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Anna Steffeney is President of LeaveLogic, a cloud-based platform that helps companies and their employees plan, track and manage various types of leave. Since founding LeaveLogic in 2015, she has guided the technology startup from concept, through multiple rounds of venture capital funding, to widespread rollout to employers across three countries.
Unum acquired LeaveLogic in January 2018 to advance its capabilities in absence management and provide digital leave support to employers.
In her current capacity as President of LeaveLogic, Steffeney works closely with the Unum products team in the strategic rollout of the leave management platform to new and existing Unum customers.
A recognized thought leader in parental leave policy, she is regularly profiled in television and print media, participates in industry panels and speaking events, and has recently given a TEDx talk and participated in the White House Summit on Working Families.
Steffeney has nearly 20 years of international corporate experience with companies including Microsoft and Citigroup. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and information technology from Alfred University.
Steffeney and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of two sons and live in Seattle.
Alfred University: B.S., Finance and Information Technology 2000
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New parents spend 43 hours trying to navigate parental leave options - here's how to fix it
Anna Steffeney was working at a large tech company when she had her first kid. For her maternity leave, she took one full year off under a government-stipend leave. Because she was based in Germany at the time—a country where she was guaranteed not only one year of paid leave, but also three full years of job protection. When she later moved to the United States, while working for the exact same company, her colleagues gave her very different advice about planning for her next maternity leave.
Keep her pregnancy hidden as long as possible. Don’t tell anyone about it.
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Employee Benefit News
Her innovation: Steffeney founded LeaveLogic, a platform that allows employees to create a leave plan that consolidates all leave benefits and lists the tasks needed to ensure proper planning and a successful return to work. It also educates HR managers by training them on supporting the employee through their leave event. Insurer Unum acquired LeaveLogic earlier this year.
Unum buys benefits solutions company LeaveLogic for an undisclosed sum
HR Technologist online
LeaveLogic’s cloud-based solution will now be part of Unum’s software-as-a-service offering. However, LeaveLogic will continue to be available to new clients, while also delivering updates to current customers. Also, LeaveLogic will retain its name, their team of five, and current brand look-and-feel.
“Unum had discussions with employers especially in New York, and employers said they needed help administering paid family leave,” explained Anna Steffeney, founder, and CEO of LeaveLogic. “They said, ‘Our employees are asking questions we can’t always answer.’”
LeaveLogic parental leave management platform acquired by benefits solutions giant Unum
Unum is a publicly-traded provider of financial protection benefits, serving 33 million people and 181,000 businesses worldwide. The company posted $11.3 billion in revenue for 2017. Its stock price is up 100 percent since 2016.
“As a Fortune 500 company and leader employee benefits, Unum has the tools, resources and expertise to allow us to scale our solution to simplify leave for employers and employees,” Steffeney told GeekWire. “We are working to build a proprietary and integrated solution that combines Unum’s full-service expertise in absence management with LeaveLogic’s innovative intake and employee self-service technology.”
A new platform makes parental leave easier on companies, and parents
While pregnant with her second child in 2012, Anna Steffeney wanted to ask the HR representative at the large tech company where she worked about taking some extra months of parental leave. After all, two years earlier, while working for the same company in Germany, both she and her husband were given a full year of paid leave when they had their first child.
“I wanted to afford the same experience to my second son, but I was struggling to navigate my options because they were so different in the U.S.,” Steffeney says. “The HR rep told me one of the offerings they had to help me was mental health services. The answer jarred me.”
Anna Steffeney starts LeaveLogic to make managing family leave easier
Microsoft Alumni Network online
Anna Steffeney had one son in Germany, and one son in the US – both while working for Microsoft. With Microsoft in Munich, she could take advantage of the generous leave policy that exists as a country standard. Germany has a government-subsidized paid leave for one year plus three years of additional job protection. Anna was able to enjoy maternal leave and devote her attention to family.