1. What have you valued most about your association with CUWFA?
    CUWFA has provided me, and my colleagues, with a forum to share ideas, experience, and support. Without CUWFA, I would have been reinventing the wheel and functioning within a vacuum. The colleagues in CUWFA are so special and there is such a shared commitment to helping the people who work and study in higher education maximize their opportunity for success at both work and at home.

  2. As you look back on your career, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
    I feel good about what I have accomplished as the founding director of two work/life programs (UC Berkeley and Columbia). I am proud of my role in both the identification of work/life issues and the development of new services/programs and improvements to policies and benefits to address those issues.

  3. What are you looking forward to in retirement?
    I am not sure I am totally retired- I hope to continue to work in the work/life space. I have a consulting contract at one university this semester and I hope to have more opportunities to contribute my skills and experience. In my three months of “retirement” to date, in addition to professional involvement, I have enjoyed an annual visit to California without needing to check work emails, training for an upcoming challenging hiking trip, reading actual articles in the newspaper vs just the headlines, sleeping without setting an alarm, and planning for future travels.

  4. What advice do you have for those continuing to work in the field?
    Identify work/life colleagues who can best support you; listen to the identified needs of faculty, staff, and students and creatively and strategically work to meet those needs; link to the faculty in your institution who have expertise or personal interest in work/life topics to help further program, policy and benefits development. Be a work/life role model!

Carol Hoffman retired from Columbia University in 2017, where she served as Associate Provost and Director Work/Life, an office she founded in 2007. Before coming to Columbia, Carol served as the Founding Director of Work/Life at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also founded an internal employee assistance program. She received her B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and her M.S.W. from SF State University and has been a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker.