In today’s episode of the You Belong in the C-Suite podcast, Laura welcomes Dr. Amy Beacom and Sue Campbell to talk about their book, The Parental Leave Playbook.
If you are a soon-to-be parent getting ready to go on a hiatus, a leader looking to accommodate your employees’ parental needs, or curious to learn how to transition well to enjoy this new stage of life, you have got to keep listening!

Our guests dive deep into how parental leave policies perpetuate the gender gap, the cultural differences in the matter between the United States and other countries, how knowing your values is the first step toward creating a parental leave plan, and more! All of this with the goal of empowering parents throughout this new chapter of their lives, and helping them align with the kind of family they want to be.

Thank you for tuning in! If you haven’t listened to episode 32 where Laura and leadership expert, Zoë Routh discuss the different aspects of advanced leadership thinking as well as how you can become a more productive leader, then go back and check it out!

In this episode, we cover:
-What parental leave is.
-The evolution of paid parental leave in the United States.
-Gender inequality and parental leave.
-Creating a smooth parental leave plan.
-Setting good boundaries around parental leave.
-Ways to support parents in the workplace as a leader.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Visit the Center For Parental Leve Leadership at
-Order their book: The Parental Leave Playbook here!
-Find your Free Values Worksheet HERE and take action on what matters most today!
CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age by Ellen Kossek and Brenda Lautsch.

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More about Amy and Sue:

Dr. Amy Beacom is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, the first consultancy in the US to focus exclusively on parental leave. Drawing on over 25 years in executive leadership development and coaching, Amy consults with Fortune 100 companies, international organizations, and working parents, transforming the way our companies and our country engage with the parental leave transition.

Amy created the first evidence-based parental leave transition coaching model and distilled it into this book, the first of its kind to provide step-by-step guidance for navigating this complex life transition. She has trained and supervised parental leave coaches both in the US and Australia and the manager-focused training program she created can be found in over 80 countries around the world. She regularly appears on expert panels, conferences, and podcasts and has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Working Mother. Amy holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Gender Studies from Lewis and Clark College, an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a doctorate, also from Columbia University, combining Organizational Psychology, Women’s Leadership, Work/Family, and Applied Anthropology. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their son and daughter. 

Sue Campbell is a writer, author, and coach who has worked with the Center for Parental Leave Leadership since its early days, helping to communicate the transformative impact of their core mission. Her professional background includes twelve years in public service, seven of those as a business systems analyst leading projects and teams to deliver process improvements through technology. Her writing, often focused on issues important to parents, has been published in many outlets, including PreventionGood Housekeeping, Scary Mommy, and Mamalode. She is also the author of, The Cat, the Cash, the Leap, and the List, a novel for middle-grade readers. Sue lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

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