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May Roundtable Recap

Photo: Dominic Perkins (r) of Savings Bank of Walpole moderates a panel of four employees of Monadnock region businesses with family-friendly policies at the breakfast roundtable event.

Impact Monadnock Business Ambassadors (IMBA) held their quarterly Breakfast Roundtable event on May 8, 2018 at Stone Arch Village in Keene and enjoyed an impressive turnout — 32 people representing 23 locally-based for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations of all sizes. 

Highlights from the meeting included guest speaker Dr. Craig Platt, Professor of Psychology at Franklin Pierce University, who presented research on the Return on Investment (ROI) of family-friendly workplace policies. His presentation focused on how these policies positively affect employee recruitment, retention, satisfaction and engagement. For businesses, Platt reported that these policies either pay for themselves or increase profitability.

Following Platt’s presentation, a panel of four employees of Monadnock region businesses with family-friendly policies shared how company policies have made it possible for them to be good parents while still advancing their careers.  The panel focused on Babies at Work policies, and audience members learned how flexibility and adaptation are key to successful piloting and implementation of Babies at Work.

Another highlight of the meeting included IMBA’s introduction of StartSmart: Birth Gifts with a Purpose, a new opportunity for employers to support early childhood brain development when recognizing parents-to-be in their workplace.

The StartSmart: Birth Gifts with a Purpose kit includes a book for parents and/or caregivers (Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs) as well as a set of fun tips for early childhood brain development from Vroom. The kit is attractively packaged and wrapped in a flannel baby blanket, costs $55 and is easy to purchase online.

“We’re excited to introduce this unique and educational gift that, in addition to being extremely useful, also ties-in a charitable element,” says IMBA’s Co-Chair Peter Hansel.  “Each purchase of a SmartStart Birth Gift kit will also contribute toward the enrollment of a local at-risk child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.”

IMBA is comprised of like-minded business leaders representing for-profit and non-profit companies of all sizes in the Monadnock Region who focus on supporting child-and-family-friendly workplace practices to ensure children ages 0-5 and their families are healthy and thriving. Contact Peter Hansel at to learn more about IMBA.

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