Cali Williams Yost '87
Called "one of the smartest" and "sophisticated thinkers" by The New York Times, Cali Williams Yost '87 has been shaping the global dialogue on work+life flexibility for nearly two decades.
Yost is CEO and founder of Work+Life Fit, Inc., a research and consulting firm that develops and implements the broad-ranging organizational and personal flexibility strategies that have become a strategic imperative for global business success. Clients range from BDO Seidman LLP and Quaker/Tropicana to the United Nations, Ernst&Young, Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy.
A former commercial banker and graduate of Columbia Business School, Yost is author of the critically acclaimed Work+Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You, the first work+life "fit" handbook for individuals. Since 2007, she has served as an expert blogger for Fast Company magazine.
"Cali speaks the language of businesses when it comes to positioning workplace flexibility as a fundamental driver of business outcomes," says Jennifer Swanberg, Ph.D, associate professor and executive director for the Institute for Workplace Innovation at the University of Kentucky. "She presents the business case for flexibility - why work-life fit is critical to operations in the 21st century."
An in-demand consultant, keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Yost serves as an evangelist for the broad organizational impacts of work+life flexibility - from employee engagement, innovation, cost containment and talent management to global client service, sustainability, and disaster preparedness. Her unique, often contrarian perspective has been featured in numerous national media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, USA Today, NPR and Fox Business News.
Prior to founding Work+Life Fit, Inc., Yost held senior consulting roles with the Families and Work Institute and Bright Horizons Family Solutions, two of the field's pioneering organizations. In 2007, she was honored with the "Rising Star Award" from the Alliance of Work-Life Progress.
Yost lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.