Stepping Out & Into The World
Team Peri is taking our message on the road. Our founder, Peri, is sharing her story with the world by educating the next generation and corporations on matters of DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), the importance of making sure that all have a seat at the table and building a community, the power of Stepping Out of Line, and her journey. Email her directly at email@example.com for inquires.
I invited Peri to serve as a guest speaker in my interdisciplinary class on disability. Peri's talk was one of the most well-received of all the guest lecturers in the class, and Peri graciously volunteered her time and expertise to answer follow-up questions from my students afterwards. Peri's talk was accessible, educational, engaging, and inspiring.
Director, Adelphi Plus Learning Community
Associate Teaching Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
I use the term ‘inspirational’ meagerly and with hesitation, but there aren’t many other words to describe Peri Finkelstein’s tremendous perseverance, bravery, and commitment to herself, her organization, and her community. Peri’s methodology behind ‘stepping out of line’ heavily intertwines with taking risks that can make-or-break one’s confidence and reputation, all rooted in vulnerability. Her mantra of promising to explore all opportunities and defy the odds still resonates with me, as I apply it to situations in my personal and academic lives. I consider stepping out of line to be the hallmark of a leader, and hope I can apply the same philosophy in my future position at the hospital. One day, I hope I can be at least half as strong-willed & strong-minded as Peri.
Peri presented an engaging talk to my Doctor of Physical Therapy students about DEI as it relates to individuals with physical disabilities. She charged us to operationalize the idea of inclusion in real ways, every day in every environment. Her ‘step out of line’ message is inspiring on a personal level but also on a professional level. Physical therapists can and should encourage their patients/clients to dream big, and we can help them realize their goals. Thank you, Peri, for sharing your wisdom and for the very important work that you do!
Yocheved Bensinger-BrodyAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program