Meet the Staff
Boston College Center for Work & Family
Prof. Brad Harrington
Dr. Harrington is the Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family (CWF) and a research professor in the Carroll School of Management and a faculty member in the University’s Capstone Program. Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Dr. Harrington was an executive with Hewlett-Packard Company for twenty years. He served in a wide range of global leadership assignments in the US and Europe.
Dr. Harrington’s research and teaching focuses on career management and work-life integration, the changing role of fathers, contemporary workforce management strategies and the leadership of organizational change. He is a frequent keynote speaker at professional conferences. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He is author of Career Management and Work/Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers (Sage, 2007) and The New Dad, a 7-year long research study on the changing role on how fathers manage their career and parenting responsibilities. Brad’s research has been cited by hundreds of major media outlets including the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio.
Dr. Harrington serves on the advisory board of the International Centre of Work and Family at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He has also consulted with many major employers in the areas of strategic planning, human resources and organizational change. He is a graduate of Stonehill College and holds advanced degrees in psychology and human resources from Boston College and Boston University. He is married to Dr. Anne Soisson, Associate Director of the Center for Learning & Teaching at Tufts University, and they are the proud parents of Maggie, Hannah, & Dillon.
In 2013, Brad was recognized for his contributions with the Work Life Legacy Award given by the Families and Work Insititute and the Reverend John R. Trzaska, S.J. Award for his teaching at Boston College.
At the Boston College Center for Work & Family, Jennifer directs the Boston College Work & Family Association (BCWFA), an organization comprised of over 40 leading employers. Jennifer manages all CWF marketing initiatives including the CWF website, social media, member newsletters, research reports and other publications. She also works with organizations to provide research and consultation on flexibility, work-life balance and other workforce management issues. Jennifer enjoys presenting on Workplace Flexibility and Work-Life Balance; recent speaking engagements include WorldatWork Total Rewards, AWLP Forum, Working Mother Work-Life Congress, Massachusetts Conference for Women, New England Human Resources Association Conference, and many others. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @BCCWF. Jennifer was named the Part-time Professional of the Year for 2012, a national award given by the Talented Alliance of Part-time Professionals.
Jennifer received her BS in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and her Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration from Boston College. She worked for several years as a clinical social worker and then transitioned to roles in healthcare administration, consulting and marketing. Prior to joining the Center for Work & Family, Jennifer worked as a Consultant at Public Consulting Group in Boston and in Marketing at JJWild/Perot Systems, a healthcare technology and consulting firm.
Jennifer and her husband John have two children, Julia and Joseph.
Member Recruitment & Relations Specialist
Brianna is the Member Relations Specialist at the Center for Work & Family, supporting members of the Boston College Workforce Roundtable and the Boston College Work & Family Association (BCWFA). At the Center, Brianna responds to member inquiries on a variety of topics, including flexibility, diversity & inclusion, women's advancement, global work-life, and many others. She researches and analyzes work-life topics relevant to members, plans and execute biannual member meetings and monthly webinars, and regularly updates the website to demonstrate the Center's research and events.
Brianna graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Communications. She currently takes classes focused on video production and computer technology through BC's Woods School of Advancing Studies.
Jana is the Fiscal Specialist at the Center for Work & Family. Her responsibilities include budget development, forecasting, financial reporting and fiscal administration.
Jana graduated from Boston College CSOM in 1997. In 2001, she received an MBA from Babson College. Prior to working at the Center, Jana has worked in corporate finance for Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Ernst and Young. Jana's family includes her husband and two daughters.
Anne Thomson is the Communications Specialist at the Boston Center for Work and Family. She works on developing and editing research reports, press releases, newsletters and other publications at the center. She also coordinates the social media efforts and updates the website.
Anne graduated from Hartwick College with a BA in Psychology. She has worked in marketing at Percussion Software and Thomson Learning (now Cengage), and prior to joining the Center for Work & Family, Anne worked in employee communications at Ceridian. Anne and her husband Alex have twins, Elizabeth and Iain.