The governor's second annual free Equal Pay Summit will convene at Montana Tech Friday and Saturday, April 10-11.

"Smart Girls" co-founder Meredith Walker is the keynote speaker. Montana women leaders in science, technology, engineering and math, women entrepreneurs, and Gov. Steve Bullock, First Lady Lisa Bullock, and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean will also speak. 

Founded by actor and writer Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Smart Girls is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. With the motto "Change the World by Being Yourself," Smart Girls encourages girls to volunteer, be themselves, and be more curious about the world they live in.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 10, five "PowerHouse" women from different walks of life will share their most powerful experiences, learning and wisdom with the audience. Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to participate in round table discussions. The PowerHouse is intended for Montana women to locate resources, mentors and ideas that will provide the catalyst they need to build thriving businesses and thriving lives.

On Saturday, April 11, registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., with a welcome from Chancellor Don Blackketter to follow. The Saturday schedule follows:

8:45 to 9:30 a.m.: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jessi Smith

9:30 to 10:15 a.m.: Don't Ask, Don't Get: How to Negotiate Your Way to Yes

10:15 to 11 a.m.: Track -- How She Did It: Women Entrepreneurs on the Road to Success

11 to 11:15: Networking Break/Poster Sessions

11:15 a.m. to noon: Paid Leave is Great for Business

Noon to 1 p.m.: Keynote Speaker: Meredith Walker, Smart Girls

1 to 1:15 p.m.: Networking Break/Poster Sessions

1:15 to 2:15 p.m.: Track: Ensuring Gender Equality: Women's Rights and the Constitution

2:15 to 2:30 p.m.: Networking Break/Poster Sessions

2:30 to 4 p.m.: Track: STEMinism--STEM and Mentoring for Women

4 to 5 p.m.: STEMinism Activity

Details: Pam Haxby-Cote at (406) 533-6782 or phaxby-cote@headwatersrcd.org

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