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Black Women's Equal Pay Day : Know Your Worth (Nashville)

  • Tech Hill Commons 500 Interstate Boulevard South #200 Nashville, TN 37210 (map)
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This year we are honoring black women's equal pay day (August 22) with a panel showcasing black women financial experts who will share best practice for advocating for equality when it comes to negotiating salaries or freelance rates. For this panel we are so excited to be partnering with Lemons 2 Lemonade!

We will discuss why black women receiving equal pay is important to closing the racial wealth gap.

This event is for all people who want to hear experiences of fighting for equal pay as a black woman.

This panel is hosted by Brittney Oliver of Lemons 2 Lemonade.

Our panelists are:

Cassandra Williams is an experienced Human Resources leader with a background primarily within the healthcare industry contributing her HR expertise for both start-up companies and more established businesses. Cassandra is currently the head of Human Resources for Verus Healthcare, in Brentwood, TN. She is also the founder of Career Talk With Cassandra, a career coaching brand dedicated to helping women find happiness and success in their careers as well as Coins Over Gossip, a leadership development brand for black career women.

Cassandra’s educational credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Tennessee State University and Master of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Belmont University. In 2010, Cassandra obtained her Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR). Cassandra prides herself on being an innovative HR leader and strives daily to offer non-traditional, out of the box workforce solutions.


Cassandra has many accomplishments, her work as a Career Coach and Blogger has been featured in Swagher.net “5 Keys to Interviewing Fearlessly” and “Finding your voice in the workplace.” She was also featured on HR.com the largest network for HR professionals with over 250,000 members worldwide. Cassandra has been a speaker for Operation Stand Down (OSDTN), The Brentwood United Career Transition Support Group and Empowerment, Inc. She appeared as a guest on the Sistah Speak radio show 760 AM Gospel station as well as News Channel 5+, Urban Outlook.

Dr. Ashley Williams grew up in Humboldt, TN only a few minutes from Jackson. She earned a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of TN at Chattanooga. She then graduated from Union University School of Pharmacy as a part of the inaugural class of 2012.

While at Union she was able to serve as Class President, Phi Lambda Sigma president, Admissions committee student representative and APhA Membership Vice President. Dr. Williams currently resides in Nashville with her husband Darius Williams and daughter Jordyn where she is the pharmacy manager at an independent pharmacy. In her spare time she loves spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling.

Mitra Sharifi is a Money + Mindset Coach and Speaker, Founder of the Psychology of Spending, and host of @MoneyTalksConvo, a live couch conversation series that includes open dialogue on how to navigate in a world where “Money Talks” through social advantage, power, and control. Originally a pre-med major at Vanderbilt University, Mitra changed her major after deciding helping people was her calling and she did not need the prestigious title of Dr. to do so. With a fascination for the mind and behavior, Mitra found a passion for psychology and completed her bachelor’s followed by a Master’s degree (the first in her family) in Clinical Psychology. The educational system “failed” her when she could not find anyone to hire her and provide the experience required by employers during what would later be known to millennials as the financial crisis. After some odd end jobs, Mitra ended up working in the mortgage industry. It was here her love of finance was born, where she noticed patterns and behaviors around spending. When hitting her goal income of 6 figures did not bring her the happiness and inner peace she desired (leaving her more unfulfilled), Mitra realized she was out of alignment with her authentic self and knew she had to make a change focusing on the impact, not on the money this time. After marrying her passions of psychology and finance, the Psychology of Spending was born. Her mission is to normalize money conversation and eliminate cycles of guilt, shame, and avoidance so many experience. Mitra is intentional about helping people elevate their money mindsets and truly step into their purpose, creating the lives they imagine.

Manessa Lazare is a Human Resources Business Partner with seven years of progressive experience as an HR Professional. Her passion is providing HR solutions for her clients by providing strategic support for large employee populations in the medical and corporate environments through technology, compliance and people.

Manessa holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Manessa is an active member of many prominent HR organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) both on the national and local level and The National Association of African American’s in Human Resources (NAAAHR), the Miami Chapter.

Manessa enjoys spending time with her family, playing dodgeball, and dancing. Maness’s goal is to own her own HR Consulting company and start a podcast. where she shares her knowledge and passion for HR.

Miranda Smith is a woman who wears many hats. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and marketing, but quickly found her passion in technology sales. She is a serial entrepreneur always looking to inspire others. With a sales and marketing background she has experience in the corporate and freelance world. Currently she is working with Ladies Get Paid To produce and run their social media content. On any given day you can find her fighting for equality or making salsa for her Nashville Salsa Company.

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