SHRM Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Effective and Flexible Workplaces

Oct 5, 2011
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Oct. 12 Capitol Hill event to highlight flexibility as a 21st century business imperative

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which believes work-life fit is one of the most important issues facing the 21st century workplace, will sponsor a Capitol Hill briefing on effective and flexible workplaces in partnership with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.

When/Where: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, in B369 Rayburn House Office Building


  • Mike Aitken, vice president government affairs, SHRM;
  • Sarah Manzano-Diaz, director, Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau;
  • Patricia Kempthorne, founder and executive director of the Twiga Foundation Inc.;
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.

Kempthorne will moderate a panel titled “Workplace Flexibility:A 21st Century Imperative.” Panelists will be:

  • Lois Backon, senior vice president of Families and Work Institute;
  • Lisa Horn, co-project director for SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative;
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor of family studies and director of the Center for Families at Purdue University;
  • Marcy Karin, associate clinical professor of law and director, Work-Life Policy Unit, Civil Justice Clinic at Arizona State University.

Background: Workplace flexibility makes a significant contribution to business success and improved employee job satisfaction and productivity. Unfortunately, current laws and paid leave have not kept pace with the changing needs of today’s workforce. SHRM supports policies that foster flexibility rather than mandate a one-size-fits-all approach. The Society is committed to educating employers and policy-makers on workplace flexibility practices that work for both employees and employers.

SHRM announced in February a partnership with the Families and Work Institute to help organizations be more successful by transforming the way businesses view and adopt flexible workplace practices. The partnership is hosting a work-life focus conference Nov. 8-10, which will feature thought leaders in workplace flexibility and winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

For more information on workplace flexibility, visit SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Resource Page.

Media: For more information or to attend the briefing, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and, or Jennifer Hughes at 703-535- 6072 and

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at

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