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You CAN Get There from Here: New England Paid Leave Forum


December 9, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Slater Mill Museum

67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

a gathering of advocates, researchers, legislators, and interested others to share information and resources, network together, and discuss the status and the promotion of paid family leave across New England.



9:00 – 9:15    Registration, eat and greet 

9:15 – 9:45    Welcome 

  • Testimonial:  Jed Thorp, new father
  • Scott Jensen, Director, Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training
  • Barb Silver, Research Professor, University of Rhode Island Schmidt Labor Research Center

9:45 – 10:50   Research Panel:  How Research Can Support Equitable Leave Policies 

  • Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senator (Facilitator)
  • Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Boston Albelda ppt
  • Kristin Smith, Research Associate Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire  Smith ppt
  • Lindsay DesLauriers, Executive Director, Main Street Alliance DesLauriers ppt

10:50 – 11:00   Break


11:00 – 12:15   Plenary:  Conducting Effective Advocacy  

  • Ellen Bravo, Co-Director, Family Values @ Work (Facilitator)
  • Vasu Reddy, Policy Counsel, National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Julia Watts, Associate Director, American Sustainable Business Council
  • Debra Fastino, Executive Director, Coalition for Social Justice

12:15 – 1:00   Lunch & Discussion 

  • Testimonials:  Deirdre Fitzgerald, W.S. Badger Co.; Kaitlyn Roberts, Easy Entertaining, Inc.
  • Barb Silver, Research Professor, University of Rhode Island Schmidt Labor Research Center: Silver ppt

1:00 – 1:30    Inside Rhode Island’s Paid Leave Program:  Nuts and Bolts  

  • Matthew Weldon, Assistant Director, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Casimiro ppt
  • Fernanda Casimiro, Administrator, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Temporary Disability and Temporary Caregiver Insurance Programs

1:30 – 2:30    Breakout sessions

       1. Implementation and Technology Issues 

  • Sarah Jane Glynn, Senior Policy Analyst (Facilitator)
  • Jeffrey Hayes, Program Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Jessie Posilkin, Innovation Specialist, 18F

      2. 360° Marketing & Outreach 

  • Helen Mederer, Professor of Sociology and Labor Studies, University of Rhode Island (Facilitator)
  • Sherry Leiwant, Co-President, A Better Balance  Leiwant ppt
  • Jim Pontarelli, President, RDW Group  RDW ppt
  • Linda Katz, Co-Founder, Rhode Island Economic Progress Institute  Katz ppt

2:30 – 3:00    Wrap Up:  How CAN We Get There from Here?

  • Pronita Gupta, Deputy Director, US DOL Women’s Bureau

3:15 – 4:00   Slater Mill Museum Tour (sign up at lunch)


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