January 24, 2017

Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek

Co-Founder of Work Life Help

Ellen Ernst Kossek is the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence with a courtesy appointment in Psychological Sciences.  She holds educational degrees from Yale University (Ph.D in organizational behavior), the University of Michigan (MBA in human resources); and Mount Holyoke College (with honors in psychology.) She is currently a Fellow from Purdue University in the Big Ten Alliance Academic Leadership Program. Her research has won awards including the Rosabeth Moss Kanter award for research excellence, the Families and Work Institutes’ Work-Life Legacy award for helping to build or advance the work-life movement and the Academy of Management’s Gender and Diversity Division’s Sage Scholarly achievement award for advancing understanding of gender and diversity in organizations. She was the first elected president of the Work-Family Researchers Network, a founding member of the Work Family Health Network and elected a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She was elected to serve on the Academy of Management’s board of governors, and Chair, of the Gender & Diversity in Organizations Division. She has won grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U. S. National Institues of Health, and the Russell Sage Foundations. She has won distinguished faculty teaching awards for multiple years at Purdue. She has been invited to give keynote speeches to managers, scholars, students and policymakers in over a dozen countries.  Prior to becoming a chaired professor at Purdue, she was awarded the rank of University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. She has been a visiting scholar at Kings’ College London, Harvard Business School, the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the University of Michigan’s Institute of Social Research, and Center for Education of Women (awarded a Jean Campbell Fellowship).  She has work experience in international and strategic human resource management working in Asia, Europe and the U.S. for Hitachi, IBM & GTE. She works globally to advance knowledge on gender and diversity, employment practices to support work and family, and the development of leader and positive workplace cultures to support well-being and productivity. Dr. Kossek and her research has been featured in national and international media such as the Financial Times, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, Time magazine, and the Washington Post.

See Dr. Kossek’s Publications on Google Scholar here

See a selection of publications from the Work Life Help co-founders here