#LikeAMother: Soros Open Society Foundations’ Sandra Schwarzer wins 6-month parental leave

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What will it take to creating the parental leave and family-friendly policies in the workplace?

First step – aggressive acts of bravery by moms inside the system.

Including you. I call you to micro-aggrevate the system! Listen to see what I mean.

Take a note from Sandra Schwarzer, global director of human resources at Soros Open Society Foundations, the largest nonprofit organization in the world. Schwarzer shares about her own macro-aggression inside her company, how she fought hard for a new policy for all its 1,600 to receive 6 months parental leave, half of it full pay, three months 70 percent pay — with tons of flexibility of how they chose to use it — including in the U.S. offices. Men and women, and any family situation they choose.

In this episode Schwarzer talks about what it took to make happen what she calls her “greatest career achievement to date.”

  • Why companies of all sizes benefit from generous parental leave.
  • The financial ROI on strong family policy.
  • Argument for taking care of employees, who, ultimately take care of employers.


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About Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.

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