Unprecedented Expert Gathering Takes Flexibility to the Next Level

Today! I’m on the Radio! Tune in to Karen Salmansohn’s “Be Happy, Dammit” Show, Wed, September 12th from 8-9 am, hear me live on Lime channel 114, Sirius Satellite Radio. I will be joining a panel of experts to talk about women in the workplace. Along with me you will hear Marci Alboher, career columnist for the New York Times and author of “One Person/Multiple Careers;” Eve Tahmincioglu, Your Career columnist for MSNBC.com and author of “From the Sandbox to the Corner Office;” and Leslie Bennetts, author of “The Feminine Mistake.” Should be a great conversation—already the emails exchanging between us have been challenging and provocative!

I’m Live Blogging from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/AWLP Working Retreat on Workplace Flexibility—Next Week 9/16, 9/17, 9/18!

Join me real-time as I share my experiences at this unprecedented national gathering of the top workplace flexibility experts in Park City, Utah sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Alliance of Work-Life Progress. This meeting will bring together professionals from the different sectors pursing workplace flexibility innovations: corporate leaders, higher education leaders and consultants like me who support the flexibility efforts of both the private sector and educational organizations.

The goal of this meeting is as follows:

“The objective of this get-together is for private sector employers and institutions of higher education to come together for the first time to share challenges and advances in their efforts to create optimally flexible work environments. This exchange is designed to help both sectors achieve faster progress, the proceedings of which will result in the publication of a “Flexibility Compendium.”’

Why Should Everyone Know and Care about This Meeting?

“Work-life balance,” tops the list of almost every employee workplace survey conducted whether externally or inside organizations. Clearly, being able to more effectively manage our work and personal lives in today’s 24/7, high-tech, global work reality is a priority. And workplace flexibility is the key. But it can’t simply be a policy, or just a “nice thing to do” for one particular demographic. It needs to be the way we work and manage our careers. It needs to be who we are.

This workplace flexibility conference is the first comprehensive gathering of individuals who have developed and operationalized some of the most innovative flexibility strategies over the past 20 years. And now we are all coming together to take flexibility to the next level, and to expand the reach and scope of “best practice” models to help all types of organizations and individuals. Hats off! to work-life team at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for providing the support to make this meeting a reality.

Live Blogging Schedule: Check in Sunday, Sept. 16th, Monday, Sept. 17th and Tuesday, Sept 18th for updated blog posts, pictures and BlogTalkRadio interviews. Learn how we are using our collective experience to make workplace flexibility a reality for everyone. And don’t forget to post a comment and tell me what you think as the meeting goes on!

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