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 New England Work & Family Association (NEWFA), an organization comprised of over 40 leading New England 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. A frequent contributor to Fox 25 Boston’s Work-Life Wednesday segment, 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.
Director, Corporate Partnerships
Debra is the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Boston College Center for Work and Family. In this role, she manages all aspects of member relations for the National and Global Roundtables. Debra brings over 20 years of experience in the work-life field, having served in various client relations and business development roles for WFD, ChildrenFirst, and Bright Horizons Family Solutions. She earned two Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Social Work from Boston College, as well as a Certificate in Gerontology. Debra has broad knowledge of work-life issues with particular expertise in dependent care programs, and policies.
Member Relations Specialist
Brianna is the Member Relations Specialist at the Center for Work & Family, supporting members of the Boston College Workforce Roundtable and New England Work & Family Association (NEWFA). 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, helps plan 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 computer technology and financial planning 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.
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce, is a Visiting Scholar at the Boston College Center for Work & Family.
A former equity partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, Lauren launched the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership to help businesses and other organizations create a culture where their professionals can advance and flourish. She brings to each engagement more than two decades of experience as a law firm partner, mediator, and professional and community leader.
Lauren is the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law (2006), which has been highly acclaimed for its thoughtful insights into the management of today’s law firms and the institutional impediments to the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession. She is also the author of Success Strategies for Women Lawyers, published in the fall of 2010, and is currently writing a book on the Millennial generation in the workplace.
Lauren is a member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors, and was the only non-New York lawyer appointed to the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. When she was President of the Boston Bar Association, Lauren established the Task-Force on Professional Challenges and Family Needs which produced Facing the Grail – Confronting the Costs of Work/Family Imbalance, a report which received national attention for its in-depth analysis of the cost of attrition in law firms. She was also a founding member of the Massachusetts Equality Commission, which examined the link between the relative lack of women in leadership positions in the law, the growing rate of attrition, and the demands of law firm practice.
Lauren is married to Sander A. Rikleen (BCLS ’76), a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP. They have two children, Alex (BC ’09) and Ilyse (BC ’12).
Learn more about Lauren's work at the Center by watching this YouTube video!