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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Moffitt Cancer Center makes list of top 100 companies for working moms




Each year Working Mother magazine releases its annual list of the 100 most family-friendly companies in the U.S. It's almost like a who's who of the big companies that are somehow still able to succeed in these dismal financial times: Procter & Gamble, Allstate Insurance, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg. And there are always a few surprises -- Chrysler is on there in this year of change and we think it's fun that Lego made the list too. Hey, maybe Mommas make the world go 'round there since  they know what kids like.

Locally, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa made the grade for the second consecutive year -- last year was the center's first time to make the list.  The magazine said Moffitt makes the grade because it offers mentoring and tuition assistance, has women in key management and board roles, has on-site and backup child care, a sick-child care facility and a Women in Investing seminar to help women learn how to save. The only other Florida company to make the list was Baptist Health South Florida, which is based in Coral Gables.

The companies are singled out for such features as telecommuting and flex time -- all of the companies provide both those features -- parental leave (both maternal and paternal), adoption leave time and providing backup child care. The magazine adds, "But perhaps even more important is the family-friendly culture they all continually strive to create," the magazine said.In other words they make it good for parents to work there even in the economic climate.

Cheers to the companies that made the list and to those that, even in small ways, do their best to support working parents.

-- Sherry Robinson


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:03am]


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