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"Zafreen uses in-depth salary research and customizes scripting to help women negotiate with confidence"
Welcome! I'm Zafreen - start-up professional by day and salary negotiation strategist by, well, all other times. I live in Chicago with my husband, daughter and pup and in my free time I love catching sunshine, going on long runs through the city, and helping women level up their pay.
I put my whole self into a previous job (my first mistake) with my eyes on a single carrot dangling in front of me - a 30%+ raise at my promotion.
When I was promoted and only offered a 13% bump, I was crushed. I took a step back, strategized, prepared, and negotiated a 33% increase in place of the 13%.
Now, let me help you get the pay you deserve!
I help reduce pay inequity, one negotiation at a time. How?
By empowering early to mid-career women to negotiate the salary they deserve, have a right to, and need in order to build wealth for themselves and generations to come.
My approach is grounded in the core strategies I've learned from salary negotiations over the years -- including in-depth salary research and thoughtful scripting.
I present to groups on industry-specific best practices for salary negotiation. I also provide 1-on-1 coaching services on a
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1, 60 min strategy session - This is for you if you have general questions about how to negotiate. We'll talk through different scenarios to expect and get you closer to a script you can use for your negotiation
4, 1:1 coaching sessions to the salary you deserve - This is for you if you want to go through the instrumental prep steps for a successful negotiation. You'll walk away knowing how much to ask for, how to ask for it, a detailed script for different scenarios that may arise, and other tips and tricks
I'll customize our approach for the specific conversation you're having:
I knew right away Zafreen was the perfect fit to be a guest speaker at my company’s Women’s Associate Resource Group. From the start Zafreen was enthusiastic, responsive, and professional. In our initial emails, I explained what our objectives were, and Zafreen took it from there. She put together a thoughtful presentation, and asked for feedback before the event, which helped us to zero in on what we wanted to highlight. The presentation was a hit, and our associates gave us only positive feedback (did I mention Zafreen has great presentation skills?) Her presence, personal brand, and messaging is incredibly relevant in 2021. Overall, I enjoyed working with Zafreen and I would highly recommend her. Five stars!!
- Jacq; Marcum LLP - Women's Associate Resource Group
Zafreen hosted a group training for our organization, which includes women from a variety of industries and professional backgrounds. Through the training, she helped to reframe the mindset around negotiation, addressed tactics for avoiding common pitfalls, and most importantly helped participants to develop a plan for setting up a successful, win-win negotiation. Participants left the training with a new outlook on negotiating, feeling confident and prepared.
- Narissa; Junior League Baltimore
Zafreen delivered an amazing presentation on how to navigate salary negotiations. She touched on both the tactical how-tos as well as the mindset hurdles that so many women face. Those in attendance expressed deep appreciation for the information that Zafreen shared. It exceeded our expectations and I highly recommend her for negotiation support!
- Catherine; Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association
Zafreen helped me craft a script for my salary negotiation that was specific to my concerns based on my relationship with my boss and company. Using the script, I was able to double the raise I had previously been offered from 12% to 24%! Not only that -- the effects of the conversation I had using this script lasted well beyond one conversation. When it was time for my next promotion, I received a salary adjustment due to the specific points I had brought up in my previous conversations using the scripts Zafreen helped me prepare.
From before I worked with Zafreen to this most recent conversation at work I have seen a 44% increase in my annual salary! Before working with Zafreen I honestly did not have the confidence to ask for so much and I couldn't have dreamed of getting to this point.
- Anonymous client; Industry: Marketing
Zafreen is IT! To say she is a wealth of knowledge is really not saying enough. Her ability to craft tailored and strategic responses for your situation (on the spot!) is incredible. She made me feel prepared, powerful and ready to have what I once viewed as a tough conversation. I'm now looking forward to it because I'm armed with all the tools I could possibly have. My experience was so empowering.
- Pamela; Industry: Law
Zafreen is so encouraging, inspirational and professional! I have tried negotiating in the past, but usually backed down at the first pushback and always felt self-conscious about trying. Zafreen’s approach and script made me so confident walking into the negotiation, and the conversation went well! I’ve since had multiple productive conversations with my manager. Our entire relationship has improved due to the freedom of transparency, and I’m also learning so much through this experience that will make me a better negotiator going forward, as well as a better advocate and manager of my own staff.
- Mil; Industry: Finance
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Find me on Instagram and TikTok @thepaywedeserve for tips and tricks in the meantime. Thanks!