Is the New Normal Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes?

Free live webinar 22nd February @11am

The post-pandemic world promised a significant shift in roles and responsibilities of men and women when it came to family and work. Many men had taken a more active role in the home during lockdowns and Generation Z and Millennial fathers were already vocal in expecting more flexibility at work around family life. Gender Pay Gap reporting resumed, and many organisations returned to ambitious targets for gender representation at senior levels.

However, as 2024 gets underway, families are still struggling under cost-of-living pressures and – amid a pull back toward central offices – many women opt to remain in hybrid or remote roles, to save on after-school and wraparound care. As a result, some feel less visible at work, and lacking in practical support to pursue progression. Is there instead a pending crisis for employers and their gender representation targets?

Upcoming research, Bright Horizons Modern Families Index, will be published at the beginning of February (surveying over 3,000 working parents) highlighting fascinating statistics around this very topic, including insightful comparisons to last year’s figures!

Join this lively conversation, as we discuss:

  • Latest research on male and female attitudes to work-life fit and the risk associated with these.
  • Insightful employer examples and what works for gender inclusion and career progression.
  • As we approach International Women’s Day (8th March) what can, and should, employers be doing to support parents and carers of all genders with the mental load?

Join our Expert Panel of Speakers

James Marsh

Hosted by: James Marsh

James is an organisational learning and development specialist and has worked as an HR manager, consultant, in-house recruiter and trainer with expertise in both management strategy and HR policies and processes. A former editor of HRreview, James then spent seven years at specialist retailer Planet Organic as the architect of their learning strategy and apprenticeship programmes before moving to Guardian News Media in June 2022. He has continued to work closely with HRreview as a podcast presenter and the regular chairperson of their award winning webinar series, InsideHR.

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Bright Horizons

Guest Expert: Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Bright Horizons

For over 20 years, Jennifer has been relentless in pursuit of innovation, identifying, defining and sharing best practice and ‘next practice’ for leading global employers in flexible working, family-friendly and wellbeing programmes, closing the gender pay gap and promoting gender-inclusive parenting. She is a sought-after speaker, writer, conference moderator and consultant on these topics and more.

Jennifer set-up, and for a decade led, the Coaching & Consultancy side of what became Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions advising employers in banking, professional services, STEM and wider sectors on programmes for working parents and carers and evaluating their impact and ROI, as well as developing coaches and coaching capability.

She now focuses on identifying overarching trends through research and through advising employers and translating these insights into solutions and practical actions.

Sarah Newton, Senior Associate, Employment, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Guest Expert: Sarah Newton, Senior Associate, Employment, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Sarah Jackson OBE, Authority on flexible and hybrid working

Guest Expert: Sarah Newton, Senior Associate, Employment, Baker & McKenzie LLP



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