Instead of traditional plenary presentations, the 2024 conference will feature Big Ideas Talks, brief TED talk-like presentations designed to stimulate the intellect and stir the heart.  Do join us at these events, which will be held in building/room H110.

Subha Barry, MBA, MS

Subha V. Barry is a C-suite leader and an Advisor who brings a unique perspective on the alignment of corporate culture to talent strategy and business results. As a transformational change agent, she has a proven record of identifying and accelerating new business creation, driving sales, and increasing profitability. She is president of Seramount, now part of EAB. Seramount is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Here, she drives the firm’s vision, strategy, and business development. Prior to Seramount, Subha was SVP and Chief Diversity Officer at Freddie Mac, where she served on the firm’s management committee and led their Foundation. During her 20+ years at Merrill Lynch, Subha was a Managing Director and the company’s first Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, driving strategy, infrastructure and execution with a lens on both global and local community. She has taught Gender Policy at Columbia University and speaks passionately about the ability to drive innovation by embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion. She serves on a number of boards aligned with her passions—education, cancer research, and women’s advancement.A native of India, Subha holds a BA from Bombay University and an MBA and MS in Accounting from Rice University. She enjoys golfing, reading poetry and rallying for social change. She has two grown children and lives in Naples, Florida and New Hope, PA with her husband.

Mary Blair-Loy, Ph.D.

Mary Blair-Loy is Professor of Sociology at UC San Diego (PhD, University of Chicago; MDiv, Harvard). She studies gender, work-family, and normative cultural models of a worthwhile life. Her award-winning book Misconceiving Merit (with Erin Cech) uses multiple types of evidence to show that cultural beliefs about merit in STEM professions are widely-embraced yet reinforce gender and race inequality and harm science. Her award-winning book Competing Devotions is recognized as a landmark in work-family research. She is a coauthor of the 2024 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report entitled, “Supporting Family Caregivers in STEMM: A Call to Action.”

Erin Cech, Ph.D.

Dr. Erin Cech (she/her) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan. Her research examines cultural mechanisms of inequality in the US workforce. Cech’s work includes The Trouble with Passion: How Searching for Fulfillment at Work Fosters Inequality (2021) and Misconceiving Merit: Paradoxes of Excellence and Devotion in Academic Science and Engineering (with M. Blair-Loy; 2022). Her research has been covered in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Time and has written for The Atlantic and Harvard Business Review. She was named one of Business Equality Magazine’s “40 LGBTQ+ Leaders Under 40.”

Heejung Chung, Ph.D.

Heejung Chung is Professor of Work and Employment at King’s College London. She is a comparative labour market researcher interested in the future of work, workers’ well-being, and gender equality. Her research aims to explore different issues of inequality and social justice around work and labour markets, and find policy solutions to tackle these problems. Her work has influenced policies at the international level – including the European Commission, ILO, UN and national levels – e.g. the UK, Korean, and German government. She is the author of the book The Flexibility Paradox: Why flexible working leads to (self-)exploitation (2022, Policy Press)

Andrea Doucet, Ph.D.

Andrea Doucet is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work, and Care, Professor in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University, and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and the University of Victoria. She is the author of the award-winning book Do Men Mother? (2006, 2018). Her current writing explores ecological care ethics and how to apply this to research on paid and unpaid work in diverse Canadian families, parental leaves and other care leaves, and knowledge-making processes. She is the Project Director and Principal Investigator of the Canadian SSHRC Partnership program, Reimagining Care/Work Policies and Co-Coordinator of the International Network of Leave Policies and Research

Kimberly French, Ph.D.

Dr. Kimberly French is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. She earned her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from University of South Florida (2017). Her research focuses on how managing work and family affects the health and well-being of individuals and their family members. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the connection between work and physical and physiological health, workers’ changing experiences over time, and supportive work and family systems.

Ellen Galinsky, MS

Ellen Galinsky is the President of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the elected President of the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN). She also serves as senior research advisor to AASA, the School Superintendent Organization. Previously, she served as the Chief Science Officer of the Bezos Family Foundation and as faculty at the Bank Street College of Education. Galinsky is the author of Mind in the Making, a best-selling book on early learning Her book on adolescence, The Breakthrough Years, was published in March 2024. She is also the author of 90 books/reports and 360 articles for books, academic journals, magazines, and the Web. Other career highlights include serving as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, being elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, serving as parent expert in the Mister Rogers Talks with Parents series, and receiving a Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College as well as the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from WFRN.

Jarrod Haar, Ph.D.

Dr Jarrod Haar is Dean’s Chair and Professor of Management and Māori Business at Massey University (New Zealand). He has Māori tribal affiliations of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Mahuta. He researches employees and organisations (especially Māori) including the role of technology. He has won industry and best-paper awards and won multiple research grants ($6.7m individually) plus is a named researcher on a $105m National Science Challenge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. He has 150 journal articles and has given 110 keynotes/invited presentations. He is a frequent media commentator and is ranked in the Elsevier World Top 2% of Scientists worldwide [by citations].

Yang Hu, Ph.D.

Yang Hu is Professor of Global Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. He obtained his PhD in Sociology as a Gates Scholar from the University of Cambridge, UK. Yang’s research focuses on family and work changes and inequalities in a global context. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), his recent and ongoing collaborative projects examine the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for work and family inequalities in a cross-national context. Yang is the author of the book Chinese-British Intermarriage – Disentangling Gender and Ethnicity. His recent work has been published in journals including Nature Human Behaviour, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and Family, and has been covered by media outlets including The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC, and Channel News Asia. Yang is co-director of the Early Career Fellowship Program at the Work and Family Researchers Network. He is also a member of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab.

Ameeta Jaga, Ph.D.

Ameeta Jaga (Ph.D.) is Professor of Organisational Psychology at the University of Cape Town and a non-resident fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research. She applies a Southern and decolonial approach to address the geopolitics of knowledge production, focusing on gender and social class analyses of work-family concerns, particularly among low-income mothers. Employing feminist methodologies like photovoice, her research aims for epistemic justice, impacting workplace breastfeeding support and policy enhancements for care work. Ameeta’s work is published in Gender, Work and Organisation, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ph.D.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, specializing in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. Her strategic and practical insights guide leaders worldwide through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations, governments, and start-up ventures. She co-founded the Harvard University-wide Advanced Leadership Initiative, guiding its planning from 2005 to its launch in 2008 and serving as Founding Chair and Director from 2008-2018 as it became a growing international model for a new stage of higher education preparing successful top leaders to apply their skills to national and global challenges. Author or co-author of 20 books, her latest book is Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time.

Ellen Ernst Kossek, Ph.D.

Ellen Ernst Kossek is the Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor at Purdue University’s Daniels School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. A leading social scientist and workplace expert, she served as the first elected President of the Work-Family Researchers Network and is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology. Dr. Kossek has many awards for research and service excellence to advance gender equality, inclusion, and work-life understanding in employing organizations and society. Her current research examines initiatives to advance work-life equality; improve the implementation of flexibility and work-family policies such as hybrid and remote working, and maternity/sick leaves; and the design and delivery of leadership and organizational interventions to help employers adapt the modern workplace and the future of work. She has also developed an assessment and training to help individuals and teams manage their work-life connectivity and boundary management styles. She recently served on a National Academy of Sciences expert study group on the need to enhance supportive policies and practices for supporting family caregivers working in science, engineering and medicine. A recent Harvard Business Review article on the future of flexibility was selected as a “must read” for 2023. Dr. Kossek has been invited to give talks to managers and students in many countries round the world. Prior to becoming a professor, she worked on human resource issues for major corporations in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Melissa Milkie, Ph.D.

Melissa Milkie is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, and Professor Emeritus at University of Maryland. She recently served as President of the Work and Family Researchers Network. Her research centers on gender, work-family conflicts, time use and mental health. She examines changing work structures and cultural landscapes that shape well-being at work and at home. Central to her scholarship is highlighting the complexities and social factors linked to how people spend their time and experience daily life. Dr. Milkie is currently writing the book Parents Under Pressure: How Mothers and Fathers Spend and Feel about Their Time.

Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, Ph.D.

Ariane Ollier-Malaterre, Ph.D., is the Canada Research Chair in Digital Regulation at Work and in Life at the University of Quebec in Montreal (ESG-UQAM). Her research examines digital technologies and the boundaries between work and life across different national contexts. She has published Living with Digital Surveillance in China. Citizens’ Narratives on Technology, Privacy, and Governance (Routledge, 2024) and over 75 chapters and articles in management, sociology, psychology, and information systems journals. She has received the Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, is a founding member of WFRN and co-chairs the Technology, Work and Family research community.

Richard J. Petts, Ph.D.

Richard J. Petts is a Professor of Sociology at Ball State University. His research focuses on the intersection of family, work, gender, and policy, with a specific emphasis on parental leave, father involvement, and workplace flexibility as policies and practices that can reduce gender inequality, promote greater work-family balance, and improve family well-being. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Contemporary Families and the Executive Board of the Work and Family Researchers Network. He has published extensively in academic journals, and his work has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, Forbes, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. You can learn more about his research by visiting his website (

Alejandra Ros Pilarz, Ph.D.

Alejandra Ros Pilarz is an assistant professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research agenda aims to improve the wellbeing of working families with low-incomes through policy-relevant research. Her research examines the effects of parental employment and children’s early care and education (ECE) contexts on family wellbeing and children’s development in early childhood. She also examines how child and family policies—including ECE policies, work-family policies, and income support policies—shape parents’ employment, children’s ECE contexts, and ultimately, influence child and family wellbeing.

Leah Ruppanner, Ph.D.

Leah Ruppanner is a Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of The Future of Work Lab and Gender Equity Imitative at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded top in field for all of Australia for Gender Studies (2022 and 2023) and Sociology (2023). Ruppanner is a leading expert on the gender impacts of COVID-19 with work cited in top outlets – Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Gender and Society. Her forthcoming book Drained offers a new understanding of the mental load and concrete solutions to tame its drain (Penguin Random House USA, Allen Unwin Australia, Atlantic Books UK). Her previous book Motherlands provides a typology of childcare and gender policies across US states (Temple). Ruppanner’s research is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes and other international news outlets.

Scott Schieman, Ph.D.

Scott Schieman is Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto. He is currently co-editor of Society and Mental Health, the flagship journal for the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociology Association. Professor Schieman studies trends in what people think and feel about work–and how they talk about it. He is especially interested in the ways that work shapes the sense of self and identity, status, and well-being. Since 2005, he has collected data from more than 40,000 workers in national surveys of the United States and Canada. Drawing upon decades of quantitative and qualitative evidence, his research tells the story about the quality of working life and its effects over time.

Brigid Schulte

Brigid Schulte is a journalist, think tank program director, keynote speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, gender and modern life, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time. Her latest book, Over Work: Transforming the Daily Grind in the Quest for a Better Life will be published in September 2024. She was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine for and was part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. She serves as the director of the Better Life Lab, the work-family justice and gender equity narrative change program at New America. She hosts the Better Life Lab podcast on Slate. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Slate, the Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, the Guardian, New York Magazine, Fast Company, and others.

Cali Williams Yost, MBA

For more than two decades, Cali Williams Yost has been a leading authority on high performance work flexibility. A visionary workplace futurist, strategist, and author, Yost is the Founder and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group, a solutions company helping organizations unlock performance and engagement by reimagining how, when, and where work is done. Called “one of the most sophisticated thinkers” on the transformation of work by The New York Times, her commentary is frequently featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, USA TODAY, Marketplace, NBC Nightly News and CNN. Yost approaches flexible work transformation as a strategic business imperative. She codified her concepts in her books, Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, (Hachette), and Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You (Penguin Group). Yost graduated with honors from Columbia Business School where she’s noted as an alumnus “Changing the World.” In 2018, she was named one of the global management thinkers “On the Radar” by Thinkers50.