Zoom webinar with Q&A / Monday 18 October 2021

With more women in their 40’s and 50’s in work, in leadership roles, and running their own businesses than ever before in history, we need to expand our awareness, deepen our understanding, and increase our compassion for something that impacts 51% of the world’s population – perimenopause and menopause/te ruahinetanga.

  • Too many people know too little about it
  • There is too much mystery, judgement, and shame
  • There isn’t enough openness in relationships to talk about it (at work and at home)
  • There isn’t enough information out there to inform those conversations if they do happen; and
  • There is too much suffering in silence.

The degree to which this period of life and MASSIVE internal change has the potential to negatively impact women’s identity, confidence, relationships, career, financial security, and long term health can NOT be overstated.

I consider this the new edge of inclusion, wellbeing, and performance for women at work and in leadership and something I am personally committed to leading change in.

As part of fuelling the growing global movement around this important subject, I’m kicking off a series of events called ‘Pause for Thought’ – conversations about the Fully Human experience of menopause for women at work and how we can be and do better as individuals and organisations.

These events will invite you to Pause for Thought – to stop, to listen, and to think deeply as we share stories of women’s lived experiences, learn from experts in the various fields that support this stage of life, and understand how we can play our part in creating positive change: for ourselves, for the women around us, and within our organisations.

Pause for Thought – Guest 001 – Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson

My first guest on Pause for Thought, Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson, hails originally from Liverpool and is now based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jeanette brought with her 28 years of global experience in HR, executive leadership, and Board-level operations when she moved to Auckland with her Kiwi husband and family. Since landing on our shores four years ago, Jeanette has added her experience to the telco and banking sectors, along with Board positions across tertiary institutions, consulting practices, and the technology sector.

In the midst of settling into a new life in a new country, Jeanette experienced a deeply challenging menopause transition that impacted her personally and professionally, leading to her set up Power Pause, a New Zealand-based not-for-profit which helps organisations retain key women and assists individual women to avoid the kind of dramatic and negative experiences she suffered in her own journey.

Join Jeanette and me for a conversation about her Fully Human experience of menopause as an executive leader, her insights about how we can be and do better as individuals and organisations, and why she created Power Pause to support everyone travelling the pathway through menopause.


  • Monday 18 October 2021
  • NZDT 1.00-2.00pm (convert to your local date/time HERE)
  • Zoom webinar with Q&A 


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Kate Billing:

Kate is the Founder & Creative Director of Blacksmith, a specialist human-centred leadership development practice.

Kate believes it’s time for a new kind of leader: human-centred leaders who together create the world we need for our shared future. Leaders who are examples of what’s possible when we commit to the highest levels of humanity and responsibility in the ways that we live, lead and work.

As part of this mission, Kate is committed to enriching, elevating and amplifying the conversation about perimenopause and menopause as a normal, healthy part of life, work, and leadership across New Zealand and Australia. She has created the ‘Pause for Thought’ event series and the LinkedIn Menopause Awareness & Action Community as part of that.

Connect with Kate on LinkedIn and join the Menopause Awareness & Action Community HERE.

Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson:

Jeanette is a ‘Defender of Happiness’ as the Global Chief People Officer and Regional Director (APAC) for international employer brand agency Ph.Creative. Basing herself in Auckland she leads a globally distributed team supporting organisations to change the way people think about their businesses and how to thrive as a result.

Jeanette is also the Founder of Power Pause, a New Zealand-based not-for-profit helping organisations to retain key women and assist individual women to avoid the dramatic and negative experiences she suffered in her own journey.

Connect with Jeanette on LinkedIn and check out Power Pause HERE.