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Creating an Inclusive Environment: How Organizational Culture Intersects With Work-Life Balance Policies

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Ashley Wood, manager for Faculty Development Programs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center


An organization’s culture influences the experiences of all employees and can create a less inclusive work environment for women. Some organizations, however, have developed work-life balance policies that are inclusive regardless of gender. This session will discuss how we develop organizational cultures and the impact work-life balance policies can have on women’s work experiences. Participants will engage in a discussion on how to advance career opportunities for women.

Learning Objectives:

Those who attend this session will:

  1. Understand the various factors that contribute to an organization’s culture
  2. Learn how they receive and contribute to their organization’s culture
  3. Learn about work-life policy models across sectors
  4. Learn from one another’s professional experiences

CFE Category 2: 1 hour

About the Presenter:

Ashley Wood is the manager for Faculty Development Programs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her research interests include gender parity in the professoriate, inclusive excellence, and organizational culture. Wood is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at Virginia Tech. She has a master’s degree in education and human development and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Radford University.

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