Ask For It celebrates one year

A letter from founder and CEO Alex Dickinson:

It's our first birthday! If you'd asked me about this time last year how I was doing, I would have given you a mixed review. I had recently been rejected from my dream job - for the second time - and then laid off. Yes, I had started this side project about negotiation that I thought was interesting, but I wasn't at all sure what it would turn in to.

Fast forward to August 2016 and I can't believe how far we've come. Our mission at Ask For It is to foster confidence and inspiration in leadership and life. We've spent this past year laying a foundation of training, action and change. I'm so proud of all that we've accomplished and look forward to big things to come.

Here's a snapshot of our first year in review:

1000+ people trained

With a diverse client set including institutions like General AssemblyEmerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Columbia University, we've trained over 1000 women and men to develop the confidence and skills they need to be effective, respectful advocates - both for themselves and their colleagues, partners and teams.

 

Strong partnerships

We couldn't do it alone. Partnering with other like-minded companies is a win-win. From being a mentor at Career Contessa to giving webinars with Levo to hosting an equal pay day seminar with The Lady Project, we're proud to work alongside other mission-driven organizations.

 

Big opportunity

This year we were selected to join The Circular Board, a collaborative accelerator for growth-oriented female entrepreneurs. Through our work in the accelerator, we refined our mission, defined our visual identity (have you seen our new manifesto yet?) and crystallized the work we need to do to drive our business forward.

 

Paying it forward

We are passionate about closing the gender wage gap by supporting women and girls with the tools and expertise they need to overcome barriers and achieve their goals. We are proud to support pro-women organizations like the Girl Scouts Leadership Institute, She's the First and Finding the Fabulous.

 

In the press

It's exciting when you get recognized for doing what you love. Some of our favorite mentions this year came from HelloFlo and So Money.

 

thank you

I couldn't do any of this without support of an incredible team and the inspiration of other incredible women entrepreneurs who I've had the privilege to learn from and befriend. Tom, Valerie, Sierra and Julie: thank you for your confidence in me and your belief in my mission.

onward

We've got big plans for the year ahead, so please follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn to stay in touch!

Warmly,

Alex
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Alexandra Dickinson

Alexandra Dickinson is the CEO and founder of Ask For It, a boutique consulting company working to close the gender wage gap by effecting change at both the institutional and individual level. We work with companies, schools, organizations and individuals through a combination of trainings, workshops and consulting. Our goal is for women and men to be paid based on their talents and skills, regardless of gender, and for our company to have been an important part of that change.