The Rising Festival ‘Evoke a Journey of Change’ – Celebrating International Women’s Day

Saturday, 10 March 2018
10:00 - 18:00
Cambridge, UK
£40.00 - £77.00
50Days 16Hours 18Minutes 43Seconds

Supporting women who are aspiring to reach their true potential and to create a life they love.

This vibrant festival offers a day of inspiration, self-care and taster workshops to kick-start a twelve month programme of change.

This is a day just for you, to be you. Invest in yourself and your happiness, and immerse yourself in meaningful conversations on matters that are important and relevant to you. Treat yourself and take time-out from the day to day hustle and bustle to drive forward your personal and professional development. Come alone, with your colleagues or rally up your friends and join us – you are guaranteed to make new connections.

Courses, workshops and networking events will be offered across the year to provide women with connections, tools and techniques to make incremental changes in life. The Rising Festival and the 12 Month Programme of Change is designed to do this.

On-the-day workshops and open conversations will run alongside one another to give you the option to dip and dive into sessions that suit you.

Want to join in a conversation and share your personal experience or gain insight and experience from others? Attend our ‘Open Conversation’ sessions with invited guests.

Want to pick up life tools, techniques and strategies to deepen your personal and professional development? Attend a workshop! Workshops on the day will lead onto full workshops after the festival.

This event will focus on four key areas:

Session 1: Well-being: What price success at work?

We all know the importance of keeping well, healthy and happy in our personal lives, but what about at work – can we experience ‘justified contentment’? As working adults we need “an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows employees to flourish and achieve full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation” (CIPD).

The Well-being session will examine how we are doing as individuals, communities and as a nation and how sustainable this is for the future – complex factors cover the natural environment, personal well-being, relationships, health, what we do, where we live, personal finance, the economy, education and skills and governance. We will address how satisfied we are with our lives, do we feel what we do is worthwhile, and what are our emotional experiences.

Open conversation chaired by Leyla Okhai CEO of Diverse Minds; panellists are: Dame Carol Black, Principle of Newnham CollegeNorah Al-Ani, Director of Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, Anna Harvey, Partner, Price Bailey Legal Services LLP and Alison Kindred-Byrne, Director, To the Moon and Back Fostering.

Session 2: Confidence – Say goodbye to the confidence gap!

Do you have the confidence to get where we want to go? Low self-belief can be a critical barrier affecting our view of ourselves in the world, in our relationships and at work, particularly for women. Not to be confused with competence, confidence can result in our under-estimating our own abilities, our value and lowering our goals. But how is confidence built and why does it crumble, what impacts on our view of ourselves and how can we change this?

The Confidence session will look at how to build self-confidence by considering how to deal with risk in life and in business, how to learn and bounce back from failure, increase resilience, overcome impostor syndrome and ultimately how to change the story we’ve told ourselves to rewrite a new script. Take the first steps on your own journey to greater self-confidence – you deserve it!

Open conversation chaired by Dr Lynn Morgan, CEO of Arthur Rank Hospice; panellists include Magdalena Zawisza, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University.

Session 3: Balance – Can the personal and the professional life live in harmony?

It’s very common to feel like we are living two lives; the one we live at work, and the one we live at home. When these are in conflict and the various roles we have in life are out of sync this can leave us feeling depleted, disconnected and unauthentic. Stress, burnout, frustration and unhappiness kicks in as a result of not being true to ourselves or flourishing in either world.

In the Balance session we will look at how to merge our personal and professional lives by being true to ourselves, so that instead of split lives, we can live one full life with joy, care, energy and authenticity. We will examine what balance means to you, what harmony would look like and the choices we need to make and why this is vital for our health, well-being and success.

Open conversation panellists include: Helen Turner, Operations Manager, John Lewis and Rosa Dos Santos, MD of Exact Sourcing. 

Session 4: Mindset: What will be will be…or will it?

Do you have a rigid or self-limiting mindset? Would you like to adopt a growth mindset, raising aspirations to achieve your dreams and goals? We are capable of anything if we have belief and determination but where do the subliminal messages come from that limit our ambition and self-belief, and how do we manage those gremlins? What are the alternative ways in leadership and to achieve success?

In the Mindset sessions we will focus on understanding how thoughts are critical in our personal development and career success.  We will examine and challenge current belief systems to create a growth mindset allowing us to achieve goals and break boundaries.

Open conversation chaired by Dame Carol Black, Principle of Newnham College.


Plus more…more workshops to be announced.

Speakers and workshops will include people from across communities and industries sharing their personal stories, entrepreneurs, experts in their field, specialists, professional and business coaches, and practitioners. If you would like to speak or run a workshop at this event please contact: [email protected]

Why attend?

  • Network and make new connections with women from all walks of life, across sectors
  • Be active and be part of closing the gender gap
  • Fast track your career by learning from other women
  • Navigate through transitions in life and achieve balance
  • Pick up tools, techniques and learn strategies to live a healthy and happier life
  • Harness your confidence to change perspectives and strengthen your mindset
  • Invest in yourself and learn how to navigate your career and next steps
  • Create meaningful change in your life
  • Self indulge for one day

Festival will include:

  • Inspirational talk
  • Conversations and taster workshops
  • Career advisers and coaches
  • Delicious healthy lunch by Wandering Yak
  • Refreshments available throughout the day plus endless supply of fruit kindly provided by Cambridge Fruit Co.
  • Networking over drinks to close the event
  • Prize giveaway and much more


  • EARLY BIRD Ticket non-member, Bronze and Silver: £67.00 – ends 31 January ’18
  • EARLY BIRD Ticket Gold-member: £57.00 – ends 31 January ’18
  • Non-member, Bronze and Silver Ticket: £79.00
  • Gold-member Ticket: £67.00
  • Student Ticket: £40.00

Offering as much goodness and value as we can squeeze in, tickets include:

  • Full access to the entire day
  • Opportunity to network and meet with other fabulous women
  • Workshops – pick and choose what you want to attend
  • Join in the discussion and attend ‘Open Conversations’
  • Access to professional and personal advise – career advisers & various coaches will be dotted onsite throughout the day
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • More drinks towards the end of the day!
  • Gorgeous products and prizes up for grabs
  • Leave the day feeling inspired and supported

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

  • Registered Disabled
  • Over 65s
  • Students – this includes anyone, over the age of 16, who is in full time education.
  • Benefits recipients –  this includes anyone who is in receipt of a benefit and/or lives in social housing.
  • Refugees – this includes anyone with current UK refugee status.

How to Apply Your Discount Code – contact Ingrid Sims to obtain the appropriate code, email: [email protected]

Give Back and Gift a Ticket

Why not give back and purchase a ticket(s) which we will offer to those who are not able to purchase a ticket, we will do our best to ensure everyone can attend and we welcome your support too. To show your support, register for ‘Gift a Ticket’.

Other Applicable Discount Codes

NHS Staff Discount: nhs-staff-2018

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring an official staff/ members card as proof of entitlement in order to gain entry to our events. Discount should only be used per staff member/ card holder and should not be used to buy tickets for others. Any customer who arrives without the required proof may not be allowed entry to the event and we cannot offer a refund in these instances.

Dress code:

Whatever makes you feel comfortable. This is a relaxed and informal day of self-care and a space for you, to just be you.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities:

Big thank you to our sponsors Allia and Price Bailey Legal Services, and to our supporters Exact Resourcing, Cambridge Plants and Cambridge Fruit Co. 

Align your brand with the Rising Network and send a clear message that you are committed to closing the gender gap and invested in creating a happy and healthy workforce.

Raise your business profile and be seen! For more information and to discuss sponsorship options or to exhibit please contact: [email protected]

If you are a startup or a small business, we are offering you the opportunity to exhibit for £300.00 – get in touch, we’d love to have you join us on the day!

09.45: Doors open for Registration, Coffee and Networking

10.30: Welcome from Lily Cheng, Founder, The Rising Network

10.45: Keynote speaker

11.15: Assemble for breakout sessions - choose from a Facilitated Open Conversation or a Workshop

11.25: Session 1: WELL-BEING Open Conversation: 'What are the factors that affect women’s well-being within work?' with panellists Dame Carol Black of Newnham College and Norah Al-Ani of Cambridge Rape Crisis

12.15: Change breakout sessions

12.30: Session 2: CONFIDENCE Open Conversation: 'Say goodbye to the confidence gap'

13.15: Lunch and Career Clinics

14.20: Assemble for breakout sessions

14.30: Session 3: BALANCE Open Conversation: 'Can the personal and professional life live in harmony?'

15.15 Change breakout sessions

15.25 Session 4: MINDSET Open Conversation: 'Leadership and success - alternative ways' chaired by Carol Black of ARU, with panellist Helen Turner, Operations Manager, John Lewis

16.15: Return to Main hall for conclusion

16.25: Review and highlights from the day

17.00: Networking & prize giveaway

18.00: Close
Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge
Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University
Operations Manager, Fashion, John Lewis Cambridge
Head of Engagement, Allia Ltd
Recruitment Specialist and Managing Director, Exact Sourcing
Partner, Price Bailey Legal Services LLP
Executive & Leadership Coach
Senior Lecturer in Psychology at ARU
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