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Conference to explore work-family balance issues

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By Holly Tabor

The News-Enterprise

LOUISVILLE Respected thinkers will gather at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Nov. 12 to offer perspectives on work and family balance in today’s families.

The program, sponsored by the Kentucky Psychological Association, will address topics of concern for families, businesses and communities as they navigate the changing social, economic, health and political realities of work and family.

Presenters include Jessica DeGroot, Rosalind Chait Barnett and Jennifer Swanberg.

DeGroot, founding director of The ThirdPath Institute, recently was featured in the New York Times Magazine Father’s Day cover story. She has developed a new approach to sharing care that helps parents negotiate the roles and responsibilities of parenting while balancing commitment to careers and community.

Barnett, director of the Community, Families & Work Program at Brandeis University, will highlight the role of the community in helping families to manage their work and family responsibilities.

Swanberg, director of the UK Institute for Workplace Innovation, brings extensive expertise in the development of workplace practices that promote employee engagement, employer-of-choice status and work-life effectiveness to the conference.

The keynote lunch speaker will be attorney and prize-winning author Joan C. Williams, founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings Law School. Williams’ work has helped shape the debate over work and family issues in the fields of law, psychology, sociology and business.

Afternoon break-out sessions will address topics such as shared care, family discrimination law, community engagement and the psychological contract between employers and employees.

At closing, Nat Irvin, from the U of L College of Business, will lead a discussion on trends in work-family balance from present through the year 2050.

A reception will follow in the Convention Center’s Riverside Lobby.

To learn more or to order tickets, go online to www.workfamilycommunity.org.

To learn more about the Kentucky Psychological Association, go to www.kpa.org.