It was through Esti being born and my experience of becoming a mom that I became impassioned to advocate for parents across Kin + Carta. At the time, in the US our parental leave offerings were pretty limited — we were given six weeks of paid maternity leave and three weeks of paternity leave. This made sense for where we were as a company as many people didn’t have children, but our people were growing up, and it was becoming time to reevaluate our policies. So myself alongside my friend and sidekick, Alyssa Mikev, began the quest and we started internally. We asked a bunch of folks what they would want to see change within Kin + Carta’s parental offerings. Leave time was a consistent topic, and it was something we definitely knew we needed to expand to make sure that our policies evolved to best fit the expectations of our employees. Alyssa and I created a pitch and took it to our leadership team. It was amazing to see how open they were to our ideas. Instantly, the firm doubled our maternity and paternity leave from six and three weeks to twelve and six weeks.
We knew, however, that there was more work to be done. Since then, an affinity group was formed to continue advocating for parents at Kin + Carta. Now, in the US, we have provided equal paid time off for all parents, no matter one’s path to parenthood. This has made the parental leave policy more inclusive, which has been a rewarding and exciting policy change to be a part of.
As a collective parent’s affinity group, we also focus beyond policy work. Recently, we hosted a global workshop which served as a big brainstorming session for all parents to get involved. We spent the time talking about the expectations we have from Kin + Carta and ideating what future events we could bring to life to cultivate stronger community. This was one of those great opportunities to hear creative, new ideas from people all across the organization. It reinvigorated me in so many ways.