21st – 22nd October, 2021

For business leaders stepping into your wisdom years

Get access to the two day live festival, community and all recordings

Two days of expert interviews and insightful panel discussions to empower your midlife journey - all from the comfort of your own home or office

Individual Ticket

Book today to get your best ticket price - just £30!
(Regular ticket will be £45 from 1st October)

Organisation Ticket

Book a ticket for your employees to attend - £195 +VAT
One ticket gives access to anyone in your organisation

When: Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd October 2021

What time: Live sessions will run from 9.30am until 4pm each day
Full agenda will be released shortly

Where: Live streamed to your home or place of work

59% of working women have experienced menopausal symptoms that have negatively impacted their work

Midlife is a time where many women pull back as they reach a peak in their professional life, often invisibly as few like to, or know how to, discuss our natural hormonal changes and midlife shifts.

As many women struggle with stress, often sandwiched between caring for their families and juggling business and professional careers, it’s become common for many to experience adrenal fatigue and burnout during their 40’s and 50’s.

Plus 2020 saw unprecedented changes to the way that we all work. Even for those of you who already worked from home, you’ve been dealing with the challenges of isolation, endless Zoom calls, children home from school and partners working from home with you. A recent study from LeanIn.org found that women that have full-time jobs have taken on way more housework and caregiving than men during the pandemic; estimated at an extra 20 hours a week, compared to men, on top of their 40+ hour working week.

And that’s not all.

If midlife women don’t already have enough to contend with, the menopause can hit you like a freight train! If you are already experiencing levels of stress, peri-menopausal symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, raging headaches, aching bones and hot sweats, can slow us down and be incredibly frustrating and exhausting. 

Is it any surprise that this time of our lives is often called a ‘midlife crisis’?

At a time in your life when you may be starting your own business, deciding to expand or want to become more visible in your professional life, the stress and strain of trying to work within the confines of modern-day expectations, systems and deadlines, whilst on a midlife journey, can adversely affect your health and emotional wellbeing.

Midlife has become a period of time that many women start fighting with, or finding ways, to fix their health. In fact, many women we speak to are even in denial that they can be ‘old enough’ to be experiencing the menopause. Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the workforce and the average age for the menopause transition is 51, but did you know that it can be quite normal for the peri-menopausal journey to start from your early 40’s?

Let’s stop trying to fix and fight your way through your day, and discover a new rhythm and flow to your business, life and leadership.

Whether you are just beginning your 40’s or are already through menopause, join us for this powerful two day festival of conversations and expert interviews.

A two day festival to celebrate the economic & social impact of midlife women

There has been an uprising in how menopausal symptoms are being talked; Davina McCall made headlines earlier this year with her recent Channel 4 documentary ‘Sex, Myths and the Menopause’, and there are now dozens of books and podcasts available to help with your menopause education. For it is an education, as we weren’t taught this at school, and it is rare to find that our mothers or grandmothers talked openly about how the menopause affected them.

But we need to do more!

As you transition through the menopause, midlife can be a powerful phase in a woman’s life.

Yes, the symptoms can be downright crippling for some women.

But it’s also time to shine the light on the positive effect of midlife and the menopause, and how these can powerfully impact your professional life, and economic and social impact.

This is why, for the second year running, we are bringing you the best menopause experts, as well as leaders from the wellbeing, impact and business leadership professions. We had more than 600 women register for Embrace in 2020, and we know that there are many more women who now want to know how to stop fighting their way through midlife, and embrace midlife and menopause.

Join us and discover how …

  • You can create a new rhythm to your life and change the way you work to flow with you
  • Your business and your working week can be structured in a way to embrace a more flexible way of supporting health and emotional wellbeing
  • Your economic and social power does matter and how you can impact how our world is shaped today and tomorrow
  • You can stop fighting your way through life, and allow yourself to step into leadership roles you never thought possible at this time of your life

 

If you resonate with any of this, we’d love you to join us for a transformative two days

Here’s what Embrace will give you …

Empower

To give you access to experts and options to how you manage your menopausal journey, health and wellbeing throughout your career in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond.

Inspire

To show you how you can make the changes to the way that you work, show up and make an impact as you transition into your wisdom years.

Connect

Engage and share stories with other women from all walks of life, who are all going through similar journeys in business, life and leadership

When: Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd October 2021

What time: Live sessions will run from 9.30am until 4pm each day
Full agenda will be released shortly

Where: Live streamed to your home or place of work

Get access to the two day live festival, community and all recordings

Two days of expert interviews and insightful panel discussions to empower your midlife journey - all from the comfort of your own home or office

Individual Ticket

Book today to get your best ticket price - just £30!
(Regular ticket will be £45 from 1st October)

Organisation Ticket

Book a ticket for your employees to attend - £195 +VAT
One ticket gives access to anyone in your organisation

When: Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd October 2021

What time: Live sessions will run from 9.30am until 4pm each day
Full agenda will be released shortly

Where: Live streamed to your home or place of work

Here’s our line up of speakers

Menopause At Work

Julie Dennis, Menopause at work specialist & trainer

Karen Skidmore, Midlife Leadership Coach & Menopause Champion

Danielle Bridges, CEO of ABC Life Support & Mental Health Trainer

Rachel Lankester, founder of the Magnificent Midlife Movement

Menopause Support & Wellbeing

Sam Palmer, Menopause Health & Fitness Professional

Le'Nise Brothers, Registered Nutritional Therapist & menstrual health coach

Dr Leah Austin, Founder of London Nutrition Doctor & HRT Advisor

Nicki Williams, Happy Hormones For Life

Linda Stephens, Yoga, Women’s Wellbeing Teacher & Pelvic Floor Specialist

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, Physiologist & Sleep Therapist

Jackie Lynch, Registered Nutritional Therapist & Author of The Happy Menopause

Midlife Leadership & Impact

Manda Lakhani, Trustee of The Hunger Project

Councillor Jackie Wren, Deputy Chairman of local council

Breeda Bermingham, social entrepreneur & founder of the Midlife Women Rock Project

Heather Jackson, Co-Founder of GEN M & Menopause Campaigner

Helen Reynolds, Body Confidence & Image Consultant

Gail Morgan, Master Image Consultant & Personal Brand

Plus you won’t want to miss the special Menopowerful Women’s Circle that’s happening on Friday, 22nd October

This was one of the highlights of our Embrace festival in 2020! Join our special lunchtime session to meet, engage and have conversations with other women in small, breakout rooms.

 

  • Insightful discussions on how you can redefine work and find ways of working WITH your menopause
  • Share ideas on how to open up the conversation of menopause with your family, business colleagues and team members to allow us to transition with ease and grace (rather than fight or flight!)
  • Explore what you need to enable us all to bring the next level of women up who feel battered and bruised by the menopause, and how your skills and economic impact can grow, as you grow older and wiser

Working in partnership with The Hunger Project 

Top-down, aid-driven charity models fail to create lasting change in the lives of those in need. To achieve a sustainable solution to hunger, we need to flip that model on its head, and afford those living in hunger access to the education and tools needed to end hunger for good.

One of the most effective ways to achieve this and to end hunger for everyone is to empower women.

Midlife is an important life transition and it’s so important to accept it fully and embrace it as a positive change. Your midlife can be a period of replenishment and reflection and as you grow through it, you can become aware of the opportunity to become a powerful women with leadership possibilities and being change in the world.

This is why we’ve partnered with The Hunger Project and their powerful Unleashed Women movement. A percentage of your ticket price is being invested in The Hunger Project and you’ll have the opportunity to join us for a spotlight session with Manda Lakhani, Board Trustee, to learn more how you can use your creativity, leadership and ideas to raise funds that will empower women, and end hunger once and for all.

Meet Your Hosts For The Day

Karen Skidmore

Leading the festival is Karen Skidmore, a midlife leadership & business coach with 25+ years’ experience. She is CEO of Karen Skidmore: Business, Life & Leadership who empower women in business in their 40’s, 50’s and beyond to create a new rhythm and flow to their professional lives in order to fulfil their economic and social potential, and increase their level of impact. If you want a simpler way to grow your business, have more time and make a bigger impact, Karen and her team can help.

Today’s fast-paced schedules and work productivity expectations are playing havoc with many women’s adrenal and nervous systems, and midlife burnout has fast become a rite of passage. And Karen knows this from first-hand experience. She has run her own coaching and consulting company since 2004. After an 11-year career with Hays Plc, her children were approaching school age and she realised how much she wanted a more flexible and fulfilling professional career.

Within 6 months of starting up, she was awarded European Social Funds for her Women’s Enterprise Programme and Simply Marketing Workshops, which was instrumental in helping hundreds of women start up their own businesses across Surrey & Sussex. She founded a regional women’s networking group in 2005, created & ran a 100+ membership site for 3 years and launched dozens of online courses and group programmes over the past 13 years.

But in 2012, struggling with adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances, Karen was burnt out from constantly launching new programmes and marketing campaigns, exasperated by dealing with grief from losing her father to cancer two years previously. She fought with her health; trying to find ways to fix her low energy levels, severe brain fog and aching body, and struggled to keep up with work and family life. After admitting that she had to change the way she was using her body, as well as the way she was working, she begun to realise she had far better outcomes when she started to embrace her menopausal journey.  And it soon became apparent that many of her clients wanted this same change.

 

Nicki Williams

Joining Karen as co-host for the week is Nicki Williams

Nicki is an award-winning nutritionist, author, speaker and women’s health expert.

But she wasn’t always this clued up about her hormones……Far from it!

She struggled in her early 40’s with exhaustion, mood swings, brain fog and stubborn weight gain. And it made her miserable. When her doctor just offered her antidepressants, she got on the phone to her dad, a doctor and hormone specialist, who told her she was in ‘peri-menopause’ – a term she had never heard of and frankly didn’t quite believe. So he ran some hormone tests which showed her hormones were all over the place. Determined to figure out how to feel better, and with dad’s help, she discovered she could turn things around using diet, lifestyle and targeted supplements.

It changed her life (and career!). Now in her 50’s, she’s far from perfect, but she feels great. And she’s on a mission to provide women with the often missing support they need to feel great too.

Nicki Williams

Joining Karen as co-host for the week is Nicki Williams

Nicki is an award-winning nutritionist, author, speaker and women’s health expert.

But she wasn’t always this clued up about her hormones……Far from it!

She struggled in her early 40’s with exhaustion, mood swings, brain fog and stubborn weight gain. And it made her miserable. When her doctor just offered her antidepressants, she got on the phone to her dad, a doctor and hormone specialist, who told her she was in ‘peri-menopause’ – a term she had never heard of and frankly didn’t quite believe. So he ran some hormone tests which showed her hormones were all over the place. Determined to figure out how to feel better, and with dad’s help, she discovered she could turn things around using diet, lifestyle and targeted supplements.

It changed her life (and career!). Now in her 50’s, she’s far from perfect, but she feels great. And she’s on a mission to provide women with the often missing support they need to feel great too.

Alexia Padgham 

Alexia is our Community Manager and runs our events like clockwork.

She has been supporting Karen in her business since 2007 so she knows exactly what our clients and community members need to help them in their business growth journeys.

As well as running our events, she personally welcomes all new members into our Momentum community and ensures you know where to find all the resources available to you. If you need any logistical info for the festival, including timings, joining links and follow up resources, Alexia is the go-to person to reach out to.

Get access to the two day live festival, community and all recordings

Two days of expert interviews and insightful panel discussions to empower your midlife journey - all from the comfort of your own home or office

Read what our amazing women said about Embrace in 2020

I loved the positive tone and message of the whole event. It was a safe, kind and generous space with so much wisdom and intelligence. Every women deserves to feel great and be empowered so they really can embrace this fabulous next phase of life. It was brilliant!

Sune

Thank you for the most generous uplifting and insightful festival celebrating and supporting all us wondrous and wise goddesses. I have such deep gratitude for all the wonderful women I listened to, conversed with and met at the festival; a shining example of the many ways we can build connection and community. 
Rebecca

This event has encompassed all that is great and unique about us women as we navigate our middle years. Women supporting and encouraging other women. A lot of the time we just need a little encouragement from another. Onwards and upwards and huge, huge thanks for bringing us this event.

Breeda

Thanks so much for organising this! And I am really looking forward to catching up on the recordings. Wonderful closing for a wonderful event; these things need to be talked about and it is great to see people like yourselves opening the dialogue for so many women in business!

Melanie

It has been a godsend for me after entering surgical menopause the week beforeh and I have managed to get up to speed on all things hormones and HRT in advance of my follow up meeting with my surgeon. I hope she’s ready for my knowledgeable list of questions. I now feel fully prepared!

Emma

Embrace has been so special, and I am looking forward to listening to the sessions I missed. To have all the recordings has been so very helpful. Thank you team Embrace!!! Amazing event.

Linda

The energy was positive, inspiring and reassuring. Everyone involved was so professional too. What a fantastic group of ladies totally kicking midlife! I can’t wait for Embrace 2.0

Janine

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the logistics for the festival?

We are running this event via Zoom and have a delegate welcome pack which has all the information you need to participate fully during the event. You will be able to join the live sessions either in our Zoom room, or engage via the livestream into our Facebook Group. All you need to join us is internet access and a webcam.

Is it an only women event?

Not at all. We welcome both men and women, although, as you can gather from the theme that we will find that it is predominately women who will attend. But don’t get put off by this.

What we need is to fundamentally change the way we all – men and women of all ages – approach business leadership so that we can embrace midlife. And the more everyone understands how menopause can affect the way that we work, the better. 

How will I be able to watch the recordings if I can't make a session live on the day?

All our sessions (with the exception of our Women’s Circle event) will be recorded and, by registering for the festival, you will automatically get access to both the video and audio after the event.

So if you can’t attend any of the expert interviews or panel discussions, you will be able to catch the reply in your own time after the festival.

Can I buy more than one ticket?

Yes, you can. So that everyone gets the right event information and Zoom links on the day, we have set the ticket booking system to allow for one individual ticket order at a time. So if you want to buy a ticket for a friend or work colleague (and why wouldn’t you … want a great gift this would make!), we ask is that you to go through the ticket booking process again, and use their name and email address so we can get your friend or colleague registered and sent all the joining info, too.

How does the Organisation Ticket work?

If you work for a business, charity or social enterprise and you feel there are other women (and men, too!) who would benefit from attending Embrace, then this is the ticket for you. For the price of £195 +VAT, you can invite as many people in your organisation to attend from this one ticket. We will send you full instructions on how to share the ticket within your organisation, and how each person you invite can get registered individually, so that they have all the joining information, event correspondence and access to our Facebook community direct from us. 

If you run your own business, and it’s just you who is attending, you don’t need to buy this ticket. Simply register as an individual and pay the individual ticket price. 

Get access to the two day live festival, community and all recordings

Two days of expert interviews and insightful panel discussions to empower your midlife journey - all from the comfort of your own home or office

Individual Ticket

Book today to get your best ticket price - just £30!
(Regular ticket will be £45 from 1st October)

Organisation Ticket

Book a ticket for your employees to attend - £195 +VAT
One ticket gives access to anyone in your organisation

When: Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd October 2021

What time: Live sessions will run from 9.30am until 4pm each day
Full agenda will be released shortly

Where: Live streamed to your home or place of work

Need to ask us a question first before registering?

If we didn’t answer all of your questions here on this page, please email Alexia on [email protected] or click the contact us button below.

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