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 28th – 30th October, 2020

3 days of inspiring conversations and expert interviews

FREE registration gets you access to 3 days of live sessions + all recordings

Expert Interviews, Panel Discussions & a special Women's Circle on Thursday (you won't want to miss this session!)

Introducing Embrace, a 3 day festival to celebrate the midlife of women

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.

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.

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 step up and scale and 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. But did you know that it can be quite normal for the peri-menopausal journey to start from your early 40’s?

What if you stopped trying to fix and fight your way through your day and discovered a new rhythm and flow to your business, life and leadership? 

As you transition and begin your crone years, midlife can be a powerful phase in a woman’s life.

You can discover a new rhythm to your life. Find ways to access your inner wisdom.

And step into leadership roles you never thought possible. 

Whether you are just beginning your 40’s or are already through menopause, join us for this powerful 3 day festival of conversations and expert interviews.

It’s time to start talking about the effect of midlife and the menopause may have on you and how these impact on your professional life. We are bringing you the best menopause experts, as well as leaders from wellbeing, mind, body and business leadership.

Discover how you can change the way you work to flow with you.

Learn how your business can be structured in a way to embrace a more flexible way of supporting health and emotional wellbeing

Explore how you can stop fighting your way through life and embrace your menopausal years.

 

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

Here’s what Embrace will give you …

Educate

To give you access to experts and options to how you manage your menopausal journey, health and wellbeing throughout 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 know who you are 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

Here’s our line up of speakers

Menopause Support & Wellbeing

Dr Wendy Denning, Director of the Health Doctors

Suné Markowitz-Shulman, Menopause Wellbeing Coach

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

Nicki Williams, Happy Hormones For Life

Louise Westra, Naturopath

Nicola Moore, Nutrition & Wellbeing

Business Leadership & Work Flow

Manda Lakhani, Trustee of The Hunger Project

Yvonne Phillip, Holistic Success and Style Coach

Karen Skidmore, Business Mentor & Coach

Samjhana Moon, Modern Wise Woman

Alisoun Mackenzie, Your Meaningful Life Guide

Julie Stevens, Younique Designs Ltd

Melina Abbott, Spiritual Sales Coach

Body & Movement

Linda Stephens, Women’s Wellbeing & Pelvic Health Specialist

Kathryn Meadows, Pilates Teacher & Movement Rehab Specialist

Spirit & Soul

Katie Phillips, Therapeutic Master Coach

Lisa Turner, Specialist in Human Transformation and Evolution

Plus you won’t want to miss the special Menopowerful Women’s Circle that’s happening on Thursday 29th October

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
  • Explore what you need to do to bring the next level of women up who feel battered and bruised by the menopause and how you can pivot how you look at your skills and economic impact as you grow older and wiser
  • Dig into how your energies shift through the transition of menopause and ask what you can do to support other women at this stage of their professional life

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.

The menopause 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. 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.

Timings & Event Schedule

Pick & choose which sessions you want to join live. Any that you can’t attend, you will be able to access the recording after the event.

Day One: Wednesday 29th October

9.00am to 9.30am – Opening Ceremony

Join Karen Skidmore & Nicki Williams for the opening of the festival

Karen & Nicki are going to set the stage for the next three days with an overview of what’s coming, who to look out for and what sessions you won’t want to miss. This first session of the day is going to give you what you need to help you make the most of the conversations, connections and the expert interviews happening throughout the three days.

Plus, there’s prizes to be won for those live on the call or watching in the Facebook Group!

10.00am to 10.45am – Menopause Support & Wellbeing

Nutrition for menopause: Forget perfection & find balance
with Nicola Moore, Nutrition & Wellbeing

Huge hormonal shifts happen during your permimenopause, which impact on your weight, memory, mood and food cravings. When food can be a source of joy, and eating well an act of self love, it is possible to change your health trajectory, and sometimes the simplest and easiest things are the most impactful.

If you are wondering what’s happened to your waist and can’t understand why dieting doesn’t seem to work, this session is going to hep you understand what is going on with your hormonal shifts. Nicola hopes to leave feeling empowered with her pragmatic, practical and inspiring dietary and lifestyle suggestions, and positive about what you can do to support your health.

11.15am to 12noon – Business Leadership & Work Flow

Sacred Selling: Integrating inner wisdom with profitable, practical business strategies
with Melina Abbott, Spiritual Sales Coach

Your business is an expression of who you are. The midlife can be a time that allows you to connect more deeply to divine wisdom and heed the messages you receive, which can be a wonderful opportunity to become more profitable in your business and feel more fulfilled.

In this session you’ll discover the three keys to creating a sales system that’s fully aligned with who you are (no gimmicks or sleazy sales techniques), how to deeply connect with your community in a way that suits your unique personality and style (and have them reach out to work with you) and how to harness a feeling of lightness and ease when it comes to selling and growing your business.

12.30pm to 1.30pm – Panel Discussion

Real Life Menopause Stories: How can we support more women in more ways

We are bringing together four women with very different menopause journeys to discuss the importance of menopause education and how all women must know what options are available to them.

2pm to 2.45pm – Spirit & Soul

Calling in love after 40
with Katie Phillips, Therapeutic Master Coach

If you want to be inspired and hopeful that love is possible for you after the age of 40, then you will want to tune in to this session. You are going to  discover that you are not wired wrong and you are not damaged. You will begin to understand that dating doesn’t have to be another thing on your ‘to do’ list because there’s a way of aligning and magnifying your energy that has you become a magnet for him to find you. Igniting your feminine energy is key and mid-life is the perfect invitation to this because your body is literally re-setting.

3pm to 3.45pm – Body & Movement

Pelvic floor matters for midlifers
with Linda Stephens, Women’s Wellbeing and Pelvic Health Specialist

Many women enter nursing homes because on incontinence. Currently, most women stay in nursing homes because of incontinence! Tena like to make us think this is normal. This session will help you understand what is pelvic floor dysfunction, why is leaking, bowel problems, pain, urgency, stress incontinence, prolapse, etc so common from peri menopause and beyond, and what actions can be taken to reduce both potential for and severity of pelvic floor dysfunction.

There is a huge amount that women can do to reduce symptoms and prevent degeneration without surgery, or reduce the stats around further surgery if they’ve had it. Education, then a commitment to simple wellbeing practices can make ALL the difference.

4pm to 4.45pm – Spirit & Soul

Our spiritual tipping point: Power WITH versus power OVER
with Lisa Turner, Specialist in Human Transformation and Evolution

Lisa believes that midlife women can play an essential role in the coming force for good. She sees the cause of most of the problems of the world, from overconsumption, to bullying at work, to bad leadership are the result of people trying to hide from, or stem from their pain from the past and the shame they feel about it, which is why she knows personal empowerment and raising consciousness helps everyone

Our Spiritual Tipping Point explains why the chaos we see is actually our collective spiritual awakening. Her model, Project THEOSS, (the evolution of society & species) describes our species’ evolution and reliably predicts what’s to come. During this session you will discover how to identify masculine and feminine power imbalances, in relationships, how to restore power balance to enable power WITH rather than power OVER and how to balance discipline and self-care, will power, magnetic attraction, push vs pull, good vs bad hierarchies and egalitarian groups.

Day Two: Thursday 29th October

9.00am to 9.45am – Business Leadership & Work Flow

Ebb & Flow: How to get out of your head and stop the burn out
with Karen Skidmore, Business Mentor

More women than ever are starting up and growing their own businesses in their midlife than ever before. But as many struggle with stress, often sandwiched between caring for their families and juggling business and professional careers, it’s become common to experience adrenal fatigue and burnout during their 40’s and 50’s.

As we understand more about how the menopausal journey affects women in leadership, it’s time for women to stop trying to work to our modern, fast-paced schedules and work productivity expectations (often designed by and for how men work), and start to embrace our cyclical powers and work rhythms. In this session, you will learn how to get out of your head and slow down your race to success to help discover your natural work flow and leadership style.

10.00am to 10.45am – Body & Movement

Why women need to embrace movement now more than ever (and why cold water swimming could be your new hobby!)
with Kathryn Meadows, Pilates Teacher and Movement Rehab Specialist

In this session, Kathryn will discuss why movement is a form of self love and why women coming towards or through menopause need to keep moving consciously not only for their physical health but for so many other reasons too. She will also talk about the increasing interest in cold water swimming amongst older women and how you can get moving when you think you can’t. This will be a light hearted, fun chat about all things movement with someone who by her own admission is a “perfectly imperfect mover learning to love her body again in this new phase of life”.

11.15am to 12noon – Business Leadership & Work Flow

Stop giving back #JustGiveNow
with Alisoun Mackenzie, Your Meaningful Life Guide

Alisoun doesn’t believe in ‘giving back’. Giving back hinders charitable giving, causes personal overwhelm and is accelerating the destruction of the planet, plus if you are waiting to ‘give back’ could also lose you business. Discover how, as a business owner or leader, you can have more impact in the world by striking a healthy balance between giving to yourself and putting compassionate giving strategies at the heart of your business. You are going to hear about the benefits of turning our business into a force for good, an example of how fundraising through your business helped Alisoun grew her own consulting business and how you can strike the right balance between giving to ourselves and others.

12.30pm to 2pm – Menopowerful Women’s Circle

Our virtual camp fire gathering

This session is for everyone to be seen and be heard and join our breakout room discussions.

We highly recommend that you attend this lunchtime session.

You will be joining through Zoom meeting (rather than our Zoom Webinar room and Facebook Live Stream) and everyone will have the option to switch on their videos and audio links. We will be having three break room discussions to enable you to co-create, connect and share resources on how we can as a collective power, educate and inspire more women to embrace midlife and menopause.

Although menopause affects individual women, the ripples are felt by everyone; our children, partners, friends, colleagues, clients and anyone we come into contact with. The more everyone knows about the effects of menopause has on women, the more support we can create for ourselves and the women around us, and thus enable us to secure our place in business, leadership and politics into our 50’s, 60’s and beyond.

2.15pm to 2.55pm – Business Leadership & Work Flow

The Hunger Project & Unleashed Women
with Manda Lakhani, Trustee of 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.

The menopause 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. 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.

2.15pm to 2.55pm – Menopause Support & Wellbeing

The truth about HRT
with Dr Wendy Denning, Director of the Health Doctors

Women should be able to make an informed choice as to whether they wish to take HRT after the menopause and for how long, rather than being told what they are allowed to do. In this incredibly insightful session, Dr Denning will outline what health challenges a woman faces at the menopause and how to manage them. You will hear about bioidentical hormone therapy; what it is, who is it for, how long you can take it for and why it is not for everyone.

She is going to answer the questions that every women needs to know about HRT: whether all women should take HRT, is HRT safe and are there ways of making HRT more safe?

4.15pm to 5pm – Business Leadership & Work Flow

Personal brand for midlife success: How you don’t need to lose your style during menopause
with Yvonne Phillip, Success and Style Coach

For many women, midlife gives us changes to our bodies that we don’t like. From thickening of our waists to hair colour changes, clothes that made us feel good in our 20’s and 30’s either don’t fit or just look awful. As we age and menopause affects our confidence, it’s easy for us to lose our identity and even become invisible, trying to wear baggy clothes or subdued colours to fade away.

This is why assessing our personal brand and style and identifying what outfits can make us stand out (in a good way!) and feel amazing, is important in our business leadership. Yvonne is going to share how you can work smart, not hard, and have a balance of strategy, style and self-care to elevate your personal brand.

Day Three: Friday 30th October

9.00am to 9.45am – Menopause Support & Wellbeing

Menopause isn’t just about Oestrogen: Meet your Feisty 4 hormones
with Nicki Williams, Happy Hormones For Life

When we hear about menopause, we often hear about symptoms and issues associated with declining levels of oestrogen, and the pros and cons of HRT. The thing is, the symptoms of menopause can be impacted by many other hormones, and if you don’t address these imbalances, you’re not going to feel 100% even if you’re on HRT.

In this session, Nicki would like to introduce you to your Feisty Four hormones! These four hormones can be the difference between sailing through menopause with no symptoms or having a really tough time. Once you know what they are and how to control them, you can get them all working for you, not against you so that you sail through perimenopause and beyond.

10.00am to 10.45am – Business Leadership & Work Flow

Discover your creative flow in harmony with your natural menstural cycles.
with Samjhana Moon, Modern Wise Woman

Learning to work with the energetics of your menstrual cycle and the moon phases has the power to transform all aspects of our lives. Because when you harmonise your lifestyle and workflow with these natural cycles, you connect with forces way bigger than yourself. Join us for this special session to discover a simple map of the natural cycles to help you feel more energised, creative, visionary and sexy, so you can live and work in your feminine flow.

11.15am to 12noon – Business Leadership & Work Flow

Discover how your home and workspace affects how you think, feel and behave
with Julie Stevens, Younique Designs Ltd

Our environments affect how we feel, think and behave, which is why Julie believes that we can help regain control of our feelings, thinking and our behaviour by changing the environments we live, work and play in.

In this session, we are discussing how menopause has affected her relationship with her home, what has changed for Julie now that she is embracing her wisdom year and how being a creative designer has helped her get through the last few years. She is also sharing where women can start if they want to ensure that they create the right environments that will allow them to flourish where they are now, because knowing what to do first can save you money, time and your own energy to give you the confidence to embark on change in this season.

12.30pm to 1.30pm – Panel Discussion

Menopause Support & Wellbeing

We are bringing together four menopause support professionals to discuss the importance of menopause education and how all women must know what options are available to them.

1.45pm to 2.30pm – Closing Ceremony

Join Karen Skidmore & Nicki Williams for our final session of the week

The perfect way to close our festival; join our hosts, Karen & Nicki, for an open discussion on our biggest take-aways, what surprised us and what sessions are worth listening back to again.

We will be inviting you to share your best bits as well as what intentions you intend to make as a result from what you’ve learnt over the past three days.

Meet Your Hosts For The Day

Karen Skidmore

Leading the festival is Karen Skidmore. Business Books Awards finalist 2020, podcaster, and business mentor with 25+ years’ experience, Karen is CEO of True Profit Business which uniquely combines the being-ness and doing-ness of business to help scale up purpose-driven businesses.

We know that most business owners are burning out, trying to drive their businesses forward. 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.

FREE registration gets you access to 3 days of live sessions + all recordings

Expert Interviews, Panel Discussions & a special Women's Circle on Thursday (you won't want to miss this session!)

Inner Game Wisdom Alongside Practical Techniques

Karen gives tremendous value at her events and has the unusual combination of empowering business owners to address their inner game alongside practical techniques for shaping their business to work for them.

Caroline Walker

Great Insights & A Fresh Perspective

Karen uses her enormous breadth of experience to deliver a high-value day that will give you great insights and a fresh perspective on your business. This day is packed with practical advice and strategies that place you and your wellbeing at the heart of it all, without ignoring the importance of profit and cash flow.

Frances Taylor

Highly Engaging

Karen is a highly engaging presenter and you’ll also meet some great new connections on the day, which is an added bonus!

Vicky Mason

Fun & An Opening For Creativity

Karen’s events are always really great events; very professionally run and Karen’s team are awesome. What I love is that it’s not all head down and work. There is a fun element to the events, too, which opens up your creativity and you come away with a clear plan of action.

Isobel Gatherer

Fresh Ideas & Creative Energy

Despite having been to Karen’s events a few times before and, in theory, knew much of what she teaches already, I still came away with fresh ideas for my business, which I won’t have come up with by sitting in my office by myself. It’s the magic of giving yourself time away from your day-to-day to think and tune in to all the wonderful creative energy that flows from these events.

Mary Waring

No Worry & Expense Of Any Travel

I loved your new way of live streaming your events. It has meant I could take part without the worry and expense of travelling to the event.  I get put off from attending events because of the logistics around my lifestyle, but this was a great way of doing it. Plus, no travelling for hours to get home afterwards either. Or getting up early to get to the venue on time.

Katrina Collier

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 within one week of 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. 

28th – 30th October, 2020

FREE registration gets you access to 3 days of live sessions + all recordings

Expert Interviews, Panel Discussions & a special Women's Circle on Thursday (you won't want to miss this session!)

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