Menopause – it’s a hot topic

Date: Thursday 29th September 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Location: Bloc, Marble Street, Manchester, M2 3AW
Cost: Free
SME Club

We would love you to join us for this event, brought to you by the pro-women committee to mark the start of International Menopause Month. This event is sponsored by Forbes in collaboration with Spark by Bruntwood Works.

Spark is Bruntwood's Business Support programme which focuses on sparking growth, ideas and connections for the businesses in our buildings and cities. Find out more about the programme here.

Menopause is a life phase that all women and many trans and non binary people go through and every person’s experience of perimenopause and menopause is different.  The UK has 5.3 million women aged between 35-49 and 4.3 million women aged 50 or over in employment (ONS 2015), with the average age of menopause being 51 and perimenopause starting anywhere between the ages of 36 and 45. With symptoms often starting during perimenopause, this means that a significant number of women are experiencing menopause whilst also dealing with the demands of their work.

Given the diverse range of symptoms women can experience, it is likely that some symptoms will impact upon their work. It is important that organisations create an environment where menopause and its impact on a women’s career can be discussed openly and without embarrassment (if desired) and that the organisation can provide appropriate support.

Join us and our expert panel who will share lived experiences and explore ways of empowering women to take control of their menopause journey and face it with confidence, knowledge and support – an aspect of life to be embraced rather than feared.

This is an inclusive event and we actively encourage all to join us. The panel will provide clear, factual evidence to demystify this phase of life whilst exploring ways to support the women in your life whether it be friends, family, colleagues or your staff if you are an employer.

About the Speakers:

Jennifer Smith Partner - Forbes Solicitors

Jennifer is a Partner with considerable experience and expertise, encompassing both contentious and non-contentious work, spanning the lifetime of the employment relationship. With extensive advocacy experience in the Tribunals, Jennifer has developed a strong reputation as a litigator and tactician. Jennifer was included in the Legal 500 in 2018, 2019, 2020 and most recently in 2021, listing Jennifer as a “Next Generation Partner” and referring to her as a “name to note”. The publication has described Jennifer as “very thorough and totally committed to her clients”.

Jennifer has particular expertise in the recruitment industry, as well as the charity, hospitality and digital and ecommerce sectors. Clients recognise Jennifer’s excellent legal skillset and commitment to them and consistently return to her for advice. Jennifer’s personal approach, commercial awareness and excellent client care skills have previously resulted in awards, including Jennifer winning the Business Insider Lawyer of the Year. Jennifer regularly hosts webinars and training events and frequently appears in print media, as an expert in the field of employment law.

Lisa Wright Founder - Menopause the Wright Way

After a career spent working within the data industry, including 18 years as the Managing Director of an internationally based corporate, Lisa decided to change focus and pursue a business opportunity based upon her lifelong interest in sport, nutrition, health, and well-being. Following the completion of a Masters’ degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science at University of Chester, , Lisa founded MtWW. Lisa’s interest in the subject was triggered by her dissertation research project examing the impact of Vitamin D on menopausal symptoms experienced by female endurance athletes. She has undertaken menopause specific training with the International Menopause Society, Newson Health Menopause Society and continues to update her knowledge around all aspects of female hormonal health.

MtWW helps organisations and individuals to manage the impact of this life transition that women will experience. Support and guidance are available for diverse groups including:

• senior leaders, enabling them to understand the business impact.
• managers, who may have menopausal team members and need to have difficult conversations.
• female employees, providing evidence-based information and support around all aspects of the perimenopause and menopause.
• male employees wishing to support their partners.

Rebecca Durrant Partner, National Head of Private Clients - Crowe UK

I am a tax partner and Crowe’s National Head of Private Clients. This involves advising individuals on all aspects of the tax system including capital gains tax, inheritance tax and non UK resident tax issues. My clients are predominately owner managers, professionals and entrepreneurs, many of whom are involved in property both as investors or developers.

My particular speciality is advising owner managers how best to structure their businesses and assets tax efficiently during their working life, but always with a view to protecting their wealth for themselves and their families leading up to retirement and beyond.

I am also passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion and lead Crowe’s Women’s Empowerment Programme supporting our female pipeline and promoting an environment where everyone regardless of gender or background can reach their full potential.

I sit on the pro-manchester EDI committee and pro-women sub-committee.

Lee Chambers Business Psychologist, Coach & Founder - Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing

After a diverse career, including time in corporate finance, elite sports and the third sector, alongside scaling a videogame business, he has brought his knowledge and lived experience together to support companies in creating equitable culture, psychologically safe spaces and effective wellbeing strategies.

This has been borne from his own lived experience, which has included mental health challenges, time as a stay at home Dad, and learning to walk again in 2014 after illness.

He can often be found speaking about gender equity, employee experience and male allyship, and is the current Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for Service Industries.

Jo Handler Senior Associate - Forbes Solicitors

Interested In The Event?

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