The Intersection of Well-Being and Working Parenthood: Three Industry Perspectives

The Intersection of Well-Being and Working Parenthood: Three Industry Perspectives

Sponsored by: LMA Well-Being Committee
Domain: Marketing Management and Leadership
BoK Competencies: Change Management and Department Management and Motivation

This month, we're excited to welcome a group of professionals offering hard-won knowledge and perspectives within and outside of legal for a discussion centered around the intersection of well-being and parenting and caregiving responsibilities through these lenses:

  • Personally – how being a working parent/caregiver can impact personal well-being 
  • Relationally – how parenting and caregiving can impact relationships at work regardless of nature, size or structure of the organization
  • Organizationally – how truly supporting working parents/caregivers can fundamentally change the culture of an organization for the better 

The panel will also explore:

  • What law firms are doing to support parents and caregivers
  • What companies and industries outside of legal are doing to support parents and caregivers
  • How you can effect change and create a supportive culture at your firm by creating an employee resource group at your organization

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define and understand parenting and caregiving roles within the contexts of personal well-being, interpersonal relationships and professional and organizational functions.
  • Discuss ways parents and caregivers can identify opportunities and effect change within their organizational culture and create more supportive environments.
  • Gain awareness of the LMA Well-Being Resource Center and Committee.

Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, Health Care Lawyer & CEO of Mindful Return
Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, believes in empowering new working parents. She is the founder of Mindful Return, author of Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave, and creator of the Mindful Return courses for new parents. She is mama to two wonderful red-headed boys (ages 8 and 10), is the co-host of the Parents at Work Podcast, and is a Medicare regulatory attorney in private practice. Her thought leadership on issues related to working parenthood has been featured in publications including Forbes, The Washington Post, New York Times Parenting, Thrive Global, and The Huffington Post. Called a "working mama guru" by Working Mother Magazine, Lori has been committed to promoting women's equality and leadership throughout her career.  She is also a serial founder of employer-based working parent groups and the convenor of the Working Parent Group Network (WPGN).

Abby Davisson, Head of Gap Foundation, Gap Inc.
Abby Davisson is a social innovation strategist and career development expert. As Head of Gap Foundation, she leads social impact efforts for the global retailer Gap Inc. She also founded Gap Parents (now Parents@Gap), an employee network group for working parents at Gap Inc., which has been featured as a best practice for how companies can support dual-career couples. Abby's expertise in career development comes from navigating her own non-traditional career path (which includes roles in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors) as well as from serving as an alumni career advisor and coach at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Her professional experience also includes strategy roles at Tipping Point Community, the New York City Department of Education, and The Bridgespan Group.

Carla Renfield-Miller, Senior Vice President of International Franchise Management and Business Connectivity and Diversity Lead, Citi
Carla Renfield-Miller is the Senior Vice President of International Franchise Management and Business Connectivity and Diversity Lead at Citi, which she joined 11 years ago through a Global Leadership Development Program, and since then has worked across a diverse range of departments. She became Co-Chair of Citi's Hispanic/Latino Network, doubling it in size and engagement. She was nominated for the HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers awards and is an advocate and supporter of the Disabled, African American, Asian, Veteran, and LGBTQ+ communities by making recruiting decisions, performance reviews, in-promotion discussions, and selection of employees for training and development opportunities.

Erin Ryan, Senior Business Development Manager, McGuireWoods LLP
Over her 16-year career, Erin has been fortunate to provide business development and marketing services to three AmLaw 100 firms, with the last 11 years at McGuireWoods. Her role as senior business development manager encompasses many facets, including revenue generation, practice development, coaching, innovation, and client relationship management. Erin is an active member of the Legal Marketing Association and will serve as co-chair of the 2022 LMA Southeast Regional Conference themed “Culture 2022: Success from the Inside Out,” and serves on LMA’s Well-Being Committee. She frequently writes and speaks on business development, management, and professional growth.  Erin received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where she also received her B.A. in journalism and public relations. 

Price: Complimentary for Members

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