In this episode, we are joined by Kate Usher, a menopause coach and gender equality consultant with over 20 years of experience in transformational IT projects in FTSE 100 organizations. We talk primarily about gender equality, career progression for women, and the effects of menopause on women’s work-life balance.
Kate shares her journey, which saw her transition from a global project manager in an FTSE 100 company to a menopause coach and gender equality consultant. She explains how her menopause experience forced her to shift her career focus and combine her corporate life with her menopause work.
Providing valuable tips for women striving to succeed in the corporate world, Kate emphasizes the importance of relationships in one’s success. She encourages women to invest time in creating, developing, and nurturing relationships. She also discusses the importance of networking and urges women to seek out industry networking events that fit their schedules.
Kate highlights the importance of being open about ambition, encouraging women to discuss their ambitions with their managers and ask for guidance on achieving their goals more quickly. She also discusses the importance of mentoring and sponsorship in career progression, urging women to find potential mentors who are brilliant in their desired space.
We also touch on the topic of menopause where Kate speaks about the anxieties and confidence issues women may face during perimenopause and menopause and how these can impact their work life. By stressing the need for organizations to support women going through these life stages, Kate shares how we should be recognizing women’s value and contribution to the workplace.
So if you are looking for practical advice for women navigating their careers, particularly those in the corporate world, highlighting the need for more open conversations about menopause and gender equality in the workplace this episode is one to listen to.
Be sure to connect with Kate further;
YouTube Kate Usher – Menopause Coach – https://www.youtube.com/@kateusher-themenopausecoach