Work and Family Summit set for June 7

The second New Hampshire Summit on Work and Family will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 7, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

The summit is being put together by UNH Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Legislative Task Force on Work and Family.

“Our first Work and Family Life Summit started a statewide conversation among business leaders, human resource professionals, state legislators, labor leaders, researchers and bureaucrats on how to make New Hampshire a better place for working families,” said Malcolm Smith, Cooperative Extension family life and family policy specialist and a presenter at the summit. “This year’s summit continues the conversation, articulating what constitutes quality of life for working parents and how to extend those quality benefits to all.”

Smith said this year’s program will focus “on the heightened importance of work-life fit in light of the current recession, and on the changing role of men in both work and family settings.”

Conference presentations include:

• The Changing Role of Men in Work and Family Life, by Dr. Brad Harrington, executive director, the Boston College Center on Work and Family• Sustainable Business Means Sustainable Families, by Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm and author of “Stirring it Up”

• Why Work/Life Fit Matters Now More Than Ever, by Lois Backon, vice president of the Families and Work Institute, New York

A panel of representatives from small, large and not-for-profit businesses will discuss best work/life practices. The session will be moderated by Connie Roy-Czyzowski, vice president of human resources at Northeast Delta Dental.

In addition, Smith and his colleague Kristin Smith (no relation) of UNH’s Carsey Institute, will present data from the first survey of work-life balance in New Hampshire.

The survey, Smith said, “involved 500 working parents who answered questions about the fit between their family lives and their work lives. We think you’ll find our survey results as fascinating as we did.”

Participants can register online at Cost is $30 per person, which includes lunch.

For registration assistance, contact Jamie Sherwood at 603-862-1928 or e-mail with the words “NH Summit” in the email’s subject line. — NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW

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