This is the first episode of a new series of interviews from Paid Leave for the US (PL+US) with dynamic leaders who are changing the way we live and work.

In this first conversation, PL+US Founder and Executive Director Katie Bethell interviews Ivellisse Morales, CEO of bombilla, a creative agency focused on social change that is on a mission to be inclusive and hire creatives who have been historically underrepresented in the media industry: people of color, Black people, indigenous peoples, and women.

Katie and Ivi talk about what it takes to build a diverse and inclusive firm that puts people first.

Paid leave and having that time to just breathe, gave me the expansiveness to think about what my future could look like outside of climbing the ladder on someone else’s company that I don’t want to be climbing.


Thanks to Katie and the PL+US team for facilitating this important dialogue. You can learn more about PL+US and their mission to win paid family and medical leave for everyone in the U.S. at

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