The Negative Impact of the Pandemic on Women in the Workforce

What employers can do to counteract the negative impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce.

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“This is an emergency for corporate America.” 

As a result of the pandemic, according to McKinsey & Company, by last fall, more than one in four women were considering “downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce completely.”

This NH Business Review webinar will examine the situation, from a business, legal and political perspective, identifying not only the circumstances that women, and the businesses they are essential to, find themselves in, but practical solutions. What can businesses do to reverse the trend? Our panelists will delve into the answers.


Original air date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Panelists include:

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Director of Account Management, United Healthcare

As Director of Account Management, Caitlin is responsible for leading United Healthcare’s client retention and service teams in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.  Caitlin and her team are instrumental in delivering effective healthcare solutions and strategies to clients and consulting partners.  Prior to her role as Director of Account Management, Caitlin was a Senior Strategic Account Executive with UnitedHealthcare for 7 years.

Caitlin joined UnitedHealthcare in 2012, with experience as both a consultant and a client.  She served as the Manager of Employee Benefits for the City of Providence, RI where she managed the City’s benefit programs for both active employees and retirees.  Prior to her role at the City, Caitlin worked on the Health and Benefits consulting teams at Hewitt Associates and Mercer.

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a concentration in Healthcare Management.   She and her husband Sean live in Massachusetts with their two-year-old daughter.

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Attorney, Sheehan Phinney

Karen Whitley is a shareholder in Sheehan Phinney’s Labor & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups. Karen focuses her practice on management-side employment litigation and counseling. She values working closely with HR professionals and in-house counsel to develop a practical business approach to thorny employment law issues, including wage and hour, leave of absence, and discrimination issues.  During the pandemic, she has guided local and regional businesses and organizations of all sizes to help them navigate changing employment laws and workplace challenges.  Karen is a member of Sheehan’s Management Committee, and an active member of The Boston Club, whose mission is the advancement of women leaders.


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Board Member, NH Women’s Foundation

Melanie Levesque served as a NH State Senator for District 12 (Nashua to Rindge) from 2018–2020, She chaired the Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee. She also served on the Senate Judiciary and Transportation committees. As a State Representative (2006–2010; 2012–2014) she was a member of House Election Law and Science, Technology, and Energy committees. Melanie is a tireless advocate for her community, championing causes such as voting rights, ensuring a quality public education is available to all children, affordable and accessible healthcare, a clean environment with focus on renewable energy, and retirement security. Melanie sponsored and passed a bill to enact the existing statewide emergency notification system for New Hampshire. Currently Melanie serves as a Board member for the NH Women’s Foundation, is a member of New Hampshire Endowment for Health Advisory committee, Trustee for the Town of Brookline, and Trustee for the Brookline Community Church. Melanie is the President of TCS of America Enterprises, LLC, a telecommunications consulting firm. She received an MBA from Southern NH University. Melanie grew up in Nashua and resides in Brookline, NH, with her husband Scott and daughter Logan.

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