Adoption-Friendly Workplaces with Dave Thomas Foundation
February 16, 2013
Hosted by Kelly Ellison
We are thrilled to have with us Rita Soronen, CEO and President of the Dave Thomas Foundation as we highlight one of their signature programs - Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. This program celebrates and honors over 200 US companies that provide the best adoption benefits to their employees. Joining us are representative from four companies from the top 100 adoption-friendly workplaces list – Cornell University, Diocese of Metuchen, McGraw-Hill, and Prudential. Learn what exemplary benefits these companies have available that support their employees and their families when completing an adoption. You will definitely want to listen in as we talk about how important it is to create a balanced, supportive work environment. Whether you are an adoptive parent and want to learn how to talk to your employer about offering these benefits or you have a company and want to start providing adoption benefits – this is a show not to miss! Mark your calendars!!
Your Adoption Coach
Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
Your Adoption Coach is designed to reach prospective and current adoptive families, couple, and singles with the resources they need to successfully bring their family together. We will examine international and domestic adoption, resources, costs, stories, highlight innovative agencies and bring the touching stories of families struggling and succeeding to the forefront. There is no greater community builder than Adoption! When we educate and encourage others to become involved, more people are inspired to adopt or be a part of a community of adoption. Our show aims to educate and inspire others to get involved in building a family be it on their own or helping someone close to them bring their family home together forever.
Kelly is an adoptive parent, executive coach and trainer. She has over 25 years of experience working in development and management in the nonprofit sector and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes ranging from the environment to the arts. Kelly has a passion for helping adoptive families reach their financial goals and uses her experience from the nonprofit world to coach adoptive families. She is Your Adoption Finance Coach and works with adoption agencies and families providing workshops, resources, and coaching to help them with their financial needs associated with adoptions both international and domestic. Using her system, the families she supports raise anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more for their adoption. Kelly completed her Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2005, graduating from the Rockhurst University in the Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City, Missouri. She has extensive management experience, training and facilitating groups of all sizes and backgrounds. Kelly is certified in mediation and diversity and is an author and speaker. She will be speaking at the National Council for Adoption this year. She serves on several boards including the scholarship committee for the Rosalyn Carter Institute’s Intergenerational Caregivers Scholarship Award and is also a member of the board of governors to the We Are Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in New York City.