SHRM Board Chair Named 2011 Work Life Legacy Award Honoree

Jun 10, 2011

SHRM Board Chair Named 2011 Work Life Legacy Award Honoree
Families and Work Institute to honor Berrios at June 13 event in New York City

New York – Jose A. Berrios, chair of the Board of Directors of the Society for Human Resource Management and president of BTG: The Berrios Talent Group, LLC, will receive the eighth annual Work Life Legacy Award presented by the Families and Work Institute.

Berrios and a second honoree — Douglas R. Conant, president and chief executive officer of Campbell Soup Company — will be recognized at a Families and Work Institute dinner event Monday, June 13, at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in New York City.

Over the past six months, the work/life movement has been catapulted into the national and global dialogue. According to the Families and Work Institute, this is largely due to leaders such as Berrios, who changed the conversation by making the workforce more diverse at a time when women were not being recognized for the work they contributed and people of color weren’t being given as many opportunities.

“Women are very talented,” Berrios said. “They were also getting the work done, and they were getting results. Yet they weren’t being recognized for this exceptional work. I realized that the workplace and how things function in the workplace needed huge changes. If women and people of color were given an opportunity to compete, teams would be more powerful, they would be more successful, and they would deliver better results.”

Berrios leads a diversity consulting and search firm based in San Antonio, Texas. He currently is serving a two-year term as chair of the SHRM Board of Directors. SHRM is committed to educating employers on the value of workplace flexibility to the success of both the employees and the business’ bottom line. The Society is sharing best practices in creating effective and flexible workplaces with HR professionals across the country.

“It is our honor at the Families and Work Institute to recognize leaders who have spoken out about the need to live and work a different way, creating a new and different conversation,” said Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute. “But, even more so, it is our honor to celebrate those who have matched their words with action!”

In addition to the Work Life Legacy Award honorees, Bright Horizons Family Solutions and Families and Work Institute will present the Chris C. Kjeldsen Work Life Legacy Award to Mary George Opperman, vice president, human resources and safety services, and Lynette Chappell-Williams, associate vice president, workforce diversity and inclusion, at Cornell University. Under their leadership, Cornell has created a best practice model for those working in higher education and elsewhere.

For more information, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Affairs at 703-535-6260 and ​or Kelly Sakai of the Families and Work Institute at and 718-715-8890.

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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. 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 or follow SHRM @SHRMPress.

About the Work Life Legacy Awards
The Work Life Legacy Award was created to have the leaders who have changed the American workplace provide first-hand accounts of this history. The event is in its eighth year.

About the Families and Work Institute
Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, see or follow FWI @FWInews.


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