On May 11, nearly 300 community and corporate leaders joined The Women’s Fund for Clearing the Path, a conversation with local business leaders and CEOs about how family-friendly workplace policies create a stronger economic future for Greater Birmingham.

Speakers and panelists made it clear that they are seeing a return on investment when implementing policies like paid sick leave, flexible hours, and child care options.

Here’s some of what they said:

“Family-friendly workplace policies benefit employees at work, but also outside of work. They can be more productive citizens.” Adrienne Trimble, General Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Toyota Motor North America

“Our people are our greatest asset. We know building in flexibility improves productivity.” Dr. Ray L. Watts, President, University of Alabama at Birmingham

“When our associates are happy that translates into better service to our customers.” Tim Vines, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

“The kids see their parents bettering themselves and it has a real long-term effect.” Nancy Goedecke, Chair and CEO, Mayer Electric Supply Co., on the company’s tuition reimbursement program.

Photo (L-R): Josh Carpenter (City of Birmingham), Tim Vines (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama), Dr. Ray Watts (UAB), and Nancy Goedecke (Mayer Electric Supply Co.)

Clearing the Path speakers and panelists:

Adrienne Trimble, General Manager – Diversity & Inclusion, Toyota Motor North AmericaGuy Rawlings, News Anchor, WVTM 13Nancy C. Goedecke, Chair/CEO, Mayer Electric Supply Co. Tim Vines, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Ray L. Watts, MD, President, University of Alabama at BirminghamJosh Carpenter, Director of Economic Development, City of Birmingham

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