About This Project

About the Mature Workforce Initiative Team

Linda Barrington, PhD, is the former managing director of human capital at The Conference Board. Barrington directed global workforce and human resources research offerings at The Conference Board. Her research projects include benchmarking top executive challenges, and assessing trends surrounding the maturing workforce, workforce readiness, and other related issues. Before joining The Conference Board, Ms. Barrington was on the faculty of the economics department at Barnard College of Columbia University. There she published several articles on gender economics, poverty measurement, and economic history. Ms. Barrington received her B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin and her PhD in economics from the University of Illinois.

Lorrie Foster, M.P.A., is vice president of councils and research working groups for The Conference Board. In this capacity, she oversees 80 peer networking groups and the design and implementation of collaborative corporate research initiatives on topics related to organizational effectiveness and the global workforce. Ms. Foster is co-director of the Mature Workforce Initiative. Prior to joining The Conference Board, she was executive director of the World Trade Institute at the World Trade Center, New York and held management positions at AT&T International. Ms. Foster was awarded an A.B. in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College and a M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she concentrated in Business and Government.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Ms. Foster: Managing the Mature Workforce.

Jeri Sedlar is a senior advisor to The Conference Board on mature workforce issues, business owner, speaker, and author of the highly acclaimed books, Don’t Retire, Rewire! and On Target: Enhance Your Life and Ensure Your Success. Ms. Sedlar has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer marketing and professional services arena. As the former editor-at-large of Working Woman magazine, she motivated audiences into recognizing and eliminating the physical and psychological issues that are perceived barriers to their success. She also served as director of corporate affairs for the Working Woman/Working Mother Group, where she worked on such key issues as work/life balance, female entrepreneurship, and flextime in conjunction with the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mary B. Young, PhD, is principal researcher in human capital at The Conference Board. Ms. Young leads The Conference Board program of research on strategic workforce planning and has been a major contributor to its research on the mature workforce. Trained in organizational behavior and organizational development, she has studied strategic workforce planning’s emergence and evolution as a business process in more than 70 companies. Drawing upon skills as a long-time journalist, she has completed 20 case studies describing how companies implement strategic workforce planning and presented her research findings at scores of corporate meetings in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. She received her doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management. She earned a M.Ed. in organizational development at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Dr. Young: Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce, Phased Retirement after the Pension Protection Act, Old Questions (for The Conference Board Review magazine) and a related report, Strategic Workforce Planning: Forecasting Human Capital Needs to Execute Business Strategy.

Diane Piktialis, PhD, is a research working group and program leader at The Conference Board, where her work focuses on multigenerational and aging workforce issues. She has more than 30 years of experience in program and product development. Ms. Piktialis was formerly work-life product director and an expert on mature workers at Ceridian Corporation. Prior to that, she was vice president at Work/Family Directions where she created the first U.S. corporate elder care program. She is past director of policy and program development for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and past assistant secretary at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. She has published widely in such journals as Business and Health, the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Benefits and Compensation Solutions, Compensation and Benefits Review, and HR Executive, and is past chair of the Business Forum on Aging of the American Society on Aging.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports authored and contributed to by Dr. Piktialis: Bridging the Gaps: How to Transfer Knowledge in Today’s Multigenerational Workplace, Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce.

Susan Stewart, M.A., is a writer and editor at The Conference Board. She is also a freelance writer and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, TV Guide, GQ, Southern Living, and many other publications. She has written columns for four newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Philadelphia Daily News, and the Detroit Free Press. Ms. Stewart has an A.B.J. from University of Georgia and an M.A. from the University of Virginia.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Ms. Stewart: "Capturing Butterflies and Making Them Talk."

Christopher Woock, is researcher in the Human Capital Program and a labor economist at The Conference Board. His research explores the links between human capital and business performance, including assessing the implications of labor market trends for talent management strategies; evaluating business’ investment in the skills of its current and potential workforce; and issues surrounding a multigenerational workforce. Woock received his PhD in economics from the University of Kentucky.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Dr. Woock: "Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime."

Harris Allen, PhD, is principal of Harris Allen Group, LLC, an independent consulting firm in Brighton, Massachusetts, that promotes strategy development and performance improvement in the area of health and productivity. He is also a lecturer in the department of epidemiology and public health at the Yale School of Medicine and is a senior scholar at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. He serves as an expert lecturer for the Institute for Health and Productivity Management and its training arm, the Academy for Health and Productivity Management. He has previously held director, scientific, or managerial posts at Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P., New England Medical Center, Aetna Life and Casualty, and The Rand Corporation.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Dr. Allen: "Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime."

Jill Casner-Lotto is a writer and research consultant with over 20 years of experience in human resources and labor management issues. Previous to her consulting work with The Conference Board, Ms. Casner-Lotto was senior vice president for policy studies at Work in America Institute, a nonprofit workplace research and membership organization that focused on improving productivity, labor management partnership, and quality of working life. She has directed numerous national policy research projects, working in conjunction with business, labor, and academic leaders to anticipate workplace trends and undertake new fields of research aimed at improving both business results and employees’ quality of working life. Her research has been funded by The Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S.-Japan Foundation, and by major corporations and labor unions.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Ms. Casner-Lotto: Boomers Are Ready for Nonprofits; But Are Nonprofits Ready for Them?

Kent A. Greenes is program director for The Conference Board Learning and Knowledge Management Council and an internationally recognized expert on knowledge management. His recent clients include Save the Children, the U.S. Army, NASA, Northrop Grumman, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Prior to starting his own consulting firm, Mr. Greenes worked as chief knowledge officer at SAIC, whose clients included Unocal, Frito Lay, and NORTHCOM. Prior to that, he worked for 17 years at British Petroleum, where he started as a geophysicist and eventually became head of knowledge management. He initiated and directed BP’s global Virtual Teamwork Program. Mr. Greenes is executive in residence at George Washington University, a faculty member at California State University at Northridge, and on the advisory board of several companies and organizations, among them Tomoye, KMPro, and the U.S. Army Battle Command Knowledge System.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Kent Greenes: Bridging the Gaps: How to Transfer Knowledge in Today’s Multigenerational Workplace.

David Micah Kaufman is a senior consultant in the Weinstein Consulting division of The Weinstein Firm. Mr. Kaufman has spent over nine years in human resources consulting and another 10 years in private enterprise. His consulting experience includes working for several years with the late Philadelphia labor legend and management guru, Dr. Edward B. Shils.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Mr. Kaufman: Putting Experience to Work: A Guide to Navigating Legal and Management Issues Relating to a Mature Workforce.

Anna Rappaport is an internationally recognized expert on the impact of change on retirement systems and workforce issues. Following a 28-year career with Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Ms. Rappaport established her own firm, specializing in strategies for better retirement systems. Prior to working with Mercer she spent the years from 1958-1976 in the life insurance industry. Ms. Rappaport has helped many organizations develop their strategies with regard to retirement benefits. She has written extensively on these issues for the Society of Actuaries and various academic and research organizations. In her organizational participation, writing and speaking, she brings forward important issues to ensure that decision makers can act on the best available information, strongly driven by facts and thorough analysis.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Ms. Rappaport: Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce, Phased Retirement after the Pension Protection Act.

Deborah Weinstein is founder and president of The Weinstein Firm. She has been a respected litigator, counselor, and thought leader in the area of employment law for more than 17 years. Formerly a partner in the labor and employment law department at law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, Ms. Weinstein developed a national reputation for her forceful courtroom presentations; sound preventative advice on workforce issues to business, law, and consulting firms as well as entrepreneurs; and her ability to work with employers to prevent workplace disputes from escalating into protracted litigation. Ms. Weinstein is a lecturer in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department of the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and writes regularly on workforce issues for a variety of publications.

Mature Workforce Initiative reports by Deborah Weinstein: Putting Experience to Work: A Guide to Navigating Legal and Management Issues Relating to a Mature Workforce.

Virginia M. Citrano has been an editor and writer at business publications and websites for more than two decades, including The Wall Street Journal/Europe, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. She is the author of Changes and Choices: The Rapidly Evolving Business Cases for Employing Mature Workers.

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About the Mature Workforce Initiative
The Conference Board Mature Workforce Initiative is committed to helping employers engage and develop mature employees within the rapidly changing multigenerational workplace.

The Atlantic Philanthropies provided underwriting of The Mature Workforce Initiative. The Atlantic Philanthropies is dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people through grant-making. The Atlantic Philanthropies focuses on critical social programs related to aging, disadvantaged children and youth, population health, and reconciliation and human rights.

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About the Conference Board
The Conference Board creates and disseminates knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society. Working as a global, independent membership organization in the public interest, we conduct research, convene conferences, make forecasts, assess trends, publish information and analysis, and bring executives together to learn from one another.

The Conference Board Mature Workforce Initiative is committed to helping employers engage and develop mature employees within the rapidly changing multigenerational workplace. The Mature Workforce Initiative was led by Linda Barrington, former managing director of human capital. To learn more about the Mature Workforce Initiative, contact human.capital@conference-board.org.

 

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