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All Quiet! Kids on the Set: Ensuring a Balance Between Work and Family Responsibilities

Outten & Golden and New York Women in Film & Television present a breakfast roundtable discussion about balancing work and family responsibilities in the film and television industry. 

We will focus on the challenges of being mothers/parents in the industry; what employees and employers should know about pregnancy, motherhood, and parental rights discrimination; and human resources policies that employers should adopt in order to attract and retain more mothers/parents in the workplace.

Dina Bakst
is a Founder and a President of A Better Balance, an organization that promotes equality and expanded choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. Prior to A Better Balance, Bakst was an attorney with the NOW Legal Defense & Education fund (now Legal Momentum), where she engaged in litigation and conducted public policy advocacy on a wide range of women's issues, including economic justice, child care and reproductive rights. 

Ossai Miazad
 is a recently-promoted partner at Outten & Golden and the chair of its family responsibilities practice. She represents employees individually and in class actions, in all areas of employment law. Before joining Outten & Golden, Miazad represented employees at a plaintiff-side firm in Washington D.C. She has also worked with the Employment Discrimination Project to challenge the systemic barriers faced by minorities and women in the workplace. Prior to law school, Miazad worked as a campaign organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Suzanne Riss
has held senior positions at national magazines for more than 15 years, most recently as editor-in-chief of Working Mother magazine, where she oversaw the magazine's 100 Best companies list, a benchmark for the best practices for working families. She also served as managing editor of American Demographics, where she helped guide the magazine's coverage of emerging trends, including women's choices relating to work and family. Her book, The Working Mom Survival Guide, was published in 2011. A working mom herself, Riss currently works in communications at JPMorgan Chase, where she writes about the firm's childcare and flex policies.

Wendi S. Lazar (moderator), partner and co-chair of the Executives and Professionals Practice Group at Outten & Golden LLP, has been practicing law since 1993 with a focus on representing employees in the negotiation of executive employment agreements, non-competition, and severance agreements, and in multinational employment issues. She also advises clients and attorneys concerning employment-related immigration and international law. Lazar recently co-authored Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey, published by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Lazar has also been selected for inclusion inThe Best Lawyers of America, 2012 Edition. 

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.