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The Redesigning and Redefining Work Summit (RRW) is an INVITATION ONLY summit at Stanford University to present new and innovative research and generate dialog among diverse perspectives to create a new platform for the design and definition of work for the twenty-first century.  The RRW Summit will bring together one hundred and fifty top academic researchers, corporate leaders, policy makers, and media representatives to set a research-based agenda for redesigning work.
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Friday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 1:05pm
Pamela Stone, Hunter College

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What Do Professional Women Want at Work?
This presentation reports on an approximately 10-year follow-up study of professional women who were originally interviewed while out of the labor force and engaged primarily in childcare.  Results at the time of the original interview revealed that these women, all mothers, were unable to realize their preferences for meaningful, flexible professional work, a shortfall that played a major role in their decision to leave the labor force, and that the majority planned to return to work.  Some ten years later, the follow-up reveals that the majority have returned to work, but have significantly redirected away from their former careers.  A comparison of their former jobs with their re-entry jobs reveals realized--and unrealized--preferences and suggests directions for workplace redesign to attract and retain highly skilled professional women.  

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Pamela Stone

Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Pamela Stone is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships in support of her research, including one at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, she is an expert on women in the workplace and has written widely on such topics as the gender wage gap, pay equity, and the work-family interface.  She has also consulted, provided... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2013 12:45pm - 1:05pm
McCaw Hall, Stanford Alumni Center 326 Galvez Street, Stanford