” will feature talks from Lois Tarkanian and Michelle Ansani, a financial executive of a Fortune 500 company, among others. The conference will provide learning opportunities for women of all ages, from college students to those returning to work after being in the Armed Forces to females leaving the field. Tarkanian will speak on her own experiences and how the women of Southern Nevada can make an impact on the movement and on their own lives.
“[Ansasi] will talk about women supporting women and how it is important to not feel like if there are only two of you in the boardroom, that you have to be pitted against each other,” Bazzle says. “We really need to figure out how to support each other and network with each other.”
The conference’s name comes from the fact that, on average, women are earning 21 percent less than their male counterparts across all industries. Following “The 21 Experience,” lectures, a social will take place for attendees to network and ask the speakers questions.
“Not only women [should] attend the event, but men who want to support women,” Bazzle says. “Education is key, and I think it is important to hear from people who have been through it, who are going through it and who have solutions to help move forward.” $59–$79, March 11, 1–4 p.m., 2425 E. Oquendo Rd., eventbrite.com