More than 60 Cambridge business women were given an entertaining insight into the amusing and sometimes painful struggles women encounter when juggling work and motherhood, during a lunch hosted by leading business advisors, Deloitte.
Deloitte hosts lunch with award winning journalist
Award winning journalist, broadcaster and bestselling author, Allison Pearson, is the author of I don't know how she does it, a witty and all too realistic assessment of the life of a professional woman.
Andy Swarbrick, office senior partner at Deloitte in Cambridge hosted the lunch and is all too familiar with the challenge of work-life balance; he is the father of seven children!
In his opening address, Andy highlighted the importance of a healthy work life balance and its role in attracting and retaining the best talent. Deloitte recruits more than 1,000 new graduates each year and acknowledges that retaining people should be top priority for all businesses.
Andy comments: 'I am very pleased that Allison agreed to talk to us - running a successful career alongside a happy family life is a huge challenge and is one of the major issues facing business and society today.
'Allison has helped promote the cause by writing her book and giving these talks. She has helped to increase awareness very effectively and Deloitte were delighted to be able to host such an enjoyable presentation.'
The audience were a mix of working mothers and other influential women together with guests from companies and organisations striving for supportive flexible working practices.
The Deloitte Cambridge office comprises 8 Partners and over 250 staff who deliver a full range of professional services to the East Anglian region. As well as focussing on the life sciences and technology sectors for which the region has become so renowned, the office has long standing specialisms in other sectors including the professions, consumer business, food and agribusiness.