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First New Hampshire Summit on Work and Family Oct. 29

October 1, 2008

UNH Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Legislative Task Force on Work and Family, will host the first annual New Hampshire Summit on Work and Family Oct. 29 at the Holiday Inn in Concord.

“This meeting has an elegantly simple yet profound goal: to initiate a dialogue between business leaders and human resource professionals, state legislators, labor leaders and representatives, researchers and bureaucrats on how to make New Hampshire a better place for working families,” says Malcolm Smith, Extension family life and family policy specialist.

“We know when workers are forced to neglect their families' needs because of work related pressures, the quality and quantity of their work suffers,” Smith says. “In addition, when work pressures and job strain pile up at work, our families suffer. Therefore, it's vital that business, community, state and national leaders pay attention to the many issues involved in balancing work and family life.”

N.H. Gov. John Lynch and UNH Provost Bruce Mallory will welcome attendees. Among the national and local experts and business leaders who will share ideas and information at the summit are:

  • Cali Williams Yost, consultant, researcher, executive, and author of “Work+Life: Finding the Fit that's Right for You.” One of the leading voices and most creative thinkers in the work/life dialogue, Yost sees work and life-fit as a partnership between employers and individuals.
  • U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, recently honored by Working Mother magazine as one the "best of Congress" for working families in the U.S. Maloney, who represents New York's 14th District, believes that the federal government should set a national standard for family-friendly workplaces. Her new book, “Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated,” has garnered national attention and her work and policy initiatives have been featured on national news and talk shows.
  • Connie Roy-Czyzowski, vice president of human resources for NE Delta Dental, will host a panel discussion of business leaders from small to large companies that have increased profits and attracted vibrant employees by focusing on work and family balance. Included in the panel will be executives and human resource managers from Citizens Bank, Timberland, Hypertherm, and Badger Balm, among others.

Other sessions include:

  • A research update on best company practices from the Work and Family Institute.
  • An exploration of U.S. Department of Labor flex-time initiatives.
  • Examples of how work and family practice, policy and legislation can work together to create family-friendly workplaces.

The event, including lunch, is free. Preregister at  https://www.events.unh.edu/register.shtml?event_id=4948
For more information about the conference, go to http://extension.unh.edu/Family/NHWorkandFamily.htm or to register by phone, call Jamie Sherwood at 2-1928.

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