The Emory WorkLife Resource Center and the Center for Women are co-sponsoring the Center for Women’s
January 20th Health & Wellness event. Laura Avakian, Senior Advisor for Bright Horizons Family Solutions will
be Emory’s invited guest to facilitate conversation about some emerging issues in the area of work-life. This
stimulating discussion will focus on the findings of a 2008 national workforce study by the Families & Work
Institute (FWI) titled, “Times are Changing: Gender & Generation at Work and at Home.” The results of
the study include changed attitudes about women and men’s work and its place in the family, levels or
work-life conflict for fathers and mothers, and how different generations view these issues. A discussion as
to whether these findings reflect attitudes and behaviors at Emory and at other universities will also be
covered. Seating for the event is limited and registration is strongly recommended.
Ms. Avakian is a Senior Advisor with Bright Horizons Family Solutions and works with clients in academia and
healthcare. Prior to June 2006, she was Vice President of Human Resources at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. She has held executive human resource positions in healthcare and higher education for more
than 25 years. She received her B.A. degree from University of Missouri at Columbia and her M.A. degree
from Northwestern University. Under her leadership, her employers have won “best workplaces” awards from
Working Mother Magazine, the 100 Best Companies in America, and the AARP. She has authored
numerous articles and received several awards in the field of human resource management.