Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI) helped 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 twenty-five years. Her more than forty-five books and reports include the best selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
, Ask The Children
, the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood
and the highly acclaimed Workflex: The Essential Guide to Effective and Flexible Workplaces
. She has published over 125 articles in academic 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 years and originally conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in the 1977. 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 and the Families and Work Institute formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership that takes When Work Works out to businesses around the country.
At FWI, 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. Based on Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
(HarperCollins, 2010) by Ellen Galinsky, its mission is to promote Executive Function Life Skills in adults and through them in children in order to keep the fire for learning burning brightly in all of us. Projects include: Learning Modules for Teachers (in English/Spanish) that have been implemented in ten states; Seven Essential Skills Learning Modules (in English/Spanish) that are being implemented in six communities through community schools with funding with the WFFK 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 tips sheets for pediatricians and health care professionals on frequently asked questions by families that show how to turn behavior problems into learning opportunities; and a partnership with First Book where we have created 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 1.5 billion media impressions since April 2010.
A leading authority on work family issues, Ms. Galinsky was a presenter at the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She was a planner and participant at the March 2010 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility and worked with the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor on the Regional Forums on flexibility that continued the work of the 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. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Friend of Children Award granted by the Board of Directors of the Southern Early Childhood Association.
A popular keynote speaker, she appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, World News Tonight and Oprah.
Ms. Galinsky holds a Master of Science degree in Child Development/Education from Bank Street College of Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Study from Vassar College and numerous honorary doctoral degrees.
Ms. Galinsky is also a photographer. The latest shows of her photography were at the New York Hall of Science (2006 and 2012), UMA Gallery in New York City (2004 and 2007), RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, New York (2008), GaGa in Rockland County, New York (2009), Blue Door in Yonkers, New York (2012 and 2013), Upstream Gallery in Dobbs Ferry, New York (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Outside In in Piermont, New York (2013), and Blue Hill (2013).
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.