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Harnessing the Power of an Age-Diverse Workforce:
Work-Life, Well-Being and the Employee Lifecycle

2024 Annual CUWFA Conference
Hosted by University of Arizona
April 16-18, 2024

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There are more generations in the workplace than ever before. The need to create robust and innovative age-inclusive solutions to support personal and professional challenges throughout the work-life cycle continues to grow. It is essential that organizations foster policy, procedures, and practices to create a culture in which all ages can thrive. Work-Life leaders and practitioners have an essential role to play within this evolutionary process.

Through keynote speakers, panels and session discussions, we will:

  • Explore expectations and perceptions of a multi-generational workforce
  • Maximize the value of an age-diverse culture
  • Discuss how to drive sustainable solutions to the varied work, life and family challenges at every age and stage

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Kelly Chandler

Dr. Kelly Chandler applies a work-family justice lens to understand the diversity of lived experiences of adults at work, at home, and in their work-family integration. She studies how job conditions, workplace culture, and work-family policies affect the health and well-being of employees and their families. She also studies daily stress and emotional transmission in families.

Dr. Chandler is an associate professor in the School of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Health at Oregon State University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Human Development and Family Studies. She is affiliated with both the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and the Center for Healthy Aging Research.

After receiving her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, she was a research assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State. For five years she was a co-investigator and project manager a part of the Work, Family & Health Network. Prior to coming to Oregon State University she was a research and evaluation scientist at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State.


Dr. Amy Bonomi

Dr. Amy Bonomi is founder of Social Justice Associates, instructor of Organizational Culture at the University of Denver, and associate dean for strategic initiatives at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Bonomi founded SJA following her career as an award-winning professor at The Ohio State University and Michigan State University. At MSU, Amy provided university-level leadership as a department chair, co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute, and chair of the president’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee. For her work on women’s issues, Amy was named Distinguished Scholar (at OSU) and Diversity Champion (at MSU). Amy is co-editor of Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper which discusses women’s bias experiences in academia.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 16
9:00am CUWFA Board Meeting (Elected Board Members)
1:00pm Registration Opens

University of Arizona Campus Tour (Optional)

4:00pm New Member/First Time Attendee Orientation
5:00pm Welcome reception
Wednesday, April 17
7:00am Registration Opens
7:30am Breakfast

Keynote: Bridging Research and Practice: Worklife, Work Culture and the Value of Knowledge Building

  • Dr. Kelly Chandler and Grace Cosachov Protos 
9:45am Putting Research into Practice OHSU’s Workplace Mental Health Training for Managers
  • Lesley Lundeen, Northwestern University 
  • Nancy Costikyan, Harvard University
  • Dr. Krista Brockwood, Oregon Health and Science University
10:15am Coffee Break & Visit Exhibits
10:45am Let’s Get Radical! Imagining a Truly Multi-Generational Campus
  • Amy Luhn, Oregon State University
  • Cari Maes, Oregon State University
11:30am Break & Visit Exhibits
11:45am Lunch
12:30pm Membership Meeting
1:30pm Fostering Community and Future Aspirations: The Impact of MSU’s Take Your Child to Work Day
  • Rachel Perez, Michigan State University 
2:15pm Break

Building Bridges: Enhancing Social Capital Among International Employees in Higher Education

  • Ebony Lucas, Michigan State University
  • Alaina Charette, Michigan State University
3:10pm Coffee Break & Visit Exhibits


Parental Leave Policy & Practice Pain Points and Solutions in Higher Ed
  • Dr. Amy Beacom, Center for Parental Leave Leadership
  • Helga Yuan Larsen, New York University
  • Dr. Chiaka Akarichi, UT Southwestern Medical Center


Break & Visit Exhibits


Self-Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour (optional)
6:00pm Conference Dinner & Special Performance
Thursday, April 18
7:30am Breakfast 
8:30am Keynote: (Unconscious) Gender-based Bias: Mitigating the Impact
  • Dr. Amy Bonomi 
9:30am Transforming Dependent Care Programs: A Case Study of Stanford’s Online Financial Assistance System
  • Caitlin Azhderian, Stanford University
  • Susi Rodriguez, Stanford University
10:15am Coffee Break & Visit Exhibits
10:45am Uplifting Future Generations with Campus Child Care
  • Sarah Bennett-Astesano, Harvard University
  • Janet Zamudio, Stanford University 
  • Kathy Kasabula, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
11:30am  Closing Remarks 
12:00pm Adjourn (Boxed lunch available) 


Conference Rates

Registration Type Rates
CUWFA Member $577.50
HERC/Partner Organization $695.75
Non-Member $728.48
Student/Retiree $221.38
One-day $442.75
Sponsor $506.00

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The conference will be held at the Graduate in downtown Tucson. A short walk from the University of Arizona campus.

The discounted room rate per night is $199+tax.

Please use this link to book your room. Reservations must be made by March 25, 2024 to receive the discounted rate.



The Graduate is located in downtown Tucson, Arizona, approximately 8 miles from Tucson International Airport.

The Graduate does not offer an airport shuttle, however, there are many transportation options from Tucson International Airport. The Graduate does offer parking for a daily rate.

Find out more about visiting Tucson.


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