Second Annual Women in Leadership: Work-Life Balance Conference Inspires Further Research and Discussion

The Women in Leadership: Work-Life Balance academic conference was held March 13-14 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The event offered scholars and business professionals the opportunity to share insights, research, and wisdom about the daily challenges women face in managing careers and private lives.

Nearly 100 women attended to observe and participate in presentations that covered such topics as work-life balance for women with and without children, the significance of mentorship for ethnically diverse women, and the implications of emotional intelligence for the career advancement of women.

Speakers included Dr. Janet Z. Giele, author of The New Faces of Feminism: Opting In, Out, and In Between; Pamela Stone, author of Opting Out: Challenging Stereotypes and Creating Real Options for Women; and Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, CEO of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles and the 2014 recipient of the Janet Z. Giele Award.

“Dr. Batchlor has had a tremendous impact on underserved populations in her various roles in the health care industry and through her work mentoring young adults,” said Margaret Weber, GSEP dean. “Her mother marched for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and today Dr. Batchlor is an inspiration to anyone who has had to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.” The award, which honors women who have overcome obstacles to achieve professional success and create meaning in their lives, was presented at a luncheon on the second day of the conference.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Batchlor. “I have found that perfection is not a reality for today’s working women. We have learned to balance our professional and personal lives in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling by focusing on the things that matter the most. Events like this help provide us with the tools that we need to achieve that balance.”

The conference is one of three parts that make up the Women in Leadership: Work-Life Balance Project. For those unable to attend the conference, there is an opportunity to aid with the research and digital library components of the project.

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