The Swell & Stripes Menopause Symposium was founded by Naomi Watts and Alisa Volkman, co-founder and CEO. The program was intentionally planned around Menopause Awareness Month. With 1.3 million women in the US alone entering menopause each year, their goal is to create a movement that ends the stigma and starts conversation about this very natural, yet little discussed phase of life.
“It’s so important women understand the menopause conversation is a normal one to have and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Swell on its inaugural menopause symposium and be a voice to bring science, advice, humor and wisdom to all facets of the topic,” said Watts. “This will be a permitting time to open up about the most pressing questions surrounding the unavoidable changes that happen to our bodies as we age, and how to best navigate this journey.”
Russak will be a part of a panel of over 25 leading experts including journalist Katie Couric, Dr. Jessica Shepherd OBGYN, and actress Jill Kargman, for an exploration of the latest science, advice, humor, and wisdom on all things menopause. Experts will discuss the most pressing questions about the unavoidable changes that happen to one’s body during menopause and attendees can expect a full afternoon of thought-provoking mini-talks, panel discussions, audience roundtables, and a dose of comedy followed by cocktails.
“I’ve always envisioned building a community that challenges our cultural misconceptions and inspires us to live a better, bolder and happier next chapter,” Volkman said. “I could not be more thrilled to partner with Naomi and her new company, Stripes, to celebrate this empowering period in our lives through our first-ever New Pause Symposium Summit. We’re excited to inspire a new era of storytelling and give audiences an opportunity to learn, discover, reset and reconnect with themselves.”
The Swell is a first-of-its-kind midlife community for the 40-plus demographic that is hellbent on reimagining aging, launching in fall 2023.