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Demystifying Paid Family Leave

October 9, 2017

A real-world case study of building a paid leave program and discovering its impact at PAE, a West Coast engineering firm

The second follow up event to AIA Portland’s 2016 Future Vision symposium

Tuesday, October 24 | 1 CEU
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Speaking event with Q&A from 6-7:30 pm
At AIA Portland/Center for Architecture


What is Paid Family Leave (PFL)? This is money you receive from your employer, an insurer, or the government while you are away from work for an extended period of time so you can recover from a serious health issue, take care of a seriously ill family member, or bond with your newborn or newly adopted child. PFL has long been a topic of discussion and debate, from the federal level to local businesses, but what are the facts around paid leave programs and how might they effect you and your organization.
Join us for an evening of learning and fact finding with a real-world case study presented by PAE Engineers and the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, as they describe PAE’s recent implementation of their company’s Wellness Policy.
  • Explore ways to successfully advocate for and implement paid leave programs within your organization
  • Understand the impact of paid leave programs on staff retention and recruitment
  • Learn about resources and best practices for creating and deploying paid leave programs
  • Formulate a process for making a business case for paid leave

Who Should Attend and Why

HR professionals, leadership, expectant parents and others interested in learning how to propose, pass, and implement paid leave programs.
Featured speakers:
Shiloh Butterworth
PAE Engineers

With over 20 years of diverse leadership experience in both strategic and operational settings, Shiloh is an accomplished human resources manager. His experience runs the gamut from strategic planning and operations management to process improvement and training and development. His leadership has helped create and implement PAE’s new Wellness Policy across all four offices, a key part of several initiatives aimed at improving employee experience.

Karina Hershberg, PE
PAE Engineers

A talented engineer, Karina has 8 years of experience in electrical systems design. Passionate about sustainable development, Karina has contributed to several major innovative projects such as the Rocky Mountain Institute headquarters, Georgia Tech Living Building, and the Portland International Airport. In the spring of 2017 she was the first employee at PAE to use the Wellness Leave program for a nearly full paid maternity leave.

Amy Beacom, Ed. D
Founder and CEO – Center for Parental Leave Leadership (CPLL)

Dr. Amy Beacom has worked in the field of executive leadership development and coaching, with a particular focus on issues of relevance to women leaders, since 1996. She was a founding principal in a successful executive development firm later acquired by Mercer, before returning to graduate school. After the birth of her first child, Amy envisioned a new field of executive coaching and consulting that focused on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by working parents – and their work organizations – specific to the parental leave timeframe. CPLL and the RETAIN Parental Leave Coaching model and program is the result of that vision. Amy holds a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology with focus on Gender Studies from Lewis and Clark College, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a doctorate, also from Columbia University, in which she was able to combine her work in Organizational Psychology, Women’s Leadership, Work/Family, and Applied Anthropology. Amy lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their 10 year-old son and 7‐year old daughter.

Thank you to PAE for sponsoring this event!