Title: 20 Years of Work/Life at Harvard: Where Are We Now?
Speaker: Nancy Costikyan, MSW, LICSW / Director, Office of Work/Life / Harvard University/ Teaching Associate in Psychiatry/ Harvard Medical School
Summary: Harvard has made investments in child care and other Work/Life programs for over 20 years. Once considered to be about women’s issues, work/life programs are now embraced—and even pursued—by those across the gender spectrum. Work/Life has moved from the concept of personal balance to a strategy that benefits both sides of the employee/employer equation, now addressing emerging needs of marginalized groups and changing demographics. But are marginalized employees advancing their careers at Harvard in ways that these programs have intended to facilitate? The answer is a resounding “yes” – in many cases. But differences in an employee’s gender expression, supervisor’s gender identity, age, race, culture, socio-economic status, job function, and even location of primary residence are only some of the factors contributing to the still uneven distribution of gains in the world of tech and beyond. So where do we go from here? Join us for a conversation about the broad range of Harvard’s Work/Life programs and how everyone at Harvard can both use and promote these programs as tools for collective benefit at Harvard and the wider world.
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