Invited Guests


Lotte Bailyn

Lotte Bailyn is a Professor of Management (in the Organization Studies Group) at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Workplace Center. In her work she has set out the hypothesis that by challenging the assumptions in which current work practices are embedded, it is possible to meet the goals of both business productivity and employees' family and community concerns, and to do so in ways that are equitable for men and women. She is the author of Breaking the Mold: Women, Men, and Time in the New Corporate World (Free Press, 1993) and its new and revised edition Breaking the Mold: Redesigning Work for Productive and Satisfying Lives (Cornell, 2006), as well as co-author of Beyond Work-Family Balance: Advancing Gender Equity and Workplace Performance (Jossey-Bass, 2002).

Alison Bass

Alison Bass is a professor in American Studies, Brandeis University.

Mary Kay Browne

Since 2004, Mary Kay Browne has been serving as the Director of Special Projects and Policy Initiatives for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs As part of the agency's senior management team, Ms Browne manages the development of key agency initiatives Currently, she is involved in building strategies that will promote the engagement of older workers in the work force, build a more robust volunteer recruitment and management system, and build a "Community First" array of long term care supports for elders and people with disabilities.

Prior to her current role, from 1995 to 2004 Browne was the Program Director for the Statewide Health Benefits Counseling Program, a program that provides in depth counseling to elders and adults with disabilities about health insurance issues so they can save as much as possible on their out of pocket health care expenses. In that role, she was the chief operations officer and lead health policy analyst, responsible for strategic planning, staff development, curriculum development, marketing and performance evaluation components.

Ellen Bruce

Ellen Bruce chairs the Gerontology Graduate Department, UMass Boston, MA. She directs the Pension Action Center (www.pensionaction.org) and teaches law and public policy courses in the Gerontology Graduate Program. Her primary areas of interest are income security for older adults, older women, health and long-term care, and elder law.

In 1993 she founded the Pension Action Center, which houses the New England Pension Assistance Project and the National Pension Lawyers Project, as well as serves as a base for pension and retirement income research. The Center brings together services for participants, retirement income research, and policy work. Professor Bruce's work focuses on participant-related problems, including lost pensions, diminishing plan participation and survivor benefits as well as more general research on income security for older adults.

Bruce is a graduate of Wellesley College and Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to coming to UMass Boston she was the senior managing attorney of Greater Boston Elderly Legal Services. She has served on many non-profit boards and is currently the President of the national board of the Older Women's League (OWL) and the immediate past president of Health Law Advocates, a nonprofit, public interest health care law firm.

Jacqueline Cooke

Jacqueline Cooke is the Regional Administrator for Region I of the U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau. Headquartered in Boston, Region I includes the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Women's Bureau is the only federal agency devoted exclusively to promoting the rights and interests of women in the workplace. As Regional Administrator, Ms. Cooke is responsible for developing programs and implementing national policy for the Bureau in New England.

During her tenure at the Women's Bureau, Cooke's Region has sponsored educational programs and demonstration projects in partnership with employers, colleges, and community based organizations on issues of concern to working women and girls including economic security, financial literacy, nontraditional careers in science, engineering, and technology, and work/life benefits. Cooke holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Tufts University and a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin.

Keeva Davis

Keeva Davis is in the Division of Demonstration Grants for the Employment and Training unit in the Boston Regional Office of the U. S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. Her specialty area is SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program) for Region I.

Karen Gareis

Karen Gareis, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate and the Program Director of the Community, Families, and Work Program at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center. She is a social psychologist whose primary research interests are work-family issues, gender, and social support. With Rosalind Barnett, she has directed research on the relationship between work schedules and employee well-being and family life, including studies of full-time, reduced-hours, and nonstandard-shift workers, as well as a study of how employed parents coordinate their work schedules with their children's school, after-school, and transportation schedules. A second stream of research investigates the effects of caregiving concerns on well-being, family life, and job-related outcomes, including studies of workers with caregiving responsibilities for school-aged children and for elders or disabled adults. Dr. Gareis received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Boston University, where she served as an adjunct faculty member for five years.

Margaret Morganroth Gullette

Margaret Morganroth Gullette is a cultural critic and prize-winning writer of nonfiction, an internationally known age critic, an essayist, feminist, and activist. Her latest book is Aged by Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2004), chosen as a "Noteworthy Book" of the year by the Christian Science Monitor. Declining to Decline: Cultural Combat and the Politics of the Midlife won the Emily Toth award in 1998 as the best feminist book on American popular culture.

Gullette has written for the New York Times Magazine, Nation, Ms., Boston Globe, Miami Herald, www.womensenews; American Prospect, American Scholar. She has been heard on "Brian Lehrer, "CultureShocks, "The Connection," RadioNation, WBAI, "To the Best of Our Knowledge." Her essays, three of which have been cited as notable in Best American Essays (most recently in 2006), have appeared in many literary quarterlies, including Kenyon Review and Yale Review; and in scholarly journals like Feminist Studies, Representations, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. She has been the recipient of NEH, ACLS, and Radcliffe Institute Fellowships. She is a member of PEN-America and a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.

Robert J. Haynes

Robert J. Haynes has served for twenty years as an officer in the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO has flourished under his leadership as he has fought time and time again to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life of the working families in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Haynes currently serves on many committees and boards. Haynes was also honored to serve Governor Deval Patrick's transition team on the Economic Development Working Group and the Secretary of Labor search committee. President Haynes has played a key role in labor's successes and battles during the past two decades. Haynes has made the State Federation's political program a priority, with an emphasis on electing pro-labor candidates to all levels of public office.

In addition to political and legislative efforts, Robert Haynes is credited with dramatically increasing the State Federation's role on the Education & Training and organizing fronts. Maybe his proudest accomplishment came when he co-founded the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Walk to Cure Cancer, and set a goal that organized labor would raise $5 million towards establishing the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Cancer Research Center at UMass Memorial Hospital.

Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson, Ph.D., Professor, Chairman, Social Welfare Policy, Boston University, Boston, MA. Professor Hudson's principal interests are in the politics and policies of aging, the design and implementation of health and social service programs, and the in place of the aged in welfare states cross-nationally. He has extensive experience in writing, editing, teaching, and speaking in these areas.

Marty Krauss

Marty Krauss, Ph.D., is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, in her role as Brandeis University's chief academic officer, provides strategic leadership for the academy. The Provost leads the academy to achieve the academic mission of the university and to improve quality of the institution's teaching, learning, and scholarship. She is responsible for academic governance and strategic planning for Arts and Sciences, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, The Brandeis International Business School, The Rabb School of Continuing Studies, The University Libraries, The Rose Art Museum, the research centers, and academic support offices. The deans and administrative staff (associate provosts and advisors) support the provost in achieving the academic mission.

Caitrin Lynch

Caitrin Lynch, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests are gender, labor, nationalism, globalization, and aging. Her area focus is South Asia and the United States. She is the author of Juki Girls, Good Girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Sri Lanka's Global Garment Industry (Cornell, 2007), which examines a government program that brought garment factories to rural Sri Lanka in 1992. Dr. Lynch's current research extends her interests in factory labor to include a focus on cultural norms about and social policies on aging. She is conducting long-term ethnographic research on a Boston suburban factory that employs men and women in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. She is focusing on the motivations and experiences of workers and employers at this factory. Employees are from varied backgrounds--retired engineers, schoolteachers, waitresses, life-long factory workers. As they manufacture, inspect, pack, and ship stainless steel needles, employees also participate in a community, earn money, and collectively navigate the contradiction of being highly productive during a presumably "non-productive" life stage. Her research examines changing American cultural norms for retirement, why factory work is desirable and enjoyable to these retirees, and why the employers seek such a workforce and what they do to retain it.

Lynch is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, and a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Drew University, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lynch received her Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in anthropology from Bates College. She was a participant in the National Institute on Aging's Summer Institute on Aging Research in summer 2007, having been selected from a competitive national applicant pool.

Nancy McGovern

Nancy McGovern, Political Representative, AFSCME, Boston, MA

Ruth Palombo

Ruth Palombo has been involved in health and human services for over 30 years. In her current position, Ruth is responsible for program planning and development in a wide range of areas affecting the health and well-being of older adults, including nutrition, employment, health promotion, councils on aging, Prescription Advantage, SHINE, Information and Referral, among others. She is both a national and state leader in nutrition, aging, and health promotion and chronic disease prevention. 

Ruth is a frequent presenter at state and national meetings. She is an active member of both the Food and Nutrition Section and the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association. She currently co-chairs the Forum on Aging for the American Public Health Association. Ruth chairs the Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care, a legislative commission dedicated to promoting education and awareness around end of life issues and improving quality of life at the end of life. She is the 2008 recipient of the Mary Davis Barber Heart of Hospice Award from the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts.

Judith Presser

Judith Presser is a Senior Consultant at WFD. She has extensive corporate consulting experience, most focused on community needs assessment, dependent care feasibility studies, development of new child care centers and dependent care strategy development. During her tenure at WFD, Judi has worked with a number of clients in the development and implementation of a variety of strategies to meet their employees' dependent care needs and has managed the activities of the American Business Collaboration in five cities. Judi has also coordinated the efforts of a number of collaborating companies and child care vendors in developing or expanding community child care centers located near the companies' work locations. In addition to center development, Judi has initiated many programs for clients in the field of backup care, including mildly ill care, temporary or emergency care, and care for elders.

More recently, Judi has been working extensively with clients assisting them in understanding and responding to the needs of the aging workforce. Judi has helped companies target their efforts at employees who are caregivers for older relatives by creating a supportive workplace for them.

Judi holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Guidance.

Shula Reinharz

Shula Reinharz, Director of the Brandeis University Women's Studies Program during the decade of the 90's, she founded the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute in 1997. The mission of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is to develop fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research and artistic projects.

In 2001 Shula left the Women's Studies Program to launch the Women's Studies Research Center in a 10,000 square foot facility on campus that she designed and for which she raised all of the funds.

Born in Amsterdam, the child of Holocaust survivors, Shula grew up in the United States and has also lived in Israel. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Shula is the author or editor of many books. With Mark Raider she edited the anthology American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise (2005) which explains the role of American Jewish Women is supporting the creation of the State of Israel. With Penina Adelman and Ali Feldman she co-authored The JGirl's Guide (2005) designed to help Jewish girls cope with everyday life. With her husband Jehuda Reinharz she recently published, in Hebrew, the collected letters of Manya Shohat (2005).

Caryl Rivers

Caryl Rivers, Professor of Journalism, is the author of many books, including Slick Spins and Fractured Facts: How Cultural Myths Distort the News; Indecent Behavior; a collaboration with Rosalind Barnett on She Works, He Works: How Two Income Families are Happy, Healthy and Thriving; and her latest book, Camelot, a novel set in the Kennedy administration.

Her television drama A Matter of Principal won a Gabriel Award as one of the best television dramas of the year. Professor Rivers contributes regularly to The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, and other major U.S. newspapers. She is a frequent public affairs panelist on Boston television stations and is considered an expert on the Kennedy family.

Susana Segat

Susana Segat is president of the SEIU, Local 888