Bridging the Gap: Stop Undervaluing Your Time and Talent

Propelle Bridging the Gap Panel Discussion | Photo Credit: Porter Loves Photography

Did you know that in the state of Pennsylvania women earn 76% of what men earn?

Elana Schlenkler is bringing attention to the wage gap by setting up shop in different cities around the country. Each installment of the <100 project offers work from exceptional women artists, makers, and entrepreneurs from throughout the US, priced to reflect the wage gap in its respective location.

The inaugural shop, 76<100, focused on the wage gap in Pennsylvania during the month of April.

When Elana reached out to us to see if we’d be interested in hosting an event in the shop, it was a no brainer for us to be involved.

Propelle Bridging the Gap Panel Discussion | Photo Credit: Porter Loves Photography

Our event—a panel discussion on confidence, pricing, and self-worth—was held on April 23rd.

We spent the evening talking about the wage gap and exploring this topic specifically through the eyes of women entrepreneurs.

While being your own boss means you won’t be negotiating a salary, it does not mean you escape the impact of gender and how we as women are perceived or valued.

The super smart women on the panel:

Propelle Bridging the Gap Panel Discussion | Photo Credit: Porter Loves Photography

The biggest takeaways from the evening:

+ Stop apologizing.

+ Make more mistakes.

+ It's not personal. It's just business.

Throughout the evening, our panelists shared the impact of these three concepts in their business and in their lives as a whole.

It was a powerful and candid discussion that inspired the women in the room to evaluate their own attitudes and beliefs around business and money.

Propelle Bridging the Gap Panel Discussion | Photo Credit: Porter Loves Photography

Oh, and did we mention that the shop + event made both local and national news?

Totally badass.

Many thanks to Elana for bringing this conversation to the forefront, to our fabulous panelists for sharing their stories and ideas with us, and to Nathan Shaulis from Porter Loves Photography for the amazing photos from the event.