WPP CEO and Tory MP to join WACL Menopause in the Workplace event

wacl menopause in the workplace

Industry body Women in Advertising & Communications Leadership is set to welcome an influential panel of speakers to its Menopause in the Workplace discussion to be held on Thursday, 3 March.

Menopause guests

Industry leader Mark Read, CEO of the world’s largest communications company WPP, and Conservative MP Caroline Nokes join Melissa Robertson, CEO of ad agency Dark Horses, and author of an open-source menopause policy and registered specialist and GP, Dr Clare Spencer on the panel. 

The Zoom-based discussion will be chaired by Sonoo Singh, founder of Creative Salon.

The panel will examine ways of improving awareness of the condition in the workplace, how to remove taboos around the subject and whether supporting menopause policies can boost business and improve the bottom line. 

The discussion comes in advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March.

WPP’s Read will outline the company’s menopause strategies and call for more men to join the menopause conversation, as the absence of senior women in the workplace can be hugely detrimental to business.

Caroline Nokes will give the view from her role as an MP and chair of the Women and Equalities Committee while Melissa Robertson will offer an ad industry perspective. 

Dr Clare Spencer speaks as a registered specialist, GP and co-founder of My Menopause Centre, which is working with companies including DFS and VW, and has recently launched a partnership with Boots.

‘Menopause in the Workplace’ picks up the baton from last year’s ‘Menopause: Everyone’s Business’, WACL’s first ever event on the topic.

Experts discussed issues such as the stigma surrounding the condition, its impact on women’s physical, emotional and mental health, plus the support (or rather, lack of support) available.

There has been lots of great progress on this issue but there is still much more to do.

The event takes place from 12.30pm to 1.15pm on Thursday 3 March and the discussion is FREE to join.

Those interested can register on Eventbrite via this link below using the password: 3mar