Tick Tock: Is Now the Time for Paid Family Leave?


Employers have long offered paid leave plans in various shapes and sizes. Now, with a growing war for talent, many are turning to innovative paid leave and workplace flexibility options to support of recruitment and retention efforts.  At the same time, more and more states are enacting paid leave requirements while federal policymakers are offering a myriad of differing leave proposals for new parents and beyond. The issue is also garnering spirited debate on the presidential campaign trail. Does this mean paid leave is on the horizon? This session will explore new data on current employer paid leave offerings and examine recent state and federal efforts to provide more access to paid leave.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Meredith G. Singer

Meredith G.

Meredith Singer is a Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive for IBM, where she serves as a Capitol Hill and federal agency lobbyist. She is responsible for advancing IBM's legislative and regulatory priorities in human resources policy, ie., immigration, diversity/LGBT+, paid leave, labor/employment, healthcare and retirement.

She regularly lobbies U.S. and foreign embassy officials; interfaces with senior company leadership; builds consensus, creates and executes strategies for all U.S. HR policy priorities in close coordination with IBM's myriad business units here and abroad; writes legislative language, Congressional testimony and regulatory comments; and actively creates and leads many coalitions and trade associations. She also manages both grassroots and grasstops policy campaigns and communications. In addition, Meredith has managed IBM's advocacy for nationwide intelligent transportation and automotive solutions, as well as appropriations for basic research at federal agencies, such as NIST, NSF and DoE.

She currently chairs the US Chamber of Commerce's Immigration Committee; is a board member of the Public Leadership Education Network; is an advisory board member of the Coalition for the American Dream; and is on the Executive Committee of Compete America, among other positions.

Meredith has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from The George Washington University. She also is an internationally certified Les Mills™ BODYPUMP instructor.

Adrienne Schweer


Adrienne Schweer is a BPC fellow and leads its Paid Family Leave Task Force.

A Nebraska native, Schweer first came to Washington, D.C., to work for then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, following many years of working in campaigns, including those of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). After her years of service on Capitol Hill, Schweer joined the rock star Bono’s non-profit organization, The ONE Campaign, where she led partnership strategy and advocacy in support of African development, including maternal and child health.

From 2014 to 2017, Schweer served as chief of protocol to Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Ashton Carter, and Jim Mattis in the Pentagon. During her tenure, she proposed and led creative new initiatives to raise the profile and advance the priorities of the Secretary of Defense, including creating a partnership with the World Economic Forum; organizing the Counter ISIS Coalition meetings; and helping roll out a 12-week paid maternity leave policy for the military.

In 2015, Schweer started a non-profit organization, Family Leave Works, to find bipartisan solutions to paid family leave. She has worked across the aisle to shape policy and helped corporations elevate stories of how paid family leave is good for business. In 2018, she helped BPC stand up the first bipartisan Paid Family Leave Task Force.

She and her husband have three young daughters and a son. Schweer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Cheryl Vincent


Cheryl Vincent serves as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support for the Committee on Ways and Means (Republicans). The subcommittee oversees several federal programs including unemployment insurance, child welfare, child support, and child care. She also leads the Committee’s work on paid family leave.

Cheryl was previously a policy advisor on child care and paid family leave at the White House Office of Economic Initiatives, and senior advisor for legislative affairs at the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Prior to that, she worked as professional staff on the Ways and Means Committee leading efforts to reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. She also has state experience, having worked in her home state of Ohio as deputy director in the Office of Human Services Innovation under former Governor John Kasich. Vincent began her career at HHS working for more than a decade on programs to support working families.

Cheryl received her Bachelor’s from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.




Mount Vernon Square
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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