Soutiens & WMC Public Health Consulting present

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So many speakers, so little time!

Have access to all content until Sept 2021!


Module 1: A Model for Creating Change:

             Lessons from DEI, ERGs, and Other Culture Changers

Module 2: Keys to Success:

             Flexibility, Childcare, and Other Issues that Matter to Parents

Module 3: Caring for the Caregivers:

            Mental Health, Physical Health, and Employee Wellbeing

Innovation Lounge

            A library of experts available throughout the summit

Module 1: A Model for Creating Change:

Lessons from DEI, ERGs, and Other Culture Changers


Coffee Conversation: Imagining a Better Way

          Amanda Hemm, Liz Simpler, & Sarah Douglas

Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we kick-off 3 days of re-imagining workplaces. Today is all about learning from successful models of change and applying these lessons to the way that we are supporting parents.


We Can't Dismantle Systemic Racism with Unconcious Bias Training

             Eric Ratinoff, The Mouse & The Elephant

Since the killing of George Floyd, people are waking up to the impacts of systemic racism. But many organizations are responding with more of the same: statements of solidarity, diversity councils, unconscious bias training.


This moment calls for something different. Systemic racism won’t be dismantled by the traditional tools of diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Unconscious bias training is not enough. Neither is reading “White Fragility.” To eradicate systemic racism, we must address systems and structures that produce it upstream, not just individual incidents of bias downstream.


This session will explore how to identify and address upstream problems in pursuit of equity.


Roundtable: ERG Leaders Leading With Experience

          Colleen Puzzo, SimpliSafe

          Hayley Krecker, Toast

          Melissa Massardo, athenaHealth

          Sarah Rosehill, Akamai Technologies Inc

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) often act as a bridge between employees and upper-level management. They are the voices of the employees, advocating for resources, support, and education. In this roundtable, ERG leaders from various organizations share what they are hearing, their struggles and successes, and how they are driving change within their organizations.


Parent Inclusive Workplaces

            Amanda Hemm & Sarah Douglas, Soutiens

Progressive businesses know that it’s no longer good enough to turn a blind eye to parental status. Working parents and caregivers have needs beyond the workplace and the role their employer takes can cause them to succeed or fail. They realize that to attract, retain, and support parents in the workplace, they need to do more. 


In this session, we will discuss what it means to be a parent inclusive workplace including key success factors, the importance of gender-neutral language, the power of community, and communicating expectations.


Supporting Women Through the Continuum of Employment

            Ashely Connell, Prowess Project

30% of women are considering leaving the workforce due to the effects of COVID-19. 


Your company is bleeding female talent.  Based on statistics, we know that gender diversity is key to profitability. How do you support women before, during and after they are part of your workforce?


We’ll deep dive into the problems that working women face at each stage (backed by data) and share solutions that they wish you knew.


Module 2: Keys to Success: 

Flexibility, Childcare, and Other Issues that Matter to Parents


Coffee Conversion: Examining the gaps

          Amanda Hemm, Liz Simpler, & Sarah Douglas 

The past months have magnified the challenges that working parents face and made them seem like gaps that cannot be spanned. Refresh your coffee mug and have a conversation about what working parents need to succeed and how employers can support them.


Flexing for Good, the Role of the Employer in Working Parenthood 

            Debi Yadegari, Villyge

The pandemic has shone a light on the intersection of home and work and highlighted the inability of employees to separate the roles of professional and parent. Help is necessary. Now is the time for employers to flex for good, by increasing their support for working parents and committing to long-term flexible work arrangements. We will examine the seismic shifts that have taken place within the virtual workplace and explore the employer’s duty (and financial incentive) to support its working parents post-pandemic.


Supporting working parents through COVID’s work/life challenges

            Lynn Perkins, Urban Sitter & Sarahjane Sacchetti, Cleo

Working parents are facing the stark reality that school and child care will continue to be an uncertainty for the long term. According to a recent study, 1 in 5 working parents are more likely to quit their jobs right now versus pre-COVID. To prevent this loss, employers must seek out child care solutions as part of their return to work strategy.

We will cover:

- Insights from our recent studies on the state of working parents in the age of COVID-19

- Creative employer approaches to child care and child education solutions

- Best practices for supporting working parents’ productivity and retention

Feeding Your Family & Career: The Power of Community

            Amy VanHaren, pumpspotting

Navigating nursing, pumping, and feeding has always been isolating, complex, and emotionally and logistically disruptive. Now, it’s intensified. Support for feeding families has never mattered more, not just to the parents you employ, but to a business’s productivity, morale, and bottom line. 


In this session, we will share what we’ve learned from over 30,000 parents in our community about the needs of feeding families in the workplace. Through stories from parents in the trenches we’ll explore:

    • what it’s really like for new parents to navigate the working, feeding reality

    • how lack of support is negatively impacting your organization 

    • and why now, more than ever, parents need community so they don’t have to choose between feeding their family or their career


Module 3: Caring for the Caregivers: 

Mental Health, Physical Health, and Employee Wellbeing

Coffee Conversion: The Bridge from Public Health to Healthy Employees 

          Amanda Hemm, Liz Simpler, & Sarah Douglas

Our approach to employee well-being is rooted in public health. From maternal health to mental health to health promotion, lessons from public health permeate the workplace. Bring your cup of joe to this thought-provoking conversation.


Looking Ahead: Prioritizing Mental Well-being

            Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWP, Advancing Wellness

Mental well-being matters. And it matters even more in times of uncertainty and as we look ahead to the future of the workplace. Businesses can no longer ignore the importance of mental well-being of their workforce. Strong mental well-being is essential for employees to thrive. After this webinar, you will:

- Understand the barriers to supporting mental well-being in the workplace

- Describe approaches to supporting mental well-being in the workplace

- Identify ways to proactively address prevention and inclusive approaches for mental well-being.


Roundtable: Lessons from Public Health Professionals

            Adelaide Harris, BA, BMidwif, Black Beetle Health

            Giana Vasconcellos, MPH, CHHS, WMC Public Health Consulting

            Leonore Okwara, MPH, Public Health Research Consulting

            Liz Simpler, MPH CWWS, WMC Public Health Consulting

            Omari Richins, MPH, Mat-Su Health Foundation

Lessons From Public Health Professionals: Health outcomes, inclusion, and support for communities and businesses

Learn from public health professionals working in the field on building better supports for businesses and communities by driving positive health outcomes, inclusive environments, and support for parents.


The History of Women's Health Disparities and Current Impacts

            Christie VanHorne, M.Ed, MPH, CVH Consulting

With a look back in history, participants will better understand how public health and medicine continue to impact our society's health and social factors. We will discuss topics such as paid leave, food security, and access to healthcare.

Promoting Maternal Health in the Workplace

            Liz Simpler, MPH CWWS & Giana Vasconcellos, MPH, CHHSWMC Public Health Consulting

Within this interactive presentation organizations will walk away with the understanding of health outcomes of working parents and how these directly impact business health, productivity, retention, and more.

What Will You Carry Forward?

            Amanda Hemm, Soutiens

            Liz Simpler, MPH CWWS, WMC Public Health Consulting

            Sarah Douglas, Soutiens


Innovation Lounge

Hidden Gems: Helping Employees Find Affordable, Accessible, Safe Childcare 

Bridget Garsh, NeighborSchools

It is no secret that without childcare parents can’t return to work. Within the current environment, many parents are struggling to find childcare that is affordable and accessible. Additionally, parents may not want their children to attend larger centers where their exposure is greater. Parents need to look beyond the usual childcare options to find hidden gems.


Bridget Garsh, COO and founder of NeighborSchools shares her insights on the childcare industry and the role that home daycare providers can play in providing affordable, accessible, safe childcare.


What Leaders Need to Know About Black Working Mothers

Gwen Turner, Steele & Grace

As companies examine their equity practices, it is important to recognize the needs of Black Working Mothers. Gwen Turner examines why companies need to take an intentional stance on creating lasting, meaningful change for working black mothers. She shares resources, action steps, and wisdom in this half-hour conversation.

Push: A New Approach to Maternal Health

Jacqueline McLeeland, Push

Jacqueline McLeeland, Founder and President of Push Birth Partners, joins Liz Simpler to discuss improving maternal health experiences and outcomes. With recognition of the need for improved quality of care, accessibility, and cultural humility, this session will explore how public health professionals, community healthcare workers, and other advocates are making a difference.


Inclusive Benefits Design

Liz Spath, Mercer

During this session, we will explain how traditional employee benefit programs fail to support the diversity and inclusion goals of well-intended employers.


We’ll provide trend data on typical family planning, time off, and women’s health benefits. We’ll go deep on how to assess your current benefit programs, identify under-served populations, and build a strong business case to get your leaders on board.


Whether you’re already a “best-place-to-work” or just beginning your journey toward workplace excellence, you will get practical advice on how to design an inclusive program, sending a clear and tangible signal of a culture that will attract, retain and motivate diverse talent.

The US Childcare Crisis: Employer's Opportunity to Show Up for Working Parents 

Pedro Silva, Arvorie

The challenge of finding reliable, high-quality AND affordable childcare is not new but COVID-19 has highlighted the gaps in our system. Working parents are struggling more than ever with 27% expected to leave the workforce due to childcare challenges. 80% of working mothers are taking on the majority of childcare responsibilities so we can guess who will be leaving the workforce first. Working parents need support. Organizations that prioritize this are sure to see greater talent retention, diversity and overall company growth.

Fireside Chat: Solving the Childcare Crisis

Priya Amin & Marni Pastor, Flexable

Talk with Priya Amin (CEO) and Marni Pastor (COO) about the current childcare crisis and innovative ways that parents and organizations are looking to solve it.

Stories from the Field: Parenting During COVID-19 

Rebecca Michelson, University of Washington

Learn findings from a study on parents’ experiences with technology in the home during this pandemic, conducted by a team of University of Washington researchers. We used the Asynchronous Remote Communities (ARC) method to identify and share the greatest stressors families face during these times, and to make design recommendations for improving everyday family tools such as remote learning technologies. This presentation will highlight stories that focus on struggles of working and managing childcare needs during a pandemic, with a focus on considering wholistic approaches to supporting families.

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