A Sponsored Initiative


1991 Wharton W/LIP launched under the auspices of Dean Tom Gerrity and Deputy Dean Janice Bellace with financial support from Robert Romanow, C’ 62.Wharton Life Interests Survey completed by incoming MBA Class of 1993; results used as basis for module in new MBA core course on leadership and teamwork.
1992 Surveys completed by MBAs from Class of 1992; by alumni from 1964, 1969, 1974, 1984 and 1989; and by Undergraduate Class of 1992.
1993  Surveys completed by incoming Undergraduate Class of 1996.Publication of first report of findings from  research on the lives of Wharton students and alumni.
1994 Wharton Work/Life Roundtable: Dilemmas in Teaching About Work/Life Integration held at Wharton with media coverage in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.Surveys completed by MBAs in Class of 1995 upon entry; by MBA Class of 1993 upon graduation; and by the Undergrad Class of 1998 upon entry.
1995 Wharton – Merck Work/Life Roundtable: What Individuals Need to Know to Integrate Work and Life held at Merck world headquarters in Whitehouse Station, NJ.  The Wall Street Journalwrote a series about this conference.
1996 Friedman invited to be part of an eight-member task force on designing a national Family and Work Expert’s Forum with Vice President Al Gore. He was one of four panelists in a session moderated by Gore.Friedman interviewed on Good Morning America following a Wall Street Journal article featuring W/LIP research, including on children as “the unseen stakeholders at work.”Wharton-Merck Work/Life Roundtable: What Managers Need to Know to Integrate Work and Life held at Merck world headquarters in Whitehouse Station, NJ and attended by Merck CEO Ray Gilmartin.  The Wall Street Journal again covered the event.
1997 Working Mother recognizes Friedman as one of America’s 25 Champions of Working Parents.
1998 Harvard Business Review article Work and Life: The End of the Zero-Sum Game by Friedman, Perry Christensen, and Jessica DeGroot, based on findings from W/LIP research.Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer publishes first collection of learning activities about work/life, Integrating Work and Life – The Wharton Resource Guide, edited by Friedman, Christensen, and DeGroot.
1999 Wharton Work/Life Roundtable: The Role of Senior Business Leaders in Creating and Sustaining Work/Life Change, held at Wharton.
2000 Drawing on W/LIP research, Friedman creates the Total Leadership Program at Ford Motor Company, while he was on leave from Wharton, serving a director of Ford’s Leadership Development Center.Wharton School Impact Conference on Caring for the Young Children of Working Parents, held at Wharton.
Based on this conference and complementary research, Friedman and Ellen Galinsky publish Corporate Help is at Hand for Working Parents in the Financial Times.Work and Family — Allies or Enemies? What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices, Oxford University Press.
2001 Commentary on the The Mommy-Track Backlash in the Harvard Business Review.New Wharton course offered on leadership from the point of view of the whole person.
2002 Re-framing Work and Family Issues: Implications for Practice and Research, video with work/life scholar Prof. Ellen Kossek, produced by Sloan Work and Family Research Network.
2003 The Happy Workaholic: a Role Model for Employees, article by Friedman and Sharon Lobel, based on conference on the role of senior leaders in creating work/life change.Total Leadership offered for Wharton MBA for Executives (Philadelphia campus).
2004 Total Leadership offered for Wharton MBA for Executives (CA campus).Fast Company cover story, Balance is Bunk.
2005 Publication of four case studies on the role of senior leaders in creating work/life change in International Journal of Leadership Education; also online by Aspen Institute.Business Week story on Teaching the Benefits of Balance.
2006 Article on learning to lead in all domains of life, in American Behavioral Scientist.
2007 All-Academy symposium on learning leadership in an online community presented at Academy of Management Meetings.
2008 Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life, Harvard Business Press.  Reaches #3 on USA Today best-seller list; translated into multiple languages; selected as best book in Personal Development by 800-CEO READ.

New York Times profile: Hot Ticket in B-School: Bringing Life Values to Corporate Ethics.

2009 Social learning site – Total Leadership Online – launched for use by Wharton students.Total Leadership selected as intervention in NIH-funded four-year grant to change the culture of academic medicine and advance junior women faculty.
2010 Friedman invited as expert participant at The White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility, attended by President and First Lady Obama and their policy teams; gives commentary on ABC News.Friedman participates in Expert Group Meeting on Flexible Work, convened by the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women.W/LIP team consults with U.S. Army on creating sustainable change and development of leaders from the point of view of the whole person.
2011 Friedman delivers keynote address at U.S. Department of Labor’s National Dialogues on Workplace Flexibility in New York.
2012 Survey research re-starts with follow-up on the Undergraduate Class of 1992 and launch of study of the Undergraduate Class of 2012.Friedman jointly keynotes with Anne-Marie Slaughter at Women in Cable Telecommunications Leadership Conference.
 2013 Friedman spoke at the U.S. Department of State about the application of Total Leadership to improve productivity and reduce stress for staff worldwide.Friedman receives Work Life Legacy Award from Families and Work Institute.WLLA group 2013
 2013  Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family, Wharton Digital Press.BabyBustCover+Border
 2013 Friedman spoke at the U.S. Department of State about the application of Total Leadership to improve productivity and reduce stress for staff worldwide.Stew Friedman with Secretary Kerry
 2014 Work and Life launched on Sirius XM Business Radio Powered by Wharton.
 2014 Coursera and The University of Pennsylvania launch Better Leader, Richer Life based on Wharton’s popular coursera_logo_17Total Leadership course. It’s reached over 136,000 students worldwide and been well received — Poets & Quants 2014 and 2015.
 2014 Leading The Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life, Friedman11343_300dpi 100114Harvard Business Press.
 2015 Work/Life Integration Project, Wharton Women In Business, and Wharton 22s host Josh Levs, author of  All In: How Our Work First Culture Fails Dads, Families and Business — And How We Can Fix It Together
 2015 WLIP, WWIB, Wharton 22s, and Wharton Out For Business host Michael Kimmel — Why Should Men Support Gender Equality at Work?