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Successful working parents are everywhere. We’re here to celebrate your stories and share advice about the parental leave journey and beyond.

“During my first pregnancy, I was desperate to find role models—someone I could relate to who was a parent thriving at work and home. All I heard were the doomsday stories. I realized later how damaging this was, and my confidence took a hit just as I welcomed my first child. It turns out there are so many women and men owning their success at work and at home.”
Allison Whalen, Founder & CEO, Parentaly.
Allison Whalen, Founder & CEO, Parentaly

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Emmett Brizendine

Clinical Manager
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MedVet

On becoming a first-time dad & co-leading his company's LGBTQ+ ERG

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Clinical Manager

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MedVet

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Knowing Technologies

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Jim Puccetti

Chief People Officer

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Crunchbase

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Kelly Scheib

Senior HR Manager

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PepsiCo

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Danielle Gallon

Director, Sales

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Forrester

Why taking three parental leaves as a sales director made him a stronger leader

Dave Eitler

Founder

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Recruiter

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Calendly

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Shannan Farmer

Strategic Account Executive

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Zapproved

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Tim Gray

Global Portfolio Manager

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3M

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Christina Ironside

Sr. Enterprise Sales

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@samsales

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Megan Taylor

Principal PM Manager

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Microsoft

On managing a tech career and children while prioritizing creating impact

Virgilia Kaur Pruthi

VP, Business Operations & Strategy

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Willow

On paternity leave stigma and why he took his full leave -- twice

Andrew Smolenski

Telecom Thought Leadership

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Dell

Leading charge in an industry where only 7% of executives are women

Jillian Kaplan

Product Specialist

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Google

Google’s “Paternity Leave Dadvocate” on teaching fathers to own working parenthood

Erez Levin

Partner

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Arogeti Endeavors

How being the "first" led to defining parental leave at her organization

Jordan Arogeti

VP of People

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Handshake

What happens when a people operations leader takes parental leave

Paloma Thombley

Strategic Partner Lead

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Google

Why a 12-week paid parental leave energized this working father

Jeff Delaney

Founding Partner

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Company Capital

Using parental leave to get a promotion and re-envision venture capital for women

Lindsay Fitzgerald

"The Space Gal"

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Emily's Wonder Lab

On filming a Netflix show while 36 weeks pregnant and taking a short parental leave

Emily Calandrelli

Product Marketing

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Indeed

On launching Indeed's Parents and Caregivers IRG during the pandemic

Sherrie Nguyen

Customer Success Manager

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LinkedIn

On setting boundaries and prioritizing mental health while excelling at work

Mike Tabilio-Fogarty

Head of Social & Emerging Media

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Verizon

How to claim your space while starting a new leadership role six months pregnant

Stephanie Miller

Strategy

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Doordash

How switching jobs while pregnant (twice!) supercharged her career

Sonha Breidenbach

EVP

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Lockton Companies

On appreciating the true value of his time after becoming a dad

Sean Glavin

Chief of Platform

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Treasury Prime

Navigating working parenthood as a product management leader at an early-stage startup

Mark Vermeersch

Marketing

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Minority Women Marketing

A global voice for working moms on balancing work, parenting and advocacy

Christine Michel Carter

Co-founder & CEO

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Parentaly

How taking parental leave as an entrepreneur and sales leader can result in business growth

Allison Whalen