Press Release
In Unprecedented Move, More Than 150 Professors From the Nation’s Top Business Schools to Urge Congress to Create a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

On the heels of President Obama’s first-ever call for a national paid family and medical leave law, more than 150 professors from the nation’s most prestigious business schools will send a historic letter to Congress urging members to pass the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act — legislation the president noted in his announcement that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program. On Tuesday, the National Partnership for Women & Families will convene an audio press conference featuring professors who sent the letter, including its lead author.

Audio press conference to discuss a letter being sent to members of Congress by business professors from across the country that makes a powerful business case for the FAMILY Act, national paid family and medical leave legislation, and calls on lawmakers to make its passage a top priority.

Stewart D. Friedman, Practice Professor of Management and Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
Scott Behson, Professor of Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Moderator: Vicki Shabo, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families

2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dial-in number: 1-800-311-9403 | Passcode: PAIDLEAV

To receive an embargoed copy of the letter, contact Sadie Kliner at or 202-286-2600. Embargoed copies of the letter will be sent Tuesday, September 15, at or after 9:00 a.m. ET.

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About the National Partnership for Women & Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family.

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