News Release - 04-01-2010
DELTA CEO Attends Forum on Workplace Flexibility at the White House President and CEO Maria Proestou took part in a White House forum on how to improve work and life balance.
Washington – The challenges of trying to strike the right balance between family life and employment requirements were discussed during the “Forum on Workplace Flexibility” at the White House yesterday. Supported by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the opening session was attended by First Lady Michelle Obama along with President Obama. The goal of the forum was to “discuss the importance of creating workplace practices that allow America’s working men and women to meet the demands of their jobs without sacrificing the needs of their families,” according to a White House release.
The event included five breakout sessions covering various best practices topics. DELTA Resources Inc. President and CEO Maria Proestou participated in a session titled: “Making workplace flexibility work day-to-day for small businesses.” The session was led by Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ms. Karen Mills, where techniques to help improve workplace flexibility were discussed.
Proestou identified with many of the initiatives discussed as they are currently in place at DELTA, including flextime, telecommuting, and flexible start and end times. “I felt an incredible sense of validation every time a particular workplace flexibility initiative was mentioned and I could state that ‘We already do that!’” Proestou said. “When we started the company 10 years ago, a big reason was associated with a desire for flexibility to support more time with family.”
During the forum’s closing remarks, President Obama commended the attendees for their efforts in the workplace, “You’re doing this not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because you’ve found that what’s good for your workers and is good for your families can be good for your bottom lines and your shareholders as well, then you need to spread the word.”
Along with forum, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers released a report presenting an economic perspective on flexible workplace policies and practices. The report can be found on the White House website at the following address: http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/documents/100331-cea-economics-workplace-flexibility.pdf