Award to be Presented at Annual Conference
WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2017 — The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance (the “Alliance”) today announced that Nancy Laben, Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton will receive its 2017 Flex Leader Award. The Flex Leader Award recognizes an executive who is moving his or her organization toward a more inclusive workplace through holistic flexibility. The Award will be presented on March 16, 2017 at the Alliance’s annual conference, Diversity + Flexibility = An Evolving Culture, in Washington, DC. Registration is available here.
“We are proud to honor Nancy Laben as our 2017 Flex Leader for her tireless efforts to create a culture that truly supports flexible work at Booz Allen Hamilton,” said Manar Morales, President and CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance. “Nancy clearly leads by example as she works remotely, finds time for family, and has relocated to an office closer to her home to reduce commute time. More importantly, she offers her team the same opportunities to find balance in their schedules.”
Ms. Laben has been a strong supporter of a Booz Allen Hamilton program created to provide employees with greater flexibility in where, when, and how they work. The program was initiated about six years ago in response to the high level of traffic congestion in the Washington, DC area, combined with the desire to recruit and retain the best talent. Workspaces were redesigned to be a more collaborative space and employees are encouraged to limit their commute time and work from an office close to their homes when their client work allows. Flexible work schedules are encouraged, and it is a cultural norm in which flexible schedules are supported and not a detriment to employees’ careers.
“Again and again, candidates and employees tell us they want to limit their time in traffic, maximize their time with their families, and better integrate the requirements of work and their personal lives,” said Ms. Laben. “Beyond that, we know our business success is based on our ability to bring together a mix of people with a variety of skillsets to help our clients solve their toughest problems. Our team members are happier, and we have been able to attract exceptional talent.”
As an executive with an intense travel schedule, Ms. Laben encourages her team to reach out and communicate with her at any time no matter where she is. “I am always engaged, even when I’m virtual and mobile,” she said emphasizing that she encourages her team to work virtually when possible. “However, I try to model balance, and my team knows that as busy as I am, I do take personal time to be with my family in locations overseas or outside the Washington, DC area while maintaining the ability to connect when needed,” she added.
Ms. Laben leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s Law Department and is responsible for the company’s legal work including corporate governance, securities, government contracts, employment law, cyber law, intellectual property, commercial transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions and corporate investigations. She is a member of Booz Allen’s Leadership Team and also has oversight for the firm’s Media Relations, Government Relations, Ethics & Compliance and Social Impact.
The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance is a think tank that collaborates with organizations to develop non-stigmatized flexible work policies that promote inclusive work cultures and help to advance more women into leadership positions. The Alliance provides practical research-based solutions, training workshops, and strategic advisory services that increase organizational effectiveness through diversity and flexibility.
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