Work Life Legacy Award Overview


Over the last three decades, there has been a transformation in the American workplace—a transformation that has changed the way work gets done and has helped employees manage their work, and their personal and family responsibilities.

These changes didn’t just happen. They have been created by leaders in many different sectors of society who have the courage and the competence to forge new ways of making work “work.”

Because the history of this vital movement has yet to be written, the Work Life Legacy Award was created to document the extraordinary accomplishments of the leaders of the work life movement, and in the process, retell the story of how these economic and social changes took place—all in the words of those amazing individuals who made it happen.

The Work Life Legacy Awards capture the stories of those who have created the work life movement. In addition, Families and Work Institute and Bright Horizons Family Solutions proudly honor the memory of Johnson & Johnson’s Chris Kjeldsen—a champion of working families—through the Chris C. Kjeldsen Work Life Legacy Award. This award recognizes work life practitioners who have made extraordinary contributions, as leaders and as innovators, to the work life movement.

By documenting the history of this movement and by paying tribute to its leaders, Families and Work Institute hopes to witness the past and inspire the future.

Through the Work Life Legacy Award, we commend the men, women and institutions that supported the establishment of the Institute and continue to champion our mission today: to conduct research studies to live by and provide pertinent and rigorous data to inform decision making in families, communities, workplaces, educational institutions and wherever policy decisions are made.

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