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UCWBG Members' Lunch at Golan & Christie-Salary Negotiations

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Golan and Christie
Golan and Christie
70 W. Madison, 15th Floor
Chicago, IL  60602

Khloe U Karova
312-316-8120 (p)
Professional Development event
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Advance Only
Attendees bring their own lunch. Beverages will be provided.
This is the UCBWG's regular third Thursday lunch led by a UCWBG board member. A different topic will be the focus of each lunch, though some are unstructured. If you have a recommended topic, contact Khloe Karova, MBA 2006, at or call her 312.316.8120.

Laura Balson, partner at Golan & Christie, will offer tips on salary negotiations, non-competes and other employment matters. Now that the economy is growing, women have more options and leverage when asking for a promotion or raise. Laura will cover the basics for those looking to advance in their current company or considering making a move to an established firm or start-up. This is Laura's second appearance at a UCWBG event. In 2013, she was a clinic expert at The Entrepreneurship Thing.

Bring your own lunch and refresh your negotiating skills. Beverages will be provided. Register no later than 1 day in advance so your name can be added to the security list. Location of the lunch is at 

Golan & Christie
Suite 1500
70 West Madison Street

About the speaker:


Laura Balson is a partner with the firm of Golan & Christie, where she has practiced law since 2007. Prior to that, Laura practiced at a firm in Maine. She represents clients in the areas of employment counseling and general business litigation, including commercial contract disputes and employee non-competition agreements. She received her under-graduate degree from Bates College in Maine in 2001 and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 2005.


Laura works closely with her colleague, Golan & Christie partner Barbara Yong, who frequently speaks on the topic of The Wage Gap:  Does it Exist and What Can We Do About It.  Laura and Barbara have organized a coalition of more than thirty different women’s advocacy organizations to put on an annual Equal Pay Day Rally in downtown Chicago, which attracts national media attention.  At the 2014 Rally, Laura was interviewed and appeared in a featured segment of the national broadcast of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.  Laura has spoken at Northwestern University School of Law on behalf of the Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Club’s IFBW and the national ERA Campaign about the status of the Equal Rights Amendment, as a part of a symposium in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the ERA’s passage by Congress.


Laura lives in Northfield, a northern suburb of Chicago, with her husband Matt, their daughter, Grace and son, Aden.

Laura can be reached at

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