European Employers Forum for Work-Life Balance

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Opening session, introduction and welcome
Maria Kaisa Aula, Chair, Väestöliitto

Laura Räty, Minister of Social Welfare and Health, Finland
Annemie Drieskens, President, COFACE
Moderator: Helena Hiila-O’Brien, Managing Director, Väestöliitto

Academic Key-Note speech
Work-Life balance, the Agency & Capabilities Gap
Barbara Hobson, Professor, Stockholm University

Session 1 - The Bigger Picture
Matti Vanhanen, Managing Director, The Finnish Family Firms Association

János Vértes, Vice-President UEAPME (European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), Member of the EESC Employers’ Group

Claudia Menne, Confederal Secretary of ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation)

Moderator: Anna Rotkirch, Director, Population Research Institute, Väestöliitto

Session 2 – The Business Case for Work-Life Balance
The business-case for family friendly work

Anand Shukla, Chief Executive at the Family and Childcare Trust

Anna Kokko, Leading Specialist, Väestöliitto, Finland

Sirpa Huuskonen, HR Director, ISS Services Finland

Alison Maitland, Business Author

Moderator: Zoltan Vadkerti, Advocacy Officer, COFACE

Session 3 – From Theory to Practice
Effective interventions for improving work-life balance at workplaces
Salla Toppinen-Tanner, Work and family life, Programme coordinator,
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Antje Leist, Chief Executive Officer, Strategy, Marketing and Product Development, Audit Beruf und Familie

Christel Verhas, Director for Family Policy and Socio-Cultural Activities,
Gezinsbond, Belgium

Sissi Potzinger, City Councillor, City of Graz, Austria

Kara McGann, Senior Policy Executive, IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation), Ireland

Moderator: Antonia Torrens, President, KMOP

Closing of the Conference
Robert Anderson, Head of Living Conditions and Quality of Life Unit, Eurofound
Ágnes Uhereczky, Director, COFACE
Helena Hiila-O’Brien, Managing Director, Väestöliitto