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"Advancing Women in the Profession: Action Plans for Women's Bar Associations" Monday & Tuesday, June 11-12, 2007; Time: Noon - 5:30 PM, June 11 / 8:00 AM - 5:00PM, June 12 at the OMNI Parker House Hotel, 60 School St., Boston, MA.

Conference is co-sponsored by the MIT Workplace Center, the Project for Attorney Retention (PAR) and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Organized by Mona Harrington & Ann Bookman at MIT, Joan Williams and Cynthia Calvert at PAR.

A working conference bringing together leaders and activists in women lawyers groups around the country to develop action plans, for the advancement of women to leadership in the law. The theme is to move from individual to institutional solutions with a particular focus on the major problems of glass ceilings and maternal walls by specifically constructing step by step strategies for the promotion of local initiatives.

Many thanks for BDO Seidman, LLC for their generous support.

Previous Events

"Who Is Caring for the Caregivers? A Forum on Expanding Supports for the Family Caregivers of Elders" Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 8:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. ; MIT Faculty Club, 6th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA

Celebrating the release of the MIT Workplace Center publication Family Caregiver Handbook: Finding Elder Care Resources in Massachusetts

The public is invited to attend this open forum regarding the issues affecting Massachusetts families with elders who need care. Join us for a panel discussion featuring the following speakers:

Joan Butler , Executive Director, Minuteman Elder Services; Bob Buxbaum, M.D., Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Andrea Cohen, Co-founder and C.E.O., HouseWorks; Rebecca Gutman, Community Coalition Organizer, 1199/SEIU; Barbara Moscowitz, LICSW, MGH.

The event is being held at the MIT Faculty Club, located at 50 Memorial Drive in Cambridge.   Directions / Parking

"Action Research in the Workplace: Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future" Wednesday, April 5, 2006 to Friday, April 7, 2006. Funded by the FORD FOUNDATION, with additional support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

This Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners who are using the method of Collaborative Interactive Action Research (CIAR) as developed by Rhona Rapoport, Lotte Bailyn, Joyce Fletcher and others. Since the early 1990s, CIAR has been used by a number of people working in the areas of gender equity and work effectiveness - the “Dual Agenda” - both in the United States and in other countries. These efforts have spanned a variety of work organizations and have met with differing degrees of success. As the method emphasizes the unique knowledge and process embodied in each workplace organization, there are many different journeys to understand and analyze. With almost 15 years of field-based CIAR practice and experience, we think it is time to engage in critical reflection and evaluation of this method. This is not intended as a meeting to learn about the principles of CIAR, but rather an opportunity for those actively engaged in CIAR projects to share the challenges and the successes they are finding in using this method. Practioners from 11 countries are participating in this three day event.

Workshop, Co-Sponsored by the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons School of Management.

"Thoughts or Deeds?" The Impact of Manager Models and Behaviors on Employee and Project Outcomes" Tuesday, May 3, 2005, 1:00 - 2:30 P.M. Location: MIT Campus, Bldg. E52, Room 598. Presented By: M. Diane Burton, Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management; Co-Sponsored with the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER)

"Taking Anthropology out of the Academy and into the Community"; Public Anthropology: A Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, November 11, 2004, 4:30 - 7:00 P.M. Location: Tufts University, Mayer Campus Center
Welcome address by Robert Hollister, Dean of Tufts University College of Citizenship and Public Service Participants: Mark Auslander, Brandeis University; Ann Bookman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; David Guss, Tufts University; Deborah Pacini Hernandez, Tufts University; Nina (Cornelia) Kammerer, Brandeis University; Sally Engle Merry, Wellesley College; Sponsored by The Greater Boston Anthroplogy Consortium

"Building Political Will, Changing Public Policy: Is Flexible Work in Our Future?"
Friday, May 21, 2004, 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. Reception 5:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Panelists: Chai Feldblum, Director, Federal Legislation Clinic/Georgetown University Law Center; Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute; Karen Kornbluh, Director, Work and Family Program, New America Foundation; Joan Williams, Director, Program of WorkLife Law, American University, Washington College of Law;
Moderator: Kathleen Christensen, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation;
Discussant: Thomas A. Kochan MIT Workplace Center
Hosted by the MIT Workplace Center

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"Who Cares?: Building Cross-Sector Partnerships for Family Care"
Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 4:30 - 6:00 P.M.
MIT Building E51, Room 376 [70 Memorial Drive; alternate entrance: 1 Amherst Street], Cambridge, MA
Speakers: Stephanie Davolos-Harden, Regional Director of Massachusetts Partnerships, Citizen Schools; Judith Presser, Senior Consultant, Work / Family Directions Consulting; Marta Rosa, Executive Director, Cambridge Child Care Resource Center; Co-Sponsored by the MIT Workplace Center & the Family Care Working Group of the Massachusetts Work-Family Council Initiative

"Restructuring Time: Implications of Work-Hours Reductions for the Working Class"
Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
E51-390, 70 Memorial Drive [Alternate Entrance: 1 Amherst St.], Tang Center, Cambridge, MA

Maureen Scully, Affiliated Professor of Management; Simmons School of Management & Faculty Research Consultant, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program; Co-Sponsored with the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER)

"The U.S. Gender Pay Gap in the 1990s: Slowing Convergence"
Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
E51-390, 70 Memorial Drive [Alternate Entrance: 1 Amherst St.], Tang Center, Cambridge, MA

Francine Blau, Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Cornell University; Co-Sponsored with the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER)
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"Parental Leave in Australia: The Policy and the Practice"
Tuesday, September 23, 2003, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
E53-482, 30 Wadsworth Street, Cambridge, MA

Marian Baird, University of Australia, Sydney and Visiting Scholar, MIT Workplace Center and the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER)
Co-Sponsored with the Institute for Work and Employment Research

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Spring 2003 Seminar Series on "From Here to Flexibility: The Challenges and Promise of Flexible Work Arrangements"

"Maintaining a Patient Focus in the Flexible Work Environment"
Tuesday, February 25, 2003, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.; E56 Penthouse, 38 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Nancy Kruger, DNSc., RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services and CNO, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Nancy Hickey, RN, Director of Personnel Resource Applications, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Discussant: Lotte Bailyn, T Wilson Professor of Management, Sloan School, MIT

"From Here to Flexibility in Law Firms: Can It Be Done?"
Thursday, March 20, 2003, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.; E56, Penthouse, 38 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Senior Partner, Bowditch & Dewey; Discussant: Mona Harrington, Program Director, MIT Workplace Center

"Flexibility in High Tech Firms: The Challenge of Integrating Dispersed Professionals"
Thursday, May 1, 2003, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
E56, Penthouse, 38 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Tim Riley, Vice President, Strategic Growth, Forrester Research
Discussant: M. Diane Burton, Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan School

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Fall 2002 Seminar Series on "Labor/Management Partnerships for Working Families"

"Meeting the Family Care Needs of the Health Care Workforce: Reflections on the 1199 Child Care Fund"
Thursday, October 24, 2002, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
E51-063, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Carol Joyner, Executive Director, 1199 Child Care Fund

"Bridging the Gap Between Workplace Demands and Family Obligations: Lessons from the FORD/United Auto Workers Partnership"
Thursday, November 7, 2002, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
E51-063, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Richard Freeman, Ford Director, Family Service and Learning Center
Bill Corey, UAW Assistant Director, Family Service and Learning Center

"Connecting Work and Family in the Higher Education Workplace: Past Successes, Future Directions "
Thursday, December 5, 2002, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
E51-063, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Kris Rondeau, Organizer, Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers

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Spring 2002 Seminar Series on "Work Redesign"

"Work Redesign: Theory, Practice, and Possibility"
Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
E51-372, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Lotte Bailyn, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Joyce K. Fletcher, Professor, Simmons Graduate School of Management

"Enhancing Patient Care Through Enhancing Employee Voice: Reflections on the Scanlon Plan at Boston’s Beth Israel Medical Center"
Wednesday, March 13, 2002, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
E56-270, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Mitchell T. Rabkin, M.D., CEO Emeritus, Beth Israel Hospital
Institute Scholar, The Carl J. Shapiro Center for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Laura Avakian, Vice President for Human Resources, MIT. Former Vice President of Human Resources, Beth Israel Hospital

"Supporting Caring Caregivers: Policy and Practice Initiatives in Long Term Care"
Thursday, April 11, 2002, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
E51-057, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Susan C. Eaton, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Barbara Frank, Director of Health Policy for Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute

"Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: Adventures in Redesigning a Multi-Specialty Group Practice"
Wednesday, May 1, 2002, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
E51-372, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Richard S. Lane, MD, Internist, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA); former Director, HVMA Primary Care Training and Orientation Program, former Chair, HVMA Internal Medicine Vision Project
Carl Isihara, PH.D., MD, Internist, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Trustee, Harvard Vanguard Board of Directors, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

French Family Policy: Challenging U.S. Models of Work and Family

Thursday, March 14, 2002, 4:30
E38-714, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Jeanne Fanani, Research Director at CNAF (National Center for Family Allocations, France) and Researcher at the University of Paris, spoke about the impact of the most recent changes in work-family policy in France, including childcare policies and a new law that reduces the work week. Cosponsored by the MIT Workplace Center at Sloan, MIT France, and the MIT Women's Studies Program.

Stakeholder Dialogue on the Health Care Industry
December 13, 2001
During the first six months of The MIT Workplace Center's existence, we conducted numerous interviews and focus groups with members of the health care industry. In these, we found that there are significant work-family pressures among health care workers across occupational lines but also that this set of problems seems not to be identified and addressed, as such. Our purpose at the December 13th meeting was to bring some stakeholders in the industry together both to explore the range of workforce problems identified, and to gain a clearer understanding of work-family issues embedded in them. Our ultimate aim, with the help and advice of the participants, is to contribute to the construction of solutions.
WORKING PAPER: Workforce Issues in the Greater Boston Health Care Industry: Implications for Work and Family

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