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Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life while at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty-five books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 125 articles in academic journals, books and magazines.

At the Institute, Ms. Galinsky co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the U.S. workforce—updated every five years and originally conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in the 1977. She also co-directs When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has produced a series of research papers, and has launched the Sloan Awards as well as conducted the National Study of Employers, a nationally representative study that has tracked trends in employment benefits, policies and practices since 1998. Information from FWI’s research has been reported in the media more than three times a day since January 2010.

In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Families and Work Institute formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership that builds on the When Work Works initiative that Ms. Galinsky will co-direct. Called Moving Work Forward, this initiative will help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

At FWI, Ms. Galinsky is also directing the national Mind in the Making learning campaign that includes her new book, Mind in the Making; her Vook (video book), FWI’s learning modules for educators and learning modules on the seven essential skills. Mind in the Making has had more than 150 million media impressions.

A leading authority on work family issues, Ms. Galinsky was a presenter at the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She was a planner and participant at the March 2010 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility and is working with the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor on the Regional Forums on flexibility that are continuing the work of the White House Forum. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest professional group of early childhood educators. Ms. Galinsky also serves as the Program Director for The Conference Board’s Work Life Leadership Council, a group of business leaders who have spearheaded work life issues in the business community since 1983.

Ellen Galinsky is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College and the 2005 Outstanding Volunteer and Professional Achievement Award from the National Cathedral School. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. A popular keynote speaker, she appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, World News Tonight and Oprah.

Ms. Galinsky holds a Master of Science degree in Child Development/Education from Bank Street College of Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Study from Vassar College and numerous honorary doctoral degrees.

Ms. Galinsky is also a photographer. The latest shows of her photography were at the New York Hall of Science (2006), UMA Gallery in New York City (2007), RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, New York (2008), GaGa in Rockland County, New York (2009) and Upstream Gallery in Dobbs Ferry, New York (2009, 2010, and 2011).

Why Workplace Flexibility Works For Hourly Workers

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Why Workplace Flexibility Works For Hourly Workers

In my last post, we took a look at the whys of workplace flexibility and its increasing value to American workers; according to the National Study of the Changing Workforce, 87% of employees report having workplace flexibility would be extremely or very important if they were looking for a new job. In response to this growing demand for flexibility, 66% of employers in the National Study of Employers report they now see workplace flexibility as a strategic business tool that can benefit both employers and employees.

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The New Normal: Flexible Culture & Work-Life Balance

Thursday, September 8, 2011


The New Normal: Flexible Culture & Work-Life Balance

Did you know that for an increasing number of employees, workplace flexibility has become the new currency? According to the 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce, 87% of employees report having workplace flexibility would be extremely or very important if they were looking for a new job.

The old view of flexibility was that it was a perk or a favor to a valued employee, often a working mother. Others thought it meant just flex time or flex place. But these ideas have changed as more and more companies have become more flexible. Why are they doing so?

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