Salary Negotiations & Evaluating Equity and Stock Offers

Mixmax, Inc. - 512 2nd St San Francisco - View Map Girl Develop It San Francisco
Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 6:00 PM (PDT)

About this event


What do you do when you get past the interview, and now it's time to negotiate your salary? Do you always take what they offer? Are you worried you'll lose the offer if you negotiate? How do you know when you can ask for more? What are the rules?

Don't worry, we've got your back. Negotiation is a process and it benefits from stories, data, and practice!

Here are some of the key skills we'll discuss and practice:
• Power moves that can help you during the negotiation process
• Using public data and tools to identify the market rate for your skills
• Identifying key areas that differentiate you from the pool of candidates you are in
• What information to reveal and what not to reveal during the process
• Which questions to ask a recruiter (and what they legally have to provide a response for!)
• How to leverage multiple offers (even when you don't want one of them)


How do you evaluate the potential and comparability of the offer you've received? What options do you have for negotiating an offer to your advantage, and how can you make the most of it?

Companies often justify lower salaries with promises of huge stock returns, but the laws and options are complex, and values are difficult to evaluate against an uncertain future.

We'll help you wade through the sea of terms, options, and outcomes so you'll feel prepared to make these choices for yourself when you receive your next equity offer, or in leveraging options you already have.



Liz Howard has been leveling up engineers in Silicon Valley as the founder of Hackbright Academy, and as a wandering professor through Tradecraft, Galvanize, Girl Develop It,, and more. She's also been the CTO of and Hipcamp, as well as having nearly two decades of engineering experience. She's hired dozens of technology professionals and helped coach thousands of engineers into new roles. She currently runs programs at, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping students across the country discover and improve their talents in professional computer science and engineering.

Jessica Parsons (@verythorough) has spent half her life teaching, and a quarter of it developing for the web. She currently combines those passions as a documentation engineer at Netlify. She also develops and teaches workshops on topics including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Git, terminal commands, and even stock options.



Girl Develop It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our mission is to create welcoming and supportive opportunities for women and non-binary adults to learn software development skills. Through classes, projects, and events, GDI students develop code, confidence, and community.


Many thanks to our sponsor, Mixmax (!


Girl Develop It events are open to everyone. Please review our Code of Conduct ( before attending.


Thursday, Aug 8
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)


Mixmax, Inc.
512 2nd St San Francisco