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FightingforEqualPay:HowWeUsed$200toHelpChangetheLivesofWomenAroundtheWorld

Tiffany Pham
Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
25d New York, NY Story
Fighting for Equal Pay: How We Used $200 to Help Change the Lives of Women Around the World

Mogul was started with just $200. I was burdened by student loans and had limited money to place into a bank account that would become the initial funds for Mogul.

With so little funds, I worked multiple underpaying jobs simultaneously; and so, in order to build Mogul's initial version, teaching myself how to code proved a necessity. Our early years were not without challenge, as we fought against the clock to survive. Now, years later, Mogul has become a multi-million dollar company and one of the largest female millennial platforms worldwide. 

In partnership with LUNA and in recognition of Equal Pay Day, Mogul is excited to help close the wage gap by providing millions of women around the world with a platform to share information and access opportunities and knowledge from each other. We love how LUNA is collaborating with Lean In to boldly empower, enlighten and encourage women in the workplace. At Mogul, we strive to bring opportunities to the amazing women in our global community as well through the following ways: 

  • SHARE OF VOICE: Women represent just 15% of share of voice in the US. Mogul encourages women to speak and have courage to share their voices at the earliest stages of their lives and careers.
  • ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: Women represent just 10-20% of top leadership positions. Mogul enables women to gain access to opportunities they would not otherwise have access to; we are therefore accelerating this rate.
  • EDUCATION: There are more than 62MM women who do not have access to an education. For every $1 earned, Mogul has partnered with international organizations to provide a free education to 1 woman in need. Courses include those on career and wage negotiation.

While LUNA is doing an incredible job to advocate for equal pay through discounting their bars by 20% with a matched donation that will fund negotiation workshops, we too are empowering our team at Mogul with opportunities and practices that support wage equality.

Not a single person has resigned from Mogul for the past several years, and that has largely been driven by a focus on the following:

  • SHARE OF VOICE: We have an open door policy at Mogul, and encourage real-time feedback and communication as well as full transparency. We encourage open dialogue, and that is further reinforced as I take each team member out for breakfast each day to remain connected on a personal level and professional level. We also established a Weekly Wins session each Friday to encourage each member of the company to go around and share their latest innovations and milestones achieved for the week; in addition to ending the week on a celebratory note, this also enables us to gain an immediate sense of where additional reward may be warranted.
  • ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: Just as women make up 80% of our platform, women also make up 80% of our leadership team. We regularly issue raises and bonuses throughout the year for reaching goals, without waiting for annual reviews. We provide unlimited vacation, unlimited sick days, flexible remote, and strong health benefits, to ensure that we can accommodate for women on our team that may have otherwise experienced difficulties and thus can continue accelerating in their careers within their current trajectory. We even provide free cars back to homes for anyone still at the office after 10pm to ensure women's safety and career acceleration. We also regularly consider each team members' personal passions that they might have otherwise conducted on the side, and aim to incorporate these as added responsibilities in their professional day-to-day role in a way that is aligned with our mission and overall organization strategy and goals; in this way, we can also further reward each team member with higher pay: a win-win situation. 
  • EDUCATION: I regularly walk around the office and ask each department how more I can support them, what more can I teach them. In this way, education flows throughout our organization as I further connect and bond, with everyone from our executives to our interns. With our executives, I also conduct weekly one-on-one meetings to especially provide support and gain a sense of what further tools and software might enhance their professional skill-sets for their role and beyond. For the wider team, we also purchase access to requested software and books for their professional development as well.

Inside and outside the walls of Mogul, it is exciting to continue our work to help women around the world overcome the gender wage gap. And with LUNA at our side, we know we will never stop fighting until there is equal pay.



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15 comments

  • Kashiana Singh
    25d ago

    Love you for what you do and the authentic voice you bring forth! Wishing you more 

    Love you for what you do and the authentic voice you bring forth! Wishing you more 

  • Sarah Fein
    25d ago

    It is neat to see how this company has grown. Keep going. 

    It is neat to see how this company has grown. Keep going. 

  • ahc328
    25d ago

    I love how Mogul's mission is so empowering!

    I love how Mogul's mission is so empowering!

    • Tiffany Pham
      Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
      25d ago

      <3 Thank you, AHC. All for incredible women like you!

      <3 Thank you, AHC. All for incredible women like you!

  • Priya08
    25d ago

    I came to know about your inspirational success story just today as I was reading about how women like you have carved  themselves into leading ladies and Business women of today. I was intrigued by how you manage to create an office environment just Right, like "Goldie Locks"! I mean who wouldn't want to work for a company for women by a woman with all the ingredients as you mentioned in Share of Voice, Economic opportunity and Education. Among all the goodies ,the one thing that touched my heart is that you didn't forget in the hustle-bustle of success you make an effort to educate a girl  and I quote"For every $1 earned, Mogul has partnered with international organizations to provide a free education to 1 woman in need". 

    I could instantly relate to you ,I am a doctor from India and I moved to USA with my husband for a better life and opportunity for my kid( same boring...story I know!)   some 5 yrs back. My husband is still striving to get that better post and fighting that office politics (the world outside your office is ruthless!).But in all of this I kept my senses stagnant and tried my best to brush up my theory part ,since I couldn't work on H4 visa! Saved some money to earn certification in Healthcare Data Analysis and CAHIMS .Tried volunteering any place I could  find like schools, library and once in a Hospice care. Like you I had promised myself that one day I would have my won healthcare Clinic and would treat at-least 10% of my patients for free. It's one way which keeps people grounded . Alas!!
    Last but not the least,Ms. Pham you inspire and motivate me to go on ....world isn't that bad after all and I hope to see more like YOU !

    I came to know about your inspirational success story just today as I was reading about how women like you have carved  themselves into leading ladies and Business women of today. I was intrigued by how you manage to create an office environment just Right, like "Goldie Locks"! I mean who wouldn't want to work for a company for women by a woman with all the ingredients as you mentioned in Share of Voice, Economic opportunity and Education. Among all the goodies ,the one thing that touched my heart is that you didn't forget in the hustle-bustle of success you make an effort to educate a girl  and I quote"For every $1 earned, Mogul has partnered with international organizations to provide a free education to 1 woman in need". 

    I could instantly relate to you ,I am a doctor from India and I moved to USA with my husband for a better life and opportunity for my kid( same boring...story I know!)   some 5 yrs back. My husband is still striving to get that better post and fighting that office politics (the world outside your office is ruthless!).But in all of this I kept my senses stagnant and tried my best to brush up my theory part ,since I couldn't work on H4 visa! Saved some money to earn certification in Healthcare Data Analysis and CAHIMS .Tried volunteering any place I could  find like schools, library and once in a Hospice care. Like you I had promised myself that one day I would have my won healthcare Clinic and would treat at-least 10% of my patients for free. It's one way which keeps people grounded . Alas!!
    Last but not the least,Ms. Pham you inspire and motivate me to go on ....world isn't that bad after all and I hope to see more like YOU !

    • Tiffany Pham
      Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
      25d ago

      What an absolutely touching story. Thank you so much for sharing this with me, @Priya08 . YOU are an inspiration to me, and I'm so honored to be standing alongside such an incredible hard-working, passionate woman like you, in our journey for women's rights and women's empowerment. 

      What an absolutely touching story. Thank you so much for sharing this with me, @Priya08 . YOU are an inspiration to me, and I'm so honored to be standing alongside such an incredible hard-working, passionate woman like you, in our journey for women's rights and women's empowerment. 

  • Mary Caliendo
    Mary Caliendo writer/blogger/ Influencer/life learner
    24d ago

    We are nurturers, when we care about each other we will fully put ourselves into something 100%, I love how you empower, educate, provide and lift up voices~ this is what attracted me here. Equality and empowering women will help to nurture the future generations of women to come. This is an incredible platform and I am so proud to be part of it!

    We are nurturers, when we care about each other we will fully put ourselves into something 100%, I love how you empower, educate, provide and lift up voices~ this is what attracted me here. Equality and empowering women will help to nurture the future generations of women to come. This is an incredible platform and I am so proud to be part of it!

  • ash_stevens
    25d ago

    They way you take care of women is just incredible. I love this SO MUCH. I can't wait to see what you end up doing (or have already done) for mothers. The need to bond with baby, have time to recover and adjust to the changes of parenthood, the risks of Postpartum Depression (and the factors that can reduce that). All amazing things.

    Thank you for standing for us! You're like Google for Women! But even BETTER!!! <3

    They way you take care of women is just incredible. I love this SO MUCH. I can't wait to see what you end up doing (or have already done) for mothers. The need to bond with baby, have time to recover and adjust to the changes of parenthood, the risks of Postpartum Depression (and the factors that can reduce that). All amazing things.

    Thank you for standing for us! You're like Google for Women! But even BETTER!!! <3

    • Tiffany Pham
      Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
      25d ago

      Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words and thoughts, @ash_stevens ! Thank you for standing so powerfully alongside us to empower women worldwide.

      Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words and thoughts, @ash_stevens ! Thank you for standing so powerfully alongside us to empower women worldwide.

  • CristinaHerrera
    25d ago

    Keep going.

    Keep going.

  • Coach Brian5Kelly
    Coach Brian5Kelly President, Brian Kelly Leadership Coaching
    24d ago

    Tiffany, your story, your relational, inclusive, human leadership style, and the impact you are making globally on women's lives, frankly all humanity as you expand awareness, continue to inspire me.  

    Tiffany, your story, your relational, inclusive, human leadership style, and the impact you are making globally on women's lives, frankly all humanity as you expand awareness, continue to inspire me.  

  • Airen Petalbert
    Airen Petalbert I write my way through life--literally and figuratively.
    18d ago

    Women like you inspire me to become an inspiration to other women, too. Best of luck!

    Women like you inspire me to become an inspiration to other women, too. Best of luck!


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