Watch our Family Forward NC panel discussion with the North Carolina Restaurant Association


On November 10, 2020, the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation partnered with the North Carolina Restaurant Association to present a panel discussion about how family-friendly workplace practices help employers in the hospitality industry reopen faster and more strategically, bring employees back earlier and more fully and create a culture of ongoing safety for workers and families.

Lynn Minges, President and CEO of the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, moderates the panel featuring:

  • 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.
  • Steve Wuench, co-owner of East Cut Sandwich Bar in Durham. Open for two years, East Cut has been working to build a family-friendly workplace.
  • Emily Swartzlander, Chief Strategist for Family Forward NC.

Watch the discussion below, then check out our three-part video series and companion Return to Work Kit for the hospitality industry. We also offer 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.