Experts – FWI Speaks

Bringing Thought Leaders and Ahead-of-the-Curve Research on How We Live, Learn and Work Today Directly to You

Families and Work Institute created its FWI Speaks program to provide detailed and customized presentations of our research findings for all types of audiences, including employers, employees, academic institutions, businesses, child caregivers, community groups, parents and others.

FWI Speaks presentations help decision makers improve the quality of family, work and community life by providing them with data-based solutions to everyday issues that effect people in all walks of life. Our presentations engage, cause reflection and often inspire organizational change.

FWI Speaks presentations are flexible, informative and relevant. Presentations are customized to meet the needs of your audience and are packed with Families and Work Institute research, offering practical strategies for successfully navigating family, work and community life.

General information about FWI Speaks presentations are as follows.

Types of FWI Speaks Presentations

  • One speech/presentation
  • Half-day program, including two to three speeches/presentations

About FWI Speaks Presentations

  • Presentations are 1 to 1.5 hours long
  • Presentations can be customized to address specific organizational needs
  • Cost depends on the number of programs and speakers
  • Bulk book purchases can be included with your presentation package
  • Speaker’s travel and expenses are extra

Explore the topics covered in FWI Speaks presentations.

For more information about the FWI Speaks program, or to book a presentation with a Families and Work Institute expert, please email

Some FWI Speaks presentation topics include:

The Changing World of Work

  • Who is the Workforce of Today?
  • Managing Work Life and Family Life: Myth or Reality
  • The Business Case for Investing In the Transition to Parenthood
  • Workplace and Career Flexibility
  • What is New and Newsworthy in Workplace Effectiveness
  • The Time Bind
  • The Aging Workforce
  • Vets: Employer Support for a Successful Transition from the Military to Civilian Jobs
  • Multiple Generations in the Workforce
  • Engaging Your Employees
  • Team Collaboration and Inclusion


Women and Leadership

  • Beyond Lean In: What You Can Do to Cultivate Sponsorship and Reach Up
    Sponsorship creates career traction – yet men almost twice as likely as women to have a sponsor. When it comes to high-visibility assignments, some 43 % of men and 36% of women will approach those above them and make the request. With a sponsor, the numbers rise to 56% and 44%, respectively. While powerful, these relationships are complex. This session is designed to educate women on the nuances of sponsorship, and give them a starting point from which to cultivate sponsors for career success.
  • Building Relationship Capital Through Strategic Networking
    Mid-career women are at the point in their careers where future progression depends as much on relationships as on results. Yet, many women struggle to build relationship capital in an effective way. This session sets the stage by explaining the larger context around why relationships are important and how to build them – and then take them several exercises designed to help them analyze their existing networks and how to use their networks to achieve their goals.
  • Owning Your Ambition: What’s Recognition Got to Do with It?
    Women can be perceived to be less ambitious than men, but the reality is that men and women are equally ambitious. Women’s ambitions are often misunderstood because they don’t raise their hands and voice their ambitions as easily and often as men. This session focuses on framing ambition as both an innate attribute and learned behavior, and discusses ways to take credit and get recognized while staying authentic and humble.
  • Reclaiming Your Time in a 24/7 World
    It is hard to feel that you have it all if you are exhausted trying to do it all.  Most women are constantly switching between the multiple roles they play both on and off the job, responding to requests for their attention that often leave them feeling fractured and spread too thin. This session sets the context for how women are handling their multiple roles in today’s fast paced world, and then explores the five mindsets that can help create time – just when you thought there were no more hours left in the day.


Education, Care and Community

  • Mind in the Making
  • The Importance of Executive Function Skills
  • Elder Care



  • Youth Views on Working Parents (based on the groundbreaking research study, Ask the Children ™)
  • Youth Views on Employment
  • Youth Views on Violence



  • Turning Discipline Problems into Opportunities for Teaching Life Skills