Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff to Address Work-Life Conference

Reporters covering business, the workplace and HR will have opportunities to network with award-winning companies, conduct one-on-one interviews and gather story ideas at the Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond (#workflex11), a new conference hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Families and Work Institute. Contact Public Affairs at 1-703-535-6260 for press credentials.

Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff to Address Work-Life Conference
New conference by SHRM and FWI to share best practices and research on workplace flexibility

Alexandria, Va., Oct. 27, 2011 – The executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Tina Tchen, will be among speakers at a new Society for Human Resource Management-Families and Work Institute conference highlighting the benefits of workplace flexibility for both businesses and employees.

Tchen, who serves as the first lady’s chief of staff and assistant to President Obama in addition to her role with the Council on Women and Girls, will speak at a luncheon program on Wednesday, Nov. 9, about the administration’s efforts to encourage workplace flexibility and the Joining Forces Initiative, which supports military spouses and families.

Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond/Workplace Effectiveness Strategies that Work is being offered by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) for the first time this year. The conference will allow senior HR professionals and other business leaders to explore effective and flexible workplace practices and the impact they have on business success and improved employee job satisfaction.

Also headlining the conference will be best-selling authors Dan Heath, senior fellow at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, and Dan Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University. A series of learning labs will cover such topics as “Top 10 Manager Objections to Flex and How to Overcome Them” and “Gender and Global Differences in Work-Life Effectiveness.”

WHAT: Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond/Workplace Effectiveness Strategies that Work

WHEN: Nov. 8-10, 2011

WHERE: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. The Massachusetts Room will serve as the pressroom on Nov. 9 and 10.

PRESS BRIEFING: Ellen Galinsky, president, and Ken Matos, senior research associate, of FWI and Shirley Davis and Lisa Horn, co-project directors of SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative, will be available for Q&A from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Massachusetts Room of the Capital Hilton.

They will speak about the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work, which will be released at the conference.

The Guide highlights the practices of the winners of the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. For the first time, applicants for the Sloan awards were asked how they responded to the needs of military veterans and their families. The Guide details how some employers responded with innovative or generous initiatives. A full report on these findings also will be released at the conference.

Copies of the Guide will be available for reporters.

At the press briefing, FWI also will share key findings from a report that combines and expands upon major themes in eight papers that FWI wrote for the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau on Workplace Flexibility. The report also will be released at the conference.

For more details about the conference, visit SHRM’s conference webpage. SHRM also has an online Workplace Flexibility Resource Page.

MEDIA: To cover the Work-Life Conference, contact Kate Kennedy at kate.kennedy@shrm.org and 703-535-6260, or Jennifer Hughes at jennifer.hughes@shrm.org or 703-535-6072.

Most conference speakers are available for interviews. Contact SHRM Media Relations to coordinate an interview.

Follow live reports from the conference at www.twitter.com/SHRMPress and the SHRM Blog. The hashtag is #workflex11.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

About the Families and Work Institute
The 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, visit https://www.familiesandwork.org and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.

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