• Dr. Amy Perry is the mother of a Friends junior.

For next generation of leaders, a cry for work-life balance

The Upper School welcomed Friends parent Dr. Amy Perry, president of Sinai Hospital and executive vice president of Life Bridge Health, to speak with students on the issue of gender equity in the workplace. “Recalibrating work-life balance is important for this next generation,” she told the students. “Working mom guilt is a real thing. There are times when we are not present – and don’t think for a minute we’re not sick about it.” The same guilt applies to men in the workplace, Perry noted, particularly with the issue of paternity leave following the birth or adoption of a child. Men often feel pressured to forego paid paternity leave or risk losing promotion, she explained.
Dr. Perry spoke at the invitation of Upper School history teacher Josh Carlin, who directs the School's Extradisciplinary Certificate Program, which provides Upper Schoolers with opportunities to explore areas of academic and professional interest in ways that extend beyond the classroom. Her visit was supported, in part, by a small gift from Friends alumna, Dr. Alison Ehrlich ’86, Chair of Dermatology at The George Washington University Hospital, who suggested the School use it for programming that inspires girls to seek leadership positions in the sciences.
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