Advising on Private and Public Sector Policy
Since the ‘90s our research, conferences, and innovative initiatives in education and organizational change have led to active engagement in contributing to policy discussions and debates.
LETTER TO CONGRESS SUPPORTING FAMILY ACT
It’s well past time for change in our national policy: We need legislation that establishes a national paid family and medical leave insurance program. Stew Friedman was the lead author on a letter to Congress from more than 200 U.S. business and management school faculty from more than 80 schools, including from the top 25 schools, urging swift consideration of national paid family and medical leave legislation.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
In 2013 Friedman spoke at the U.S. State Department about the application of Total Leadership principles and methods for improving productivity and reducing stress for its staff worldwide.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
In 2011 Friedman was the opening keynote speaker at the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Dialogues on Workplace Flexibility conference in New York.
WHITE HOUSE FORUM ON WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY
In 2010 Friedman was invited to attend the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility, hosted by the President and First Lady. He was among the small handful of academics invited to participate in this forum. Afterwards he was interviewed on ABC News about the historic significance of this conference. At the White House he discussed the Wharton course in a session with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. (View minutes 43.40-47.15 and 79.30-80.42 for Friedman’s comments.)
In 2010 Friedman was invited to speak at an Expert’s Forum at the United Nations and to consult to that organization on initiatives to transform the workplace to make it more hospitable for women.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
In 2003 Friedman was asked by American Psychological Association President Diane Halpern to contribute to a task force she created on bringing work/life research to bear on policy and practice, and he served as moderator for a panel on child care at the APA annual meetings that year.
VP AL GORE
Our early contributions in the work/life field were recognized when Stew Friedman was asked to participate in an eight-member task force on designing a national work-family conference, Vice President Al Gore’s Family Reunion V: Family and Work Expert’s Forum, held in Nashville in 1996. He met numerous times with the Vice President and Friedman was one of four panelists in a session that he moderated at the conference.
ADVISORY BOARD SERVICE
Since 1997 Stew Friedman has served on the Advisory Board of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the world’s leading provider of on-site corporate child care, and the Sloan Foundation Work/Life Research Network. Since 2013 Friedman has served on Deloitte’s Inclusion Advisory Council.
LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
Members of the W/LIP team have given lectures and workshops for many different organizations, domestically and internationally. We have presented the policy and practice implications of our research to colleagues in professional development workshops, symposia, and papers at the Academy of Management Meetings and in seminars at numerous institutions.