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“The Art of Negotiation” – Project Grow

This week, our Project Grow students from Marian University and Ivy Tech participated in their Third module class, “The Art of Negotiation”. Both colleges have partnered with USA Funds and Mentoring Women’s Network to have fifty of their female students act as protégées and go through the mentoring program and have been participating in the four-module course to help them grow their networks and continue to leverage their skills towards success.

In the Third module, students discussed ways to maximize and enhance their skill sets in order to negotiate as a professional woman. “These students are so well-rounded and have such passion to invest in themselves to continue to grow both personally and professionally,” Samantha Lawson reflected, the National Program Director and Facilitator of the module, “I know this class on negotiation was truly eye- opening and helpful, especially as these students begin pondering what their next opportunity will be.”

The fourth and final module, “Networking with Intention”, is to take place in March. In the interim, students will be using the online software to get matched with mentors across the nation.

How to get involved?

If you are interested in being a mentor and joining the movement, please feel free to contact

Samantha Lawson at

See some photos from the class below 





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Meet one of the many women a part of the Project Grow Program below!








Alison Martin-Books
Alison Martin-Books
With impressive background work and roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Alison Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization.

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