Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and Chief Science Office of the Bezos Family Foundation, is one of the trailblazers in the work-family life field. Her more than 100 books and reports include the best-selling 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 300 articles in journals, books and magazines.
At the Institute, Ms. Galinsky is responsible for the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the U.S. workforce — updated every five to six years. She also is responsible for When Work Works for FWI (a project on workplace effectiveness first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) that has produced a series of research papers and has launched the When Work Works 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 (SHRM) and Families and Work Institute formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership that takes When Work Works out to employers in 50 states. In September 2016, FWI’s workforce/workplace research will transition to SHRM, and Ellen Galinsky will assume the role of Senior Research Advisor.
In March 2016, Mind in the Making (MITM), formerly a program of the Families and Work Institute, became a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Ellen Galinsky serves as Chief Science Officer and Executive Director at the Bezos Family Foundation. Mind in the Making is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them. Based on Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ellen Galinsky, its mission is to promote Life Skills that are based on and promote Executive Functions in adults and through them in children in order to keep the fire for learning burning brightly in all of us. Projects include: Seven Essential Skills Learning Modules for Community Leaders (in English/Spanish) that are being implemented in six communities through community schools with funding with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership and in an additional 13 communities and states; Seven Essential Skills Modules for Museums and Libraries, created in conjunction with Boston Children’s Museum, that have been used to train museum and library educators in 30 states; Seven Essential Skills Modules for Health Care Professionals created in conjunction with Mount Sinai Hospital that will be used to reform practices in health care and in pediatric training; a DVD collection of 42 videos showing important experiments in child development research; Prescriptions for Learning — 98 downloadable tips sheets for pediatricians and health care professionals on frequently asked questions by families that show how to turn behavior problems into learning opportunities; and a partnership with First Book where Ms. Galinsky and her colleagues have created a library of children’s books and accompanying tips to promote life skills. These tip sheets have been downloaded almost 500,000 times. Mind in the Making was named one of the top ten nonfiction books by The Washington Post in May 2014 and was voted the Number 1 must-read book for preschool teachers by Child Care Exchange in June 2014.
A graduate of Vassar College and Bank Street College of Education (where she was on the faculty for 25 years), Ms. Galinsky is a leading authority on work family and child development issues. She was a presenter at the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families, the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers, and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She was a planner of and participant in the March 2010 White House Forum. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the largest professional group of early childhood educators. Ellen Galinsky is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College and the Seven Wonders of the Work Life World from Working Mother magazine. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005 and is the recipient of the 2014 Friend of Children Award from the Southern Early Childhood Association. She was honored as one of the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 for 2014.
Ellen Galinsky is married to artist Norman Galinsky, and they are the parents of two grown children: Philip, an ethnomusicologist and founder-director of Samba New York, and Lara, the co-author of Be Bold and author of Work on Purpose. Norman and Ellen Galinsky have two grandchildren — Antonio and Azaiah.