Research shows that a diverse school staff can significantly help students thrive, especially when looking at ethnic and racial diversity among teaching faculty. However, despite advances in equity, the salary gap between gender identity, race, and ethnicity persists.

In this virtual workshop, we will review the growing issues around pay equity and how variations in school compensation can affect morale as well as your legal exposure.  At a time when employee hiring and retention have been challenging, and our schools have had to adjust pay to attract and retain talent, we will review how to manage the potential disparities that may be cropping up among your faculty and staff.  This session will take a closer look at the pay equity laws and how schools can benefit from a thorough audit to stay in compliance, including case studies of particular school issues and how they may be considered based on the particular school and varying state laws.

There will be a combination of content delivery, case study discussion in breakout rooms, and question and answer opportunities.  This workshop is designed for all people who want to learn more about pay equity, how it affects our independent schools, and what we can do about it.  

This workshop is for anyone in your school community, including: 

  • CFOs
  • Directors of HR
  • Board Chairs
  • Board Members and Trustees
  • Heads of School

We encourage you to register a group to allow for deeper discussion within your school.

Dates & Venues

Tuesday, September 26
12:00 – 1:30 PM
This workshop will be presented virtually via Zoom.


Attendees Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
1 – 3 $85/pp $185/pp
4 –  7 (Save 10%) $75/pp $175/pp
4 –  7 (Save 20%) $65/pp $165/pp



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About the Facilitators

Susan Guerette | Partner, Fisher Phillips
Susan Guerette is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. She has a national practice representing management on a wide range of labor and employment matters including defending claims of discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability, and national origin. Susan focuses on litigating cases involving covenants not to compete, non-solicitation, non-use, and non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets, fiduciary duty, duty of loyalty, and similar claims arising from the movement of employees between competitor firms. Susan has litigated more than 400 employee defection and recruitment matters in over 30 different states, as well as numerous arbitration actions before arbitration panels (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)). She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including regional, national, and international securities brokerage, discount stock brokerage, banking, online retailing, food manufacturing and distribution, industrial gas distribution, healthcare staffing and placement, computer hardware/software sales and distribution, computer consulting and services, medical and dental practice, life insurance companies, professional employee search and placement, temporary professional staffing and medical device companies. Susan is also a member of the firm’s Education Practice Group, which represents private educational institutions in employee, student, and board issues. Susan counsels employers on employment policies, immigration issues, and compliance with local, state, and federal statutes. She drafts and reviews employer policies and severance agreements and negotiates employee compensation and employment agreements. In addition to her litigation practice, Susan helps clients develop and implement coordinated programs to protect against employee defection, and to minimize the risks that arise when hiring employees from competitors. Susan is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2011. She was also named to International Employment Lawyers’ inaugural “Women Leaders” list in 2022.

Cheryl Pinarchick | Managing Regional Partner, Fisher Phillips
Cheryl Pinarchick is the managing partner of Fisher Phillips’ Boston office and co-chair of the Pay Equity Practice Group. Cheryl has extensive experience handling all aspects of employment litigation, including trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States and in arbitrations. She has successfully defended employment actions alleging wrongful termination, employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour violations, retaliation, and other related claims. She has also successfully prosecuted and defended trade secrets and non-competition agreements in numerous jurisdictions. With the patchwork of state and local pay equity and pay transparency laws, Cheryl dedicates significant time to the legal issues surrounding pay equality and pay transparency, including counseling employers on best practices and legal compliance, conducting pay equity evaluations, and representing employers in litigation involving pay equity issues.   She is a frequent presenter on pay equity and pay transparency both locally and nationally and has been quoted in several high-profile publications, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Law, Boston Business Journal, and ACC Docket. Cheryl has also appeared on CNN and Boston’s NBC News Station.

Join Your Peers
We are happy to welcome your team to this workshop along with staff from fellow New England independent schools, including:
  • The Advent School
  • Amherst Montessori School
  • Apple Orchard School
  • Applewild School
  • Atrium School
  • Belmont Day School
  • The Bement School
  • Berwick Academy
  • Brookwood School
  • Cambridge-Ellis School
  • The Cambridge School of Weston
  • Carroll School
  • Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall
  • The Common School
  • Commonwealth School
  • Cushing Academy
  • Derby Academy
  • The Derryfield School
  • Falmouth Academy
  • Fayerweather Street School
  • The Fenn School
  • The Foote School
  • Friends School of Portland
  • Gann Academy
  • Glen Urquhart School
  • Gould Academy
  • High Mowing School
  • Inly School
  • International School of Boston
  • Landmark School
  • Lexington Montessori School
  • Lincoln Academy
  • Middlesex School
  • Miss Hall’s School
  • Moses Brown School
  • Notre Dame Academy, Hingham
  • Oliverian School
  • The Park School
  • Pingree School
  • Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Princeton Day School
  • Sage School
  • St. George’s School
  • St. Andrew’s School
  • Shady Hill School
  • Summit Montessori School
  • Tabor Academy
  • Thayer Academy
  • Waldorf School of Lexington
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
  • The Wheeler School

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to Cancellations received up to 10 days before the start of the event will receive a 100% refund, less a $100 administrative fee. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 3 business days before the start of the event, or the first event of a series of events.

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