Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Business Expert Zeynep Ton to Address 1,000 Chicagoland Leaders About Treating Workers Well While Bolstering the Bottom Line

MIT Business Expert and Author to keynote The Working Lunch, Women Employed’s gala event 


CHICAGOZeynep Ton, author of The Good Jobs Strategy, will address more than 1,000 business, education, and community leaders on May 21st at The Working Lunch, Women Employed’s signature annual event. In her book, Dr. Ton challenges conventional wisdom by showing how smart business leaders can treat workers well  while also doing well by shareholders. She draws on more than a decade of research to make the compelling case that even in low-cost settings, bad jobs with unstable hours, low pay, and a lack of paid sick days or benefits are a choice, not a necessity.

After seven years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, Ton is now on the faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management. At both schools, she has won awards for excellence in teaching, and she was named one of the World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants and she was featured by CNNMoney as one of eight young business professors on the rise. Her research and writing have grabbed media headlines in outlets ranging from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post to Bloomberg TV and MSNBC.

"At a time when  women make up more than two-thirds of the low-wage work force nationally and low-paying jobs are growing, Dr. Ton provides a research-case demonstrating that  operational excellence requires investment in front-line employees in the form of wages, benefits, and training," Executive Director Anne Ladky stated. “Dr. Ton’s research outlines how  businesses can make the changes that working women need while achieving great results for shareholders.”

The Working Lunch is Women Employed’s premier annual event, bringing together supporters, advocates, business leaders and public officials in support of improved economic opportunities and increased access to education for working women. The event will kick off with a networking session from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and the program will run from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago.

Interviews with Dr. Ton available upon request.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, Allstate and ComEd


About Women Employed
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