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Meet the Staff

Boston College Center for Work & Family


Prof. Brad Harrington
Executive Director

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.



Jennifer Sabatini Fraone
Director, Corporate Partnerships

At the Boston College Center for Work & Family (@BCCWF), Jennifer works closely with the Boston College Workforce Roundtable, the premier learning and networking community for progressive employers who seek to provide a superior employee experience. Jennifer develops member programming and manages all CWF marketing initiatives including the CWF website, social media, member newsletters, research reports and other publications. Jennifer also works with organizations to provide research, training 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 the Future of Work Forum, WorldatWork Total Rewards, the New England HR Association and the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Jennifer was the founder of and a regular guest on the Fox 25 News Boston Work-Life Wednesday segment. She has been featured on NECN, Marketplace, NPR, in the Boston Globe, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Human Resource Executive and other publications. Jennifer received her BS in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and her Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration from Boston College. Jennifer and her husband John are the proud parents of two spirited teenagers.



Brianna Dougherty
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 Brinkhaus

Jana Brinkhaus
Fiscal Specialist

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
Communications Specialist

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.