In November, Ladies Get Paid hosted its Get Money Get Paid experience at the Brooklyn Expo Center. A thousand attendees bought the $119 tickets for fireside chats, workshops, and panels that aimed to “focus on the skills you need to get ahead in your career, put money in your pocket, and help other women along the way.”
The event drew more than three dozen sponsors, such as Comcast NBCUniversal, Bumble Bizz, and Smartwater. In an interview following the conference, Ladies Get Paid co-founder Ashley Louise said she wants to be rich, and that part of the Ladies Get Paid mission is making it O.K. for women to talk about personal enrichment. Still, greatly enriching its own speakers hasn’t yet been possible. Louise said that every person who didn’t appear on behalf of a sponsor and spoke at the conference received compensation, most often in the form of a $300-to-$500 speaking fee, even for women who usually command $20,000, because that’s what Ladies Get Paid can afford.