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How Burges Salmon Manages Parental Leave for Success in Work and Life

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Parental leave is a moment that matters. Success or failure here touches talent retention, career progression, wellbeing, engagement, employee experience, gender equity and more. For both individuals and their managers, planning for parental leave and the return to work can feel overwhelming, and hard to navigate. Keeping career and life on track afterwards can feel even more challenging.

Through this lively discussion, discover:

· The strategies Burges Salmon has put in place to guide, manage and support the series of transitions faced by new parents, their teams and managers.
· Hear how the firm’s culture, policies and practice combine with Bright Horizons’ Parental Leave Toolkit and Coaching to achieve highly positive impacts.
· In a competitive landscape for retaining as well as attracting talented people, consider what a truly integrated ecosystem of support looks like and how your organisation could apply aspects of this.

Jennifer Liston-Smith

Jennifer Liston-Smith

Bright Horizons Head of Thought Leadership

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. 

Simone Reilly (Chartered MCIPD)

Simone Reilly (Chartered MCIPD)

Burges Salmon Wellbeing Lead and Senior L&D Partner

Simone has worked as a people professional for 15 years and in Burges Salmon’s People team for the past 12 years. She took on the role of Wellbeing Lead at the end of 2022. In this time she has supported the business achieve Investors in People Platinum, assisted a number of lawyers with their day-to-day work-life challenges and helped them understand and reach their potential, something Simone is particularly passionate about. Simone set up Burges Salmon’s partnership with My Family Care in 2015 and established Burges Salmon’s Family Matters network shortly after.

Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown

Handley Studios Ltd. Co-Founder

Cathy (she/her) works with people and organisations to create inclusive, healthy and more productive workplaces that work for everyone.

A renowned leader, speaker and communicator, Cathy blends curiosity and empathy with deep cross-sector experience. She prides herself on helping people move out of stressful situations to create human-focused workplace cultures where compassion and connectedness – and people – are encouraged and valued. 
Cathy has led organisations across a range of industries including Engage for Success (the UK’s movement for Employee Engagement), and has helped to transform many more through her work as Capability Brown, and most recently at Management Geek. 
Cathy carries her personal experience of neurodivergence into the solutions she co-creates with her clients, through conversations, commitment and curiosity - helping them to manage themselves and their teams in ways that work for everyone. 

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