How to Advocate for Yourself

Due to venue space limitations, this event is sold out and the wait list is full.

We negotiate every day. At work we negotiate not just our jobs and salaries, but research priorities, budgets, staffing, deliverables and time tables. At home some of us negotiate child care pick up and drop off, who is making dinner and who stays home when the kids are sick. While men and women are equally skilled negotiators, women face some additional challenges. Not only were many of us not raised to advocate for our own interests, but we sometimes pay a social cost when we assert our needs and interests. We’ll dive into what we negotiate, our beliefs around advocating for ourselves, how to mitigate others’ negative perceptions when we assert our interests and two tools for increasing our effectiveness. You will leave with a better understanding of what is getting in your way and what to do about it. 


About the Speaker - Amy Rebecca Gay, PhD, CPCC 

Amy is a senior consultant and coach with Five Rhythms Consulting who brings over twenty-five years of experience as a mediator, trainer and facilitator for organizations of all sizes including Fortune 250 companies. She is the former assistant director of the Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston, she was the trainer and product manager at Vantage Partners and currently collaborates with UMass’s Center for Collaborative Leadership, The Mediation Group and Mobius Executive Leadership. She has taught at LeMoyne College, Syracuse University, UMass Boston and Babson College. Over her career, Amy has discovered that we communicate most effectively when we’ve mastered our own energy, emotions and identity. She brings an active awareness of the mind/body connection, a warm and welcoming facilitation style and a deep dedication to using one’s mind for powerful transformation. She has a PhD from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and is a Coaches Training Institute certified coach.


Date and Time:  
January 30, 2019
6:00 - 8:30 PM

6:00-6:10pm: Registration, mingling, and light dinner
6:10-6:30pm: Facilitated networking
6:30-8:00pm: Workshop
8:00-8:30pm: Optional networking


Lyndra, 65 Grove Street, Suite 301 (Third floor), Watertown, MA 02472

Lyndra's parking lot and main entrance are located down the driveway, behind the building. Guests can park anywhere in the main lot or garage. There is an elevator in the lobby that guests should take to the 3rd floor where they will be able to sign in.

WEST Members: $15; Non-Members: $40

A light dinner will be served.