Leading menopause experts team up with Women in Data for game-changing initiative: MenopauseX


Women in Data, Newson Health and the Balance App are joining forces for a joint initiative, MenopauseX.

This ground-breaking collaboration will provide cutting edge data insights and bridge data gaps that exist here in the UK, and beyond, by including women from minority backgrounds.

Cross collaboration will generate previously non-existent/scarce insights, demonstrate the cost of the menopause to the economy and, in turn, improve the health and wellbeing of menopausal women and trans/non-binary people everywhere.

Women in Data’s research has shown that women are often stepping into roles with greater responsibility and influence during this time in their working life. This career-crucial time can often be impacted by menopause and we know that it is affecting women’s workplace performance, wellbeing and overall effectiveness.

MenopauseX’s insights will be used to improve the health and wellbeing of women the world over. To gain truly valuable intelligence, our project design, resources, contributions, data and interpretation will be inclusive and reflective of society.

The project’s commitment to inclusion will be met by addressing gaps in menopause data, for example women from minority backgrounds and non-binary people. Our collective strategy is designed to support identities that have previously been omitted from research studies, who are often more adversely affected earlier in life and with greater health implications.

The collective of subject matter experts includes:

Women in Data, a highly skilled community that supports and develops the careers of women in data and technology. Women in Data® helps women at all stages of their careers through networking, mentoring, selected partner-backed jobs promotion, and its free-to- attend flagship annual event. Based on evidence that, to accelerate change, awareness needs to be generated among younger age groups, Girls in Data was launched at the BBC in 2020. Women in Data® has attracted the support of Data luminaries and organisations committed to inclusion and diversity. To increase the number of visible female role models, Women in Data® launched the prestigious annual promotion Twenty in Data and Technology, which is entering its fifth year.

Newson Health logoNewson Health Research and Education, a not-for-profit centre of excellence dedicated to the perimenopause and menopause, that provides healthcare professionals, training and knowledge about treatment options for the menopause including the safe prescribing of HRT.

Balance logoThe Balance App, a free award-winning menopause support app with the ambition to make menopause support inclusive and accessible to all. The app has already supported hundreds of thousands of women worldwide to share their insights and experience, track their symptoms, and access expert help, diagnosis and treatment.


16/06/2022: Join our livestream - Senior Leaders Breakfast: Menopause: More than just a desk fan

Menopause Event | 16th June (1280 × 720 px)

You are invited to join our livestream of our Senior Leaders Breakfast hosted at PanPacific London!

While the UK has seen an extraordinary uptick in media coverage and discussions around menopause in recent months, companies, individuals and other organisations are still challenged to understand in practice what the growing body of information and openness around menopause means for them.

We have gathered leading lights and organisations who are leading the way in the Menopause space to join us for this event.  We are honoured to be welcoming Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Chair of Wellbeing of Women, Sharon Vibert, Director, Henpicked, Sam Simister, Co-founder, Gen M, Pamela Hutchinson OBE, Global Head of D&I, Bloomberg, Emma Campbell, Author and Columnist, and Lee Chambers, Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, as well as guests from the Financial Skills CouncilMidlife Switch (The Natural Menopause approach) and Over the Bloody Moon.

We will be livestreaming the event from 9am on 16th June.

WeAreVirtual, Sam Simister (800 × 600 px)

28/03/2022: WeAreVirtual: Menopause: The Business Opportunity | Sam Simister

WeAreVirtual, Sam Simister

Today in the UK there are 15.5 million women experiencing the menopause. Globally, by 2025, there will be 1 billion.

Whilst the menopause is a natural transition that half of the population will experience, it is a tragedy that it remains at best a difficult conversation and at its worst, can have life-shattering implications.

There are over 48 physical, emotional and psychological symptoms, but only three of them are well known. The landscape for solutions remains disparate and hard to navigate. But with women beginning to demand more menopause understanding and support from their employers and the brands they use, there is an imperative that needs to be met.

From personal experience coupled with compelling research, Sam Simister with her co-founder Heather Jackson, launched GenM, the menopause partner for brands, in early 2021. From a standing start, the collective is now over 50 members strong including giants such as M&S, The Royal Mail, Co-op, Clipper Logistics, Next, Boots, Holland & Barret as well as smaller organisations such as XX Equals, Hot Tea Mama and A Vogel.

GenM would like to see responsible brands and organisations represented across ALL sectors of industry. As the menopause partner for brands, Sam will highlight the opportunity for organisations to show responsible leadership by joining the Collective, normalising the conversation and driving change for millions.

In this session, Sam will discuss her work with GenM and will explore the shocking statistics on the menopause and perimenopause from GenM’s Invisibility Report that underpin their mission.

Sam will also explain why the menopause is more than a medical issue, a workplace issue, or a gender issue, but is actually a business opportunity. She will also reveal what we can all do to help normalise the conversation around the menopause.

Sam will share compelling data from her latest research along with the groundbreaking Invisibility Report, and the rationale behind the rapid success of GenM and will outline her plans and ambitions for its future.

About Sam:

Sam Simister brings competitive advantage to a business through a combination of unique core skills. Strategic business acumen, expert supply chain and scientific knowledge and a proven ability to create, negotiate and drive the blueprint for growth when big brands buy a founder-led one are examples of these.

Sam has extensive international experience with multi-national corporations, entrepreneurial companies and an own venture.

At 22 years old, Innocent is Europe’s No. 1 juice and smoothie brand (operating across EU & Asia with annual sales of £500m) and is embarking on a new chapter to drive growth in the healthy drinking sector across Europe and more widely. To enable this growth, Sam holds a newly created Board position to research, develop and deliver the in-year and future pipeline of innovation. The Future Development Role includes Global portfolio expansion for Innocent Drinks.

In addition to Sam’s Board role at Innocent she is the co-founder of GenM, the first of its kind Menopause Partner for Brands. Through Sam’s work at GenM, alongside co-founder Heather Jackson, the organisation is on course to drive real change through uniting responsible businesses who, looking to lead from the front to normalise the conversation, thereby breaking the taboo for millions of women and those experiencing the menopause, whether an employee or consumer.