Amy Potthast | Instructional Coach & Designer | Learning Design Studios

Facilitating: Flexible work options

AGOG is a discussion series organized by Metropolitan Family Services in Portland. In February 2011, the discussion topic centered on the economics of working families and how business can benefit from strengthening their family-friendly policies. Download and read a summary of this discussion (PDF).

The conversation leaders have selected thought-provoking questions and links to interesting readings that they would like you to consider prior to our gathering:

Metropolitan Family Service agog discussion

Happier families and better bottom lines:

How flexible work options benefit business and family

Thursday, February 17, 2011
6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner & Discussion
Dinner catered by Mary Jane’s Cakery and Catering
Hosted by Jesse Remer Henderson
Thank you for deciding to participate in this interactive discussion challenging barriers to work-family issues and identifying ways business and family can work in tandem to create a family friendly economy.

About the conversation leaders

Dr. Leslie B. Hammer is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Her research focuses on ways in which organizations can help reduce work and family stress and improve positive spillover by facilitating both formal and informal workplace supports. Dr. Hammer is the Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health. She serves on the founding editorial board of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network’s On-Line Work and Family Encyclopedia. She has published numerous articles on work and family in such publications as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Harvard Business Review, Human Resource Planning, and Journal of Marriage and the Family and co-wrote a book with Dr. Margaret Neal entitled Working Couples Caring for Children and Aging Couples: Effects on Work and Well-Being.

Sharon Bernstein , Co-Founder of
Family Forward Oregon
, is an educator and sociologist by training, a mother of two young boys, and a community activist. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked for social change from a number of angles. She has taught women’s studies, supported school reform in high poverty schools, and conducted social research. She has managed volunteer programs, trained community leaders, and herself served a leader in community-driven projects such as visionPDX, Vision Into Action, and Parents For Paid Leave. Sharon’s experience as a parent has solidified her understanding that we can’t make social change through our individual decisions alone — we need to work together for cultural and policy change. Through Family Forward Oregon, she plans to build a movement to reshape the economics of work and family in our state. 



Amy Potthast is Director of Service and Graduate Education Programs at She oversees and manages sponsorships for Idealist’s Grad Fairs; creates content for, edits, and promotes the Career Center and Grad School Resource Center; writes about careers, volunteering & service for the Idealist homepage blog. In 2009, she published the book Service Corps to Social Impact Career – A Companion to the Idealist Guides to Nonprofit Careers. She’s currently earning a Masters degree in Adult Education at Oregon State University. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, an AmeriCorps member and as a VISTA Leader. Amy lives in Portland with her husband, sons, dog & cat.

Metropolitan Family Service is convening a series of discussions on demographics to raise awareness of the ways our community is diversifying and to explore ways to support these changes. The A Gathering of Good (agog) discussion series engages people in a lively exchange of ideas focused on social issues that affect everyone.

For more information:

Monica Wirtz, Events Coordinator, Metropolitan Family Service

503.232.0007, ext. 201

The mission of Metropolitan Family Service is to strengthen families and individuals while enhancing their participation in community life. Organized by MFS,
A Gathering of Good (agog)
is a series of community events promoting discussion, civic engagement and social change. Last year, MFS programs helped over 33,000 children, families and older adults.

Because together, we can do more.

Metropolitan Family Service | 1808 SE Belmont Street | Portland, OR 97214 US | 503.232.0007

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