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Opening Session

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Denise Gredler, President and Founder of BestCompaniesAZ, welcomed everyone to Arizona in honor of the state’s centennial anniversary.

Storyteller Mark GutermanCo-founder,, engaged participants in a highly interactive format to explore firsthand how storytelling can be utilized as a powerful tool for sharing experience, conveying one’s vision, opening dialogue and facilitating change.

Headlines and Hot Spots: Work-Life Research for the Non-Researcher

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Moderated by Judith Finer Freedman – Founder, The Balanced Worker Project
Panelists: Ellen Galinsky — President, Families and Work Institute
Judi Casey — Director, Work and Family Researchers Network

This provocative session opened Day Two of the Forum and set the stage for the Imaginariums that would occupy the rest of the day. After a brief but informative review of key findings on several weighty topics that continue to bedevil the best efforts of work-life practitioners, participants divided into teams to grapple with these thorny conundrums and consolidate their thinking about a workable approach to resolve them. What role has the work-life community taken on each issue in the past, and how does that need to shift as we move into an ever more turbulent and unpredictable future in the workplace, in families and in our communities of influence?

Action learning and creative solution building around key issues that will determine work-life’s future:

  • Engaging Leadership Commitment and Action
    Co-Facilitated by Diane Burrus, Senior Consultant, WFD Consulting and Perry Christensen, Vice President of Human Resources, Healthpoint Biotherapeutics
    This session took up where last year’s WFD/AWLP mislabeled Men’s Study left off. Although that global study detected few differences between men and women on any important work-life dimension, it did provide a jolt of insight into what looks like a chasm between what leaders think about the work-life premise (80% of them “get it”) and how they behave (40-50% value “work dominant” employees).

    Participants derived resolution(s) to this conundrum through a guided tour of companies (past, present and evolving) fortunate enough to have “gapless” leadership and impressive results to show for it.
  • Promoting Healthy Living Where We Live and Work
    Facilitated by Maureen Corcoran - Vice President - Health, Life & Inclusion, Prudential Financial Although most employers today offer programs, services and benefits for their employees and families that promote physical, emotional, social, financial and spiritual well-being, the communities in which employees live rarely provide similar support. The resulting lack of services and coordination can undermine the most well-intentioned workplace efforts and can even result in declining health. This session opened a dialogue on best practices with a bias toward action, preferably by devising a pilot corporate/community collaboration that could serve as a model effort to be replicated.
  • How We Will Work
    Co-Facilitated by Debbie Phillips — President, WFD Consulting & Sandy Burud — Principal of Product Development & Advisory Services at FlexPaths LLC

    The way work is done will change dramatically in the next ten years and we want to influence the change in the right direction. To do that we’re engaging “change-makers” past, present and future — who are passionate about ensuring that work environments further work-life values, in a spirited dialog. The conversation was about what these transformations will mean and how we can shape them to be sure that organizations and the people they employ can thrive in their work and personal life.

AWLP Work-Life Seal of Distinction

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Co- Facilitated by Christine Pfeiffer — WorkLife Innovation, People Team, Pearson and Kristin McNally - Work/Life Coordinator, U.S. Department of the Treasury — Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Newly launched in January 2012, the AWLP Work-Life Seal of Distinction recognized employers who demonstrate leadership in workplace strategies and practices to help employees achieve success in work-life effectiveness.  Learn about the application process and gain insights on how to strengthen your organization’s Work-Life portfolio.

Weaving the Plot Together

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Facilitated by Casey Carlson — Senior Manager, Global Mobility & Immigration | Leadership Development, Deloitte Services LP and Kyra Cavanaugh, President of Life Meets Work
This session was designed to “tie the Forum up with a bow.” Using the “denim journals” provided at the Gala Dinner last night to record their thoughts, participants were guided through four levels of contemplation about what they heard and learned: The ultimate objective was for each person to make a plan for applying something they learned at this Forum when they return to their workplace.

The Power Hour: An Action Guide to Shaping Work-Life’s Future

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This fun-filled, fast-paced, action-oriented closing session helped participants learn how to overcome the obstacles that stand between them and the perfect work environment. Attendees heard sage advice and came away with sixty (60!) well-honed pearls of wisdom directly from the lips of some of our field’s top practitioners, thought leaders, authors, and emerging talent. Each panelist had precisely 60 seconds to deliver each tip, complete with an example or evidence to illustrate the point.

  • Promoting Healthy Living Where We Live and Work — Maureen Corcoran, Vice President – Health, Life & Inclusion, Prudential Financial
  • Changing the Way Work is Done — Sandy BurudPrincipal of Product Development & Advisory Services at FlexPaths LLC
  • Engaging Leadership Commitment and Action — Perry Christensen, Vice President of Human Resources, Healthpoint Biotherapeutics
  • Conducting Research that Drives and Informs Meaningful Action for Change — Ellen Galinsky – President, Families and Work Institute
  • Getting the Word Out About Work-Life — Teresa Hopke, Life Meets Work
  • Operationalizing the Work-Life Portfolio — Kathie Lingle – Executive Director, WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress


Check out what attendees had to say about this
successful event

“THANKS and great conference

“Congratulations on the Forum and launching the Seal of Distinction.  I'm sure you must be very proud of this accomplishment!

“The conference was insightful and interesting — lots of work to do going forward.”

“I thought that the Forum was excellent

“I wanted to thank you for the very creative and thoughtful, thought-provoking un-conference. Fascinating process!

“Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the Forum; it was truly a delightful, thought provoking and personally nurturing time and event.  Big kudos to all!

“The interactive format and high level of expertise made it a wonderful learning experience.

“This format is so refreshing- everybody feels engaged and has a stake in the proceedings rather than just talking heads! I am so glad that I invested time and money in attending this year's conference.”

“AWLP provides a community of support for those of us who work to make workplaces into more humane environments.

“an excellent conference.

“The Imaginariums worked well. They were the best actual content-specific sessions.

“Good networking and connection with field practitioners.

“The framework of the Forum provided a great basis for learning and sharing the experience.

“The sessions were all impactful, moved efficiently through each topic, and kept everyone …engaged in the effort to develop outcomes.”

 “All worked well – the interaction makes the programs valuable.  Great facilitators.

“The …community effort was extremely great and I thought it was a nice touch to start the day.  It felt good to know we did something for a great cause.

Thank You

A huge thank you to all who volunteered for this beautification project! AWLP and Mary Ellen’s Place really appreciate your time and hard work.

Front row – Patricia Nikols (Lt.Col, USA (Ret.), Sandy Burud (FlexPaths), Marcy Karin (Arizona State University). Matt Cohen (WiseChoice), David Lock (Arrows with Soul), Julie Nuter (DePaul University), Catie Maillard (TeenLife Media).

Back row – Joan Cisco (Director, Mary Ellen’s Place), Kayci Stra (John Deere), Michael Mallin (Student - Arizona State University), Cindy Sutherland (CRS Consulting), Ken Dolan Del Vechhio (Prudential), Maureen Corcoran (Prudential), Perry Christensen (Healthpoint Biotherapeutics), Barry Collamore (Raytheon), Diane Burrus (WFD Consulting), Deb Phillips (WFD Consulting), Jim Moon (USAA), Chris Pfeiffer (Pearson), Mark Woods (Author, Attack Your Day!), Kristen Piersol-Stockton (KPMG) and Jessica Starr (AWLP)

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