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Moving the Needle on Paid Leave: Men Mobilizing for Change

  • The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)


Katie Bethell, Founder and Executive Director, Paid Leave for the U.S. (PL+US); 2018 World's Greatest Leaders, Fortune—Moderator
Jimmy Gomez, U.S. Representative for District 34 (D-CA)
Andy Katz-Mayfield, Co-Founder and CEO, Harry’s Inc.

The United States is the only developed nation in the world without an established, federal parental leave policy, leaving companies to pick up the slack for employees looking to start, expand or care for their families. Additionally, paid leave is often considered a cultural facet of impending motherhood, leaving fathers and men out of a conversation that directly impacts the entire household in many complex ways, from parenting to caregiving. Paid leave is a hot-topic issue in tech work culture, but are we framing the discussion in ways that make for an equal footing for both parents?

Join us for a panel discussion with high-profile male tech leaders and parental leave advocates as they shed light on what has and hasn’t worked in the efforts for equal paid leave and what’s in the pipeline in California and nationally. The panel will include Andy Katz-Mayfield, the co-founder and CEO of Harry’s Inc., the consumer packaged goods company behind care brands Harry's and Flamingo, which recently announced its gender-neutral paid leave policy; California Representative Jimmy Gomez, who authored an expansion that revamped the Paid Family Leave Act to increase job protection and wage replacement for paid leave; and moderator Katie Bethell, founder of PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States). 

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program

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