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Gender equality ‘essential’ to millennials, finds Odgers Berndtson

Millennials will accelerate the drive towards greater diversity because they are impatient for greater flexibility and more options in their working lives, The Hon Julia Gillard AC, former Prime Minister of Australia, said last night.

Speaking at the annual HR directors’ dinner hosted by Odgers Berndtson, Gillard said the next wave of change could look very different. She commented, “Young men also want greater flexibility and control over their lives and will recognise they need gender equality to have that.”

She added that the arguments based on merit and the business case had failed to accelerate change and deliver greater equality in all aspects of leadership and called for a new drive to push it higher up the political agenda.

She shared, “We need to mobilise for change as well as present the evidence.

“There’s a strong moral argument - that resonates with young people in particular - that here are some things we should do just because they’re right.”

Aine Hurley, head of the people performance and culture practice at Odgers Berndtson, added, “The chief people officer needs to drive changes in culture– using a global lens and creating the ‘glue’ that brings people across an organisation together with shared purpose has never been more valued.”

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