Norwegian Lessons for America about Gender Equality

As the #metoo movement sweeps the United States and beyond, I recently visited Norway eager to explore why it is consistently one of the top countries in the world for gender quality. I was in Oslo for a three-day retreat with a group of women philanthropists who invest in innovative solutions for girls and women […]

The Paid Leave Pledge – Supporting Businesses that Support Their Workforce

Within the context of a changing world at work, corporate leaders, workers, and the public are shifting their view on the responsibility of business. How are companies serving our most pressing social needs? In what ways can profit align with more fair and ethical business practices? And how can companies support their employees in ways […]

A Paid Leave Story

Let’s be honest. If you aren’t immediately planning for a baby, dealing with an existing personal condition, or caring for a sick family member, paid leave can easily be a benefit you dismiss. Show me upward mobility, great salary, transportation, retirement, and work-life balance and we’re covered. That’s how I looked at it. That changed […]

Reflecting on Panorama’s First Year as an Action Tank

I was lucky to have the opportunity to see Hamilton in Seattle with my family last month, and I was blown away by much more than the incredible performance. What impressed me just as acutely was the fact that someone could read an 800-page biography of one of America’s founding fathers and come up with […]

What We Learned from Talking with U.S. Employers About Paid Leave

When we set out to interview leaders at large U.S. companies about why they did or didn’t offer paid family and medical leave, we had some assumptions. After 20 years in the corporate world, most recently at Microsoft, I knew the tech industry provided cushy benefits most other industries simply can’t afford. I assumed it […]

The Key to Attracting and Retaining Talent

How can companies create a culture of care that attracts and retains talent? This is the question posed by moderator Heather Timmons, Quartz White House Correspondent, to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, along with Terri Cooper, Deloitte Chief Inclusion Officer; Tara Walpert Levy, Google VP of Agency and Media Solutions; and Barri Rafferty, Ketchum Partner, President […]

Paid Leave: Good for Families, Good for Business

Two years ago my daughter was diagnosed with a serious health condition. As a single mom of two children, with no family in the picture to help, I was 100% responsible for their care and I was rocked to my core. I was also between jobs. I couldn’t find an employer that offered the option […]

Jeff Bezos, Here’s How to Focus on Both Today and Tomorrow

The following is an open letter to Jeff Bezos in response to his request on Twitter last week for ideas on how to shape his philanthropy. Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 20, 2017. Dear Mr. Bezos, It’s terrific that you are thinking about getting into philanthropy. The world today faces a huge […]

Why it Pays to Offer Employees Paid Leave

As the founder of a mission-driven organization, I had a bunch of tough decisions to make before hiring my first employees. However, one decision was easy: offer paid family and medical leave to all employees. It was simple for two reasons. 1) I know firsthand the relief and support I felt when I was able […]

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