The challenges and opportunities for working families are taking the national stage in a series of events hosted by the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress. While the main event is the White House Summit on Working Families taking place on June 23, there are two free regional events coming up in the next two weeks, in Boston and San Francisco. Director of 1 Million for Work Flexibility Emma Plumb attended one of these lead-up events this week in New York City and will share her experiences in an upcoming post.
The goal of 1 Million for Work Flexibility is to champion flexible work options for all professionals, and working families are a huge part of that group. Working parents face a unique set of challenges as they navigate the workforce, from arranging child and elder care, to staying on track with their careers as they onramp, offramp, and re-ramp at different stages. Businesses too face challenges but also opportunities to utilize flexible work options when it comes to hiring and retaining moms, dads, and adults caring for aging relatives.
By bringing working families into the national dialogue, the White House and everyone involved hope to encourage discussion, debate, and solutions that benefit all. These regional events will bring together businesses, elected officials, nonprofits, labor experts, and working families themselves to discuss the issues and concerns of working families, to discuss how those affect our economy, and to find solutions that will strengthen this important sector of the population. Ensuring excellent support and resources for working families is the best way to meet the needs of working families and society, and to help American business stay competitive.
Here is a sample of the topics being discussed at these free regional events:
- Workplace flexibility and paid leave
- Career advancement
- Access to non-traditional and STEM jobs
- Work retention and promotion
- Child care and elder care
Attending a Working Families Regional Event
Here are the details for the two regional events still to come in May:
- Boston: Monday, May 19, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here to register for Boston.
- San Francisco: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click here to register for San Francisco.
Readers, will you be attending a Working Families Forum? What are your biggest challenges and opportunities being part of a working family?
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