The MidLife Coach

I run my own events and workshops, as well as offer keynotes talks, webinars, and workshops for companies on developing an empowered midlife mindset 

Speaking events, talks and workshops

I am passionate about empowering women to live a vibrant, valiant midlife.

An experienced speaker and workshop facilitator, my passion for helping women, along with my skill as a storyteller leads to inspiring and uplifting events that also deliver practical, empowering tools.

"Alana delivered an engaging, interactive, keynote speech followed by a panel discussion at LinkedIn entitled ‚ÄúRedefine the woman or redefine the system‚ÄĚ. It was a pleasure to deal with Alana right from the beginning of our engagement. Her creative thinking was evident throughout the brainstorming sessions. Alana is very skilled at eloquently explaining different perspectives.¬† Nothing was ever too much of an ask, including taking the time to meet with the panellists individually to get to know them. The detailed planning culminated in an energetic, motivational, impactful event. Thank you, Alana!"
Ger Cashman and Jennifer Galster, Employee Resource Group Leaders, LinkedIn

  Upcoming events: 

If you want to learn how to build long-lasting habits to improve your emotional wellbeing, join my successful 4 week Happier Habits Programme with the next one starting 9th September 2024. All the details are here and it means you don't have to rely on the sun to make your day shine. 

After four sellout events, I'm thrilled to announce a 5th. The Confidence Conversation will take place in The Dean, Dublin on the 29th September 2024. Co-hosting again with the fabulous The Style Bob founder, Aoife Dunican and Burnzone founder Tracy Byrne, we will be giving a lively morning full of practical tools to empower your mind, body and sense of style. 

 

Recent inteviews: 

You can tune in here to hear my guest podcast interview with the fabulous Sile Seoige on her Ready to be Real podcast. The response has been phenomenal and I'm really grateful for this chance to talk about ageing powerfully, taking radical responsibility and why women should not always believe their first thought. 

Other guest podcast interviews are:

 Another MindBody Story with the Aligned Body Coach Ana Stefan on why we must embrace the good, bad and ugly of our midlives. 

Your Truth Shared where I discuss the difference between ageing gracefully and ageing powerfully.

Fizz & Tell podcast by the UK's celebrity dating expert, Genevieve Gresset. Here was talked how to thrive in midlife, and the difference between sensuality and sexuality. 

 

How can I help you?:

If you are looking for a dynamic webinar, workshop or talk on ways to support women in the workforce, how to explore the conversation or how women can invest in themselves, please do get in touch.

From Imposter Syndrome to money mindset, this is a great opportunity for women to embrace their competence and build their confidence. 

The three main ways I can offer support are:

  • a company talk, bespoke to the needs of your audience, based around the idea of ageing powerfully, understanding¬†where you are at, what that means for work/life balance, and how to manage your emotional health whatever the circumstances. Also taking advantage of this time and what that could mean.¬†¬†
  • A workshop which will include the talk above but will include¬†more time to get into questions¬†and coaching¬†and helping to work through some of the ideas in real time.¬†¬†
  • A 1:1 coaching package for your staff to avail of which could be 3 one hour sessions to help them manage a particular work/life balance issue such as divorce, menopause, bereavement, juggling work and small family etc -¬† a neutral safe¬†space to feel seen and heard and have the structure to work through solutions.¬†

Some recent talks include my presentation on Ageing Powerfully at this year's National Menopause Summit - a spectacular 2 day event on 11th or 12th April to celebrate, educate, and illuminate issues facing midlife women today.  I also gave a number of talks for this year's International Women's Day with the theme of #InspireInclusion. I was also delighted to speak on the Power of your Story in Kilorglin for the amazing Kerry Businesswomen Network.

Having women be part of the conversation on how to build a better system for all, taking into consideration the differences and contributions of varied sectors of society, will create businesses, workplaces and a society that benefit all.

If you would like to chat about me speaking at your company or event, please¬†email me directly at¬†[email protected]¬†for enquiries.

 

To keep up to date on workshops, webinars and events, follow me on Instagram @midlifecoach or sign up to my newsletter Your Midlife Matters.

Let's talk

National Menopause Summit, April 2024

For two sold out days at the Aviva, hundreds of women invested time and energy getting the support and information they need to live vibrant valiant lives. It was a privilege to be part of the speaking lineup. 

For too long, women have been denied the proper information and support around their health.  We're also trying to thrive in a system and society not built for, or by, us. Which is why I was so thrilled to be speaking about ageing powerfully and how we can take advantage of this unique, extended midlife.

Keynote speech at LinkedIn

I was delighted to give the keynote speech across LinkedIn Europe for the Wisdom Employee and Women Employee Groups, on women redefining their roles and how the system needs to be redefined.  

The latest Deloitte Women At Work Survey reports that women are reporting alarming levels of stress, with work-life imbalance cited as their biggest pressure. This is echoed in the  2023 Amplifying Women at Work Report which found 86% of women surveyed feel just as – if not more – stressed than last year. 

I unpacked the midlives of women, and the opportunity we have today to shape what we are and will become. Women are an umbrella with many spokes,  with various threads that make up our lives.  I explored how we define success and our ability to redefine and imagine that as we go through life - questioning whether the only definition of success is up? What if success had a variety of definitions and "the only way is up" is not the only song to sing? As I moderated a panel the discussions explored the intersectionality between us with great speakers and panelists from across the Employee Resource Groups of Families, Women, BIG, and Wisdom. I likened our generations as the rickety bridge between the women who couldn't and the women who are coming but who we need to teach don't define success singularly as just hanging on by our fingernails.  As we think about the bridge we are going across today with bits missing, what one plank will you add to build a better bridge for those behind you?

Empowering women to thrive,

not just survive, midlife. 

I develop bespoke workshops and talks, and with a powerful look at the pressures and possibilities facing women today, along with an empowering practical approach to managing midlife in a way that nourishes rather than drains, these are my signature, and most requested talks:

 

Empowered Midlife Mindset

A one hour talk, or 3 hour practical workshop that explores why this is a unique midlife for women, with practical tools on how to develop an empowered mindset to redefined midlife to give you the life you want.

 

Wellbeing in midlife

A one hour talk that focuses on healthy bodies, minds and emotions for women at midlife.

 

Reconnecting to Yourself

A one hour talk, or 3 hour practical workshop that explores why this is a unique midlife for women, with practical tools on how to develop an empowered and redefined midlife.

 

Women and Money Mindset

A one hour talk that focuses on women's relationship with money, and how to develop an empowered money mindset

The Confidence Conversation

After four sold-out events in Dublin and Cork, myself and partners Aoife (The Stylebob) and Tracy (Burnzone) will be back soon with more events.

This is your complete guide to confidence all in one day - Looking confident, feeling confident and having a confident mind.

What people said;

'What a fantastic morning with three inspiring women. I came away feeling ready to change. Thank you!'

'Wonderful vibe and energy in the room. Picked up my tool kit for life'

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I love to write and talk about all things midlife women as an experienced speaker and media contributor.

I was recently a guest on RTE One's Tommy Tiernan show. Other media includes the Irish Times, Irish Independent and Woman's Way, and UK and Irish TV & radio including BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour, RTE ONE Tommy Tiernan Show, RTE Radio 1's Ray Darcy show, Brendan O'Connor Show, Newstalk's Pat Kenny show, Virgin Media 1's Ireland AM and many more.

Speaking clients and events include The Confidence Conversation, LinkedIn, LEO Women in Business Network, M Word event,UCD Innovation Academy, Presidio, Women@LinkedIn,  World Menopause Health Day, Dept of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, and Dublin LEO, Louth LEO.

Alana delivered an engaging, interactive, keynote speech followed by a panel discussion at LinkedIn entitled “Redefine the woman or redefine the system”. It was a pleasure to deal with Alana right from the beginning of our engagement. Her creative thinking was evident throughout the brainstorming sessions. Alana is very skilled at eloquently explaining different perspectives.  Nothing was ever too much of an ask, including taking the time to meet with the panellists individually to get to know them. The detailed planning culminated in an energetic, motivational, impactful event. Thank you, Alana!
Ger Cashman and Jennifer Galster, Employee Resource Group Leaders, LinkedIn

Thank you very much for your brilliant contribution to the M Word event. We are getting
rave reviews from so many women who went home enriched and empowered thanks to your wise words.
Aisling Grimley, Founder - www.mysecondspring.ie and The M Word conference

Your talk was a smashing success. Thank you so much. A lot of women fed back about the power and insights they gained from your session.
Jillian McGill, Founder - Wild You Art, and Empowered Women Retreat

"What a fantastic morning with three inspiring women. I came away feeling ready to change. Thank you!" Kimberly, participant of The Confidence Conversation 

"Alana kindly facilitated a talk for the Department in March 2022 on Redefining MidLife. Participants found her presentation very inspiring and empowering, with some participants saying it was the best presentation they have heard this year! Participants loved Alana’s positive and can-do attitude, and walked away from the session feeling their attendance was very worthwhile and with much food for thought." Sarah Bealin, Executive Officer, Learning and Career Development Unit, Department Enterprise, Trade and Employment

"Alana Kirk delivered two excellent webinars to LEO Dublin City Women in Business Network members in 2020 and 2021, 'How to Manage your Life and your Business" and "Money Mindset for Women".  Both webinars were well structured and full of motivational insights and practical tips relevant to the audience.  Alana brought a fun and empathetic style to the webinars that ensured that participants enjoyed the sessions while picking up valuable tips.Pauline Logan, Coordinator, LEO Dublin City Women in Business Network

Alana's talk on money mindset gives a whole new perspective to the relationship we, as women, have with money as well as a ton of practical tips on how to improve that relationship and grow our financial freedom. Our group took away so much value and we would highly recommend Alana.
Andrea McQuillan, President, - Network Ireland - Louth Branch

Alana provided a talk to DPER on International Women’s day which centred around the
#breakthebias theme. The talk was very well received within DPER and Alana was rated
as a very good speaker in a subsequent staff survey.
Jason Landon, HR Strategy Unit - Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

 

If you'd like to learn more about my speaking topics and availability, please do drop me your details below.