April 15, 2010 12:00 ET

White House Inspires Bay Area Companies to Come Together to Examine Workplace Flexibility

Gap, Google, LiveOps and SAP Discuss the Importance of Workplace Flexibility at April 21st "Workplace Flexibility" Event Hosted by Flexperience

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) -  In tough economic times, a flexible work environment can be even more compelling for businesses' short and long-term success. Following the White House Forum for Workplace Flexibility, hosted by President Obama and the First Lady, top executives from leading Bay Area companies including Gap, Google, LiveOps and SAP will convene to discuss best practices and real world examples for how flexibility is providing an upside for business in today's economy. In addition to the panel, the event will be keynoted by Ann O'Leary, Executive Director at Berkeley Law's Center for Health, Economic & Family Security, who will discuss her work on The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything, and how to build the business case for alternative workforce programs. It's all about "Emerging Trends in Workplace Flexibility: The Future of Work."

Wednesday, April 21st from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1800, San Francisco, CA

Keynote Speaker: Ann O'Leary, Executive Director at Berkeley Law's Center for Health, Economic & Family Security

Gap - Eric Severson, Vice President of Human Resources
Google - Sarah Stuart, Program Manager on the Global Diversity & Talent Inclusion Team
LiveOps - Joe Eandi, General Manager and SVP of Community
SAP - Phyllis Stewart Pires, Director Community Experience for SAP Labs North America

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"The range of approaches to workplace flexibility is exciting for this year's panel. Gap piloted its own Results-Only-Work-Environment which the White House is piloting for its Office of Personnel Management this year, and Google is a Bay Area leader that understands how a multi-generational workforce requires flexibility to support the innovation that can happen anywhere, anyplace," said Sally Thornton, president and co-founder of Flexperience who will be moderating the event. "LiveOps' business model is based on enabling home-based talent across the country to work, and SAP understands the direct financial impact of work-life issues on employee engagement. These are all leaders who see workplace flexibility as the business imperative it is. The future of work is already here."

"It is time to expand the models we have had for over a century in the way we approach work," said Joe Eandi, general manager and senior vice president of community for LiveOps. "In our everyday lives we have so many examples of how flexibility yields efficiencies and satisfaction. Taking these principles to the workplace as LiveOps has done with its unique business model can yield amazing results both for business and the individual workers. We look forward to this event for the chance to share with other companies best practices and ideas about the Future of Work."


About Flexperience
Flexperience is a boutique consulting firm that connects experienced marketing, human resource, finance, and legal professionals with part-time, flex-time, or project-based work with our clients, which include Genentech, Levis, and Pixar. Flexperience has been featured in such media as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, NBC11, KTVU, KQED radio, and