Menopause at Work: Thriving vs. Surviving

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May 23 2024


7:45 am - 9:00 am

Join our panel discussion!


  • What impacts can the inevitable hormonal changes and associated symptoms of perimenopause and menopause have on leaders’ ability to function at work and thrive at the “prime” of their careers?
  • How can women empower themselves to recognize the symptoms for what they are, take charge of their health, and minimize potential impacts on themselves, their colleagues, and their ability to thrive at work?
  • Gain/share insights into the lived experience of women in healthcare and pharma, and access to game changing information, tools and resources for success in “riding the wave”.

At the end of the panel discussion, our speakers answer questions received via chat during the event.


  • Amanda (Murphy) Henderson
    Amanda (Murphy) Henderson
    Business Unit Head, Women’s Health, Astellas Pharma

    Amanda Henderson is a decisive leader known for her passion for improving the Canadian Healthcare landscape.

    With 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Amanda leads Astellas’ Canadian Womens’ Health Portfolio. Astellas is focused on elevating the health and wellbeing of Canadian women, and Amanda is leading the expansion into this area.

    Amanda joined Astellas in 2013 to lead the sales in the launch of Astellas’ Oncology portfolio and has led in areas including sales, marketing and operations.

    Prior to joining Astellas, Amanda worked for Novartis, Biogen and Genzyme in increasingly senior roles.

    Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science from Acadia University.

  • Angela Johnson
    Angela Johnson
    CEO and Co-Founder, sanoLiving

    Angela, the CEO and Co-Founder of sanoLiving, is a dynamic leader passionate about transforming healthcare through innovative technology and people-centric approaches. Her journey, marked by a personal battle with intense perimenopausal and post-menopausal symptoms, has fueled her commitment to revolutionizing women’s health. With a proven track record as an accomplished entrepreneur and director, Angela is renowned for building and leading profitable, sustainable businesses. Her expertise has consistently delivered significant ROI to investors and customers, showcasing her ability to merge fiscal discipline with strategic growth.

    At the helm of sanoLiving, Angela’s vision is clear: to provide midlife women, who possess decades of invaluable experiences and resilience, with the support they need during midlife. Under her leadership, sanoLiving pairs advanced AI technology with the expertise of menopause clinicians, offering personalized, evidence-based care. Her approach not only addresses the challenges women face during menopause but also optimizes employee performance and promotes long-term health, making a substantial impact in both personal and professional realms. Angela’s leadership is not just about managing a successful business; it’s about championing a cause that resonates with millions of women, reshaping the landscape of women’s health and advocating for health equity.

  • Dave Bard
    Dave Bard
    President & Founder, EMREACH Inc.

    Dave Bard is an entrepreneur, business leader and a published author. He has over twenty years of leadership experience in pharmaceutical and medical device commercial roles with leading healthcare companies in North America. Dave founded EMREACH Inc. in 2010 with the goal of helping pharma navigate and capitalize on the emerging technology of Electronic Medical Records. EMREACH has helped countless pharmaceutical marketers and patient program leads improve patient access and care by leveraging the capabilities of EMRs.

  • Dr. Jean Marmoreo
    Dr. Jean Marmoreo
    Doctor, Writer, Athlete, Advocate and Adventurer

    Jean Marmoreo is a doctor, writer, athlete, advocate and adventurer.

    For 45 years she was a family physician practising in downtown Toronto, and in 2016 became one of Canada’s first practitioners of MAiD, to provide Medical Assistance in Dying. In 2022, she also began practising family medicine in the High Arctic.

    Jean is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians; is affiliated with Women’s College Hospital; and is a Lecturer in the Family Practice Department of the Temerty School of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

    Graduating in 1964 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with a degree in nursing, Jean became Head Nurse at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto, the predecessor to CAMH, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She then decided to pursue a career in medicine and in 1974 graduated with the highest marks in her class in clinical practice from the Temerty School of Medicine, one of the top handful of medical schools in North America.

    For many years, Jean was a specialist in mid-life medicine and now in end-of-life issues, and was also a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Zoomer. Her Zoomer series, “This is what 70 looks like”, won a Silver Award in the 2014 National Magazine Awards.

    ​The popularity of her columns led to her writing a book, The New Middle Ages: Women in Midlife which was published in 2002 by Prentice Hall. In the fall of 2022, Penguin Random House published a book by Jean and co-author Johanna Schneller titled The Last Doctor: Lessons in Living from the Front Lines of Medical Assistance in Dying, which was short-listed for the Balsillie Prize in Public Policy and is a national best-seller.

    In addition, Jean is frequently called on to speak to women as a media commentator or directly to women’s audiences. In 2005, Jean was chosen as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.”

    But it has been in the storied Boston Marathon that Jean Marmoreo has broken records. In seven different years, she placed first in her age group, and her 2013 time set a course record for her age group. In her final Boston Marathon in 2019, she finished first among women 75-79 with a time of 4:18.

    Jean is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and has hiked 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She has also undertaken numerous treks in New Zealand, Australia, Spitsbergen, Patagonia, Bhutan, Tanzania, and to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest, and in 2019, she circumnavigated Manhattan by kayak.

    In 2023, Jean was inducted into the Order of Canada.

    She is married to Toronto communications consultant Bob Ramsay ( and has three children and two grandchildren.

  • Sigrun Watson
    Sigrun Watson
    Chief Strategy Officer/Senior Advisor, ThinkrBelle

    As Chief Strategy Officer and founding member of healthcare disrupter and pharma/tech strategy house ThinkrBelle, Sigrun combines her diverse healthcare experience with her rich background in commercial strategy and business development to provide advisory services to startups in healthcare, curating innovative HealthTech solutions to specific problems faced by the pharma industry that prevent the right treatment from getting to the right patient at the right time.

    Sigrun’s commercial leadership experience spans pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biotech, health tech, and digital health that includes positions with Nestle, Novartis, Eli Lilly, and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), and Eisai among others, as well holding positions as VP Marketing, CRO, CSO, and Senior Advisor for several biotech, HealthTech and Femtech startups.

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