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Ellen Galinsky
Families and Work Institute

Ellen Galinsky is President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute. She is the author of over 35 books and reports, including the groundbreaking book, Ask The Children: The Breakthrough Study That Reveals How to Succeed at Work and Parenting, selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best work life books of 1999. She has published more than 100 articles in academic journals, books and magazines.

At the Institute, Ms. Galinsky co-directs National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally-representative study of the U.S. workforce—updated every five years and originally conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in the 1977. She also co-directs When Work Works , a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has produced a series of research papers, and has launched the Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility as well as conducted the National Study of Employers , a nationally representative study that has tracked trends in employment benefits, policies and practices since 1998.

Ms. Galinsky is also directing a project for FWI on career flexibility in academia as well as The Supporting Work Project, a Ford Foundation project that is funding communities across the country to connect lower-wage employees to publicly funded work support through their employers. She is the Program Director of the annual Work Life Conference co-convened by The Conference Board and Families and Work Institute, and she staffs The Conference Board's Work Life Leadership Council, a group of 45 business leaders who have spearheaded work life issues in the business community since 1983.

Ms. Galinsky is also directing Mind in the Making (MITM) , a project on the science of early learning that includes a television science show, videos for families and Learning Modules for Early Childhood Teachers.

A leading authority on work family issues, Ms. Galinsky was a presenter at the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005 and a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow. A popular keynote speaker, she appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show and Oprah.

Before co-founding FWI, Ms. Galinsky was on the faculty of Bank Street College of Education for 25 years, where she helped establish the field of work and family life.

Ms. Galinsky is also a photographer. The latest one-person shows of her photography were at the New York Hall of Science in September 2006 and at UMA Gallery in New York City in January 2007.

She holds numerous honorary degrees, a Master of Science degree in Child Development/ Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Study from Vassar College.

Ellen Galinsky has been married for 42 years to artist Norman Galinsky, and they are the parents of two grown children: Philip, an ethnomusicologist and founder-director of Samba New York—an inspiring new performance group—and Lara, Vice President at Echoing Green— whose mission is to spark social change by identifying, investing and supporting the world's most exceptional emerging leaders and the organizations they launch.