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 Wendy Angel at wangel@constangy.com. Nominations for the 2013 awards are now closed. Please check back later this spring for the 2014 award application.

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

2013 Judges

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.

Kate Lister is the principal researcher at the Telework Research Network an organization focused on evaluating the business case for workplace flexibility and telework. Their proprietary Telework Savings Calculator™ has been used by company and community leaders throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. to quantify the extent to which flexible work can save money, improve work-life balance, increase employee loyalty and turnover, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, reduce greenhouse gases and petroleum usage, reduce highway congestion and more. Their research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and dozens of other publications.

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.


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