Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), and Chief Science Officer and Executive Director of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundationhelped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years. Her more than 100 books and reports include the best-selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children, and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 300 articles in journals, books and magazines.

At the Institute, Ms. Galinsky co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the U.S. workforce—updated every five to six years. She also co-directs When Work Works (a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has produced a series of research papers and has launched the Sloan Awards) as well as conducted the National Study of Employers, a nationally representative study that has tracked trends in employment benefits, policies and practices since 1998. Information from FWI’s research has been reported in the media more than three times a day since January 2010. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Families and Work Institute formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership that takes When Work Works out to employers in 50 states.

Mind in the Making (MITM) is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them. Mind in the Making—in conjunction with Vroom—is an unprecedented effort to partner with leading developmental researchers to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them.

Projects include: Learning Modules for Teachers (in English/Spanish) that have been implemented in 10 states; Seven Essential Skills Learning Modules (in English/Spanish) that are being implemented in six communities through community schools with funding with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership and in an additional eight communities /systems; a DVD collection of 42 videos showing important experiments in child development research; Prescriptions for Learning—downloadable tip sheets for health care professionals and others; and a partnership with First Book with a library of children’s books and accompanying tips to promote life skills. Mind in the Making has sold more than 100,000 copies and had more than 2 billion media impressions since April 2010. It was named one of the top ten nonfiction books by The Washington Post in May 2014 and was voted the Number 1 must-read book for preschool teachers by Child Care Exchange in June 2014.

A graduate of Vassar College and Bank Street College of Education, Ms. Galinsky is a leading authority on work family and child development issues. She was a presenter at the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families, the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers, and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She was a planner/participant of the March 2010 White House Forum. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest professional group of early childhood educators. Ellen Galinsky is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College and the Seven Wonders of the Work Life World from Working Mother magazine. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005 and is the recipient of the 2014 Friend of Children Award from the Southern Early Childhood Association. She was honored as one of the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 for 2014.

Ellen Galinsky is married to artist Norman Galinsky, and they are the parents of two grown children: Philip, an ethnomusicologist and founder-director of Samba New York—an inspiring new performance group—and Lara, Senior Vice President at Echoing Green—whose mission is to unleash the next generation of talent to solve the world’s biggest problems—and co-author of Be Bold and author of Work on Purpose. Norman and Ellen Galinsky have two grandchildren—Antonio and Azaiah.

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