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 […]

Let’s Talk About Menstrual Health

On any given day more than 800 million women and girls are menstruating, yet menstrual health and hygiene is a neglected health and development issue. Stigma, taboos, and ignorance around periods harm women and girls every day. In many parts of the world, women and girls are considered dirty or impure during menstruation. They are […]

A Pledge on International Women’s Day: Female Donors, Join Forces

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March  8, 2018. We are facing a pivotal moment in history where two major movements are aligned. The #MeToo groundswell is changing the way we talk about taboo subjects that long seemed immune to honest discussion and genuine change. At the same time, women in philanthropy are achieving […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

My New Hero: Senator Pia Cayetano of the Philippines

Senator. Mom. Triathlete. That’s how Senator Pia Cayetano of the Philippines describes herself on Twitter. There’s one thing missing: hero. Senator Cayetano was the youngest female Senator ever elected in the Philippines nine years ago. At that time, the issue of reproductive health had been languishing in the Senate for more than five years. She […]

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