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Balancing work, life topic of conference at Indiana State

October 24, 2014

Business and economy experts are the keynote speakers for the fourth annual Indiana State University Work-Life Integration Conference, set for Monday and Tuesday in the Cunningham Memorial Library.

Ellen Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and Lonnie Golden, an economist specializing in work-life issues from Penn State-Abington, are this year's keynote speakers.

Kossek is also the research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, a center that focuses on advancing women's leadership in organizations and society, and the associate director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Work, Family and Health Network. This interdisciplinary national research team collaborates to implement field studies in the hopes of reducing work-family conflict as a pathway to enhance employee and family health and organizational effectiveness. She is the current elected president of the Work Family Researchers Network.

Kossek's research is focused on three key areas: leader and organizational support of positive work-life-family relationships to improve productivity, well-being and reduce stress; organizational adaptation to new work forms, such as flexible work schedules, workload and E-working (telework and mobile personal devices); and managing global workforces, gender and diversity across global cultures and contexts.
Golden's research interests include the economics of work hours, work schedules, workplace flexibility, overwork, student employment, contingent employment, time use and worker well-being. He has written several academic journal articles and co-edited two books.

The conference is made possible through funding from Indiana State's strategic plan initiative to enhance the quality of life for faculty and staff. Co-sponsors of the conference include the following: the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Graduate and Professional Studies, Nursing, Health and Human Services, Technology; the departments of Economics, Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies; Cunningham Memorial Library and the Woman's Studies/Gender Studies Program and Interdisciplinary Programs.

Free and open to the public, sessions and informational tables are set for 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday. All locations are at the Cunningham Memorial Library special events area, unless noted:

Monday, Oct. 27

9-11 a.m. Workshop with Ellen Ernst Kossek on Work-Life Boundaries (Preregistration for this workshop required contact Cunningham Memorial Library room 028 (lower level)

9-9:50 a.m. Research on the Importance of Managers in Attracting and Retaining Workers Across the Generations, Barbara Eversole, associate professor of human resource development, Indiana State

10-10:50 a.m. "Pregnant Rosies and Soldier's Babies: WWII, The Home front and Work-life Balance at the start of the Baby Boom," Ruth Fairbanks, instructor of Women's Studies and History, Indiana State

11-11:50 a.m. Work-Life and Family-Friendly Benefits for Domestic Partners and the implications of Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

Noon-12:50 p.m. Work-Life Integration: Flexibility in the Workplace - panel discussion with Ellen Ernst Kossek, Purdue University, and Lonnie Golden, Penn State Abington

1-1:50 p.m. Attracting and Retaining STEM Faculty, Students, and Workers, Luanne Tilstra, professor of chemistry and director of the center for diversity, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

3-3:50 p.m. "Making Hay While the Sun Shines: How an Academic Librarian's Passionate Involvement in a Cause Transformed Her Career and Life's Work" Elizabeth Lorenzen

5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Lonnie Golden "Working Time in the Employment Relationship: Perceived Control and Work-Life Balance"

Tuesday, Oct. 28

11-noon "Bringing Balance to the Work Day: Mindfulness and Meditation," Jean L. Kristeller, professor emeritus, Indiana State department of psychology, senior research scientist

12:30-1:45 p.m. Valuable Retention Tools: Unpaid Leave and the FMLA, Kim Campbell, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Margaret Mary Welch, Indiana State benefits.

2-3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Personal Experiences of Work-Life Juggling

3:30-4:30 p.m. How Leisure Time Activities Can Enhance Faculty, Staff and Student Well-Being and Reduce Stress from Work/Life Conflict, Angie Napier, assistant professor of social work and Rod Napier, master's degree in recreation

5-6 p.m. Mindfulness Meditation Practice, weekly with Jean L. Kristeller, Holmstedt Hall 216


Contact: Debra Israel, associate professor of economics, Indiana State University, 812-237-2165, or or Barbara Eversole, associate professor, human resource development, 812-237-3623 or

Media Contact: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or