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Inspirational Female Founder Spotlight: Lauren Chiren

Lauren Chiren, the founder and CEO of Women of a Certain Stage, is revolutionising the workplace by normalizing conversations around menstruation to post-menopause and empowering individuals to thrive through this transformative phase. With her extensive background in psychology, sports therapy, nutrition, and a plethora of coaching certifications, Lauren is dedicated to educating large employers on how to support and retain top talent during these critical life stages.

My journey into the world of menopause advocacy began from a deeply personal place. With a rich background in psychology, sports therapy, nutrition, and various coaching certifications, I found myself navigating through an unexpected premature menopause. This experience, coupled with my senior leadership roles in the service industry and as a senior executive in financial services, led me to found Women of a Certain Stage. Our mission is to educate and support individuals and organizations in understanding and managing menopause effectively.

How did the idea come to you for the company?

The idea was born out of my own struggle with menopause symptoms, which I initially mistook for early onset dementia. After realizing the lack of awareness and support for menopause in the workplace, I was determined to ensure that no individual or employer would have to face this challenge uninformed. This realization sparked the creation of Women of a Certain Stage.

How did you achieve awareness?

Raising awareness was a multifaceted effort involving speaking engagements, workshops, and leveraging my network within the corporate world. My role as an international speaker and emcee allowed me to share my insights and passion on a larger scale, further amplifying our message.

How have you been able to gain funding and grow?

The growth of Women of a Certain Stage has been primarily organic, fueled by the urgent need for our services in workplaces. Our compelling value proposition to employers, highlighting the importance of supporting employees through menopause, has been crucial in gaining traction and funding.

What are the key successes?

Our key successes include developing comprehensive training programs for corporate champions and coaches, contributing evidence to UK Select Committees including the government’s menopause in the workplace inquiry, and creating a supportive community that empowers individuals to navigate menopause with confidence.

What were/are the challenges and how have you overcome these?

One of the biggest challenges has been overcoming the stigma and silence surrounding menopause. We’ve tackled this by fostering open dialogues, sharing real-life stories, and providing evidence-based information to demystify menopause.

What are your plans now/for the future?

Looking ahead, we aim to expand our reach, offering more tailored programs and resources to support individuals and organizations worldwide. Our goal is to create a global movement that recognizes and supports menopause as a natural and empowering stage of life.

What would you like to share with others to encourage them to start their own entrepreneurship journey?

Embrace your unique experiences and use them as a catalyst for change. The challenges you’ve faced can become your greatest assets in creating a business that not only succeeds but also makes a meaningful impact.

Can you share your top tips for entrepreneurial success?

1. Stay true to your mission and values.

2. Embrace learning and adaptability.

3. Build a supportive network.

4. Prioritize self-care and resilience.

5. Listen to the needs of your community and respond with empathy and innovation.

Who are the 5 people who inspire you the most and why?

1. Brené Brown, for her work on vulnerability and leadership.

2. Michelle Obama, for her grace and advocacy for women and girls.

3. Malala Yousafzai, for her courage and dedication to education.

4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for her trailblazing legal career and advocacy for gender equality.

5. Oprah Winfrey, for her transformative impact on media and philanthropy.

What are your favourite inspirational /motivational quotes?

– “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

– “Dare to win” Brene Brown

What are your Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn social handles and also website links so our readers can connect with you?  

Website: https://www.womenofacertainstage.com/
Instagram: themenopausecoach
Women of a Certain Stage
Lauren Chiren