The Women Talking About Learning Podcast

The Menopause One Part 2

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This week’s guests are:

Tanya McCalmon is the director at Lennox Learning and Development, and a DEI consultant focused on helping SMEs create a culture of inclusion through strategic learning and development. She works with clients around the world and is on a mission to inspire global inclusion. 

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Maria Mander is the Founder of ‘Mander Wellbeing’ providing Wellbeing Consultancy to SME’s and large corporate companies across the UK. She is a renowned expert and leader in employee wellbeing, engagement, DEI-B and culture change.

Most recently, Maria has been supporting organisations to develop their menopause strategy, including conducting workshops to educate employees and training managers in managing menopause in the workplace. 

Maria’s insights on wellbeing are regularly seen through her writing, podcasts and speaking engagements at events, as well as being a guest panellist.  She has been a judge for the UK Company Culture Awards and Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter Awards. Currently, Maria is Co-Chair of Pro Manchester’s Wellbeing Champions Committee. 

Maria brings a fresh holistic approach to wellbeing in the workplace and is passionate about inspiring others to make positive changes in their lives, both personally and professionally.



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Insta - @mariamander1


Nicola Texeira is an HR professional, having worked in L&D initially then Generalist HR before specialising in recruitment and more recently qualified as a Registered Nutritional Therapist.  Currently working in Talent Acquisition as well as having a remit for Wellbeing, for employees and focusing on the wellbeing of corporate professionals when she launches her business in 2023. 

LinkedIn: Nicola Texeira | LinkedIn


Liz Needham’s career focus has been on people and organisational development since 2007. She is passionate about facilitating practical, context specific dialogue and learning that delivers change. Liz is known for creating reflective spaces and helping leaders to step back and understand how they can think and work differently. She has been supporting senior female leaders to grow their impact by understanding their leadership values and strengths for over a decade, partnering with them through critical transitions including promotions, first Director roles, exits and career changes. Liz has successfully delivered senior roles in business operations, programme management, change management and HR and has been a member of senior leadership teams. She founded Needham Consulting Ltd in 2018 to fulfil her ambition to impact a broader audience of leaders.


Twitter @yourdreamgoal


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Lisa Wright – Founder - Menopause the Wright Way (MtWW)

After a career spent working within the data industry, including 18 years as the MD of an internationally based corporate, Lisa decided to change focus and pursue a business opportunity based upon her lifelong interest in sport and nutrition. Following completion of a Masters’ degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science at University of Chester, whilst also qualifying as a British Triathlon Coach, Lisa founded MtWW. Lisa’s interest in the subject was triggered by her dissertation research project that examined the impact of Vitamin D on peri/menopausal symptoms experienced by female endurance athletes.

MtWW helps businesses and individuals to manage the impact of this life transition that women will experience. Support and guidance are available for diverse groups including:

  • senior leaders, enabling them to understand the business impact
  • managers, who may have menopausal team members and need to have difficult conversations
  • female employees, providing evidence-based information and support around all aspects of the perimenopause and menopause
  • male employees wishing to support their partners



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Episode Links:

Menopause resources for LGBTQIA+ people — Queer / LGBTQIA+ Menopause

How Behavioral Science and ‘Nudge Theory’ Can Make a Difference in Gender Equality

Understanding older workers

Ageism in the workplace – the privilege of being the ‘right age’

The Change review – Bridget Christie’s super-cool menopause comedy is like nothing else on TV

The lived experience of perimenopause and menopause

British Nutrition Foundation

Menopause and diet

Self-help tool: Menopause and mental wellbeing

Meditation and Sleep Made Simple - Headspace


The Relative Burden of Menopausal and Postmenopausal Symptoms versus Other Major Conditions: A Retrospective Analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data


Menopause and the Workplace: How to enable fulfilling working lives: government response

The Relationship between Health Status and Social Activity of Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women (Health Status and Social Relationships in Menopause)

Working from home: can it impact menopause?

Supporting staff through the menopause

The Knowledge: Your guide to female health – from menstruation to the menopause

BSI Article

Home - Wellbeing of Women

The MATE survey: men's perceptions and attitudes towards menopause and their role in partners’ menopausal transition

Managing the effects of the menopause