Learning that most women enter the stages of menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 with the average age being 51, PauseMeNot founder, Jyl Johnson Pattee, set out in her mid-forties to find a one-stop-shop where she could gather information, get educated, connect with women in a similar life situation, and purchase the best of the best products to minimize the effects of menopause’s many symptoms.
She found that few sites existed and none that offered an all-in-one experience. Worse, she experienced the taboo when talking to or asking friends questions about menopause—an issue that impacts 25 million women globally each year— 6,000 each day in the US alone.
So, Jyl and the PauseMeNot team are on a mission to break the taboo by starting a candid conversation about menopause and empowering women with the information, education, connection, and products they need to make the most of midlife by living with a “don’t let your limitations limit you” attitude while moving through menopause.
According to Jyl, “Women feel a lot of pressure to look, feel, and act like they’re 29 as they move through the aging process. But, when we have information available to make positive choices, like learning to love and take care of our bodies through all stages of life, we can continue to make a meaningful difference in our homes and communities as well as around the globe. After all, empowered women empower the world.”
MEET THE FOUNDER
In addition to founding and running PauseMeNot, Jyl is the CEO and founder of FORWARD, a boutique digital agency and influencer network (2008-present). A pioneer in the influencer marketing industry, Jyl consults with brands and agencies, helping them develop and successfully execute influencer marketing strategies and campaigns.
Since entering the social media space in 2008, Jyl has organized more than 250 events, including Family Forward (2011-2017), an annual retreat for digital influencers and their families and the evo Conference—a social media educational event for women in the digital space (2010-12). She currently sits on the founding board of the Influencer Marketing Association. Additionally, Jyl volunteered on the Mom Advisory Council for ONE.org (2011-2016), was one of three US representatives on the McDonald's Global Parents Table (2012-14), was a United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Champion (2013), was named one of Parent Magazine’s Top 10 Power Moms (2010), was listed as one of Babble’s Top 50 Twitter Moms, has written for sites like Baby Center and the Huffington Post, and was on the founding board of the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City (2008-09).
In her pre-social media career as an instructional designer and senior project manager for FranklinCovey (1998-2007), Jyl managed the design, development, and production of multi-million dollar training-related projects for Fortune 500 clients. And before that, she did stints in both news writing and retail advertising (1996-1998).
Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee, a mom to two boys, and a pet owner to a beagle named #Hashtag. She loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling, especially road tripping; and she lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. After visiting all 50 US states, the number 1 item on her life list is to visit 60 countries by the age of 60. She blogs about influencer marketing on forwardinfluence.com and about parenthood and social responsibility on momitforward.com. PauseMeNot, her most recent venture, aligns with her greatest passion of connecting and empowering women.