Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay (LEEP) Toolkit

Today, June 8th, at a lunch hour digital event Change The Story VT, the partnership initiative of Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Commission on Women, and the Vermont Women's Fund, launched a toolkit filled with new, easy-to-use, free-to-you, DIY pay equity tools!

The Leaders for Equity and Equal Pay Toolkit is a free resource to empower small to mid-size employers (any organization with under 400 employees) with the tools to conduct in-house, DIY gender and racial pay equity reviews. The Toolkit includes the excel-based Equity Management Tool and the companion Pay Equity Playbook as well as an interactive Compensation Philosophy Worksheet, Pay Equity Plan Template, and Performance Rubric.  Download the toolkit from our partnership initiative Change The Story VT.

The event and the kit is inspired to empower Vermont’s small to mid-size employers (with fewer than 400 employees) with the tools to conduct ongoing gender and racial pay equity reviews. Attendees were introduced to the innovative new Equity Management Tool and companion Playbook, gleaned knowledge from a national pay equity expert, and were inspired by Vermont employers who have implemented workplace pay equity practices.

Vermont employers, compensation experts and LEEP Toolkit developers were featured a roundtable discussion featuring:

•    Mara Neufeld Rivera, SHRM-SCP, Vice President/Head of People & Culture at Chroma Technology Corporation
•    Lisa Yaeger, Chief Equity, People & Culture Officer at Vermont Foodbank
•    Duane Peterson, Co-President and Founder of SunCommon
•    Krysta Sadowski, Equity & Talent Strategy Consultant
•    Frank Sadowski, Sadowski Consulting Services
•    Moderated by Kerin Durfee, Commissioner with Vermont Commission on Women and the new Director of Burlington’s Human Resources Department

Participants took away a deeper knowledge of gender and racial pay equity from special guest Evelyn Murphy, Ph.D. economist, founder and president of the nationwide, grassroots activist organization The WAGE Project, Inc., and author of Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It. Dr. Murphy was the first woman to hold constitutional office in Massachusetts when she was elected Lt. Governor in the mid-80s, having served previously as the state’s Secretary of Environmental Affairs, and as Secretary of Economic Affairs. She currently serves as co-chair of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, a public-private partnership dedicated to eliminating the gender/racial wage gap in the greater Boston area.  Our thanks to all who participated.