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Career Experts: In the Glass Mancave

November 12 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

2021 Career Experts Virtual Series: In the Glass Mancave

In The Glass Mancave: Are traditional notions of masculinity a true reflection of what men really want from life today?

You’ve heard of the “glass ceiling” – but have you heard of the “glass mancave”?

27 years since John Gray’s “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” was first published, Voice At The Table’s Phil Cox takes a look at how the gender landscape has shifted, and what it REALLY means to be a man in the 21st century. Phil explores what it’s like to live inside the “glass mancave” and asks “How can we help men authentically embrace what’s important to them today?” Based on his experience as both a therapist and a leadership coach, Phil looks at the differences – and similarities – between the genders regarding their personal values, identity and definitions of success. Phil looks at the pressures society places on males to be “the perfect man”, and at some of the potentially devastating consequences of those pressures.

The session will be of interest to anyone of any gender who has ever felt the pressure to “man up” in order to succeed!

Phil Cox

Whether working with individuals or teams, Phil draws on his experiences and learning from the fields of individual & group development, counselling, psychotherapy, and change management. His counselling training, and subsequent practice as an integrative counsellor, means that he brings a psychologically-informed approach to his work.

We all need to have a sense of purpose and meaning. It brings a richness to our lives – at home and at work. When purpose and meaning are missing, this can have a detrimental effect on our sense of identity, and – with it – our ability to thrive. Phil’s focus is on helping others to explore their life purpose and sense of identity; to consider how these bring meaning – and resilience –to their work; and to find ways (such as ‘job crafting’) to achieve alignment of their personal and professional identity.

For over 20 years Phil has held UK and international HR and Leadership Development roles in a variety of organisations; most notably Panasonic, KPMG and PwC. He started his career as a graduate trainee for M&S, where he became one of their youngest store managers.

These days he works with a range of organisations across many sectors – professional services, retail, financial services, education, pharma and the public sector.


November 12
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Voice At The Table Ltd