Corporate America Needs to Step Up and Support Paid Family Leave

When I first heard my daughter Lincoln cry as she came out of the womb at 6am on a Tuesday morning last September, I was numb, sleep-deprived, and in disbelief. The baby had arrived, and however brave a face I tried to put up, I was not ready. The day before, I had a life […]

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 […]

Paid Sick Days and Paid Family and Medical Leave Are Not Job Killers

Paid sick days and paid family and medical leave have gained new momentum in the past several years as policymakers, businesses, and the public increasingly recognize the necessity of these policies for working families. In 2002, California became the first jurisdiction in the United States to pass paid family and medical leave. In 2007, San […]

Actions Speak Louder than Words: Putting Women Front and Center in Global Health

I walked in to a packed room, found a seat and glanced up at the panel. The crowded stage had eight speakers, and every single one of them was a man. Even though perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, I was. I couldn’t believe that in 2016, we were still having conversations driven solely by men.

An Urban Innovator: Ridwan Kamil

Ridwan Kamil was one of the top architects in Indonesia, responsible for a tsunami memorial museum at home and projects across the Middle East and China. Last year, he gave it all up to run for mayor of his home town of Bandung, the third-largest city in Indonesia with a population of 2.6 million. He […]

A Thousand Heavens, No More Poverty

How do you teach someone who has never eaten in a restaurant how to be a waiter? That might seem an odd question to pose when you are thinking about global public health and development, but it is a central question in Josh Ruxin’s fantastic new book, A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and […]

The Islamic Development Bank: Transforming Global Health and Development Through Partnerships

I’m a big believer in the power of partnership. By acting together, we can do far more to improve people’s lives than by acting alone. We saw this at the Global Vaccines Summit in Abu Dhabi, where partners from around the world collectively pledged more than $4 billion to end polio forever. It was a […]

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