Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award

Work-life balance is important to Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP – not just for its own employees, but for promotion of work-life balance in other workplaces as well. Work-life balance programs can help employers not only create a happy, less stressful working environment, but they can also help attract and retain top talent.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP presents its annual Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award. This program is designed to honor the efforts of a company to achieve work-life balance through development of policies and programs. No matter how large or small the initiative or program – or the size of the employer – we want to hear about it. The award recognizes excellence in work-life balance in either overall efforts or in the application of one particular program, with an emphasis on measurable results.

Nominations may be made by human resources departments on behalf of entire companies for company-wide work-life balance efforts, OR by in-house counsel on behalf of in-house legal departments’ work-life balance efforts. Nominations may be made for comprehensive programs that cover several work-life balance efforts, or for one initiative in particular that has had a substantial positive effect on the company and its employees.

The winner will receive a crystal trophy and a $1,000 donation in the company’s name to the charity of its choice.

For more information on our annual Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award, please contact Stephanie Ayres at sayres@constangy.com. Nominations for the 2014 awards are now closed.

The nomination deadline is September 1, 2014. Winners and entrants will be notified by October 15, 2014.

A company may nominate either their in-house legal department and human resource initiative

2014 Judges

Scott Behson, PhD, is a Professor of Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a national expert in work and family issues, Scott was a featured speaker at the recent White House Summit on Working Families.

Scott also founded and runs the popular blog, Fathers, Work, and Family, dedicated to helping working fathers and encouraging more supportive workplaces. He writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review Online, Huffington Post and the Good Men Project online men's magazine, and has also written for Time and the Wall Street Journal. Scott has appeared on CBS This Morning and NPR Morning Edition, and his work has been featured on such sites as the Atlantic, HLN's Raising America, MSN Money, Salary.com, Parentful.com, Care.com, WiseCareers.com, and The Greater Good.

At the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Scott teaches, conducts research, and provides consulting services in Work-Family Balance and Workplace Flexibility. Scott earned a Ph.D. from the University of Albany, State University of New York and a B.S. from Cornell University. He was named the Silberman College of Business Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011. Scott has published 17 peer-review journal articles, made over 40 presentations at prestigious national and international academic conferences, won six research awards, is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Work-Family Research, and was recently named a Who's Who in Work-Family Research by the Sloan Work-Family Research Network. Scott lives in Nyack, NY with his wife, stage actress Amy Griffin, and son, Nick. His blog and additional information can be found at fathersworkandfamily.com.

Cynthia Thomas Calvert, principal of CT Calvert & Associates, is a lawyer, consultant, speaker, writer and researcher with over 25 years in the legal industry. Cynthia founded the Project for Attorney Retention with Joan Williams in 2000, and served as its co-director until 2010. She co-authored Solving the Part-Time Puzzle: The Law Firm’s Guide to Balanced Hours (NALP 2004), and Flex Success: The Lawyer’s Guide to Balanced Hours (WLL Press 2011).  She speaks and writes frequently about the retention and advancement of women, nonstigmatized flexible work arrangements, and family responsibilities discrimination, and continues to serve as a senior advisor to PAR. Her blog and additional information can be found at www.ctcalvert.com.

Sara Sutton Fell, is the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading service for professional flexible job opportunities. Sara has long been passionate about helping people find jobs that make their lives better, and in 1995 she co-Founded JobDirect, later sold to Korn|Ferry International in 2000. During her career, Sara has been named a Game Changer by Workforce Management Magazine, and has been featured by CNN, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and hundreds of media outlets as an expert in the online employment market. Most recently she named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Sara believes that a modern workplace should address the needs of today's workforce, and that utilizing the workplace technology can help achieve the societal, environmental, and economic benefits that telecommuting and flexible work offers to both employees and employers. In support of that belief, Sara launched the 1 Million for Work Flexibility in 2013 and is a member of the Great Workplace Cultures Think Tank. Sara is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two sons. More information about Sara and FlexJobs can be found at www.flexjobs.com.

Kate North is the VP of Global Development for e-Work.com Inc., a leader in interactive, e-learning designed to prepare employees for mobility and the evolving workplace.  With over 25 years of global experience in workplace strategy, research, design and transformational change, she offers her clients a holistic approach to mobilizing their workforce and leveraging the workplace.

Over the past several years, Kate has harnessed her passion for workplace transformation by launching the Workplace Community of Practice within CoreNet Global and continues to support the community in Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.  Kate is also a core member of the Future of Work Collaborative and serves on the Advisory Board for New Ways of Working, a global research consortium.   

Previously, Kate was the Vice President, Strategic Business Group at Herman Miller Inc. and also served as the Global Director of Ideation, a workplace research consultancy at Haworth. For more information about Kate and e-Work.com, please visit www.e-work.com.


Past Work-Life Balance Award Winners

Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award

  • Cornell University, 2013
  • The National Student Clearinghouse, 2012
  • BlueCross/Blue Shield of Tennessee, 2011
  • SSOE (Honorable Mention), 2011
  • DeRoyal, 2010

Corporate Counsel Work-Life Balance Award Winners:

  • Sodexo, Inc., 2008
  • The Timberland Company, 2007
  • Novant Health, 2006

Human Resource Work-Life Balance Initiative Award Winners:

  • Advanced Electronic Services, 2009 
  • Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc., 2008