Working Parents & Allies Employee Resource Group (ERG) Launches

Come to one or come to all events. Everyone is welcome.

The goal of the Working Parents & Allies ERG is to support working parents at Stanford Medicine by providing resources, access, and opportunities to strengthen social networks within the community. At each event, you'll be able to meet members, connect with leadership, and enjoy great food together!

Working Parent ERG Launch Events

The Working Parents & Allies ERG will hold three events.  Come to one or come to all.  Everyone is welcome everyone, so please feel free to invite others. To join the Working Parents & Allies ERG, please click here.


Date                                        Time                                     Place

Tuesday, August 20           7:00 to 8:00 a.m.             Dean's Lawn

Monday, August 26            12:00 to 1:00 p.m.           SHC Atrium

Wednesday, August 28    8:00 to 9:00 a.m.               SHC Atrium

Meet the Co-Chairs

Jessica Gold, MD, MS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Hospitalist at LPCH. She is the director of the CONNECT team, an inpatient consult service for children with medical complexity. She is a graduate of New York Medical College and completed her residency training at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2015, Jessica was a pediatric Hospitalist at Columbia University in NYC. 

Jessica met her husband, Carl, during graduate school in Washington, DC, before either of them started medical school. Many years of school and training later, Jessica finally convinced him to move to the Bay Area, where she grew up and where he was offered an exciting fellowship position. Carl is now on faculty at Stanford as a neurohospitalist. They have two kids: Max, 5 years old, born in New Jersey and a serious Yankees fan, and 18-month-old Maya, who is Californian through-and-through. Through her experiences and challenges as a physician mother, Jessica has become passionate in advocating for new parents, most recently leading a popular workshop on navigating parental leave and the return to work at a national conference. Jessica is thrilled to be a part of this ERG. 


Ben Elkins, MPH, is the Director for Improvement Training Programs for the Stanford Health Care (SHC) Office of the CQO. As part of that role, he is the administrative director for the CELT, RITE, and TeamSTEPPS programs. Ben has been at SHC since 2011 and has spent his entire tenure on the performance improvement team, which has previously been known as Process Excellence and Performance Excellence. 

Ben first met his wife, Claire, in the 5th grade – but they did not start dating until senior year of high school! After both graduating from Yale University, Ben and Claire moved to Stanford, where Claire completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering before becoming a Staff Scientist at Abbott Vascular in Santa Clara. They recently welcomed their first child (born at LPCH) and cannot believe he is already almost a year-old. As such, Ben is rapidly learning the many, ever-changing challenges of being a working parent and he is honored to be a part of this ERG.

Meet the Executive Sponsors

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, is the Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Adalyn Jay Physician in Chief at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Director of the Maternal and Child Health Research Institute. She assumed these positions in 2016. 

Mary is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, where she met her husband, Curt Langlotz. Mary and Curt returned to Stanford Medicine after spending 25 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Curt is on the faculty in the Department of Radiology. Mary and Curt have two children – born during their hectic residency and fellowship years. Mary is well-acquainted with the challenges of working parents and is delighted to be part of this ERG.


Dr. Sridhar (“Sri”) Seshadri is the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Destination Service Lines and has oversight for the Cancer, Cardiovascular, Transplant and Radiology operations at SHC. Sri has been at SHC since 2003 and has had several different roles, including leading the Process Excellence team, the Planning and Process team, Stanford Leadership Academy, and several operational roles. Prior to SHC, Sri worked at General Electric, Eastman Kodak, and the University of Pennsylvania. Sri has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University, India; a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia; an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Sri met his wife, Sushma Hegde while they both were at Penn. Sushma and Sridhar have traveled westward from Philadelphia to Dallas to Chicago before landing in the beautiful Bay Area. Sushma completed her doctorate in immunology from UT Southwestern and is currently home with their two teenagers – it is unclear who has the less stressful job - Sushma or Sridhar. Sri is sensitive to the needs and challenges of working parents and is honored to sponsor this ERG along with Mary. Fun fact: Sri worked for several years with Mary’s husband, Curt – while they both were at Penn in the same medical informatics research group.ting for new parents, most recently leading a popular workshop on navigating parental leave and the return to work at a national conference. Jessica is thrilled to be a part of this ERG. 


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