Convene Live: Does Salary Have to Be a Tightly Kept Secret?

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Conducting salary surveys can uncover wage inequity, like Convene’s Salary Survey, but the more targeted approach to combat this issue is salary transparency. A March 2022 survey, revealed that more than two out of five Gen Z workers have shared their salary with a coworker vs. fewer than one out of five boomers. How do we get to a place where salary sharing isn’t so taboo? You’ll hear contrasting viewpoints and the implications of sharing vs not to help you navigate this uncomfortable conversation – as a manager and as an employee.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the latest research on pay gaps and what that means for the business events industry.
  • Recognize the benefits of salary transparency as a starting point to achieve equitable pay.
  • Adopt your own approach to discuss salary with peers, current and prospective employers.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 52 mins

Difficulty: All

CMP Credit Hours:

Course Domains:

Diana Zarate

Diana was born and raised in Mexico City but has studied and worked in the UK and Italy. She has a Master’s degree in Event Design and Management from the University of Westminster, and currently manages an international team of 18 project managers and event coordinators at Shocklogic. In addition to events, her second great passion in life is food. She has a BA in Gastronomy and Culinary Sciences as well as diplomas in pastry and Italian culinary history. She speaks fluent Spanish, English, and Italian. She loves to participate in food and wine cultural activities. 

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Kadejah Omokaro

Kadejah Omokaro, MBA, DES is a Tennessee native, who currently resides in the DMV area as the Manager of Conferences and Events at the National Head Start Association. Obtaining a Public Health degree from Middle Tennessee State University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus, Kadejah has been able to combine her purpose and talents to develop a passion for meeting and events in the non-profit sector. She specializes in attendee experience, community engagement, and partnerships to truly maximize event value. As an awardee of PCMA’s Class of 2023 Twenties in their 20s, Kadejah inspires to motivate young professionals in the industry to continue to share their talents, amplify their voice, and chase their goals. When she isn’t wearing her planner’s hat, Kadejah enjoys reading with her book club, trips to her local beauty store, and trying new restaurants.  

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Peter O’Neill

Peter J. O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASIS International, the largest global membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. O’Neil, an accomplished association management executive, joined ASIS in January of 2016, bringing a broad scope of strategic leadership experience and business acumen. 

Prior to joining ASIS, O’Neil served as CEO of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an international professional society representing occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. In addition to AIHA, O’Neil had oversight of three limited liability companies, a related education-oriented Foundation, and a Foundation that establishes guideline values for human chemical exposure limits.  

O’Neil earned his Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Syracuse University in the State of New York, and completed additional post-graduate work in public administration, knowledge management, and association management. He is past Chairman of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) and the ASAE Foundation, and he has served on numerous committees and boards throughout his twenty-seven years of association leadership. Peter achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 1998, was named a Fellow of ASAE in 2006, and was recognized with ASAE’s highest individual honor, the Key Award, in 2019. 

Peter lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, Bryn (23), CJ (20), and Liam (15). 

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Will Curran

As the founder of Endless Events, Will Curran has been named one of the most influential people in the meeting & events industry, one of the 40 under 40 event industry leaders, 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35, and the highest customer satisfaction of any event company in the industry. 

Will has been producing in-person, virtual and hybrid events since high school when he started his first company and has now worked in the management of large event clients such as Emerald City Comicon, Anheuser-Busch, Warner Brothers, Morton Salt & Uber. His team’s mission is to simplify the event planning process by creating the equation for an event’s perfect solution. From event management to business development to event strategy & design, Will Curran has a diverse background in growing events and companies to the next level. 

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