Ellen Gilligan, President + CEO of The Greater Milwaukee Foundation //
You’ve spent your career in the nonprofit sector. What brought you to this work?
It’s in my DNA. I grew up in a family that has a strong commitment to public and community service. My parents demonstrated their commitment through their words and their actions, and they passed on those values to me and my siblings. My Dad used to say, “Life is not put on for your viewing pleasure—it’s not a game you watch from the sidelines. You have an opportunity and responsibility to use the gifts, talents and opportunities that you’ve been given to make the world a better place.” Early on I had a wonderful opportunity to work in community development and I knew then that the nonprofit sector was a place where I could make a difference.
What accomplishments with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation are you proudest of?
by Keary McCarthy, President and CEO of Innovation Ohio //
The United States is the only developed country in the world that does not offer guaranteed, legally protected paid parental leave. Today, only 13 percent of US workers have access to paid family leave, and even more alarming is the reality that only four percent of low-wage workers are offered this benefit.
But 2015 has been a huge year of new opportunity for many working moms and dads. A wave of progress is sweeping the nation as policymakers and employers demonstrate leadership in implementing paid parental leave policies. A growing list of cities and companies are beginning to take action to provide paid leave for new parents. And change is happening right here in Ohio where Innovation Ohio is partnering with local elected officials to lead on advancing this policy in the state…