The Rising Festival 2019 Celebrating International Women’s Day

Saturday, 09 March 2019
09:30 - 17:30
Cambridge, UK
£40 - £50 inc. VAT
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Inspiration and advice on achieving your goals, finding balance and fulfilling your true potential

We had a day full of inspiration at the Rising Festival 2019. Read below for everything that took place and you can find out more about the day HERE.

Watch this space for information about the Rising Festival 2020. For sponsorship opportunities for the Rising Festival 2020, please contact [email protected]

The Rising Festival 2019 is a one-day event celebrating International Women’s day bringing together a diverse group of exceptional speakers for a day of inspiration, personal, practical and thought-provoking talks, open conversations, interactive workshops and more. The festival has been designed to help you to reach your true potential and create a life you love. Invest in yourself and your happiness, and immerse yourself in meaningful conversations on matters that are important and relevant to you.

Building on 2018’s tremendously successful event, this year’s Festival promises to be even more valuable, with more than 30 speakers sharing their personal stories, tips for success and thoughts on some of the most fundamental issues facing women today, this is your opportunity to mark the global annual celebration of the achievements of women in the company of inspirational women from all walks of life. We are excited to announced that we have Comedian, Actress and Writer, Helen Lederer appearing at this year’s festival!

We invite you to take a day to pause, step back and regain some clarity. Join us for a day crammed full of interactive workshops and open conversations to celebrate the achievement of women and in recognition of the theme of International Women’s Day 2019 – Balance for Better – across the day we’ll take a close look at what a more gender-balanced world would mean to us.

We’ll begin the day with mindfulness specialist Dr Helen Zhang. Through a series of simple exercises, Helen will focus our minds on the day ahead, making sure we’re physically and mentally ready to connect with ourselves and each other, and to make the absolute most of the opportunities the Festival presents.


Why attend?

  • Network and make new connections
  • Pick up life tools and techniques
  • Fast track your career and learn how to become the leader you want to be
  • Plan for the future and create financial security for you and your family
  • Learn about wealth abundance and how to have a money mindset
  • Navigate through transitions in life and achieve balance
  • Stop and pause, this is a day to nourish yourself and be surrounded by supportive women
  • Invest in yourself and create meaningful change in your life
  • You’ll leave the Festival full of ideas, wiser and with a fresh perspective on how to flourish in the face of the competing demands and pressures of modern life – and hopefully with some new contacts to help you along the way

Festival ticket includes:

Offering as much goodness as we can squeeze in…

  • Full access to the entire day with all workshops and sessions included
  • Delicious lunch vegetarian lunch by Wandering Yak
  • Refreshments included throughout the day plus endless supply of fruit kindly provided by Cambridge Fruit Co.
  • Wine during Happy Hour to give you a chance to reflect on the day with others
  • Access to professional and personal advise – career advisers & coaches will be dotted onsite throughout the day
  • Speed Networking with Purpose – your chance to connect with as many festivalgoers as you can with an emphasis on mutual support and problem-solving
  • Mini exhibition
  • Gorgeous products and prizes up for grabs
  • Take home a fabulous goody bag
  • An extraordinary opportunity to meet and talk with women from all walks of life
  • Leave the day feeling inspired and supported


Talks & Performances:

Helen has been referred to as the ‘supply teacher of comedy’- which made her laugh. In her talk at the Rising Festival she hopes to look at why she is still here, what was the point – and is being a ‘people pleaser’ the worst thing in the world (very probably). Show biz, writing, rejection and hysteria will be deconstructed. She hopes…!

Helen is probably best known for her role as the dippy ‘Catriona’ in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ alongside Jennifer Saunders in all six series and more recently in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’.

She created the ‘Girl at the Bar’ in the BBC comedy sketch show ‘Naked Video’ and is known for her unique wit and observational humour. A comedy writer with an extensive portfolio that includes writing and performing her own material, not only as a stand-up comedian but also as a comedy novelist and contributor to various respected publications.

Helen has starred in a great number of top TV comedy and radio shows. She’s a columnist and contributor for Woman&Home, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, The Express and The Daily Telegraph. She is currently the ‘agony aunt’ for Woman’s Weekly and has just set up the new comedy literary prize CWIP to celebrate female comedy fiction.

Open Conversation: Inner leadership and career journeys

Leadership isn’t necessarily a position of power in a workplace: it can take the form of providing guidance, strength and direction in any area of life. You can be a leader at home or in your community, as well as in your work. In this session we’ll explore the idea of a leadership mindset – how you can nurture a state of mind that will empower you in every aspect of your life.

We’ll hear about the fascinating career journeys of some highly successful women. Not every great success results from a perfectly executed plan – sometimes serendipity and an openness to new possibilities play a crucial role. Here we’ll discuss some of the interesting turns some of our speakers, and no doubt festivalgoers, have taken to get to where they are today.

The open conversation is chaired by Professor Dame Carol Black, with speakers including Dame Mary Archer, Sharon Allen, CEO of Skills for Care and Helen Lederer, Comedian, Actress and Writer.

Open Conversation: Your Money Matters

While the last few years have seen much progress towards redressing the gender pay gap, women still frequently get a rough deal when it comes to money matters. Aside from employers paying women less than men for the same jobs, there are many other potential pecuniary pitfalls that can drastically affect women’s wealth.

In this session we’ll lift the lid on some of these issues, beginning with student debt, before looking at missed earnings and pension contributions due to maternity leave and the difficulty returning to full-time or equivalent part-time employment, examining the potential for divorce settlements to disadvantage women and considering the impact of the traditional perception that women are the primary carer for elderly parents.

Speakers include Jane Portas, Co-founder of Insuring Women’s Futures and Partner of PwC, Claire LaRue, Financial Planner of PB Financial Planning, Dr Helen Zhang and Victoria Stubbs, Chief Risk Officer of The Cambridge Building Society.

Open Conversation: Changing Direction 

How many of us have dreamed of quitting our job to pursue our dream? Or been faced with lifestyle circumstances that mean carrying on as before simply isn’t possible anymore? Whether through our own volition or life events such as motherhood, redundancy or ill health, sometimes we face big changes – and doing so can be a terrifying experience.

We will unpick the financial risks involved in breaking away from paid employment and venturing down the path of the entrepreneur. We’ll look at ways to foster a mindset that not only accepts change, but embraces it and we’ll talk openly on mental resilience and how to manage personal well-being to cope with the risks involved to help you build the courage to take that leap of faith.

Through the accounts of women who have experienced huge lifestyle shifts and never looked back, we’ll help you decide whether such a change could be right for you.

This open conversation is chaired by ‘Geek Whisperer’ Adelina Chalmers, with speakers including Rising Network Founder Lily ChengKath Austin CEO and founder of BeeBee wraps and Co-founder & CEO, Dr Chiraz Ennaceur of CorrosionRADAR and Business Coach, Suzanne MacDonald-Carr.

Open Conversation: What’s Next?

Sometimes life throws up a shock or an event that leaves us feeling winded and even questioning our ability to carry on. Traumas such as bereavement, serious ill health – both physical and mental – and relationship breakdowns can present obstacles that feel insurmountable.

Although we can’t escape these moments, we can choose how we respond to them. With the right support and attitude, it is possible to rise again, and even to find a way to channel what might feel like a catastrophic experience into something positive.

In this session we’ll examine how women have found strength in the face of unimaginable difficulties and look at ways you can ensure that, even if you can’t avoid these experiences, you can build resilience and position yourself to get through them.

This open conversation is chaired by Zara Janjua and features speakers; Anna Harvey, Partner of Price Bailey Legal Services, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author Loveness Mangezi, Jennifer Mullucks, Home Search Consultant for Garrington Property Finders and the Chief Executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Dr Lynn Morgan.

Calling all Coaches 

Want to be one of our official coaches on the day and be part of our Speed Networking with Purpose? RSVP and purchase your ticket online to be one of our official coaches on the day! Alongside this session, be ready to have 1-2-1’s with festivalgoers who are seeking professional and personal advise.

  • Enterprise and Individual Members – £110 inc. VAT
  • Digital / Non-members – £160 inc. VAT

Sponsorship Opportunities

Now in its second year, the Rising Festival is again being sponsored by a selection of generous local businesses. We are grateful to Kiss Communications, Price Bailey Legal Services, PB Financial PlanningThe Cambridge Building Society and Factotum.

Stands and sponsorship opportunities are available providing excellent opportunities to reach engaged potential clients. Get in touch with Lily Cheng for more details: [email protected]           

Thank you to our media partners and in-kind sponsors:

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Where and when is the Rising Festival?

The Festival will take place from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday 9 March 2019, at St Barnabas Church on Mill Road in Cambridge.

What happens after the Festival? 

The Rising Festival is designed to be the first step on a journey of deep and long-lasting change for everyone who attends. It kicks off the Rising Network’s 12-month Programme of Change, an initiative packed with ideas and events designed to nurture your personal and professional growth.

We invite you to see the Festival as just the beginning – a springboard to personal development. Through membership of the Rising Network you can delve deeper into the topics we cover, follow up the workshops, attend networking events, get online support and take advantage of lots of other membership benefits.


Includes access to all sessions, refreshments, lunch and wine. All prices include VAT and booking fees.

  • Individual and Enterprise members: One ticket included in your membership! Join us HERE
  • Digital/non-member ticket: £50.00 
  • Student Ticket: £40.00 (book with your student email and we will email you for verification) 
  • EARLY BIRD Ticket non-member: £40.00 – ENDED

We are committed to making all our events as inclusive and accessible as possible, we are offering discounted and concession tickets to the following groups:

  • Registered Disabled
  • Over 65s
  • Benefits recipients 
  • Refugees

Email us for more details: [email protected]

Dress Code: 

Informal – whatever you feel most comfortable in.

Volunteers Needed:

We are offering time credits for volunteers to help on the day, if you would like to offer your help get in touch with us: [email protected]


Please note that one room in the venue is on the first floor up a flight of stairs, and unfortunately does not have disabled access. However the rest of the venue is fully accessible, so you will be able to access all of the Open Conversation sessions and four of the Workshops.

For more information and to let us know what we can offer so you can attend and enjoy this event fully please contact [email protected]

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead
Managing Director, KISS Communications
TV presenter, Journalist and Writer
Comedian, Actress & Writer
Chair of the Science Museum Group
Advisor & Trustee
Partner, Price Bailey Legal Services LLP
Financial Planner, PB Financial Planning
Chief Risk Officer, The Cambridge Building Society
Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Writer, Behind the Netra
Co-Founder Insuring Women’s Futures, Partner PwC
CEO, CorrosionRADAR Ltd
Author, Speaker & Advisor
Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author, Loveness London
Nutrition and Wellness Coach
CEO, Skills for Care
Senior Planner, KISS Communications
Non-Exec Director & Business Coach
Home Search Consultant, Garrington Property Finders
CEO and Founder, BeeBee Wraps
Certified Hypnotherapist, Personal Empowerment Coach
Conscious Creative Consultant, The Conscious Womb
Client Services Director - Career Coach, Ann Pettengell
Life & Career Coach
Director - Parenting Coach, To the Moon and Back Fostering

Leadership & Confidence Coach for Women APower 3 – Coaching, Training & Mind Freedom®

Wellbeing, Diversity and Equality Coach and Trainer, Enlight Minds
NLP Practitioner, Wellness Coach, Pilates Teacher & Speaker
Communication Doctor
Certified Hypnotherapist, Personal Empowerment Coach
Doctor of Natropathy - Health & Wellbeing Coach
Wellbeing Coach & Consultant
Kiss Communications
Price Bailey Legal Services
PB Financial Planning
The Cambridge Building Society
Cambridge Independant
Velvet Magazine
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
The Royal Cambridge Hotel
Loveness London
Ann Pettengell
British Antarctic Survey
BeeBee Wraps
The Foxburgh
Aardvark Chocolates for Chocoholics
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Road,

The Rising Festival is taking place in St Barnabas Church, which is just a 10 minute walk from Cambridge Train Station. There is no parking on site at the Church, the nearest car park is Queen Anne Car Park: