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Family Forward NC
COVID-19 Rapid Response Program

Family-friendly business practices such as paid leave, support for child care, and flexibility are important now more than ever for employers to reopen and retool their businesses.  These practices support business resilience and help keep children and families healthy.

For two years, the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s (NCECF) Family Forward NC has worked to inspire employers with research, best practices, peer learning, and more to increase the number of family-friendly workplaces and improve health and well-being for children and keep businesses competitive.

NCECF is offering a timely webinar about the Family Forward NC COVID-19 Rapid Response program. Together with  Performentor—human resource experts who have deep experience in the hospitality and manufacturing industries—Family Forward NC will share resources and tools about how family-friendly workplace practices ensure safety at work and home both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and why you should include them in your business to increase retention and recruit talent. 

Webinar: Family-Friendly Builds Resilience & Sustainability for Your Business

Emerge from COVID-19 with a Strategic Advantage

Hosted by Explore Asheville

January 25, 2021
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Join Family Forward NC and Explore Asheville to learn how family-friendly workplace practices help employers reopen or retool faster and more strategically, bring employees back earlier and more fully and create a culture of ongoing safety for workers and families. These benefits can help entice talented people back to work and to remain with your business.

The program will feature:

  • Lisa Finaldi, Community Engagement Leader, NC Early Childhood Foundation. Lisa leads the Family Forward NC initiative, working with employers across the state to create family-friendly workplaces.
  • Katie Button, CEO Katie Button Restaurants, Asheville, NC. Katie is an award-winning chef, CEO and mother of two. Katie challenges the industry standards, steadily building comprehensive and family-friendly benefits to create a sustainable work environment for her living wage-certified restaurant group.
  • Jim Needell of Performentor, with 25 years of experience in hospitality, both in operations and HR. Jim has a BS in management and marketing followed by a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Occupational Studies.

Attending the program will give you access to a three-part video series and a companion Return to Work Kit for the hospitality industry. You will also be eligible to apply for no-cost one-to-one or group HR support to identify industry-appropriate family friendly practices that will allow for the continued viability of your business and the continued health and well-being of parents and their children.

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Lisa Finaldi, NC Early Childhood Foundation

Lisa Finaldi, NC Early Childhood Foundation

Katie Button, Katie Button Restaurants

Katie Button, Katie Button Restaurants

Jim Needell

Jim Needell, Performentor

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