The Rising Festival 2020

Saturday, 14 March 2020
09:00 - 17:30
Cambridge, UK
£0-£169 + Booking Fees
50Days 02Hours 14Minutes 21Seconds

Inspiration and advice on achieving your goals, finding balance and fulfilling your true potential

The Rising Festival provides connection, inspiration, motivation, networking and skills building for hundreds of women each year. The main flagship event is set to take place on Saturday 14th March 2020, and offers opportunities for networking, professional development and personal growth. The day will shine the light on inspirational women, offering keynotes, open conversations, breakout sessions, 1-2-1 coaching, networking plus so much more!

The Rising Festival has been designed to help you to achieve your true potential and create a life you love. Invest in yourself, your happiness and well-being, and immerse yourself in meaningful conversations on matters that are important and relevant to you.

Building on 2019’s tremendously successful event, The Rising Festival 2020 promises to be even more inspirational, with over 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 and contribution of women, in the company of inspirational women from all walks of life.

Join us for a day crammed full of interactive workshops and open conversations to celebrate the achievements of women. Across the day we’ll take a close look at what a more gender-balanced world would mean to us.

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.

In addition to the main event, the Rising Network is launching a new series; Women Rising in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to enable industry-focused discussions and mentoring, and these launch events will be held across the month of March in 2020 as part of the Rising Festival. For more details of Women Rising in STEM, CLICK HERE.

Talks & Performances:

  • Keynote Speaker: Candace Johnson, Global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur
  • Performances to be announced soon!

Open Conversations

Throughout the day, open conversations will be held on the main stage with guest speakers on the themes below:

Or head into one of our workshops – the choice is yours!



Why attend?

  • Network and make new connections.
  • Pick up life tools and techniques to help you achieve balance, happiness and fulfilment
  • Fast track your career and learn how to become the leader you want to be.
  • Gain support and insight to help you navigate your next steps.
  • 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.
  • Feel energised and uplifted.

Standard ticket:

  • Full access to the entire day, including all workshops and sessions.
  • Complementary lunch.
  • Refreshments available throughout the day.
  • A fabulous goody bag.
  • Free entry into the day’s prize draw where gorgeous products and prizes will be up for grabs.
  • An extraordinary opportunity to meet and talk with women from all walks of life.
  • Wine or soft drinks during ‘Happy Hour’ to give you a chance to reflect on the day with fellow attendees.
  • Access to professional and personal advice – career advisers and coaches will be dotted onsite throughout the day.
  • Access to the ‘Speed Networking with Purpose’ event – your chance to connect with as many festival-goers as you can with an emphasis on mutual support and problem-solving.

+Learning ticket:

Maximise your experience at the festival by booking a +Learning ticket which includes everything offered in the standard ticket, plus:

  • One one-to-one coaching session on the day
  • Up to one hour coaching session after the festival with the same coach
  • +Learning goody bag
  • Plus more!

Our Partners:

Ally Partner                       Partner

Our Sponsors:


For sponsorship inquiries or stands, please contact Lily Cheng at [email protected]

Media Partners:


Calling All Coaches

Be one of our official coaches on the day to have the opportunity to meet prospective clients by offering short one-to-ones with festival-goers who are seeking professional and personal advice. Book by 1st February to be one of our official coaches on the day.

Coaching ticket includes:

  • Full day pass
  • Offer up to 4 mini coaching sessions (20 minutes each) on the 14th March
  • Offer a 45-60 minute follow up session with those you coached at the festival
  • Be featured via social media and in our newsletters in the run up to the event
  • Exposure – your photo and twitter handle listed in our printed brochure given to 250+ attendees on the day
  • Be part of our ‘Speed Networking with Purpose’
  • Opportunity to raise your profile

Coaching Price:

  • Enterprise and Corporate Member – £149 inc. VAT
  • Digital Member / Non-members – £249 inc. VAT


For more information on becoming a member please click here

All above prices include Booking fees and VAT

***Bundle Tickets Available***

Concessionary rates

We are committed to making all our events as inclusive and accessible as possible, we offer 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!


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]

Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks 

Start 9.00
Close 17.30
Managing Director, KISS Communications
TV presenter, Journalist and Writer
Global Infrastructure, Network and Innovation Expert and Entrepreneur  
Head of People Solutions, CHANEL
Chief Executive Officer at VIVA Investment Partners

Director of Studies Cambridge Innovation Academy

Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director of the British Antarctic Survey
President of Murray Edwards College
Executive Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Director, Gynii Me Limited
Corporate Partner, Taylor Vinters
Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Writer, Behind the Netra

Organisational Behaviourist, Exec and Team Coach

Reporter, Presenter and Producer, BBC Radio
Managing Director, Breakthrough Global
Executive Coach & Author
Author & Female Empowerment Facilitator
Certified Hypnotherapist, Personal Empowerment Coach
Leadership and Management Coach, Athena Leaders
Certified Coach
Executive and Life Coach
The Rising Festival Is Taking Place at:
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Road,

How to get here:

The Venue is an 8 minute walk from Cambridge Train Station, please follow signs for Mill Road and Gwydir Street.

For Cambridge bus information visit here:

There is no parking available at the venue.
Long stay: Queen Anne Terrace Car Park is an 8 minute walk from St Barnabas.
Short stay: Gwydir Street Car Park is opposite the church, with limited spaces and only 2 hours maximum parking.