Volunteer Profiles: Beverly Munson

As a former HR executive, Bev has first-hand experience with the gender pay gap and how it results in a lifetime of lost income for women. That’s why after working with the AAUW Hawaii Legislative team to pass local pay equity laws, Bev committed herself to expanding and refining the WorkSmart program for the women of Hawaii.

WorkSmart is a workshop designed by AAUW National, intended to teach women how to negotiate for job salaries and raises. Bev recognized the importance of this skill and added elements to the program that could further empower local women, including networking, knowledge of specific state laws, and how to create a professional presence. After leading a team of three other AAUW volunteers in crafting a powerpoint presentation and script, the Wahine Working Smart Forum was born. A live workshop took place in May 2019 and again in November 2019, with over 75 women in total attendance. Though the team was unable to host a live workshop in 2020 due to COVID-19, Bev led the restructuring of Wahine Working Smart to a Zoom format and with the support of the University of Hawaii Alumni Foundation, the team presented the workshop online to over 100 participants.

“It was such a wonderful opportunity to continue using the skills I’d developed in my career,” says Bev. “However, I got more than I gave. I met so many intelligent and engaging women through these Work Smart Programs who have now become special friends. I am especially grateful for the talent and energy put forth by my Work Smart Teammates. They are true treasures! Volunteering with AAUW has enhanced my life in so many ways, I can’t list them all!”

Thank you Bev for your dedication to advancing the women of Hawaii!

Interested in learning more about how you can participate in AAUW Honolulu programs? Email info@aauwhonolulu.org for more details.