Family Forward NC Summit a Success!


On April 1, we hosted more than 140 business and community leaders from across the state at the RTI International campus for our Family Forward NC Summit.

The event was a smashing success, with more than 70 percent of participants reporting that they were inspired to take action within their own workplace to move toward enacting more family-friendly policies.

Below are some photo highlights from the day:

Leslie Lasher of The Forrest Firm, just back to work from parental leave with her second child, shares her experience as a working mother in the legal profession.
Katie Tate of the YCWA Lower Cape Fear shares what having an employer subsidized child care facility at her workplace has meant to her family.
Event emcee Anita Brown-Graham, director of ncIMPACT, opens the event.
Lisa May, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for RTI International, welcomes participants and outlines how RTI’s family-friendly workplace policies have helped the company attract and retain talent. The Family Forward Summit was held on RTI’s campus.
Participants listen to keynote speaker Brigid Schulte, director of the Better Life Lab at New America.


Keynote speaker Brigid Schulte outlines why supporting working parents will take corporate creativity.
Employers from across the state weigh in on how they’ve made family friendly work for their workplaces. Left to right: Charrise Hart, President and CEO of the YWCA Lower Cape Fear; Jennifer Jordan, director of the Mom & Baby Division of Aeroflow Healthcare; Mary-Ann Baldwin, vice president of marketing and business development for Holt Bros., Inc.; and Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Table discussions with participants on how their own workplaces could be more family friendly.