On Monday, June 9th, I was a panelist at the 1st ever White House Summit on Working Fathers– an event in which high-level administration officials, business leaders, experts and advocates came together to discuss the challenges faced by working dads and work towards public and private sector solutions. I’ll write more about the discussions and my experiences in the coming week, but for now, enjoy this photo essay of the day. Plus, a roundup of media coverage in links below.
Paternity leave being discussed at the White House! (I’m on the far right)
Brigid Schulte and I after the White House Summit on Working Fathers!
Daniel Murphy discussed his much-publicized paternity leave in a heartfelt speech at the White House Summit on Working Families
Brigid Schulte (far left) moderating a panel at the recent White House Summit on Working Fathers
A packed house!
Meeting up with Brad Harrington and Jennifer Fraone of Boston College, as well as Jessica deGroot of Thirdpath and journalist/author Brigid Schulte (of “Overwhelmed” fame)
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
The crowd’s reaction to Dana Glazer’s moving short film about modern fatherhood
Me, Jessica Degroot and my social media dad friends!
The official program
Me with the event’s organizers Jeremy Joseph and Molly Dixon
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez
Data presented by Jason Furman, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
Meeting up the night before with Dad Blogger frioends
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough opened the event
Jason Furman, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, presented a thorough case for the need to support working fathers
Jessica DeGroot introducing the inspiring Julian Jenkins
White House, baby!
An awesome panel about the stigma men face in the workplace if they prioritize family at work. Moderator Liza Mundy with panelists Dr. Scott Coltrane, Dr. Brad harrington and Carl Cooper
Nice venue, eh?
Selected media coverage:
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