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BEEqual- International Women’s Day: Powering up Menopause in the workplace
Menopause is a fact of female life. Every woman will have one, but most of us arrive at this phase of life, uninformed and unprepared. Many employers are unsure how best to support their female staff, due to a combination of historical societal taboos and a wide range of symptoms. Yet, with the ever-increasing numbers of women in employment and many in senior positions (women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing groups in the workforce), a change in both awareness and the way support is offered is needed.

With 1 in 4 women going through the menopause considering leaving work because of their experiences and 10% of women stopping work because of menopause symptoms. Understanding what you can do and how to access support both privately and within your workplace, is a critical step in enabling you to ‘Power Up your Menopause’. It is also critical that organisations take notice, under the Equality Act 2010 menopause is covered under age, disability and sex discrimination. Also, the Health and Safety Act 1974 provides for safe working and extends to working conditions for those experiencing menopausal symptoms.
In this session we will have an introductory talk on menopause in the workplace, before opening up to a panel discussion covering;

• What the Menopause is and isn’t
• How to access support at work
• The taboo and unconscious bias
• How can organisations be inclusive?
• Reasonable adjustments


Kate Usher, Menopause & Second Phase coach, Activist & Author

Kate is a coach and change strategist specialising in Menopause, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) with 15 years’ coaching experience.
She is an internationally published author on the impact of Menopause in the workplace ‘Your Second Phase’.

Check out our amazing panel members below.

We hope you can join us for this session, if you are unable to make the date please register and we will send the recording after.

Mar 16, 2021 06:00 PM in London

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Speakers

Victoria Mutter
Business Development Manager London @HSBC Private Banking
Victoria has a breadth of banking experience spanning over 33 years, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs & their journeys from starting out to being sold & moving on to the next part of their journey. She is a keen supporter of Diversity & Inclusion.
Karen Morton
Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist @British Menopause Society
Dr Karen Morton is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in Guildford. ‘My special interests are paediatric and adolescent gynaecology and Menopause, being on the Menopause specialist register of the British Menopause Society. My obstetric experience is in the care of medical problems in pregnancy such as diabetes and thyroid disease; and I love the excitement and challenge of the labour ward. My latest venture has been to develop a health tech solution for everyone, but for women in particular. After years of dealing with a multitude of gynaecological issues over the phone I concluded that medicine had been slow to embrace communication technology. Women need for gynaecological reasons (contraception, period problems, fertility and pregnancy, then menopausal matters)to seek medical advice more than men. My mission is to deal with gender health inequality and the impact it undoubtedly has on career progression.
Becky Cotton
Founder @Lumino
Becky has over fifteen years of experience working in healthcare. She is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to the mental health support they need, and the potential of digital technology to bridge that gap. In 2020, she founded Lumino – a digital health company focussing on the development of digital therapeutics. Lumino is supported by Innovate UK and is part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network’s Accelerator Programme. You can read more about Lumino here on Cambridge University's Judge Business School website.