The Armed Forces and Leaders in Business and Child Development Honored for Their Transformational Roles in Addressing Work Life Issues

June 10, 2010

The Armed Forces and Leaders in Business and Child Development Honored for
Their Transformational Roles in Addressing Work Life Issues

NEW YORK, NY – Families and Work Institute will be presenting the Work Life Legacy Awards at a dinner event on Monday, June 14, 2010 in New York City at Cipriani’s 42nd Street. The Work Life Legacy Award was created to have the leaders who have changed the American workplace provide first-hand accounts of this history. The event is now in its seventh year.

The 2010 honorees are:

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be accepting the award on behalf of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Admiral Mullen was recently named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

T. Berry Brazelton has been called “America’s pediatrician”. His groundbreaking work in the field of child development has forever changed how parents and educators think about children and learning.

Richard T. Clark is Chairman and CEO of Merck, a healthcare company that operates in more than 140 countries.

Barbara Wankoff is Director of Workplace Solutions at KPMG and has over 25 years of experience developing programs and initiatives to help organizations support, develop, recognize and reward their people.

Each of the honorees is in a unique position to address the biggest challenges facing families today.

  • Why is meeting the needs of military families more important than ever in wartime and how is the military changing to do so?
  • What do today’s families need to give their children the best future they can dream of and how do they help their children reach that future?
  • How do we remain competitive in a global marketplace and retain the best talent?
  • How do we foster true community engagement in our employees while facilitating their engagement at work?

“It is with enormous pride, on Flag Day, that we recognize the U.S. Armed Forces, Berry Brazelton, Richard Clark of Merck and Barbara Wankoff of KPMG for their contributions to the work life movement,” said Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute. “Just in the seven years that we have given these awards, we have seen dramatic changes in families and in the responses of different kinds of workplaces. These individuals and their organizations have made unique and timely contributions.”

The evening will include a panel discussion on best workforce practices with senior executives, co-moderated by Admiral Mullen and Good Morning America’s Claire Shipman, coauthor of Womenomics.

The Immersion Learning Experience will precede the award event. This will be an interactive session featuring Ellen Galinsky and her critically acclaimed new book, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. In this session, Galinsky will be discussing how these life skills can be applied to business challenges.

For more information about the Work Life Legacy Award and the Immersion Learning Experience or to RSVP for the event, please contact Kelly Sakai at ksakai@familiesandwork.org or 718.715.8890.

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About Families and Work Institute

Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, see www.familiesandwork.org. 

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