Author Event: Jennifer Tosti-Kharas - "Is Your Work Worth It?" with Jamie Ladge

Event date: 
06/18/2024 - 7:00pm

Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, author of Organizational Behavior, joins us to discuss her new book, Is Your Work Worth It?. Jennifer will be in conversation with Jamie Ladge, author of Maternal Optimism.

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"Wise, intelligent, provocative, and ambitious. A worthy read, in which the authors ask us to explore and consider what our own work means and what role it plays in our lives. A beautiful book." —Amy C Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School, and author of Right Kind of Wrong

What is work that’s worth doing in a life worth living? A revealing exploration of the questions we ask and the stories we tell about our work.

According to recent studies, barely a third of American workers feel “engaged” at work, and for many people around the world, happiness is lowest when earning power is highest. After a global pandemic that changed why, how, and what people do for a living, many workers find themselves wondering what makes their daily routine worthwhile.

In Is Your Work Worth It?, two professors—a philosopher and organizational psychologist—investigate the purpose of work and its value in our lives. The book explores vital questions, such as: 

Should you work for love or money?

When and how much should you work?

What would make life worth living in a world without work?

What kind of mark will your work leave on the world?

This essential book combines inspiring and harrowing stories of real people with recent scholarship, ancient wisdom, arts, and literature to help us clarify what worthy work looks like, what tradeoffs are acceptable to pursue it, and what our work can contribute to society.



Jennifer Tosti-Kharas is the Camilla Latino Spinelli Endowed Term Chair and Professor of Management at Babson College. Her research on meaningful work, work as a calling, and employee sustainability efforts has been published in top journals, covered in international news outlets, and recognized with Best Paper awards by academic publishers and the Academy of Management. She has co-authored a digital, interactive textbook, Organizational Behavior: Developing Skills for Managers and co-edited The Handbook of Research Methods in Careers. A former management consultant, Jen works with both companies and individuals to craft meaningful careers and appreciate the risks and rewards of work as a calling. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Management with an emphasis on Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business of New York University. She lives outside Boston with her husband and two kids.



Jamie Ladge recently joined the Carroll School of Management at Boston College as a Professor of Management and Organizations after 16 years as a Professor of Management and Group Chair at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. She is primarily known for her research exploring the intersection of work and family, gender and identity issues in organizations and career advancement of women and racial minorities. Her work has been published in several top management journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Resource Management, Harvard Business Review and Journal of Applied Psychology. In 2019, she co-authored the book Maternal Optimism: Forging Positive Paths through Work and Motherhood which was published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Ladge is a frequent speaker, both nationally and internationally. Her research has also received a significant amount of media attention in major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, Fortune, CNN Money, Businessweek and other prominent media outlets. She teaches courses on Leadership, Managing Human Capital, Career Management and Organizational Behavior. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Boston College, Carroll School of Management and a B.S. from Babson College. She currently resides in Wellesley with her long-term partner Todd and her three boys.


Is Your Work Worth It?: How to Think About Meaningful Work By Christopher Wong Michaelson, Jennifer Tosti-Kharas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541703407
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: PublicAffairs - May 7th, 2024

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