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First Wednesday of the month Lunch with the League

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Seasons 52
5096 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL  32246

Additional Info:
Monthly Speaker Series
Registration is required before Monday, March 4, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only

First Wednesday Lunch with the League with Dr. Mary GattaCo-Public Policy Director for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Florida

Join us for lunch at Seasons 52 on March 6th, for our First Wednesday Lunch with the League. Dr. Mary Gatta, Co-Public Policy Director for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Florida will be our expert speaker. Mary will talk about the Equal Rights Amendment and Equal Pay Day in Northeast Florida.

Dr. Gatta has over twenty years of teaching, research and advocacy experience working on issues of career education and workforce development in colleges and non-profit organizations. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Providence College and a master’s degree and doctorate in Sociology from Rutgers University.


In her volunteer work, Mary serves as the Co-Public Policy Director for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Florida.  She has also led research for the AAUW in Florida on older women's economic security across race and class.  Through this work she wrote several reports including:  “Women, Economic Insecurity and Aging in the Florida Sunshine”, “Florida’s Hispanic Women – Striving But Not Economically Thriving”,  and “Working Black Women in Florida and Economic Insecurity: A Story of Gender and Racial Inequality.” and  "Women and Economic Insecurity In Sarasota County, Florida"  In addition, she worked on the national AAUW report Limiting Our Livelihoods: The Cumulative Impact of Sexual Harassment on Women’s Careers.

Currently Dr. Gatta is the Director of Research and Policy at the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), where she leads research on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks.

Prior to joining NACE, Dr. Gatta served as an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York-Guttman and Faculty Director of the Ethnographies of Work program. In addition, she was the Research Director at the Rutgers University Center for Women and Work and a Senior Scholar at Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington DC. Dr. Gatta also served on NJ Governor Phil Murphy's Labor and Workforce Development Transition Team.

Dr. Gatta’s work is centered on evidence-based research analysis to develop new solutions to current problems—particularly around economic security, education and workforce policies. In all her research projects she uses an equity and intersectionality lens. Over the years she developed research on job quality, such as workplace flexibility for low-wage workers; workforce development programs and older workers. Her book Waiting on Retirement: Aging and Economic Insecurity in Low Wage Work, on the experiences of older low wage workers was released in October 2018. Her latest book Gentrification Down the Shore (with Molly Makris) explores the connection between jobs, racial inequality and seasonal gentrification and the experiences of longtime residents in the beach-community city of Asbury Park, NJ was released in November 2020.

She has also led research on ways to embed career education and workplaces into the academic curriculum to better ensure student success at college and beyond. Her report Putting Vocation at the Center of the Curriculum (with Nancy Hoffman), highlights the ways students ethnographic research methods and a social science framework to explore work and careers with a critical lens; along with mastering key job-readiness skills.

In addition, she has explored the experiences of women as they navigate One-Stop Career Centers, which led to Mary’s book, All I Want Is a Job! Unemployed Women Navigating the Public Workforce System. She also wrote Not Just Getting By: The New Era of Flexible Workforce Development and Juggling Food and Feelings: Emotional Balance in the Workplace and was an editor of Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System.  

Doors open at 11:20 and lunch will begin at 11:45, followed by the program.

The menu includes a small Field Greens Salad, choice of entree (Chicken Caprese Sandwich, Avocado Toast, or Crab Cake Sandwich), a Mini Indulgence Dessert and beverage (Coffee, Iced Tea, or Soft Drink), at a cost per person of $35.00 for members and their guests. Non-members who purchase tickets will pay an additional $2.00 Technology Convenience fee, for a total of $37.00. 

Tickets are available using the Register Now Button.  Members and non-members are encouraged to attend. Members please "Log In" to pay the $35.00 member fee. Anyone who does not "Log In" will be charged $37.00 for the ticket and Technology Convenience fee! You will be asked to prepay with a credit card and select a sandwich choice at registration. Tickets are non-refundable.

Registration will close on March 3rd, and tickets will not be available at the door. This is an in-person only event, it will not be available on Zoom. Seating is limited so register early!