Working Mother magazine hails Yale as one of nation’s ‘Best Companies’

Throughout the years, Yale has developed myriad benefits and programs to help working parents manage their personal and professional responsibilities — and for this reason, Working Mother magazine has named the University as one of the nation’s “Best Companies” to work for in its October 2010 edition.

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies issue features Yale as one of the nation’s top companies for family-friendly benefits. This is the first time the University has been recognized as an exceptional employer by a media outlet of such prestige. Yale is the only university to be included in this year’s list.

“I am delighted that Yale is receiving this national recognition as a great place to work for women and working mothers,” said President Richard C. Levin. “We believe that having a flexible and family-friendly work environment is important as it helps us to attract and retain top talent at every level of the University. External recognition like that from Working Mother Magazine is one measure of the success of our efforts.”

Women now outnumber men in the workplace for the first time in U.S. history. Working Mother magazine annually recognizes organizations such as Yale, which have been instrumental in supporting the advancement of women. Women play a vital role in the life of the University. Women comprise 45% of senior management and 57% of all Yale managers. At the highest level, four of the nine officers are women. Last year, 157 women were promoted into management positions.

According to Jennifer Owens, senior director of editorial research and initiatives at Working Mother, “Yale sets the bar for initiatives supporting employee families, which include giving parents five onsite childcare centers and up to 40 hours of subsidized backup childcare annually.”

“Yale has a distinctive workplace culture with highly committed faculty and staff,” said Mike Peel, vice president for human resources and administration. “This prestigious endorsement by Working Mother magazine reminds us not only of how much workplace progress we have made in recent years, but also the need to provide even more innovative tools and solutions to the work/family challenges our people face in their day-to-day work lives.”

Yale offers numerous longstanding family-friendly benefits and programs designed to encourage work-life balance. These include access to comprehensive healthcare, an on-site health facility and wellness programs; Yale Homebuyer’s Program; Scholarship for Sons and Daughters; three retirement plans; substantial paid time off; flexible spending accounts; tuition reimbursement; summer camps for children; memberships to the Payne Whitney Gym and recreational facilities; and free confidential counseling and support services for employees and family members.

Additional free resources designed to assist working parents include: the Yale Babysitting Service; campus lactation rooms; and WorkLife sessions that address topics such as navigating the college admissions/financial aid process, childcare options, family nutrition, household finances and eldercare.

As part of the magazine’s 25th anniversary, each company was asked to submit a name of a representative working mother. Yale chose Marlene Schwartz, deputy director of the Rudd Center, for her work and advocacy on issues of childhood obesity prevention, her ability to help cultivate a family-friendly environment at Yale and the balance she manages in raising her family. Read the interview with Schwartz here.

Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center, has been Schwartz’s supervisor throughout her career and watched her mature into her role as manager, mother and nationally recognized figure in her field. “It is important to offer a flexible working environment so that professional and family lives can coexist and ideally enrich each other,” states Brownell. “Marlene manages this balance beautifully and is superb at her work while at the same time being devoted to her family.”

Look for a more in-depth article and content — including more information on benefits and an interview with Marlene Schwartz - in the Sept. 17 issue of [email protected] (inside the print Yale Calendar). The full profiles of the 100 Best Companies are available online at and in the October issue, now on newsstands.

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