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  • New York Alumnae Salary Negotiation Conversation

    The MIT Sloan Women in New York and the MIT Sloan Office of External Relations invite you to attend a breakfast discussion on Salary Negotiation

    With years of experience in negotiating salaries, both Ruth Sommers, SF '01 and K Krasnow Waterman, SF '06 have great understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of what it means for women to parley for a fair compensation arrangement. They offer insight from a management perspective, and valuable takeaway lessons on how to improve your approach in advocating for your worth to your employer.

    Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
    Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Hosted at: Scanlan Theodore by Sarah Blank, MBA ’09
    117 Prince Street | New York | NY 10012

    Alumnae & Guests: $35 per person


    Featured Speakers:

    Ruth Sommers, SF '01
    Chief Operating Officer, Blue Nile
    Ruth Sommers is currently the COO at Blue Nile. Ruth has more than 25 years of experience in global production, sourcing, product development, and operations for some of America’s largest retail brands. She most recently served as COO for David Yurman, leading sourcing, production, and information technology, as well as the distribution and customer care centers. Prior to David Yurman, Ms. Sommers was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NOI Solutions, a company formed to assist specialty retailers with production throughout Asia. She also served as Chief Sourcing and Production Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, and as Managing Director of Ann Taylor’s overseas offices, which was preceded by more than 15 years at L Brands in several executive leadership roles.
    Ms. Sommers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Lake Forest College and a Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan.

    K Krasnow Waterman, SF '06 Entrepreneur In Residence, Lecturer, Entrepreneurship + Innovation, University of Arizona
    K Krasnow Waterman specializes in quickly building and revamping organizations in data-intensive environments and creating new functions, products, and organizations, both within existing entities and as new ventures. She spent a decade developing and managing technology at IBM and JPMorgan and a decade practicing and teaching law (she was an Assistant Dean at the UA College of Law) before joining the two fields in 2001. Since then, she has most often worked with big data activities in highly regulated environments.
    K has served as a Chief Information Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and Assistant General Counsel in large organizations, such as Citigroup and the FBI, and she has founded and served as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Advisory Board member at several new ventures. She has been responsible for budgets from $100k to $1B; teams of 2 to 1,500; and servicing (or analyzing) 100s of millions of customers.
    K received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Cardozo School of Law, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where she also qualified for an SM in Management of Technology). K has been a Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Scientist at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for more than a decade. At MIT, she also founded a cross-disciplinary course, merging Computer Science & Entrepreneurship, entitled Linked Data Ventures.

    For more information, please email Kathleen Kalell or Pam Ziering.