November 29th

The opening reception and dinner will be held at the iconic Corcoran Gallery of Art. Situated in the heart of Washington, D.C., it displays great artworks of past and present. The Corcoran Gallery of Art stands as a major center of American art, both historic and contemporary. Founded "for the purpose of encouraging American Genius," the Corcoran's extensive collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American art represents most significant American artists.

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Guests are invited to a private viewing of the Contemporary Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, which will present new work by American artist Spencer Finch.

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception, Corcoran Gallery of Art

7:00 p.m.

Welcome and Dinner

Paul L. Joskow
President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

7:45 p.m.

Program Introduction

Ellen Galinsky
President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute

8:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

J.T. (Ted) Childs, Jr
Retired Vice President, Global Workforce Diversity, IBM, Principal Ted Childs, LLC

Valerie B. Jarrett
Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls

Admiral Mike Mullen
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Claire Shipman
Contributor, ABC News' Good Morning America, Author, womenomics (Moderator)

November 30th

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Registration, Hart Auditorium Foyer

7:30–8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:45–9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Katie Corrigan
Director, Workplace Flexibility 2010

9:00–9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote

Kathleen Christensen Ph.D.
Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

9:30–10:45 a.m.

Panel I:  The Dimensions of the Problem, Across Generations

Demographic and economic changes are transforming work-family concerns from private, individual matters to major societal issues. These changes – stagnating incomes, job loss or insecurity, the number of women in the labor force, the high percentage of children living in households in which all adults work, the aging of the baby boomer population, and the increased responsibilities for eldercare – are exerting new demands and increasing pressures on workers and their families. At the same time, most U.S. workers are employed in rigidly structured work environments in which they must choose between the demands of work and the needs of their families. This one-size-fits-all workplace – with its full-time, full-year, year-in and year-out jobs – as well as its rigid, linear career paths, remains the norm of American workplaces.

This panel will explore demographic changes across generations and throughout one’s lifetime. And it will address such trends as the increase of job demands and the emergence of new pressures on dual-earner families, single parents, and older workers alike.

  • Suzanne Bianchi, Ph.D. Dorothy Meier Chair in Social Equities and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Claudia Goldin, Ph.D. Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Richard Johnson, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Income & Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes Ph.D. Director, The Center on Aging & Work, Boston College (Moderator)
  • Alford Young, Ph.D. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan

10:45–11:00 a.m.

Morning Break, Hart Auditorium Foyer

11:00–12:15 p.m.

Panel II:  Identifying the Consequences of Americans’ Changing Lives

There is a profound structural mismatch between how, when and where people work and the needs of a changing work force. This panel will discuss the consequences of the structural mismatch for families and children as well as the impact on health and well-being of people working in specific occupations for whom these problems are particularly acute.

  • David M. Almeida, Ph.D. Professor of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D. Professor of Family Studies, Director, Center for Families, Director, Military Family Research Institute, Purdue University
  • Mary Ann Mason, Ph.D. Co-Director, Center on Health, Economics & Family Security, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Phyllis Moen, Ph.D. McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Sociology, University of Minnesota (Moderator)
  • Barbara Schneider, Ph.D. John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, College of Education, Michigan State University, Senior Fellow and Principal Investigator, Center for Advancing Research and Communications in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago

12:15–1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote, Gewirz, 12th Floor

Betsey Stevenson, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Labor


David Gray
Director, Workforce and Family Program, New America Foundation

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Panel III:  Many Paths to Flexibility: Employer Perspectives

Business productivity and workplace flexibility are intertwined. Research shows that workplace flexibility has substantial benefits to individuals and to businesses of all sizes. A number of U.S. firms have led the way in implementing promising flexibility practices, including opportunities for flexible work arrangements, time off, and opportunities for career exit, maintenance and re-entry. But just as flexibility is not a one-size-fits-all solution for employees, nor is it for employers. In this interactive discussion, representatives from diverse employers – at different points along the flexibility spectrum – will discuss why flexibility is critical to their business, and what they have done and are currently doing to create, grow and redefine flexibility within their organizations. This panel will also discuss the clear barriers and challenges that remain.

  • Marleece Barber, M.D. Director of Enterprise Health, Work-Life and Safety, Deere & Company
  • Shirley Davis, Ph.D. Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Society for Human Resource Management  (Respondent)
  • Ellen Galinsky President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute (Moderator)
  • John C. Parry President & CEO, Solix, Inc.
  • Kris Rondeau Organizer, Director of AFSCME, New England Organizing (Respondent)
  • Aida Sabo Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Bonnie Shelor Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Bon Secours Virginia Health System
  • Rich Sheridan CEO, Menlo Innovations

2:45–3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:00–4:15 p.m.

Panel IV:  What’s at Stake? Workplace Flexibility as a National Priority

A growing consensus finds that the mismatch between the needs of the U.S. workforce and the structure of the workplace is no longer sustainable –serious consequences exist for families, for business, and for the overall economy. But, despite a rich body of academic research and evidence of a business case, workplace flexibility is still far from the norm in American society, particularly for low-wage workers. In addition, the day-to-day burdens of work-life conflict continue to fall on the shoulders of individual families as opposed to being seen as a shared problem with common solutions.

The closing panel will bring together a diverse group of leaders to answer two critical questions:  What’s at stake? Where do we go from here?

  • Chai Feldblum Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Moderator)
  • David S. Fortney Co-Founder Fortney & Scott, LLC
  • Parminder Jassal Program Officer, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Justin Johnson Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • Victoria A. Lipnic Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Elizabeth H. Shuler AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer
  • Bob Williams Senior Advisor to the Acting Associate Commissioner of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Employment Support Programs
  • Portia Wu Vice President, National Partnership for Women and Families

4:15–5:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote

Christina M. Tchen
Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls


Donna Klein
President and Founder, Corporate Voices for Working Families