Amy Henderson is one of our nation’s leading voices on the critical role of parenting and caregiving in developing the future of work. Amy has three kids and is the founding CEO of TendLab, where she has been working with companies and their parents groups at places like Salesforce, Accenture, Cloudflare, Airbnb, Lululemon, and many others to optimize the workplace for parents. Armed with the revelation that parenting develops career-critical skills, Amy wrote “Tending: Parenthood & The Future of Work” to claim the value of parents in the workplace.
As cited in Forbes for her "truly collaborative nature," Amy also started and co-leads the Fam Tech Founders Collaborative, a network of over 130 founders who are solving for the needs of caregivers. Amy is now working with her team at TendLab to catalyze a movement to change the game for working parents.
A regular speaker and author advocating on behalf of the power of parenthood at work, Amy has been featured in and written for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Slate, InStyle, and more. Amy also travels the country to meet with other pioneers who are part of building the movement to change the game for working parents.
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The story of Amy Henderson’s raw and vulnerable quest to understand modern parenthood brings her into intimate conversations with hundreds of parents, scientists, employee activists, business leaders, and other innovators.
Through these heartfelt interactions, Amy learns three main things:
1. It's harder to be a working parent in the U.S. than in any other developed country in the world.
2. There is an epidemic of shame among working parents.
3. And yet, parenthood, possibly more than anything else, neurologically primes us to develop skills that are critical for success in the modern workplace.
Armed with these insights, Amy launched TendLab, which began as a consulting business to help companies unlock the power and potential of parents at work, and has transformed into something much bigger. The new TendLab is a gathering place for incubation and instigation, bringing together the changemakers across business, research, technology, and politics to forge a better path forward for working families.
'Tending,' goes deep into the stories behind this pain to help us understand how our work cultures are broken, and how we can heal them. A testament to the power of parenthood, community, and collective action, 'Tending' is a call to action for all of us.
Read the book to get inspired to play your part in building a better future.
“Tending: Parenthood & The Future of Work,” will be published by Nationbuilder Books in early March 2021.
Header Photo Credit: Ami Hamilton