Rachel Lankester

Ageism Disruptor, Author, Midlife Mentor, Podcast Host

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Rachel Lankester is an author, podcast host, midlife mentor and founder of Magnificent Midlife, an online hub helping women over 40 thrive through the often messy middle of life, so they can ditch negative narratives about aging, feel great, and create the next chapter of their dreams. She's the author of Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond, recommended in The New York Times as one of seven top books about menopause. She's the host of the Magnificent Midlife Podcast recommended in The Sunday Times. She’s also the editor of The Mutton Club online magazine for women 40+ and the founder of MenoClarity, an educational forum for menopause.  

Given an initially devastating early menopause diagnosis at 41, which ended her dreams of a second child, but which she was able for a short while to reverse, Rachel uses her experience to help women thrive through the menopause transition and feel better about getting older. Her mission is to challenge overwhelmingly negative narratives about midlife, menopause and aging in general and give women more control over their hormones. She wants women to be prepared, not scared.

Rachel's been featured in/on BBC Woman’s Hour, i News, Sheerluxe, Thrive Global, The Sunday Times, Authority Magazine, Woman’s Weekly, Prima Magazine etc. and numerous podcasts including Mediastorm, Make Time For Success, We Should Talk About That, Experience 50 and The Happy Menopause. 

Rachel's midlife reinvention came after a long and successful career in financial communications which took her all over the world, including 3 years working in New York and as communications manager for a FTSE 100 company.  She has an MBA from Imperial College, London and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, as well as reasonable French. 

Rachel is available for media opportunities, talks, expert comment, event panels, interviews, and features on:

Rachel On The BBC Talking About Menopause

And Finding More Balance

Recommended in The New York Times

In this life-changing book, Rachel unpicks the accepted status quo and negative stereotypes associated with women’s midlife and aging. She offers us a radical research-based rebranding of midlife and menopause, highlighting the possibilities inherent in this transformational time in a woman’s life.

Far from menopause being the beginning of the end, it can be an exciting catalyst for a more fulfilling next chapter. Whether you’re perimenopausal or post menopause, or you just want to understand what women face, this book will challenge you to think differently about aging, and what midlife and menopause represent. Be prepared not scared!

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This book is helping change the narrative for women in midlife and entering the change. It's empowering, informative and interesting too. Midlife is not all doom and gloom, this book and Rachel's podcast will help you shape the next phase of your life. We need more books like this.

Amazon reviewer

Recent Media Coverage

Rachel In QVC's Menopause Your Way Campaign

Podcast Guest Appearances

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me That?

Too Young To Be Old

Women Over 50 - A Life Redesigned

Listen to the Magnificent Midlife

book introduction narrated by Rachel

More Media Coverage

Sustainability Magazine - Ageism In The Workplace pp 84-95

QVCUK.COM - Menopause Your Way Campaign


Sunday Express

Women's Own

Woman's Online Success Stories

Authority Magazine

eShe Magazine

Woman's Weekly

Authority Magazine


The Magnificent Midlife Podcast 

Recommended In The Sunday Times

Best podcast

"This is without a doubt one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to! So many interesting conversations, so much to learn from and be inspired with."

- Jaz Potato

Love the honest conversations

"I can grab info to help me personally from every episode. It's so good to know that I'm not alone and there is help for so many different aspects of hitting midlife. Thank you Rachel for the honest conversations."

- Val Selby

Discover amazing women

"What a mix of fascinating guests, inspirational & motivational, covering such a diverse range of topics... Highly recommended!"

- Classic Reformer

Speaker Reviews

Alice Cornell, Director of Email Deliverability

Rachel delivered an excellent workshop on menopause to the Change.org team that was engaging and thought-provoking and has prompted a great deal of discussion within the organisation - just what we were hoping for!  Some of the feedback following the call "It is so important to know this stuff. No one TELLS you" and "this was incredibly empowering".  Thank you Rachel!

Claire Drakeford

Rachel delivered an incredibly powerful session on the menopause in our workplace. Her unabashed delivery and natural humour allowed for full and frank discussion of all aspects of the menopause. She turned the idea of struggling with the menopause on its head and introduced the idea of female empowerment during midlife and beyond. Rachel provided us with numerous tips and resources to help rebalance hormonal fluctuations and regain control of our bodies.

More Podcast Guest Appearances

Becoming Your Best Version (A Conversation with Rachel Lankester)

The Broad Experience (Ageism In The Workplace)


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