The Rising Festival 2021 Celebrating International Women’s Day

Saturday, 06 March 2021
11:30 GMT
£50 - £119.00
45Days 07Hours 16Minutes 09Seconds

Inspiration and advice on achieving your goals, fulfilling your true potential and thriving in all areas of life

In recent times, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted each and every one of us in some way. The Rising Festival stands tall and strong offering community and a sense of belonging in a time that is much needed. We are a community without boarders which is why we are delighted to announce that the Rising Festival is going virtual in March 2021, taking place across 5 days starting on Saturday 6th March ending on Wednesday 10th March.

What is the Rising Festival?

The Rising Festival 2021 will be virtual, supporting women to find their balance, wellness and full potential amidst the challenges of living through a global pandemic. Celebrating the 2021 International Women’s Day theme of #ChooseToChallenge, the Festival brings inspiring, globally renowned speakers, a multi-day mentorship programme, engaging workshops and a masterclass series direct to your device.

Alongside a supportive community of like-minded women, challenge your thinking, raise your aspirations, face challenges with resilience and overcome obstacles to achieve a life you thrive in. Join our global community at the Festival who #ChooseToChallenge for International Women’s Day, and receive support from a diverse, inclusive and uplifting group of women who want to see you succeed.

Throughout the event, challenge yourself in the areas of:

  • Wellness, including managing stress and anxiety
  • Developing personal resilience
  • Overcoming personal and professional challenges
  • Achieving balance for a career and life you love
  • The Festival’s inspiring programme runs from Saturday 6th March until Wednesday 10th March.


Does your business need inspiring support for its female talent? Email: [email protected] find out about our corporate rates and group bookings.

When was the last time you invested in YOU?

And we mean, really in YOU? In your future, your career, your happiness, your wellbeing? In self-care and nourishing your dreams? You are worth going all in for – let The Rising Festival be your first step on your journey towards a happier, more fulfilled life.

The Festival encourages you to invest in yourself by:

  • Immersing you in a supportive environment with women who want to see you succeed
  • Challenging your thinking through powerful learning, experiences and world-renowned speakers who are living their passion
  • Teaching you tools to find peace, clarity, self-confidence and courage in uncertain times
  • Nourishing your mind, body and wellbeing
  • Giving you the tools to maximise your impact
  • Expanding your network and creating meaningful relationships that last

Want to access mentoring?

Most networking or events will put you in a room with inspiring people: not many enable you to have meaningful conversations. Our mentoring circles offer an intimate and supportive environment in which to receive feedback on the best way to progress towards your dreams and to navigate this “new norm” we are facing with COVID-19. Women are feeling more pressure at work and pressure from increased childcare and home schooling responsibilities.

Our mentoring sessions have been designed to help you to nurture your mental health and wellbeing, and to offer tools and access to mentors who will help you to navigate these additional pressures you are facing. All our mentoring sessions are part of the standard ticket for the festival, sessions included are:

You should attend if you:

  • Want to invest in YOU
  • Want to create a better life for yourself by fuelling your personal and professional development in a rich learning environment
  • Are seeking inspiration, advice and motivation
  • Want to learn from inspiring industry leaders to accelerate and support your career ambitions
  • Want to celebrate International Women’s Day with an uplifting community of awesome women
  • Are looking for a career change but not sure where to start – hear from women who have done it!
  • Want to access advice and support to help you overcome any challenge
  • Want tools and techniques to help you improve your health and wellbeing
  • Want to build your support network or your professional network
  • Want to learn how to thrive in all areas of your life


“I left feeling empowered. I will take action to be more resilient in the workplace and take ownership to recognise that I am the driver in my life. I am the youngest in my team so sometimes I feel like I am a fraud and shouldn’t be there, however I left the Rising Festival feeling like yes I do deserve to be there and it’s an achievement. So thank you for helping me recognise my achievements and to believe in myself.”


Who’ll be there?

The Festival attracts a global community with women from many different walks of life, and this year’s virtual format means you can make more connections and access rich insights from speakers and participants you might never come across in daily life.

Our speakers include innovators, corporate leaders, philanthropists, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, investors, change makers, and women who have achieved great heights who all want to give back by being part of this incredible festival.


We have designed the Programme for you to pick and choose what you would like to attend across the five days by logging into our virtual platform. If you can’t make a live session, do not worry as you can watch the recorded session in your own time. 

Keynotes and special guests:

Open Conversations:

We couldn’t do this without the amazing support of our Ally Partner, ARM and sponsors Kiss Communications, AVEVA, One Zero Accountancy, British Antarctic Survey, and Anglia Ruskin University. Thank you to our media partners, Cambridge Independent and Velvet Magazine.

We are always on the lookout for support, if you are interested to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities and to be part of our incredible annual festival, please contact Lily Cheng at [email protected]

“I am so pleased I came to this years Rising Festival. Not only did I have a great opportunity to meet and listen to extraordinary and successful women, I have also made new connections throughout the day. Coming out of the Festival made me realise that being a woman is great and if they can do it…I can too!”


We live our values

The Rising Network supports diversity, inclusion and giving back to our communities. We don’t just believe it, we act it too, which is why you’ll find concessionary or FREE tickets available to those who need support. Email us at [email protected] for details of concessionary or FREE tickets for: registered disabled, over 65s, benefits recipients, those in disadvantaged situations and refugees.

Our student rate is £50 and you must register with your student email. Email us for more details and confirmation.



We have designed the Programme for you to pick and choose what to attend across the five days by logging into our virtual platform. If you can't make a live session, do not worry as you can watch the recorded session in your own time.

For our full line up and Programme, see Event Details.
Managing Director, KISS Communications
Global Infrastructure, Network and Innovation Expert and Entrepreneur  

President and CEO at Biomedical Growth Strategies LLC

CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Director of Studies Cambridge Innovation Academy

Director of the British Antarctic Survey
President of Murray Edwards College
Head of People Solutions, CHANEL
Chief Executive Officer at VIVA Investment Partners
Rising Network Advisory Board Member/Former CEO of Cambridge Wireless
Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
Non-Exec Director & Business Coach
Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Writer, Behind the Netra
Corporate Partner, Taylor Vinters
CBO of PhramEnable

Organisational Behaviourist, Exec and Team Coach

Reporter, Presenter and Producer, BBC Radio
Brit Asian Artist
Managing Director, Leadership Skills Training Ltd
Managing Director, Breakthrough Global
Founder and Director, ThinkingPartnerships
Author & Female Empowerment Facilitator
Comedian, Actress & Writer
Founder of Breathing Bliss