Kate Billing
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Turning Point

Embracing the midlife power of female leadership

A 6-month leadership development programme for women

Why it's time for Turning Point

As a midlife woman (aged 40-60) you are a member of the fastest growing workforce demographic on the planet, on target to surpass one billion worldwide by the end of 2025. In New Zealand alone there are over 500,000 employed women in this life stage, with more than 85,000 in leadership roles.

As a group, we represent a significant talent source for organisations, filling more specialist, executive, and leadership roles than ever before. However, we’re also leaving these positions in record numbers, citing flexibility, wellbeing, work-life balance, and alternative career paths as key reasons.

According to The 30% Club, a global campaign led by Chairs and CEOs to increase gender diversity at board and executive levels, for every woman getting promoted into a senior role two are leaving. McKinsey & Co. is calling this phenomenon ‘The Great Breakup’.

It’s time for us to recognise the considerable value and potential we have at this time of life and stage in our leadership journeys. AND it’s time for organisations to offer growth and development experiences that are tailored specifically to support us through this important and unique transitional life stage.

To find out more about the 2025 Turning Point Programme and whether it’s the leadership development experience for you, please request a brochure.

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The Midlife Turning Point

Midlife is a stage of life characterised by transformation and introspection. With 40-50+ years of life under our belts, we have accumulated vast experience, honed our skills, and navigated numerous professional and personal challenges and milestones. Yet, at a time when we should be at the height of our powers, we run headlong into obstacles specific to this life stage that can knock us off course, hinder our progress, and undermine our confidence.

From the subtle biases and stereotypes that persist in our own minds and our workplaces, to the societal expectations that shape our roles as women, parents and caregivers. From balancing responsibilities and priorities across multiple (often conflicting) domains, to juggling career aspirations with our partners or doing it all alone. From dealing with the stigma of peri/menopause and the bias of gendered ageism, to redefining our identities: we find ourselves in a space between who we were and who we will become.

Is Turning Point for you?

Midlife is a challenging time for everyone but it’s especially demanding for women. If you resonate with some or all of the following, you are not alone:

  • Feeling exhausted, struggling to recover, and wondering if you’re on the path to burnout
  • Struggling to juggle the many and varied demands of your roles across life, work and leadership
  • Measuring yourself against impossible and often conflicting expectations as a woman, daughter, partner, mother, friend, and leader
  • Prioritising the wellbeing of others before your own
  • Backsliding in confidence despite your experience, credibility and feedback from others
  • Surprised by the arrival of peri/menopause, its symptoms, and its impact; and
  • Growing negative self-talk about your visibility, value and relevance.

The Turning Point Program

Until now there hasn’t been a leadership development programme designed specifically to support female leaders like you through this challenging yet temporary transitional time. So we’ve created one!

Delivered over six months using a blended approach of in-person deep development experiences, on-line coaching and connection sessions, and a dedicated cohort space on our Pathmaker Community platform, Turning Point is the first leadership development programme of its kind for New Zealand.

It focuses on specific challenges and opportunities for women through this life and leadership transition, providing an experience that aims to awaken you from the quiet midlife crisis, shake off the shackles of outdated stereotypes, and embrace your midlife leadership power and potential.



As one of a close knit, collective development cohort of up to 12 women, you will:

  • Rediscover Yourself
  • Reprioritise Your Wellbeing
  • Renew Your Leadership

You will emerge from our 6-month journey together with:

  • Greater awareness of the common humanity in our midlife experience
  • An increased sense of calm and personal power
  • Renewed confidence and conviction in your capability
  • New levels of commitment to your personal wellbeing
  • Understanding of your midlife potential released from the constraints of outdated stereotypes and limiting stories
  • Excitement for the impact your midlife leadership can make; and
  • Deep connection with a community of women for ongoing support in life and leadership.

The 2025 Turning Point Programme runs between 13 February and 9 September 2025.

The application window is open from 1 April to 20 November 2024 or earlier if all places are filled. Places are strictly limited to 12 people.

What others say about working with Kate

Linda Hanson

Empowered, valued and authentically heard

“Kate made me feel important, listened to, heard, valued and comfortable in what were at times uncomfortable and vulnerable moments. I am so grateful for her time and energy and openness.”

Linda Hanson
Analytics & Reporting Manager

Edith Sykes

Transformative Leadership Journey

“An indescribable journey of self discovery that has impacted my personal leadership beyond compare. Nothing more to say except it has been what I have needed for over 10 years and it has rocked my leadership world. If you get the opportunity, be brave and immerse yourself.”

Edith Sykes
Chief People Officer

Abi Cameron

Unparalleled passion and insight

“Anyone that has attended workshops facilitated by Kate will know how amazing she is – her openness, genuine interest in understanding what makes people tick and her phenomenal knowledge and passion for her craft put her in a league of her own.”

Abi Cameron
Head of Performance & Insight