The 2016 WFRN Conference will be held from June 23-25, 2016 at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more details soon!

The 2014 WFRN Conference was held on June 19-21, 2014 in New York City. The theme of the 2014 conference was Changing Work and Family Relationships in a Global Economy.

Thanks to all who participated in this amazing event with close to 200 sessions and 725+ attendees from 42 countries. We enjoyed hearing from attendees about the energy and enthusiasm you experienced from meeting with and learning from your global work and family colleagues. Although we all work together virtually, there are tremendous benefits to face-to-face connections. 

​Fresh and innovative submissions responsive to the conference theme of Changing Work and Family Relationships in a Global Economy were especially encouraged. The global economy is transforming the way work is done.  Work intensification and wide variation across societies in over- and under-employment is creating new issues for individuals, families, employers and nations. Advancing technology blurring work and home and social boundaries, the growing power of social media, and the coming of age of the "Digital Natives" are reshaping the fundamental meaning of "work," "family," and "life." Increasing globalization and the growing footprint of transnational companies and growing international work and social systems, requires looking both within and across cultures to understand changing work and family relationships. Indeed, cultural values surrounding gender, norms concerning collectivism and individualism in achieving the greater good, and national attributions as to whether work and family issues are best served by government, employer or individual initiatives require scientific and practical scrutiny and evidence-based debate.

Specific goals for the 2014 WFRN Conference were to:

  • Stimulate interdisciplinary and cross-national sharing of innovative research and approaches to work and family.
  • Concentrate scientific, policy, and practical attention on work and family issues emerging from the changing work and family relationships in a global economy.
  • Break down the researcher-practitioner divide impeding the design, implementation, dissemination and translation of work and family research that beneficially impacts workers and employers.
  • Engage WFRN officers, committees, and members in solidifying the foundation and building the infrastructure needed to create a vibrant, strong and impactful organization.
  • Foster opportunities for networking and interdisciplinary collaboration that promote professional development of both emerging and established researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

431 attendees completed the conference evaluation form.  We appreciate your feedback!
Here's what some of you had to say about the 2014 WFRN conference:

  • Great sessions, great speakers, especially enjoyed the networking opportunities and career advice sessions.
  • Wonderful opportunity to attend a lot of GREAT presentations and meet people I had only read about.
  • I am a practitioner - not a researcher - but I found the conference very enlightening.
  • Absolutely amazing! As a PhD student and a work-family researcher in the making, I was excited to meet many of the leading researchers in the field. This conference is marked by an unmatched level of humbleness and support. One gets a sense of belonging to a family (rather than a network) of researchers.
  • There was an incredible variety of sessions - some more theoretical and some more practical. It reinforced the incredible network of people connected to the WFRN and the deep interest/ vast scholarship on work-life integration.
  • Great to meet and interact with scholars working on similar topics as me; I made some connections that will likely be very useful.
  • I enjoyed the breadth of conference topics, the interdisciplinary, and the mixture of practitioners, business folks, and academics.​

the Conference Evaluation Form Results here.
See the Conference Program here.
Conference at a Glance available here

2014 Conference Speakers included:

  • Tammy Allen, University of South Florida
  • Lotte Bailyn, MIT
  • Marian Baird, University of Sydney (Australia)
  • Shelley Correll, Stanford University
  • Pearl Dykstra, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Ellen Galinsky, Families and Work Institute
  • Jeffrey Greenhaus, Drexel University
  • Jeff Hill, Brigham Young University
  • Arlie Hochschild, University of California Berkeley
  • Sue Lewis, Middlesex University (UK)
  • Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota
  • Natalia Sarkisian, Boston College
  • Jennifer Swanberg, University of Maryland
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Purdue University and more!

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