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IoD Yorkshire & North East - Managing the menopause and andropause in the workplace

10 Nov 2021
IoD Yorkshire & North East Online, Online
As many organisations increase emphasis on mental health and well-being support in the workplace, issues surrounding the menopause have become even more prevalent. This event aims to tackles the taboos surrounding menopause and andropause, inform of how you can improve your working environment, and highlight the impact on today’s workforce. 

The event will cover what you need to know about the physical symptoms, psychological impact and support requirements for employees facing menopause and andropause challenges. 

It comes after a recent, ongoing Government inquiry reported that almost a million women in the UK have left jobs as a result of menopausal symptoms, discussing that workplaces had often failed to support their employees throughout their menopause. 

- Learn how to embed menopause into your culture and what you need to know about being a menopause friendly employer (Sharon Vibert)

- A positive mindset when approaching menopause and a 4-C model - Creativity, Connection, Courage and Contribution (Sara Scott)

- Experiences of a trans woman's transition and coping with hormonal changes while continuing to work in the construction sector (Christina Riley)

Key details

Date & time: 10 Nov 2021 12:00 - 13:00
Location: IoD Yorkshire & North East Online, Online
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Event manager:
Ms Helena Drake
Contact phone:
0113 539 8781
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Sharon Vibert, Henpicked 

Sharon Vibert is a Director of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace. Their focus is supporting employers in becoming menopause friendly, following best practice standards. From introducing policies or guidance documents, educating and training colleagues, providing the right support and keeping the conversations going. They're into their 5th year and work with a wide-range of public and private sector employers, large and small. Sharon's interests are in female health and wellness, particularly focusing on menopause, which also led her to start Good Midlife Vibes providing a community and platform for women to help one another by sharing their wisdom, stories, tips and support.

Sara Scott, Virtubrand

Sara is a brand and marketing professional with 25 years’ experience and runs a successful consultancy . In the last 2 years, she has embarked on a transformational learning journey to explore the role of creativity and innovation at work.
Now, when she is not conceiving and delivering bold communication programmes for businesses, Sara is busy with her own new business – – offering creativity and wellness workshops and retreats for businesses and individuals. As part of this new direction, Sara fulfilled one of her own life goals, becoming a TEDx speaker in February 2020.

Tackling taboos, Sara took a creative look at a menopause mindset that encourages women to be bold + brilliant throughout whatcan be a challenging time for many.

Christina Riley, Quinn London

Christina Riley is a Senior Planner for Quinn London. Christina transitioned from male to female back in 2014. At this event, talking around the topic of menopause in the workplace, Christina discusses her transition journey and her experiences as a trans woman with coping with hormonal changes while continuing to work in the construction sector.

Christina is a co-founder of Building Equality, the construction industry's LGBT + Network, and Construct-Ability, the disability, non-visible disability and neurodiversity network. Christina is also Director at EDI Construct Ltd & LGBT Construct Limited. 

Hosted by:

Emma Nicholson, IoD Acting Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador

Emma is an accomplished Chartered Senior Project Manager and Chartered Environmentalist with Board experience, and works as a Development Manager for SLC Rail.  She has worked in Infrastructure and the Built Environment since 1998, and was a Finalist in 2018 for a Quality Excellence Award for the Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds Library roof restoration.  In 2012 Emma worked as an Environmental Manager for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Emma has contributed strategic advice and committee work to the Institutes of IEMA (2013 – 2017) and the CIOB (2003 – 2013). She was Chair of The CIOB’s London Branch Sustainability Strategy Group for 3 years, and Regional Chair of IEMA Yorkshire & Humber for 4 years. As Founder of Women in Sustainable Construction and Property Linked-In with over 1000 members, Emma’s organised numerous industry events on healthy buildings, smart cities, diversity and innovation. She is a  member of the CIOB’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Panel and was a Finalist 2018 Regional STEM Leader of Yorkshire & Humber with Forward Ladies, and has been a STEM Ambassador since 2010.

Emma is a NED Board Director of the Yorkshire Collaborative Academy Trust for the improvement of 5 primary schools in Yorkshire and is a member of their Finance, Resources Audit and Risk Committee. Previously Emma was a Board Member of North Yorkshire Sport for 3.5 years. Emma’s profile published was in the CIOB's international magazine: 'Talent Publication: Ground Breaking Women of the CIOB in 2010' and was acknowledged by IEMA as 'Rising Stars of the Energy and Environment in 2012'. She’s been involved in industry government research for low carbon strategies for the CIOB and BIS.



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