Upcoming ABGOH Events

Austin Business Group On Health

Redefining Ways Employers Support Working Families


SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council – Austin Business Group on Health meeting on Friday, August 4th, 12 pm (noon).  To gain access to this event, you must RSVP by CLICKING HERE.  Registration will remain open thru COB Wednesday, 8/2/2023.  Please be sure to indicate if you plan to attend in person or virtually so we can plan catering accordingly.  Late registration requests will not be accepted.


Session description:

Join us to learn about new strategies, policies, and benefits that support working families.  Participants will hear from industry leaders about the importance of prioritizing Family-Friendly workplace practices, learn new approaches to policies and benefits planning, discover toolkits designed to provide organizations with options/ideas, and hear how one ABGOH member is putting these strategies into practice in the workplace.

  • The Best Place for Working Parents (Early Matters Greater Austin):  Ask CEOs about the secret to their success and many say they find the right people at the right time and help them do their best work.  Others say they treat their employees like family, earning their loyalty and dedication.  Ask employees about working for a family-friendly employer and many say that they feel happy, healthy and supported at their job.  Even though most employers are not directly involved in raising children, their support for family-friendly workplace practices is good for business and good for Austin.


  • Worksite Lactation Support and the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program: Making a Difference for Working Parents:  Discover the benefits of creating a work environment that supports lactating employees and learn about state programs and policies related to worksite lactation support, such as the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program. After participating in this session, attendees should be able to 1) describe the public health, legal, and business cases for worksite lactation support, 2) identify the criteria for Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program designation, and 3) develop next steps for improving their organization’s worksite lactation support policies and programs.


  • Putting it into Practice – Southwest Key Programs (ABGOH Member Spotlight)




Cathy McHorse: Cathy is the Vice President of Success By 6 for United Way for Greater Austin. Together with community partners, Cathy leads local efforts to improve early childhood programs and services for children and families – with the goal of ensuring that all children enter Kindergarten happy, healthy, and ready to succeed.

Brooke Freeland:  Brooke is an advocacy and public policy consultant currently working on strengthening the public policy and advocacy work of Early Matters Greater Austin – an initiative of United Way for Greater Austin and E3 Alliance.

Stephanie Sieswerda:  Stephanie serves as the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program Coordinator and as a breastfeeding and infant health subject matter expert in the Maternal and Child Health Unit at the Texas Department of State Health Services.  In Stephanie’s previous role, she supported employers pursuing the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program designation.