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Making Waves: Driving Toward Meaningful Progress on Pay Equity in 2019

What will it take to make real, and faster, progress on pay equity for women, people of color and other historically marginalized populations in the labor market? The first step is to better understand the drivers around pay inequity and formulate a plan of action. Too often, though, organizations get mired in discussions around the ideal approach or legal considerations and are stalled before they even start.

The intention for this year’s Equal Pay Day event at PayScale is to move away from one-size-fits-all, high-level discussions and toward cultivating real tactics that can be implemented within organizations, examining pay equity issues across various identities and employee populations. We want you to leave this event with a vision for what’s possible but also with some actionable takeaways that can be implemented sooner rather than later. We’ll examine everything from pay equity analyses to overcoming legal objections to career advancement. Creating an environment for truly equitable earning power touches a lot of different areas.


HR leaders, executives, D&I professionals, changemakers of all sorts within organizations who are interested in making progress on pay equity.

Introducing BAE (Bring an Executive). For this event, we highly encourage folks to invite their managers, C-Suite executives, and other decision makers along. An echo chamber never moved the needle. If we want to make waves, we need buy-in at all levels of an organization.


10:40 a.m. – Doors open to attendees

11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. – Welcome+discussion Leader Intros

11:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. – Discussions

11:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – Break to grab lunch

12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. – Panel w/ discussion Leaders (share discussion outcomes/own perspectives on this topic). The panel will be recorded.

1:30 p.m. – Wrap

We are honored to have Michaela Ayers, Felecia Caldwell, Chris Martin, Amelia Ransom, Ruchika Tulshyan, and Ashley Wilson join us to lead facilitated discussions on different areas to explore around pay equity, culminating in a panel of the discussion leaders sharing their outcomes from the discussions as well as their own perspectives (a couple more discussion leaders to be announced shortly). Heavy appetizers and refreshments will be served 11:50-12:20 PM. All caterers represented will be woman-owned businesses.

Our hope is to nurture an ongoing cohort community of people committed to “creating more waves” and generating more movement within their own organizations on pay equity across the board. Will you join us?


  • Pay Equity Analyses/Metrics
  • Legal
  • Recruiting/Hiring/Onboarding
  • Career Progression
  • Pay Progression
  • Proactive Pay Practices & Communication
  • Equitable Employee Experience
  • Benefits


Felecia Caldwell, Director of Workforce Equity at City of Seattle https://www.linkedin.com/in/feleciacaldwell/

Felecia Caldwell is the founding Director of Workforce Equity for the City of Seattle Department of Human Resources where she leads the implementation of the City’s first ever Workforce Equity Strategic Plan. In this role, she leads efforts across departments to create unified strategies that minimize bias in employment decisions, implement metrics measuring employee engagement and retention, and is developing workforce equity accountability measures for leadership. Most recently, Felecia co-chaired the City’s effort to address and prevent workplace harassment and discrimination by recommending changes to policy, training, and reporting processes.

With less than five years to retirement, Felecia’s vision for the City of Seattle’s workforce includes a future where all employees are treated equitably, and are able to grow and succeed in their careers.

Chris Martin, Sr. Manager, Compliance and Analytics at Starbucks https://www.linkedin.com/in/r-c-martin/

Chris Martin manages global pay equity programs for Starbucks. Chris believes that ensuring pay equity is a moral and business imperative, and that employers need to get it right – from measurement to messaging – to attract, retain and motivate talent. Prior to joining Starbucks, Chris was the director of research at PayScale. His compensation related research has appeared in numerous leading publications, including The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Politico and the Washington Post. Chris is trained as an economist, and is a former NSF Fellow with degrees from University of Washington and Utah State University.

Amelia Ransom, Sr. Director, Engagement and Diversity at Avalara https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameliaransom/

Amelia Ransom, SPHR is the Senior Director of Engagement and Diversity at Avalara. She is responsible for driving strategy and initiatives that impact, solidify and improve company culture. Amelia has over 25 years of experience building and executing strategy within Human Resources and Business Operations in a world class and customer-centric organization. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, millennial engagement, executive level mentorship and advisement, and diversity and inclusion strategy and execution.

Amelia serves on the boards of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Goodwill, The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion and Building Changes. She is also on the advisory board for the Seattle chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in America (ALPFA).

Ruchika TulshyanCEO at Candour, and Author of The Diversity Advantage. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rtulshyan/

Ruchika Tulshyan is an award-winning author, journalist, and inclusion strategist. Her book ‘The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace‘ focuses on business strategies to advance women at work. Her company, Candour advises global organizations on creating equitable workplaces with an intersectional and data-driven approach. She was named to the Thinkers50 Radar, a global list of 30 emerging management thinkers to watch in 2019. Ruchika’s work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Seattle Times, and more. She is also the inaugural Distinguished Professional-in-Residence for the Communication Department at Seattle University.

Michaela Ayers, Founder, Nourish https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelaayers/

Michaela is here to disrupt your patterns. A social justice facilitator turned entrepreneur, she is revolutionizing the way individuals, organizations, and communities think about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michaela is the founder of Nourish – a social impact consulting firm that drives cultural change through experiential learning and human connection. It started with a simple idea – bring people together to discuss race and form a community over a meal. Her work is focused on moving people out of their comfort zones into candid conversations and nourishing experiences that cultivate inclusive cultures. With a background in corporate training, Michaela brings a fresh and creative lens to events, professional development workshops, and strategic initiatives that help businesses improve the way people work together.

Ashley Wilson, Corporate Counsel at PayScale https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-wilson-ab952686/

Ashley Wilson is Corporate Counsel at PayScale, where she educates and facilitates legal compliance across departments, negotiates key enterprise deals, and tackles whatever random legal issues arise throughout the day. When she isn’t evaluating the legal risk landscape on behalf of PayScale, Ashley loves to spend her time in the Pacific Northwest landscape, hiking and mountain biking, preferably followed by a post-session taco bar and freshly made margaritas.

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April 2, 2019
11:00 am - 1:30 pm


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