From Culture Carriers to Changemakers:
Leveraging the Work/Life Lens
JUNE 20-22, 2023
Member-only online registration for keynote speakers is available until Monday, June 19, 2023.

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Airlie (hosted by American University)

6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton,
Virginia 20187

Over the past 3 years, work/life concerns have increasingly taken center stage in national conversations regarding all aspects of society, from sustainability to DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) to mental health, hybrid work, and what it means to take a whole-person approach in the workplace. Now more than ever, our expertise is seen as crucial to the employee experience, to personal thriving, and to sustainable and equitable culture change. As we consider our work going forward, how can we leverage our positions to foster meaningful change at our institutions and throughout higher education? How can we advocate for a more inclusive and holistic notion of care, community and connection? And how can we partner with fellow CUWFA members, researchers and policy makers to address the systemic factors nationwide that have such a profound impact on each of our communities locally?

Our 2023 conference aims to address these questions through a series of keynote speakers, panels and breakout discussions, held at American University’s Airlie retreat. Located less than an hour outside Washington, DC, Airlie is a working farm, hotel, events space, and conference center that was once dubbed an “island of thought” by Life magazine and that has long served as “an oasis for sharing ideas and solving problems”. The property’s history as a site for changemaking includes hosting the inaugural NAACP leadership conference in 1962, and serving as a location for Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to plan Civil Rights marches. As such, Airlie offers our membership an ideal space to consider our own roles as changemakers, connect with one another, and emerge inspired and rejuvenated for the work ahead.

Agenda Highlights

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Safeer, author of A Cure for the Common Company: A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier and More Resilient Workforce

Dr. Richard Safeer

Dr. Richard Safeer has been a workplace health pioneer and thought leader for the past 20 years. He has assessed cultures, trained leaders, and conducted and explored research on the intersection of individual and organizational behavior. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Director of Employee Health & Well-Being for Johns Hopkins Medicine where he leads the Healthy@Hopkins program and strategy.

In January 2023, with publisher Wiley, Dr. Safeer released A Cure for the Common Company: A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier and More Resilient Workforce. His keynote will discuss the step-by-step roadmap he has developed for creating a well-being culture that integrates science with practical solutions and how higher ed work-life and well-being practitioners can bring this roadmap to their institutions.

Keynote: Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being

Jeane Garcia Davis, MSN/MPH, RN
Office of the Surgeon General

Jeane Garcia Davis

Jeane is a public health nurse committed to equitable, trauma-informed health policy and programming globally.  She was previously with the NY Medical Reserve Corps, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  She currently serves as Associate Director for Science and Policy at the US Dept of Health and Human Services Office of the US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy.  Jeane leads efforts there to amplify local voices and solutions, strengthen community, and translate evidence to practice in protecting our nation’s health and well-being. Originally from Queens, NYC, she and her partner, Pierce, do their best to keep up with their three mighty little girls.

Conference Rates

Registration Type 2023 Rates
(May 1 – June 2)
CUWFA Member $525
HERC/Partner Organization $632.50
Non-Member $661.25
Student/Retiree $201.25
One-day $402.50
Sponsor $460

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Conference Agenda

Tuesday, June 20
9:00am CUWFA Board Meeting
3:00pm Registration Opens
4:00pm New Member/First Time Attendee Orientation
5:00pm Welcome
  • Aging Wisely: Creating Confidence in Planning Long-Term Care
    Caitlin Azhderian, Stanford University
  • Shedding Light on Culture Change for the University Caregiver
    Eileen Lawless, University of Arizona
  • Inclusive Language for Worklife Programs & Policies
    Jeremy Hornberger, Johns Hopkins University
  • Childcare Trends and Vibes on Campuses and How We Respond
    Karen Kille, University of Pennsylvania
6:30pm Welcome reception followed by dinner
Wednesday, June 21
7:30am Registration Opens
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Welcome
A Cure for the Common Company: A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient Workforce
Richard Safeer, MD, Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Well-being at Johns Hopkins Medicine
Professor in both the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the School of Public Health
10:15am Coffee break/Visit exhibits
10:45am Session
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Today’s University Workplace: A Case Study in Strategically Moving Toward Change
Grace Cosachov Protos, New York University and Carol Hoffman, Work-Life Consultant
12:00pm Lunch and Membership Meeting
1:30pm Session
Work-Life Through an Equity Lens
Jaimie Hutchinson. Michigan State University
2:15pm Session
Future of Work at the University of Iowa – Work, Life & Well-Being
Diana Kremzar, University of Iowa
3:00pm Coffee break, Exhibits, Well-being break
3:30pm Session
Developing and Implementing Hybrid Well-Being Programs at Universities
Evelyn Cordero, Northwestern University
Daniela Elazari, Columbia University
Karen Kille, University of Pennsylvania
4:30pm Coffee break/Visit exhibits

Conference Dinner
Work/Life Self-Care Badass Barbie, PhD.
Presentation by Nancy Costikyan, Director, Office of Work/Life, Harvard University

* Join us for an after-dinner CUWFA party with dancing and fire-pit gathering. See old friends, make new friends and join the fun!

Thursday, June 22
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Session
Developing Strategy with Cross-University Collaboration
Phyllis Stewart Pires, Stanford University
10:00am Coffee break/Visit exhibits
10:30am Keynote

Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being
Jeane Garcia Davis, MSN/MPH, RN
Office of the Surgeon General

12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Session

Finding Meaning and Purpose in Our Work
Moderator: Daniela Elazari, Director of Well-Being, Columbia University


  • Rev. Dr Ian Rottenberg, Dean of Religious Life, Director of the Earl Hall and Associate Chaplain, Columbia University
  • Kevin Myers, MS, AEP, ATC, Ergonomist and Meditation Instructor, Human Resources, Columbia University
2:30pm Closing Discussion
Planning for the future: A time for reflection and next steps
Federal Room
3:15pm Coffee and Well-being Break/Visit Exhibits – Federal Room
3:30pm Closing Remarks
4:00pm Adjourn


CUWFA Conference Scholarships

CUWFA offers a limited number of scholarships to cover the registration fee for the 2023 Conference. All current CUWFA members are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. To apply, submit a written request to [email protected] no later than May 1, 2023.

CUWFA Cancellation Policy 

Questions? Email [email protected].

Conference Travel & Accommodation

The entire 2023 conference takes place at American University’s Airlie Center, a spectacular property set on more than 300 acres in Warrenton, VA. Nestled into 300 rolling acres in Northern Virginia's idyllic countryside, Airlie is home to the historic Airlie House and a village of guest rooms and meeting facilities.

For more than half a century, Airlie has welcomed global leaders, heads of state, and diplomats who have convened there for conferences and programs dedicated to social progress, education, environmental research, and public health. Most notable among the myriad ideas to emerge from Airlie was the concept of Earth Day in 1969, which now has become an annual international tradition.

Given as a gift by the Airlie Foundation in 2016, American University was entrusted with the stewardship of this special property. The university’s long-term goal is to carry on Airlie’s legacy and use the facility to its maximum advantage for AU’s academic and sustainability initiatives.

Northern Virginia is renowned as an equestrian destination, prestigious winemaking region and rich historic site, all nestled into the beautiful countryside just 35 miles outside the Beltway. In addition to a variety of resort activities and amenities, guests can explore nearby Old Town Warrenton and, of course, take advantage of all the culture and history that nearby Washington, DC offers.   


Attendees will be housed on-site at Airlie for the duration of the CUWFA conference. The discounted room rate per night is $220+ tax (includes a $15 amenities fee) and is available for the night of June 19 through June 22.

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Airlie is located near Warrenton, Virginia, 50 miles southwest of Washington, DC, approximately 45 minutes from Dulles International Airport and 1 hour from National Airport.  Both Baltimore Washington International Airport and Richmond International Airport are about 2 hours from Airlie.

Airlie provides driving directions from the surrounding area via interactive map and a general PDF download. There is free parking on site, including PEP stations for charging electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Airlie concierge can assist with transportation to and from Airlie; please call 540.347.1300 and ask for the concierge.

We will continue to update this page with resources and options so check back soon! 

Conference Sponsors

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