Monday 11 March 2019 at 2:44pm

Over 250 Women Came Together to Hear 30+ Influential Speakers Share their Stories and Tips for Success in Celebration of International Women’s Day

As part of the #BalanceforBetter campaign, The Rising Festival 2019 in Cambridge took a closer look at what a more gender-balanced world means for us all

From quitting alcohol to landing your dream job, this year’s Rising Festival united a diverse group of female professionals and high-profile speakers for a day of inspirational talks, open conversations and interactive workshops.

Kicking off the program were the likes of: comedian, actor and writer Helen Lederer, principal of Newnham College Professor Dame Carol Black, leading scientist Dame Mary Archer DBE, financial planner Claire LaRue, award-winning spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur, Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen OBE and this year’s MC, Zara Janjua, TV presenter and producer on ITV’s This Morning show.

The Rising Festival 2019 was a thought-provoking day, providing opportunities for personal and professional development and empowerment to bring genuine change, build friendships and exchange ideas.

Festival organiser, Lily Cheng, founder of the Rising Network said, “Now in its second year, The Rising Festival continues to go from strength to strength. The event covered some of the most fundamental issues facing women today, including the gender pay gap, need for more positive female role models and importance of finding your own voice.”

Cheng said: “I am always humbled and inspired by the stories I hear at The Rising Festival. We still have a long way to go, but it feels like the tide is finally turning to create a more gender-balanced world, thanks to global initiatives like International Women’s Day and this year’s #BalanceforBetter theme, and groups like The Rising Network, which brings together women both through our online platform and comprehensive events programme so we can keep talking, sharing stories and pushing for real change.”

The Rising Festival 2019 kicked off the Rising Network’s 12-month Programme of Change, an initiative packed with ideas and events designed to nurture personal and professional growth.

The Rising Festival 2019 featured motivating talks, workshops and group conversations, on themes including Leadership and Career Journeys, Money Matters, What’s Next – overcoming life challenges, and Changing Direction.

The Rising Festival 2019 was sponsored by KISS Communications, Price Bailey Legal Services, PB Financial Planning, The Cambridge Building Society, Factotum and ghd. Media partners included Cambridge Independent, Velvet Magazine and STAR Radio. In-kind sponsors, The Good Plant Company and the Cambridge Fruit Company.

The Rising Festival is an annual event, organised by the Rising Network, a group launched by Cambridge entrepreneur Lily Cheng to support the professional, personal and social development of women. It is designed to be the first step on a journey of deep and long-lasting change for everyone who attends.

The event took place in Cambridge on 9th March 2019 to mark International Women’s Day.