WFRN Virtual Conference Series: Advancing Equality at Work and Home
January 8, 2021 - January 8, 2021
Virtual via Zoom


This is a reminder that the next WFRN Virtual Conference Live Event is scheduled to occur on Friday, January 8th. Each of the sessions listed below is being offered on Zoom.  Following each session, you can engage in lively exchanges with other participants, much like you would at an in-person conference.

To access the Zoom links to each session, please follow this link to the password restricted program (accessible only to conference registrants):

2020 Virtual Conference Series Password Protected Program

Use the password provided to conference registrants via email. 

 Or, if you can Sign-up here!, we’ll email you a reminder two days before the event that contains all the Zoom links.

I hope you’ll be able to join me and other WFRN colleagues to discuss pressing work and family issues and advances in knowledge. Likewise, I hope that you continue to join us in the new year by renewing your membership to the WFRN for 2021. Our membership drive is currently live, and you can learn more about membership benefits and pricing here. This year, we’ve paired membership with registration so that all of our members may take advantage of our live events, with minimal hassle when it comes to reimbursement across universities and other organizations.

I hope to see you at our upcoming sessions on January 8th!


Susan Lambert, WFRN President


Friday, January 8th, 2021

WFRN Live Sessions

Americas-friendly timing

Part A simultaneous sessions: 

3:00pm to 4:15pm GMT

(10am-11:15am New York; 3:00pm-4:15pm London; 12:00am-1:15am on January 9th Tokyo)

6.1.  Author Meets Readers: Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life, Authors Stewart D. Friedman and Alyssa F. Westring, Harvard Business Review Press, 2020 

Organizers: Alyssa Westring, DePaul University; Stewart Friedman, University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Business School 

  • Stewart Friedman — University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School, Alyssa Westring — DePaul University, Ellen Ernst Kossek — Purdue University, 2013-2014 WFRN President, Scott Joseph Behson — Fairleigh Dickinson University

6.2. Workshop: Work Life Integration and Disability:  Research Gains and Supportive Initiatives  — Panelists

  • Eileen M. Brennan — Portland State University
  • Claudia Sellmaier — University of Washington
  • Lisa Maureen Stewart — California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Alison Earle — University of California, Los Angeles
  • Janet Fast — University of Alberta
  • Almuth McDowell — Birkbeck University of London
  • Tina Skinner — University of Bath
  • Ellen Galinsky — Families and Work Institute


6.3. Multi-paper session: The Ramifications of Employer Work/Life Policies and Practices 

  • Family-Friendly Workplace Policies in Action: the Impact of Paid Leave, Flexible Work Schedules, Higher Than Average Wages, Childcare Assistance and Health/Wellness Benefits for Employees at 230 Companies in New Mexico   Giovanna Rossi — Collective Action Strategies, Julianna Silva (presenter)
  • Points of Departure: Family Leave and Women’s Representation in Management in U.S. Organizations Eunmi Mun — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Shawna Vican — University of Delaware, Erin L. Kelly — Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  •  Letting Lady Luck Get All the Credit: How U.S. Mothers Construct Their Lives as “Lucky” and How to Encourage Analysis of Systemic Issues   Katie B. Garner — IAMAS
  • Do they stay or do they go? Reactions to unmet expectations concerning flexibility in the context of work-family reconciliation.  Mareike Reimann – Bielefeld University, Charlotte Marx – Bielefeld University, Martin Diewald – Bielefeld University
  • Department of Labor Proposed Organizational Benefits: Is there a Business Case?   Jeanine Andreassi — Sacred Heart University, Angela Grotto — Manhattan College, Leanna Lawter — Wheaton College, Tuvana Rua — Quinnipiac University, Cynthia Thompson — CUNY – Baruch College

6.4.  Symposium: Work-Family Issues Among Refugees and Immigrants: A Social Justice Perspective 

Organizer:  Kamala Ramadoss, Syracuse University 

  • Work-Family Issues Among Chinese Immigrant Mothers in the United States: Work Hours, Work Schedules, Acculturation and Parenting Stress   Kai Sun — New York University, Shangai, Rui Tian — Syracuse University
  • The Role of Gardening in Promoting Food Sovereignty, Economic Well-Being and Mental Health in Resettled Refugees   Rashmi Gangamma — Syracuse University, Laura Minkoff-Zern — Syracuse University, Bhavneet Walia — Syracuse University, Shaelise Tor — Syracuse University
  •  Paid Work, Housework and Child Care: Search for the Elusive Balance Among Asian-Indian Immigrants   Kamala Ramadoss — Syracuse University, Rui Tian — Syracuse University
  • Becoming a Culturally Responsive Professional   Chandice Haste-Jackson — Syracuse University


Part B Simultaneous Sessions

4:30 to 5:45pm GMT

(11:30am–12:45pm New York; 4:30pm-5:45pm London; 1:30am-2:45am on January 9th Tokyo)

6.5.  Author Meets Readers:  Opting Back In: What Really Happens when Mothers Go Back to Work, authors Pamela Stone and Meg Lovejoy, University of California Press, 2019.

Organizer:  Erin L. Kelly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

  • Katherine Weisshaar — University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Kathleen McGinn — Harvard University – Business School
  • Anja-Kristin Abendroth — Bielefeld University

6.6. Workshop: Spirit-Centered Social Dialogue for Employee Manager Relations        

  • Shweta Singh — Loyola University, Chicago

6.7.   Symposium: Work Scheduling Conditions, Fair Workweek Policies and Their Effects on Workers’ and Families’ Well-Being 

Organizer:  Lonnie Golden, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) 

  • Evaluating Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance: Impacts on Work Schedules for Service Sector Workers   Kristen Harknett — University of California San Francisco, Daniel Schneider — University of California Berkeley, Véronique Irwin — University of California, Berkeley
  • Implementing Work Scheduling Laws: Unpacking Frontline Policymaking by Retail and Food Service Managers  Anna Haley — Rutgers University,  Susan Lambert — University of Chicago
  • The Effects of Local Schedule Stability Laws on the Daily Well-Being of Working Parents and Their Families   Elizabeth Ananat — Barnard College, Anna Gassman-Pines — Duke University
  • Assessing the Initial Impacts of the First Statewide Fair Scheduling Law in Oregon   Ellen Kaye Scott — University of Oregon
  •  Discussant   Liz Vladeck —Senior Labor Policy Adviser, NYC Mayor’s Office of Policy & Planning

6.8. Multi-paper session: Paternal Leave: Gender, Caring, and Working  

  • The Effect of Paternal Leave on Parent’s Life Satisfaction and Mother’s Labor Force Participation: Evidence from Australia, Germany, and Korea   Karen Z. Kramer — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Teresa Cardador — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Eunmi Mun — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Sunjin Pak — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Sanghoon Lee — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Hanjin Bae — Seoul National University
  • Men and Time to Care: Lifting the Barriers to Paid Family and Medical Leave for American Men   Haley Swenson — Better Life Lab, New America, Brigid Schulte — New America, Amanda Lenhart — New America
  • Paid family leave in academe: Overcoming immunities to change   Maike Philipsen — Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary Hermann (presenter)  Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Retirement from What? Caring and Working Life Expectancy at 50: A Comparative Analysis of Gender Differences in Europe  Ariane Ophir — University of Wisconsin, Madison

Part C Simultaneous Sessions

6:00pm to 7:15pm GMT

(1:00pm–2:15pm New York; 6:00pm-7:15pm London; 2:00am-3:15am on January 9th Tokyo)

6.9. Symposium: Mental Load, What Is It, How Do We Measure It, and What Are Its Outcomes? (part 2) 

Organizers: Heejung Chung, University of Kent; Anke C Plagnol, City, University of London; Shireen Kanji, Brunel University London 

  • Decision-Making Authority: Cognitive Labor or Self-Determination?   Joanna Pepin — University of Texas, Austin
  • Beyond Drop-Off and Pick-Up: The Gendered Consequences of the Calendar Keeper Krista M. Brumley — Wayne State University, Megan St. George — Wayne State University
  • Mental Load’ of Unpaid Work at Home for Mothers and Fathers and Its Relation to Well-Being Outcomes for Parents.   Anna Kurowska — University of Warsaw
  • “I Just Like Things to Go My Way”: Competing Conceptions of Cognitive Tasks as Burdensome and as Powerful Allison Daminger — Harvard University


6.10 Workshop: The Role of Parental Leave in Achieving Gender Equity

Organizer: Brad Harrington, Boston College


  • Andrea Doucet —  Brock University
  • Brad Harrington — Boston College
  • Karen Kramer — University of Illinois
  • Tina Lawler-McHugh — Boston College
  • Richard Petts — Ball State University
  • Sarah Thebaud – University of California