A Life/Work Legacy? Or Just A Prologue?

A Life/Work Legacy? Or Just A Prologue?


r-BELKIN-AWARD-large570Last night I received a Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. The fact that I have the deepest admiration of the organization and its founder, Ellen Galinsky, coupled with the fact that my fellow recipients form the backbone of the life/work movement in this country, made it a humbling and exhilarating honor.

They included Sylvia Ann Hewlett, of the Center for Talent Innovation, who has long been my guide through this field; Brad Harrington, of the Center for Work & Family at Boston College, the place for data on the role of men in this revolution; Bradley Googins, who founded the center that Brad now runs; Rosalind Chiat Barnett, the sage of the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis; Ellen Bravo, an in-the-trenches dynamo at Family Values @ Work; Stephanie Coontz, a historian who makes the present state of marriage and family make sense by looking at the past; Arlene Johnson, there from the beginning, as were Stewart Friedman who taught a generation of leaders about balance at the Wharton School, and Deborah Stahl whose lens has always been on the children.

We were each asked to give a talk reflecting on our “legacy” and writing my remarks was a chance to look back on how much has changed since I began writing on the subject years ago. Below is what I said. It’s been quite a journey.

Legacy. Now there’s a hefty word. It is sobering, the idea that I have left one. While preparing to speak here today I’ve spent more than a little time reflecting on what mine might actually be. READ MORE