Family Values Rate D.C. Fete

Austin, Texas, agency owner Gay Gaddis was among a group of business executives invited to the White House recently to accept accolades on their family-friendly work environments.
A Rose Garden luncheon hosted last month by President Clinton and the First Lady included Gaddis for the establishment of a formal maternity policy at her T3 shop.
Three years ago, Gaddis set up the “T3 and Under” program that allows her employees to care for their infants at the office, rather than take extended maternity leave. “It’s not an on-site day care center,” Gaddis told a newspaper. The child is “actually cared for by the parent right there [at the office].”
Her program has garnered attention before, landing her on NBC’s The Today Show and in the pages of Working Mother magazine.
Gaddis was one of three Texans among the 40 guests from around the country honored at the luncheon, which was also attended by Vice President Al Gore.
–Glen Fest