Massachusetts’ first lady recently joined with more than 100 other female business and community leaders to spend a day in a Hyde Park school as part of a program intended to inspire young girls.
The First Ladies program at Boston Renaissance Charter Public School aims to lead girls onto the path to success by helping them build lasting relationships with successful women, including First Lady Diane Patrick. Patrick is a former teacher and for three decades a labor and employment law attorney, currently a partner in the firm of Ropes & Gray.
While girls have higher high school graduation rates than boys, the school noted in an announcement, they also are more likely to have self-esteem issues, emotional problems, harm themselves, enter into dangerous situations, and accept unhealthy personal relationships.
Other prominent women participating in the program included Carol Fulp, president and CEO of The Partnership Inc. and formerly a senior vice president of corporate responsibility and brand initiatives at John Hancock Financial; Linda Sloane Kay, executive vice president of Century Bank & Trust Company; Jackie Jenkins-Scott, thirteenth President of Wheelock College; Pamela Everhart, senior vice president of policy development for Fidelity Investments; WCVB-TV reporter Kelley Tuthill; and Diane Tabor, instructor at Harvard University Extension School.