From the latest neuroscience on stress to entrenched gender expectations, best-selling author Brigid Schulte explores why we feel overwhelmed and what we can do about it. Hear from CLC member companies Goldman Sachs and KPMG about the innovative ways their companies are addressing workload issues. This event took place October 3, 2014.
Further Reading and Resources
www.brigidschulte.com – Resources to understand the Overwhelm and learn more about Bright Spots. Why are things the way they are? How can they be better?
» From the FWI Blog:
- FWI Book Review: Overwhelmed (September 23, 2014)
- Are U.S. Employees Overworked or Not? (May 27, 2014)
- Burnout: How Top Employers Help Employees Deal with Overwork (March 21, 2014)
» FWI Research and Reports:
- The 2013 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work “Work”
- Overwork in America: When the Way We Work Becomes Too Much
- Dual-Centric: A New Concept of Work-Life For Executives
BRIGID SCHULTE is an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine, and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. She is also a regular contributor to the She The People blog and has written for Style, Outlook, and other outlets. Schulte writes about work-life issues and poverty, seeking to understand what it takes to live ‘The Good Life’ across race, class and gender. Schulte grew up in Oregon, got her start in newspapers at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, and over the years has covered national politics, the Pentagon, public health, education, the environment. After a time-use researcher told her she had 30 hours of leisure time a week, she wound up writing a book in search of it: Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time. She is also a fellow at the New America Foundation. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children.
LAURA YOUNG is Vice President, Human Capital Management, Benefits and Wellness at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City. Laura has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s work-life strategy including creating a globally consistent formal flexible work arrangements program, initiating supportive resources for women preparing for and returning from maternity leave, and has contributed to the development of comprehensive global Wellness strategy that includes health management and preventative health services. Laura also developed the firm’s resiliency strategy, which has included executing a bi-annual Americas Resiliency Week and launching regular mindfulness trainings, based on evidence that meditation can strengthen the executive center of the brain, which is responsible for taking in and synthesizing information. Laura enjoys running and received her BA in Exercise Science from Ithaca College and her MA in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University.
BARBARA WANKOFF is a Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion professional with over 25 years of experience. Since 2003 she has been the Director of Workplace Solutions at KPMG focusing on initiatives to drive the firm’s partnership of choice and employer of choice strategies. Barbara manages KPMG’s worklife programs, culture of flexibility, women’s initiatives and initiatives supporting people with disabilities. With KPMG LLP since 2000, as part of the center for learning and development she designed leadership and other Firmwide training programs. In addition, from 2005- 2011 she led the firm’s corporate social responsibility programs.
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