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Hi, I’m Sheila Lirio Marcelo the Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of I’ll be blogging about issues that affect families and caregivers.

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Care. It Takes A Village

Five years ago almost to the day (January 24), I stood on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with my co-founders and senior leadership team ringing the opening bell as went public. Just as I did that morning, I find myself reflecting on my journey to... more Is Committed To Advancing A National Paid Leave Plan That Works For All is proud to stand with more than 75 business leaders calling for a strong, sustainable and inclusive national paid family leave policy that will meet the needs of working Americans, their diverse families and businesses large and small. There is broad bipartisan support for paid family leave, and... more

America Is Better Than This

To me it’s simple: families should not be torn apart by governments, nor should they be detained in camps or cages. My house, my parents’ work, and Tita Rosie: Those are the three telephone numbers I memorized when my family first came to the United States from the Philippines. They... more

Why We Need To Stop Talking About Work-Life Balance

You don't need to check your personal life at the door when you get to the office. Let's strive for integration. There was something about that image: a teal blazer with a little heart on it. Tammy Duckworth — war hero, Senator, and trailblazing mom — complemented her... more

Celebrating Caregivers On International Women's Day

As we applaud the gains of trailblazing women, let us appropriately value the important role caregivers play in our homes, the economy and our global society.  In the early 1900’s, the International Women’s Conference designated March 8 as International Women's Day to celebrate the women’s rights movement. In... more Stands With Dreamers

Like so many of you, I am deeply concerned with the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As the daughter of immigrants and the first generation in my family to settle permanently here in the United States, this is personal for me. My family first... more

You Shouldn't Have To Improvise To Make Life Work

An improv exercise to show the value of family care benefits.  Improvisation: the dictionary defines it as the art or act of doing anything without preparation. For many of us, we’d define it as what we’re forced to do when issues in our lives impact our ability to work... more At 10: Where We've Been, And Where We're Going

As a mother, I often find it hard to believe how time flies.   Our youngest son, Adam, is 17 now. On the college visits that have commandeered so many of our weekends lately, I’ll look at him and swell with pride at the lacrosse-playing, baritone-singing young adult he’s becoming... more