27: Navigating Family Leave (w/ Diane Gatza)

March 20, 2024

Meredith is joined by Diane Gatza to discuss family leave (or maternity leave, or paternity leave…whatever floats your boat). Diane is revolutionizing the way parents-to-be approach the maze of benefits available to them. Whether you’re in California or beyond, her insights are invaluable for anyone looking to strategically plan and secure the support they deserve as they embark on the journey of starting a family. This episode has actionable advice for expecting parents who want to arm themselves with knowledge and achieve financial ease during this life-changing experience.

Diane Gatza is an engineer, home birth mom of two, and the CEO and Founder of California Maternity Leave Consulting and Diane Gatza Insurance Services. As a problem-solving engineer at heart, Diane established California Maternity Leave Consulting after navigating two maternity leaves and experiencing firsthand the lack of support, inability to find easy-to-understand information and realizing it is up to the employee to figure out how this whole maternity leave thing “works.”

As the self-proclaimed “Rosetta Stone of Benefits,” Diane’s passion is breaking down complex topics into bite-sized and easy-to-understand pieces so women feel empowered to put together and advocate for the maternity leave they deserve. After working with over 1,000 women to help them maximize their maternity leave benefits she has plans to keep expanding and support States outside of CA as well as offer paid FMLA insurance for women across the US.

In her spare time, Diane enjoys meditation, going to Disneyland with her two kids and taking sewing classes with the hopes of one day being on Project Runway.

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