Professional Women's Roundtable

The PoWeR of Connections

Mama Said: Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Front Street Cafe: 1253 N. Front Street


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Special guest Caroline Fortin, MSW, founder & CEO of Mama Said PHL, will facilitate a panel discussion about the realities of motherhood in the workplace.

Whether you're an HR professional, a working mother or a woman planning to become a mother, join us for an enlightening discussion about finding a balance between motherhood and your career.


Caroline Fortin

Caroline completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania and has since dedicated her career to improving maternal/child health and wellness throughout Philadelphia. She draws upon her passion for women’s health and experience in program development, group facilitation, and counseling as Founder and CEO of Mama Said.

Topics include knowing your rights as a working mother, sharing resources about self-advocacy in the workplace, and tangible resources to use when planning your maternity. 

We welcome all questions, specific work-related situational discussions and issues, and aim to facilitate a supportive discussion.


Lindsay Hastings

Lindsay Hastings is the Assistant Director of Professional Development at the American Reading Company, working daily with educators and leaders to improve the quality of education for children in all zip codes.  Lindsay holds an M.A. in Spanish language and literature from Middlebury College and a B.S.Ed. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Georgia.  She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and one-year old son.

Carly Zimmerman 

Carly Zimmerman is the CEO of Challah for Hunger, a Philadelphia based non-profit with an international impact that inspires young people to “bake a difference” through challah baking, advocacy and philanthropy. Carly holds a M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Carly is a member of Women of Vision’s committee, an UpStart trainer for the Tribe 12 Fellowship and Board Chair of Jewish Farm School. She lives and works in Philadelphia with her family. 

Jessica Fuller 

Jessica Fuller is a workplace health consultant at Mercer, the world's largest human resources consulting firm, where she works with employers to develop and implement population health strategies, wellness programs, and employee benefits, including family planning and parental resources.

Jessica has an M.S. in Health Economics, Policy and Law from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and almost-two-year-old son and has recently navigated the world of maternity leave, child care, nursing in the workplace, and the many more fun aspects of motherhood!


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