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Learning From a Crisis About What Working Parents Need

Wed., Aug. 18, 2021


Learning From a Crisis About What Working Parents Need

The pandemic cast a spotlight on America's gaps in supporting its working parents. School was practically the only safety net–until it wasn't. Women left their career tracks en masse. As the economy recovers, what changes can business and government make to help working parents do their jobs well, both at work and home? What are the prospects for child care, family leave, new health-care solutions and financial-wellness programs?


From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


Jackie Butler

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Emily Oster

Brown University

Matt Artz


Natalie Mayslich

Sonia Millsom


Lydia Dishman

Fast Company

Liz Gulliver


Bryan Walsh


Yasi Baiani


Amelia Wilcox


Fanaye Taye

Synchrony Financial

Maribeth Bearfield

Bright Horizons

Kacie Walters

Northern Trust Corp

Jess Podgajny


Brandon Handy

Owens Corning

Mike Civello

Whil, a Rethink Company

Haeli Harris


Kate Perry-Jones

Stanley Black & Decker

Sarah Waltman

Dentsply Sirona

Amy Yamner Jenkins


Angela Nelson

Whil, a Rethink Company

Jennifer Lavoie

Piedmont Healthcare

Michael Rothman




12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 12:25 PM

Opening Remarks – Nick Baily, co-founder, From Day One & Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM

Opening Fireside Chat: Helping Parents Thrive in a New Work Environment

A look at flexibility, location, benefits and personal experience as a parent, from the leader of Salesforce's transformative project to design its next generation of work


Matt Artz, VP of Work From Anywhere, Salesforce


Lydia Dishman, staff editor, Fast Company

12:55 PM - 01:00 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

01:00 PM - 01:20 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight: What ‘Back to School’ Looks Like for Working Parents in a Post-pandemic World

Getting kids back to school and into a more regimented routine after summer can be challenging even under normal circumstances. Add a post-pandemic world into the mix and your working parents are prime candidates for increased levels of stress, anxiety and burnout. Join Angela Nelson, vp and executive director of clinical services and Mike Civello, chief business development officer as they explore what working parents are struggling with most during this difficult time and how caregivers can prepare children for their return to school. Attendees of this session can expect to learn how the world has changed for working parents and their children over the last 18 months; tips for working parents to prepare their children emotionally, socially, and academically; and how Whil is supporting working caregivers in this new normal.

Mike Civello, Chief Business Development Officer, Whil, A Rethink Division

Angela Nelson, Vice President & Executive Director of Clinical Services, Whil, A Rethink Division

01:20 PM - 01:25 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

01:25 PM - 02:05 PM

Panel: The Flexible Workplace: Making It Fair for Employees and Effective for Companies

As they create new schedules and benefits to accommodate parents, how can managers balance a personalized approach with the needs of other workers and the company's performance expectations? How can companies make sure that hybrid and remote workers are given the same opportunities as employees who spend more time in the workplace? How can benefits be tailored to fit the many stages of parenthood? What digital solutions can help organize the process?


Kacie Walters, SVP, HR learning & development, Northern Trust

Sarah Waltman, VP, global talent management & organizational development, Dentsply Sirona

Brandon Handy, director of human resources, Owens Corning

Sonia Millsom, chief commercial officer, Maven

Jess Podgajny, CEO, Lluna


Lydia Dishman, staff editor, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:10 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

02:10 PM - 02:30 PM

Thought Leadership Spotlight: Radical Inclusivity: Retaining Parents Through Transition and Beyond

As workplaces recover from the pandemic, how they “reset” is critical to their long-term success. Parents, especially moms, were getting left behind long before the world shut down. Now companies have an opportunity to reimagine a radically inclusive workplace that works for everyone. In this session, learn how you can prioritize radical inclusivity and set your company up for long-term success.

Yasi Baiani, VP Product, Cleo

02:30 PM - 02:35 PM

Workshop Intro - Kaylan Clemons, head of talent engagement, From Day One

02:35 PM - 03:20 PM

Workshop: The New Pandemic: Families & the Mental Health Crisis

Learn how employers can support and help employees and their families during the current mental health care crisis, what resources are available, and how to recognize and address burnout and mental health issues in the workplace.

Amelia Wilcox, founder & CEO, Zenovate

Haeli Harris, LMFT, Zenovate

02:35 PM - 03:20 PM

Workshop: Four Critical Tactics to Building Future-Forward Benefits Policies that Support Working Parents

Employers who are committed to creating a diverse workplace with equitable opportunities for men and women know that while the pandemic shone a light on the challenges of being a working parent, it has been always hard to juggle doing both well.  As we begin to return to some version of “normal,” we cannot ignore the 38% of parents who changed employment status during the pandemic who say they won’t return because they don’t have enough support.

This session will focus on how employers can and should rethink their strategies for supporting working parents across the parenting journey to recruit and retain this valuable employee group. In this workshop, you will discover four steps you can take to assess the needs of your working parents and put an action plan in place; examine companies making an impact on the well-being of parent employees and their employee brand; and learn how to attract, retain, and support working parents through your policies and benefits programs.

Amy Yamner Jenkins, head of schools, Outschool

02:35 PM - 03:20 PM

Workshop: Retention is a 4 letter word: Home, Work, Life. How the Future of Work & Caregiving Intersect to Ensure a Future Ready Workplace

For over a year, we’ve seen kids screaming, dogs barking, and caregivers scrambling to tackle the challenges of life and work. Work and life have merged, and there’s no going back.

The future of working-parent support demands radical change. The status quo was failing-the pandemic made that clear-and our current reality of fast paced change and workforce disruption requires something new.

What’s the answer? Companies must ensure that their people feel valued, seen, and heard. Powerful employee support requires intentional and inclusive solutions. For working parents and caregivers, that means ongoing support, throughout their journey, for all types of families. For the rest of your organization, that means inclusive, intersectional support that focuses on driving belonging and culture. For everyone, the result is a more connected, more productive, and more successful workplace.

Join Kunik, the company that offers whole-person support, for a lively discussion on how you can connect your people, build bridges inside your company, and give working parents the additional support they want and need.

Liz Gulliver, CEO & co founder, Kunik

03:20 PM - 03:25 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

03:25 PM - 04:05 PM

Panel: Getting Jobs and Careers Back on Track After the Pandemic

Millions of working moms left the workforce to take care of their children during the pandemic–and many have yet to return. In a tight labor market, their skills are in demand–and employers are responding with returnship programs and other measures to help working moms overcome the obstacles to resuming their careers. What kinds of employer support are needed to accelerate the process, including child care, family health benefits, support systems, and other measures?


Kate Perry-Jones, VP, human resources transformation, Stanley Black and Decker

Jackie Butler, VP, human resources, Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Jennifer Lavoie, director of employee wellbeing, Piedmont Healthcare

Fanaye Taye, VP, human resources, Synchrony Financial

Natalie Mayslich, general manager, consumer and enterprise,


Michael Rothman, co-founder and CEO, Fatherly

04:05 PM - 04:10 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

04:10 PM - 04:30 PM

Thought Leadership: We Are Their Village: Reimagining HR to Help Employees Thrive

Working parents are exhausted. Millions of women remain on the sidelines because of growing care shortages. And it’s getting harder and harder to recruit talent and fill open roles. HR must operate differently in the face of these challenges. Join this session to learn three essentials to creating a culture that truly supports the whole person, retaining your best people and attracting talent to your business.

Bright Horizons’ CHRO Maribeth Bearfield will outline people strategies that meet today’s unique challenges and prepare your organization for an uncertain future.

Maribeth Bearfield, CHRO, Bright Horizons

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM

Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

04:35 PM - 05:05 PM

Closing Fireside Chat: How Data Can Help Parents Make Better Decisions, Especially in a Crisis

America's most talked-about parenting authority offers insights on schools, family life, the coronavirus, and her new book, The Family Firm: A Data-driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years, the third installment in her ParentData series.


Emily Oster, professor of economics and public policy, Brown University, and bestselling author


Bryan Walsh, future correspondent, Axios

05:05 PM - 05:10 PM

Closing Remarks – Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One

05:10 PM - 05:30 PM

Happy Hour