Anticipate Big Ideas Talks

The 2024 WFRN conference plenaries, organized by President Ellen Galinsky, will feature “Big Ideas Talks”, brief TED talk-like presentations designed to stimulate the intellect and stir the heart.  Below is a list of the Big Ideas Talks and presenters that you can look forward to seeing at the upcoming WFRN conference.  The WFRN expresses appreciation to all of these presenters for their informative and moving contributions to the conference.


Wednesday 6/19 2:30- 3:30 PM


Jarrod Haar; Dean’s Chair in Management and Maori Business, Massey University of New Zealand

“I Feel So Lonely I Could Burnout?” Studying Work Loneliness Across Time


Richard Petts; Professor of Sociology, Ball State University

What if all Fathers in the U.S. Had Paid Paternity Leave?


Leah Ruppanner; Professor of Sociology, University of Melbourne

Can Robot Vacuums Save Us All from Housework Drudgery?


Wednesday 6/19 4:00-5:00 PM


Ellen Ernst Kossek; Distinguished Professor of Management, Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. School of Business, Purdue University

Rethinking Boundary Control Toward Work-life Equality for the Front Line


Scott Schieman; Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto

Not My Necessary Evil: 10 Perception Glitches about Work (and How They Hurt Us All)


Ariane Ollier-Malaterre; Professor School of Management Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada Research Chair on Digital Regulation at Work and in Life

Tech Imaginaries: How We Think and Feel About Technology


Thursday 6/20 8:00- 8:45 AM


Ellen Galinsky; President, Families and Work Institute, Author, The Breakthrough Years

Skills for Success in School, Work and Life


Kim French; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University

Three Lies We Tell Ourselves About Work-Family Conflict


Melissa Milkie; Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

What Happened to Quality Time? Looking at the Work-Family Nexus from Below


Thursday 6/20 4:00-4:45 PM


 Subha Barry; President and CEO, Seramount

Decisions That Define Us: The Ripple Effect of Inclusion


Yang Hu; Professor of Global Sociology, Lancaster University

Manufacturing “Care”: What Can We Learn About Care From AI?


Rosabeth Moss Kanter; Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Four Challenges to Bridging the Work-Family Divide


Friday 6/21 1:30-2:30 PM


 Brigid Schulte; Journalist. Writer. Director, Better Life Lab, New America

Over Work How Change Agents are Transforming the Daily Grind in the Quest for Better Lives


Alejandra Ros Pilarz; Assistant Professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Promoting Safe Work During Pregnancy to Improve Maternal and Infant Health


Erin Cech; Associate Professor of Sociology and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan

The Problems with Following Your Passion


Friday 6/21 5:30 – 6:30 PM


Mary Blair Loy; Professor, Sociology, UC San Diego

Reconceive Merit and Devotion to Improve Equity in the Professions


Cali Yost; CEO and Founder, Flex+Strategy Group

Why We Need to Reimagine How, When and Where Work is Done, Together


Ameeta Jaga; Professor Organisational Psychology, University of Cape Town.

Why Policies Must Recognize Care Realities: Insights from the Motherload


Saturday 6/22 1:15-2:00 PM


 Heejung Chung; Professor of Work and Employment, King’s College London.

Flexibility Stigma: Why We Think Homeworkers are Slackers and What This Says About Our Work Culture


Andrea Doucet; Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work, and Care; Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University, Canada.

How Do We Respond to Care Crises and Polycrisis? Three Lessons from Rachel Carson