New York—As part of its Gender Equality Project, the Women’s Jewelry Association has introduced a benefit to help members master the art of bargaining for promotions, equal pay, sales, better vendor contracts and more.

“Negotiable” offers several resources—videos, assessments, worksheets and more—to help WJA members develop their negotiating skills.

Earlier this year, a survey conducted as part of the Gender Equality Project found that 30 percent of employee respondents (more than 90 percent of whom were female) said they had been deprived of equal opportunities for advancement, while 38 percent said they have been affected by pay disparity.

WJA contracted with Negotiable using funds from a 2019 JCK industry grant.
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Negotiable works to train members in the skills needed to work through problems, ask for what they need and gain relevant professional development experience.

Its video resources teach basic bargaining skills, with assessments that will help users leverage their strengths. There are worksheets to prepare them for a real-world negotiation, and role plays they can practice with others.

Users can also use the learning platform to review and refresh the skills they learned for later negotiations.

“We know that surveys of women in the U.S. show that, on average, women receive less training, mentoring and advice on negotiating than men. WJA believes in the power of education to boost confidence in our members and to fuel positive career transformation,” WJA Executive Director Jennifer Markas said.

WJA is providing access to Negotiable free to members on a first-come, first-serve basis, in lieu of the normal $89.99 subscription cost.

For more information, visit

Interested members can log in and enter their names, email addresses and chapter locations to receive instructions for access.

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