Kate and Anne
The Ripenists is the brainchild of Kate Peterson and Anne Elder-Knight. We have each had long, fruitful, interesting and successful careers in business and consulting. Separately and together we have created and facilitated highly effective leadership and development programmes for both privately owned and corporate organisations across the globe. In recent years we have independently leveraged our knowledge and experience to become much sought after facilitators and executive coaches.
As we create and embrace our own deliberately delicious second halves, we choose to apply our skills, experience and passion to unleashing the potential of midlife women so that they may step confidently and unapologetically into their own second half.
We feel deeply grateful to have each other as friends and business partners and to be journeying through our years of ripening together.
Kate about Anne:
Apart from the thoroughly decent human being that she is, what I love most about Anne is her preparedness to exercise her fine intellect in the pursuit of bringing and being her best self to every interaction. Even, and especially, when it requires her to face up to aspects of herself she’d really rather not! Anne can be absolutely relied upon for her integrity, provocative straight talking, inherent kindness and willingness to be of service to others. Anne encourages me to consider possibilities, she sharpens my thinking and makes my days more joyful.
Anne lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her lovely Englishman, who plays a very supportive role in holding up the mirror so she can see all of the aforementioned aspects of herself.
Anne about Kate:
Kate is the most consistently positive person I know. Simply being in her company is like the sun coming out and shining all its warmth directly on you. I inevitably leave our conversations feeling uplifted, hopeful and armed with the knowledge that everything is both possible and perfectly okay. She has a child-like enthusiasm and appreciation for beauty and models the abundance that comes from pausing to appreciate and enjoy everything the world has to offer. She has a rare wisdom usually served up with humour, always with humility and a deep compassion.
Kate lives in rural Cambridge, New Zealand with her wonderfully supportive Australian bloke and her beloved four-legged friend Spike, the Spoodle.
We formed The Ripenists because we envisage a world where every midlife woman’s second half is even more delicious than her first. That means, recognising what’s worked, thus far, and deliberately living the time that’s left with as much zest and flavour as possible.
Our mission is to provide Ripenists the world over with a gathering place and the resources to flourish.
We address issues such as how to find purpose through work and life in your ripening years, how to navigate and find joy in changing relationships, how to find peace of mind and equilibrium in determining what abundance means for you, how to make wellbeing a priority and how to observe and adjust to changes in the way we see ourselves and others.
From our home base in New Zealand we reach out to Ripenists all over the world, delivering our offerings both on and off-line to meet your particular needs.
Engaging with us is an opportunity to take a step back and think deliberately about the second half you wish to have and then draw on the support of ourselves, and The Ripenists community, to make it happen. We offer smart, self-aware midlife women a place to ask questions and share their own wisdom. Refreshingly you will find that curiosity, open-ness and playfulness are both welcomed and valued.
Together, all of us who recognise ourselves as Ripenistas can leave a generational legacy revealing how to deliberately live the second half with deliciousness; thereby paving the way for those that follow.
If this speaks to you, please join us
P.S. In case you’re feeling too shy to mention it, we’re aware of the ‘other’ word that appears in the middle of our name! We did think of changing it but because The Ripenists fits us so perfectly we decided to keep it. You can read our reasoning and more Ripenist language here.