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Johns Hopkins receives Alliance for Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction

Seal of Distinction

Johns Hopkins is among a select group of 66 private and public organizations from across the country recognized for achieving success in work-life effectiveness by WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress. This is the second consecutive year that Johns Hopkins has received this award.

The Work-Life Seal of Distinction celebrates employers who demonstrate leadership in workplace strategies and practices that help employees achieve success at work and in their personal lives. Applicants were evaluated based on the breadth and depth of their work-life portfolio, and had to provide evidence of their support in areas spanning dependent care, health and wellness, workplace flexibility, financial support, paid and unpaid time off, community involvement, and efforts to transform organizational culture.

Robert Lieberman, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, comments, “This is great news and a tribute to lots of important work around the university.”

The programs are led by Michelle Carlstrom, senior director of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement. “Johns Hopkins has had a long-standing commitment to work-life fit with a broad portfolio of support programs and benefits. It is wonderful to have the continued growth and development of our programs recognized with this award,” says Carlstrom.

The award is a reflection of efforts across various Johns Hopkins Human Resources offices, as well as initiatives from both the university and the hospital and health system, all striving to make Johns Hopkins a supportive place to work and grow. Key programs that contributed to the award include:

Childcare resource and referral services, backup childcare, and childcare subsidies

Aging adult resource and referral services and backup eldercare

Breastfeeding Support Program

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)

Live Near Your Work

Flexible work schedule and alternate work location

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Health and Wellness Programs

Lunchtime workshops on aging adults, financial health and money management, parenting, and health and wellbeing

Discounts to amusement parks, arts and culture, sports and fitness, and education

Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund and United Way Campaign

Adopt-a-Student uniform drive, holiday programs for families and seniors in need, and American Red Cross blood drives

Ian Reynolds, Director of WorkLife and Community Programs, says “We understand the critical role work-life programs and services can play in recruiting and retaining world-class faculty and staff.  We are honored by this award because it demonstrates our commitment to the overall well-being of our employees.”

Thanks to Ian Reynolds for coordinating the application process.

2014 Alliance for Work-Life Progress Work-Life Seal of Distinction Receipients


A.T. Kearney

Acxiom Corp.

AgStar Financial Services, ACA

Alston & Bird LLP



BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.)


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Brown University

Brownells' Inc.


Caterpillar Inc. Building Construction Products Division

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Delta Air Lines

Discovery Communications

Dow Corning

Emory University

Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Franklin International

George Mason University

Hawaii National Bank

Johns Hopkins University & Health System

Johnson & Johnson

LifeCare Inc.

Marriott International

Mecklenburg EMS Agency

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Monsanto Co.

National Security Agency

New York Stock Exchange

Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Old National Bancorp

Oregon State University

Ozarks Electric Cooperative

Paul Hastings LLP


Principal Financial Group

Prudential Financial

Ryan LLC


Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers


Southwest Research Institute

Takeda Texas Instruments

The George Washington University

The University of Iowa



U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

U.S. Department of Agriculture

University at Buffalo

University of Arizona

University of California, Davis

University of Southern California


WellStar Health System

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

Workplace Options

Yale University

*Note: One organization has chosen to remain anonymous.