Over 1,200 people attended this week’s Summit on Working Families at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, hosted by the White House, the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Center for American Progress (CAP). The conference focused on the need for workplaces to adapt and reflect the evolution of 21st century families.
The Summit kicked off with breakfast, followed by opening remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Pereze, senior advisor to the President and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett, CAP president Neera Tanden, and chief of staff to the first lady and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls Tina Tchen.
Maria Shriver, Gloria Steinman, and Nancy Pelosi also took the stage, while President Barack Obama discussed parenthood, balancing work life and home life, and the importance of paid family leave midway through the 11-hour event. Robin Roberts interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama during closing remarks.
Plenary topics—moderated by Jonathon Cohn of the New Republic, Claire Shipman of ABC, Katty Kay of BBC, and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC—included family matters, a 21st century economy that works for businesses and workers, and career ladders and leadership.