Who are the best employers for equal parenting?

Free live webinar 17th November @11am

Among many Millennial and Gen Z employees, unequal parental leave provisions seem baffling and even offensive. Why do many policies presume one ‘primary’ carer and one ‘secondary’ carer? Why are assumptions so gendered?

It has been well-known for some time that promoting equal parenting closes the gender pay gap, indeed it’s part of Government evidence-based advice for addressing gender equality. So what are the barriers to doing this and how can we overcome them?

Beyond parental leave, there are many other ways employers can support new and ongoing parents Hear from expert voices on what parents want and what excellence looks like in practice.

Join this lively conversation, as we discuss:

– How Shared Parental Leave or other equal parental leave policies lead to more engaged employees and a smaller gender pay gap
– What do today’s fathers want and expect from employers?
– Which employers are doing well in this area, and what can we learn from them?

Join our Expert Panel of Speakers

James Marsh

Hosted by: James Marsh

A former HR manager, consultant and editor of HRreview, James now leads learning and development for ethical food retailer Planet Organic, including introducing and heading their apprenticeship programmes. For the last year, he has also been responsible for the company’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, in which apprenticeships are already playing an important role.
Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Bright Horizons

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

Jennifer specialises in thought Leadership, Consultancy and service development. 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.
Iole Matthews – Bright Horizons Head of Coaching Services UK

Guest Expert: Iole Matthews, Head of Coaching Services UK, Bright Horizons

With over 20 years of facilitation, coaching, and management consulting experience across a diverse range of sectors, Iole has always been energised by working with organisations to deliver on strategic results while building engaging workplaces. Prior to joining Bright Horizons that work included being CEO of a South African NGO providing strategic consulting across a range of government departments in countries undergoing large scale systemic change.

As lead for Coaching & Consultancy within Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions Iole now supports employers in banking, professional services, STEM and wider sectors on programmes for working parents and carers which includes evaluating their impact and ROI.

Han-Son Founder and CEO of DaddiLife

Guest Expert: Han-Son Lee, Founder and CEO of DaddiLife, DaddiLife

Han-Son is the Founder and CEO of DaddiLife – the UK’s largest content platform for modern day dads, a two-time bestselling author, and a DE&I consultancy focussed exclusively on Dads at work.

Sarah Forbes Senior Lecturer at University of York

Guest Expert: Dr Sarah Forbes, Academic Researcher, School for Business and Society, University of York

Sarah’s research involves the advancement of knowledge and practice in family friendly policies. As a Co-Director of the Equal Parenting Project, Sarah’s research is nationally recognised for advancing knowledge around the subject of parental leave and flexible working. She has completed research on behalf of the Government Equalities Office, engagement work with Government Departments, Members of Parliament, Third Sector Organisations, Public Sector organisations and private companies. Sarah acted as special academic advisor for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to support the update of the revised Maternity and Paternity Rights Survey and the review of Shared Parental Leave.



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