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Adelaide is an Education and Resource Development Officer for Black Beetle Health (BBH), a UK based public health community organisation. BBH promote health, wellbeing and equality for LGBTQ+ people of colour by developing evidence-based resources and signposting to culturally safe support services.

 

Adelaide is a Registered Midwife working for the NHS in the social model of caseloading. Her interests lie in encouraging care givers to think beyond traditional perspectives, to reduce health inequalities for marginalised communities.

 

Adelaide lives in London, England, with her wife Kathryn.

 

Learn more at linktr.ee/blackbeetlehealth

 
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Amanda Hemm co-founded Soutiens with Sarah Douglas in 2018. She believes community, education, and support for parents can create an environment where parents and companies thrive. 

 

Amanda became a mother of two while working in project and product management at a behavioral health technology firm. In 2015 she left office life and dedicated herself to serving parents in the perinatal period as a postpartum doula and breastfeeding educator. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.   

Contact Amanda for a free consultation to learn how your company can be more parent inclusive

 
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Amy VanHaren is the CEO and founder of pumpspotting, a digital platform and employer benefit software helping parents feed both family and career. Amy faced deep isolation while working and breastfeeding and the experience led her on a quest to solve the pain points of feeding—at work and everywhere else in the world—and to unite nursing and pumping women. She has 24 years experience in digital marketing and worked at Patagonia, Amy's Kitchen and Vistaprint. Amy also pitched on a moving escalator on Apple’s reality TV show, spent five months traveling cross-country to meet thousands of mothers in her Breast Express RV, and serves on the board of the Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition.

 

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Ashley Connell, CEO and Founder of Prowess, is one part fearless entrepreneur, one part fearless women’s advocate. For the first 15 years of her career, she was an award-winning tech marketer in both Austin and London.  Ashley’s unstoppable drive to have both a career and time for family motivated her to start Prowess.  Her commitment to changing the lives of overloaded employers, women seeking rewarding work, and those affected by the gender pay gap, has landed her thought leadership pieces in Forbes, Built in Austin and at SXSW. In her pretty much non-existent spare time she enjoys yoga, walks with her bulldog, cheering on her beloved Longhorns, and spaghetti and meatballs.

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Bridget Garsh is COO and Co-Founder of NeighborSchools, a startup that’s reinventing child care for children, parents and Providers by empowering people passionate about working with children to become small business owners. She’s on a mission to increase access to affordable, high-quality child care for working parents everywhere. On any given day you can find her bouncing between supporting Providers, streamlining corporate operations, helping employers become more family friendly or hosting NeighborSchools’ podcast, Work Like a Mother, which shares real conversations with inspiring women juggling work, life, and motherhood. 

 

She’s a proud Wellesley College alumna and has been recognized for her commitment to women’s advancement. 

 

As a thought leader and leading female founder in Boston tech, Bridget has been featured in Mother Magazine, Mommy Poppins, Bloomberg Business Radio amongst others. 

 
 
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Christie VanHorne is the CEO of CVH Consulting, a public health consulting firm that provides training and facilitation services to nonprofit, government, and public health organizations. She is also the founder of How to Talk to Your Doctor, a project that works to improve patient and doctor communication through health literacy workshops. Christie has organized and spoken at national health conferences, trained patients and nonprofit leaders on disease management, and facilitated community coalitions to improve health outcomes. She holds Master’s Degrees in both Public Health and Education.

 

Colleen recently joined SimpliSafe as a manager on the Procurement team. Her background is diverse in operations, logistics and finance.

 

She co-founded the Caregivers ERG at her last company and hopes to continue to be involved in supporting others both at work and in the community.

 
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Debi Yadegari is the founder and CEO of Villyge, an employer-provided benefit for working parents that supports employees from pre-conception through college, with a return-to-work focus. Villyge provides holistic parenting and career support for employees while reducing attrition, boosting productivity, and decreasing the risk of litigation for employers. Debi is a working mother of five and a former investment banking lawyer. She walked away from Wall Street because her employer did not support working parents and her workplace was not equipped to support her breastfeeding goals. Her experience was not uncommon and served as the catalyst for building a modern village to support working parents.

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Eric Ratinoff is co-founder and principal of The Mouse and the Elephant, a diversity, equity, and inclusion training and consulting firm. He served as Executive Editor for the Ferguson Commission report, and with Dr. Loretta Brady co-authored “A Seat at the Table,” an award-winning diversity and inclusion column for the New Hampshire Business Review.

 

Eric is also founder and Chief Storyteller for Story First, helping organizations get clear on their story and tell it more effectively. A recent project, In St. Louis: Five Years Later, examines the work toward racial equity in St. Louis since the killing of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson.

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Giana is a wife, mother, and a founder of WMC Public Health Consulting. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health Education and Integrative Nutrition Holistic Coaching certificate. She has worked very closely with many corporate partners and has a strong background in business development, education consultation, and holistic nutrition. Partnering with other companies that share the same vision, she advocates for better family leave, corporate wellness, and working parental rights as well as environmental health affecting physical prosperity. She focuses on postpartum anxiety and the anxiety that comes with working motherhood.

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Gwen is a workplace engagement thought leader who imagines the ambitious possibilities of transforming work, and has committed herself to making a difference for working moms everywhere. Through Steele and Grace, Gwen provides companies a new vision of inclusivity - one that includes comfortable pumping rooms, generous paid leave, flexible schedules, returnships for mothers returning to the workforce, and rewards achievements - making companies more successful as a result. The critical and necessary work of helping companies remove barriers for mothers and shift toward a mom-friendly culture has become Gwen’s passion and calling.

 
 

Hayley Kreckler is the Occupancy Planning Coordinator for Toast, Inc. When she’s not managing office space and employee moves, she is a vocal mental health advocate, displayed through the creation and management of the mental health employee resource group ComplexCarbs. Hayley holds a degree from Lasell University in Social Entrepreneurship. The only children she has are plants. She and her garden reside in Stoughton, MA, and dream of homesteading one day.

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Jacqueline McLeeland is the Founder and President of Push Birth Partners (Push), a newly established maternal health non-profit organization. Prior to establishing Push, Jacqueline worked in the clinical research industry for over 10 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and eventually the Managing Director of KenKor 360, an ethics and compliance advisory firm for public health systems. She holds a Master of Business Administration and is currently pursuing graduate degrees in both public health and legal studies. Jacqueline is a licensed community health worker (CHW) in the state of Texas. 

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Leonore Okwara, MPH is a military wife, mom of three, public health research program manager, and entrepreneur. She specializes in managing community-centered research programs within the nonprofit, academic, and government sectors, nationally. Leonore founded Public Health Research Consulting which provides program management guidance, development, and training to researchers and staff conducting community-engaged research. She is also the host of Public Health Culture, a podcast about social determinants of health, health disparities, community-focused research, and how to manage it all.

 

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Liz Simpler working parent, career woman, doctoral candidate, and the co-founder of WMC Public Health. After experiencing the challenges many working parents face she and Giana devised a plan to conceptualize what health and wellness support the modern working mother needs from her workplace. Together they work with businesses and organizations mission to provide more support in terms of policies, wellness, training, and other public health interests to support working mother’s need to find their sweet spot in motherhood and in a fulfilling career.

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Liz Spath is an experienced health & benefits consultant. She delivers insightful analysis and advice for optimization of her clients’ employee benefit plans. Liz is a mentor to other rising professionals in the local insurance industry. She chairs the Boston Women@Mercer ERG and is actively involved in Mercer’s When Women Thrive initiative. In 2016 Liz established the Mercer HR Leadership College, a unique three-day learning opportunity for senior HR professionals and serves on the board of directors for the Manchester Area Human Resource Assoc. She earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a M.S. from Boston University College of Communication.

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Lynn Perkins is CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter, an app and website that makes it easy for parents to find, book and pay trusted childcare, from last minute babysitting to full-time care. With UrbanSitter’s corporate benefit employees are able to quickly find the qualified childcare they need, allowing them to focus on work. Lynn has turned her vision of an “OpenTable for babysitting” into a service with more than a million users in 50 cities and has facilitated over a million babysitting jobs. An Internet startup veteran, Lynn served as founder and CEO of Xuny.com and VP of Business Development at Bridgepath.com before founding UrbanSitter. Lynn is a graduate of Stanford University.

 
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Mari Ryan is a workplace well-being strategist, speaker and award-winning author. She leverages over 30 years of business experience in a variety of industries. For the past decade, Ms. Ryan has been creating thriving workplaces, through her consulting work and speakng on worksite well-being. Mari earned a Bachelor’s degree from Lesley University, an MBA from Boston University, a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College. Mari is the author of award-winning book The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results.

 
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Marni currently serves as COO of Flexable.  Flexable is on a mission to offer innovative childcare services to make Life + Work ™ fit. Prior to joining Flexable in 2020, Marni held multiple operations and people leadership roles within McKinsey & Company. 

 

Marni enjoys working with great teams to build and grow innovative solutions, especially mission-driven teams. Marni has an MBA from Harvard and a BA from Northwestern.  She resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Jon, and children Ellen and William (aka Flexable’s customer insights team).

 

Co-president of athenaFamilies at athenahealth while also managing a technical claim readiness team as a Manager of Rules & Format. Mom of two boys, almost 2 and 5! She has an MBA from Bentley University and an undergraduate degree from Boston College. She’s passionate about making athenahealth the best place to work for caregivers so that they can continue to build a healthcare ecosystem.

 
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After graduating with his MPH degree in the concentration of Health Management & Policy from the University of Florida (UF) in May of 2019, he relocated to Wasilla, Alaska where he currently works as a Community Health Fellow at the Mat-Su Health Foundation. Omari is interested in SDOH and systems change. Wanting to share resources and answers to questions he wished he had during his MPH journey Omari began his website, thePHmillennial.com (The Public Health Millennial) and his podcast: ‘The Public Health Millennial Career Stories Podcast’. Connect with Omari on LinkedIn and his website.

 
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Pedro is the proud father of an adventurous toddler and an entrepreneur. He co-founded Arvorie with the mission of making childcare affordable by better aligning incentives between companies and parents. He did so after moving for the second time within a year to make his family’s childcare arrangement and logistics work. Pedro is an electronic engineer and Wharton MBA who is passionate about building and transforming businesses. Before Arvorie, Pedro had several roles in finance, private equity, and management consulting.

 
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Priya Amin is an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and mother to two boys, Ronin and Kirin. She holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, and worked as a product and brand manager at corporations such as IBM and Nestle. In 2012, she left her high powered career to be home with her two boys.  She launched Flexable, LLC in 2016 -  Flexable has gained regional and national attention for providing innovative childcare solutions. Since the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Flexable launched Virtual MiniCamps, on-demand virtual sessions hosted by fully vetted Flexable Facilitators to keep kids 3-10 years old engaged, so working parents can get work done at home.

Book Virtual Childcare for your kids ages 3-10 and keep them engaged while you work! Use code SOUTIENS20 to receive 20% off a Flexable Virtual Childcare session!

 

Rebecca Michelson is a design researcher, focusing on family technology and well-being. While working at the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, she developed games, research studies, design-thinking workshops, and community innovation programs for dozens of NGO’s. In 2018, she managed the production of the equity-focused Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon and Paid Family Leave Policy Summit at the MIT Media Lab. Rebecca is currently a graduate student in the Human-Centered Design and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. She is managing a NSF-funded nationwide study with parents, examining the role of technology in the home during COVID-19.

Please get in touch if you would like to collaborate on solutions and next steps for supporting families and remote learning for kids k-8th grades.

 
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Sarah’s work experience in epidemiology and education along with her own experiences with her babies brought her to the pregnancy and postpartum health world. A postpartum doula since 2015, she cofounded Soutiens to support new parents transforming into new working parents.

 

In addition to her work, Sarah serves on the board of directors for NAMMA Families, a perinatal professional network for providers in the MetroWest Massachusetts area.

Take the Soutiens Parent-Friendly Quiz to see how well your company supports its working parent employees. 

 

Sarah Rosehill is a senior analyst in Akamai’s Web Strategy and Operations group and the chair of the parents@akamai employee resource group. She’s also the parent to two young kids (4.5 and 14 months) and is passionate about the importance of finding ways to support working families.

 

Outside of work and her family, she serves on the board of directors of EarthSpirit and as the co-chair of the Pride Interfaith Coalition.

 
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Sarahjane is the CEO of Cleo, a family support system that helps working families navigate their journey through considering, pregnancy, parenthood, and return-to-work. Prior to joining Cleo, Sarahjane helped build Collective Health as their CMO, and has helped launch and build several startups in a variety of industries, from adtech to social media to energy and enterprise technology. Earlier in her career, she led political campaigns for healthcare and education districts across California. Sarahjane is a mother of two.

 

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