Negotiation for Princeton Women Series: Key Skills for Effectively Negotiating Career and Personal Issues During the Middle Post-Undergraduate Years

Tues., June 7 • 4:00-5:15 pm Pacific Time (Panel); 5:20 - 5:45 pm Pacific Time (Breakouts)


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Negotiation happens around us constantly. Whether we are negotiating a new role in our professional lives, or determining whose turn it is to walk the dog in our personal lives, negotiation is both necessary and inescapable. Women and non-binary individuals often face unique challenges when entering into negotiations. In addition, numerous factors -- including cultural heritage, social/economic status and background, and upbringing -- can impact approaches used by negotiators and reactions to them.

Join a panel of Princeton alumnae from diverse backgrounds and industries for the third in a series of sessions focusing on strategies for women and non-binary individuals to achieve positive outcomes in negotiating for themselves. In this session, which will build on core skills discussed during the first session in 2021, panelists will address key issues many negotiate during their first 15 to 30 years after college. As women approach and enter middle age, professional issues for negotiation can include reassessing goals and targets, including career pivots, raises, promotions, and work assignments, as well as the need for personal time. If a woman has a partner, personal issues to negotiate can include managing dual high-powered careers and domestic responsibilities, as well as changing care needs for aging parents and other loved ones. Mothers may find themselves “negotiating” expectations and limitations with adolescents. A subsequent session will focus on effective negotiation strategies for issues likely to arise as alumnae approach and enter retirement.

Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the chance to network and reflect with one another in breakout rooms.

Alumna panel moderator: Stacey Vanek Smith ‘99, author of Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace (Simon and Schuster). She co-hosts NPR's The Indicator from Planet Money, where she covers business and economics.

Alumnae panelists:

Dr. Anita Gupta DO, MPP, PharmD, *18, featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, and USA Today, is an internationally sought-after thought leader on emerging matters: drug innovation, controversial policy matters, and the future of health as well as an active, practicing board-certified physician anesthesiologist.

Ashley Magaree ’95, Senior Vice President of Genentech’s Commercial Portfolio organization where she provides strategic enterprise leadership, vision and direction for the portfolio of Genentech products. Before that appointment, Ashley was the Senior Vice President of Oncology for Genentech.

Rebecca Boggs Roberts ‘92, has been a journalist, tour guide, producer, forensic anthropologist, political consultant, jazz singer, and radio talk show host, and is the author of several books, including The Suffragist Playbook, Your Guide to Changing the World (with Lucinda Robb).  Currently she is the curator of programming at Planet Word.


This program is hosted by the Princeton Women’s Network (PWN) and co-sponsored by the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P), Association of Black Princeton Alumni (ABPA), Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA), Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA), Princeton Bisexual Transgender Gay and Lesbian Alumni (BTGALA), Native Alumni of Princeton (NAP), Princeton Veterans Alumni Association (PVETS), and the Ad Hoc Committee on Careers and Networking.

All members of the Princeton University community are welcome to participate in this event.

For questions about the panel, please contact Maureen Crough ’83, Chair, PWN Advisory Council.

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