Panel: Workplace Policy and its Impact on Women

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Please join us for a virtual panel discussion on workplace policies that can support or sabotage women

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Want to know how to improve recruitment and retention? Keep an eye out for our next event and optimize the culture your policies create.

In September, it will have been a year since McKinsey released Women in the Workplace 2020. The report highlighted the outsized impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on working women. While the additive effects of a pandemic are new, organizational policies—both written and unwritten—being burdens or barriers to working women is an age-old problem.

Join us virtually on September 23rd at 5:30 for an hour-long panel discussion with Betsy Ferronato, Darah Palmer, Sara Piedmonte, and Natalie Pope, who have offered to share their knowledge on what works and what doesn’t. As we continue to learn what the future workplace will look like post-pandemic, we can gain some collective knowledge to make it more inclusive.


Betsy Ferronato

As Director of Human Resources for Lumin, Betsy leads all things Human Resources, including recruiting, benefits, and internal policies. She holds a PhD in Organizational Development, and previously worked at a tech start-up where she helped the organization mature with refined processes and procedures. She is passionate about employee satisfaction and well-being and building a strong team with a shared sense of trust and commitment for organizational success. Outside of the office, you will find Betsy baking or traveling with her husband and son, who have a passion for adventure!

Darah Palmer

After more than 20 years as an HR professional, Darah has experience at large and small organizations and across many industries, including data science consulting, natural foods manufacturing, management consulting and a SaaS provider. Learning new industries has been a fulfilling way to stay challenged and come up with creative solutions to HR challenges. She has recently joined the HR team at the Southern Environmental Law Center to focus on onboarding, professional development, and performance management. When not in the office, Darah enjoys hiking, thrifting for treasures, and keeping up with her teenage boys.

Sara Piedmonte

As WillowTree’s Director of Human Resources and Talent Experience, Sara focuses each day on facilitating an environment and culture where team members can thrive. Prior to joining WillowTree, Sara led Human Resources functions for a local government contractor and has a background in growing HR teams and functionality to support fast-growing organizations. In her personal time, Sara enjoys local outdoor activities and is frequently road cycling, visiting a local run club, or checking one of the many Charlottesville area vineyards!

Natalie Pope

Natalie Pope is a Product Marketing Specialist with the Jack Henry Banking® division of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.® (JHA). She has been with the company since 2018 when she began her career as a product specialist in the financial services industry. Before JHA, Natalie served as a Training and Development Specialist at a financial institution where she was responsible for planning, conducting, and administering programs to help employees grow their knowledge and skills. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Organization and Leadership Development from Western Governors while holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Colorado State University-Global Campus. Natalie lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is active in the Women @ JHA group.

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