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Katie Bethell is the Founder and Executive Director of PL+US and one of Fortune's 2018 "World's Greatest Leaders" with 15 years of public policy and issue advocacy experience in the United States. Prior to founding PL+US, Bethell was the Campaign Director at MomsRising.org leading successful bids for family friendly policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Her portfolio included work to win passage of statewide paid family leave in New Jersey and Washington State, paid sick days legislation in Connecticut, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Following MomsRising, Katie was Managing Director of North America Campaigns at Change.org, where she oversaw the team that ran hundreds of impactful public campaigns in the US. For her Change.org organizing, Katie was named by Fast Company as one of the "Most Creative People in Business."


What inspires you to do the work you do?

I think winning paid family leave in the U.S. would be an incredible, transformational moment for our country. The first ever policy that gives anybody the right to paid time off—that’s HUGE for our families and something that will help literally everyone. I’m inspired by the vision of that.

What are you most proud of?

Most recently, helping over 5 million people get access to higher quality paid family leave at their workplaces. That work focused on people who aren’t making huge paychecks, and it feels important both as a tangible improvement in people’s lives and as a powerful symbol of why equality is so important when it comes to time with our families.

On Sunday afternoons, you can find me...

At home doing chores and my weekly cooking while a posse of little girls runs around my house making slime and breaking things. It’s my favorite day of the week.