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

Saturday, 10 March 2018
09:45 - 17:30
Cambridge, UK
£15.00 - £45.00
-1411Days -19Hours -36Minutes -5Seconds

Reach your true potential and create a life you love!

This vibrant festival is a day to celebrate International Women’s Day and 100 years since women over the age of thirty won the right to vote in Britain, and offers a day of inspiration, self-care and workshops to kick-start a twelve month programme of change.

Are you feeling stuck and looking at ways to overcome personal struggles or gremlins?

Have you felt overwhelmed or stressed with personal or work pressures and wanting to find ways to increase your resilience and balance competing needs?

Have you done a health check recently or are you neglecting your overall well-being and ignoring symptoms of burnout or fatigue?

Would you like a confidence boost and are you looking for ways to discover and explore your passions? 

Are you looking for ways to fast track your business or career and want to learn from others and how they overcame barriers and challenges?

Or do you simply want to be surround yourself with positive women and soak in inspiration?

If you answered yes to one of these questions then this is the place to be on the 10th of March!

Invest in yourself and your happiness, and immerse yourself in meaningful conversations on matters that are important and relevant to you. Courses, workshops and networking events will be offered across the year to provide you 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.

Talks and Performances by:


Why attend?

Pick up tools and techniques and learn strategies to live a healthy and happier life.

  • Harness your confidence and strengthen your mindset
  • 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 others
  • Navigate through transitions in life and achieve balance
  • Invest in yourself and learn how to navigate your next steps
  • Create meaningful change in your life
  • Self indulge for one day

Festival will include:

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

  • Opportunity to network and meet with other fabulous women
  • All workshops included  – 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
  • Womb Meditation session during lunch for those who want to experience this
  • Delicious vegetarian lunch by Wandering Yak
  • Refreshments available throughout the day plus endless supply of fruit kindly provided by Cambridge Fruit Co.
  • Gorgeous products and prizes up for grabs
  • Happy Hour – wine and mingle to close the event
  • Leave the day feeling inspired and supported

What happens on the day? The Rising Festival Programme

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 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.

Want to join in a conversation and share your personal experience or gain insight and experience from others? Attend our ‘Open Conversation’ sessions which will focus on four key areas: with invited guests

Well-being: What price is 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

Open conversation chaired by Leyla Okhai CEO of Diverse Minds; invited guests include Professor Dame Carol Black, Principle of Newnham College, Anna Harvey, Partner, Price Bailey Legal Services LLP, Alison Kindred-Byrne, Director, To the Moon and Back Fostering and Georgie Catling, Womb Meditation facilitator.

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.  How do you bounce back from failure and increase resilience?  Not to be confused with competence, confidence can result in under-estimating your own abilities. In the confidence session, we will look at how to build self-confidence by considering how to deal with gender stereotyping, imposter phenomenon and self-limiting beliefs. Is it time for you to write 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; invited guests include Magdalena Zawisza, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University, Jaspreet Kaur, Award Winning Spoken Word Artist, Poet & Writer, Dr Theresa Simpkin, Senior Lecturer, ARU and Ariana Hlavaty, Technical Lead & Software Engineer, IBM.

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.

Open conversation chaired by Sarah Reakes, MD, KISS Communications; invited guests include Helen Turner, Operations Manager, John Lewis, Rosa Dos Santos, MD of Exact Sourcing, ThorA Rain, health and well-being practitioner, The Helpful Clinic and Mariella Giancola, Head of HR at British Antarctic Survey.

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

Is your mindset your friend or your foe – can it be rigid, unhelpful or self-limiting? Are some of us born more resilient than others and can strength be taught? Women are poorly represented in industry and in business – why is this?  In this sessions we will focus on understanding how thoughts are critical in growth and day to day experiences. We will share personal experiences in how to manage those gremlins to overcome personal challenges we face at home, in business and in society. What is your own personal definition of success? In this session we will also explore the many meanings of success.

Open conversation chaired by Professor Dame Carol Black, Principle of Newnham College; invited guests include Yemisi Mokuolo, Creative Industries Consultant, Hatch Africa, Liz O’Riordan, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Susan Ritchie, Executive and Leadership Coach and Writer and Miranda Weston-Smith, Business development consultant and BioBeat founder.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities:

Big thank you to our sponsors:

To our media partners: Cambridge Independent and Velvet Magazine, and to our supporters Exact Resourcing, Cambridge Plants, Cambridge Fruit Co. and AZ INTERIORS.


Align your brand with the network and send a clear message that you are committed to closing the gender gap and invested in creating a happy and healthy workforce. For more information and to discuss exhibition or sponsorship options which include speaking opportunities 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!

Tickets (registration closes Thursday 8th March at 12pm):

This is our first festival so we are offering special prices as we want to make sure everyone can celebrate this landmark moment with us.

  • Gold, Individual and Enterprise members – one ticket included in your membership! Join us HERE

  • EARLY BIRD Ticket non-member – £25.00 ends 10th February ’18

  • Non-member Ticket – £35.00 after 10th February ’18

  • Student Ticket – £15.00

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
  • Benefits recipients 
  • Refugees

We also accept Cambridgeshire Time Credits (8 Credits per ticket) How to Apply Your Discount Code or Time Credits – contact Ingrid Sims to obtain the appropriate code, email: [email protected] ***Time Credit Tickets have all been taken***

Dress Code: 

Informal – whatever you feel most comfortable in.

Volunteers Needed:

We are offering time credits for volunteers to help on the day with set up and catering. Contact [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’.

Below is the Schedule for the Main Hall. Workshops will take place concurrently in the Upper and Lower Hall.

09.45: Doors open - registration, coffee & mingle

10.15: Welcome and keynote speakers: Liz O'Riordan and Jaspreet Kaur

10:45: Assemble for breakout sessions - choose from a Facilitated Open Conversation or a Workshop

11.00: Scheduled Workshop & WELL-BEING Open Conversation: 'What are the factors that affect women’s well-being?

11:45 Change breakout sessions

12.00: Scheduled Workshops & CONFIDENCE Open Conversation: 'Say goodbye to the confidence gap'

12:45: Lunch & mingle in Main Hall, talk to coaches/advisors - 15 minute Womb Meditation at 13:45 in Upper Hall

14:15: Scheduled Workshops & BALANCE Open Conversation: 'Can the personal and professional life live in harmony?'

15.00 Change breakout sessions

15.15: Scheduled Workshops & MINDSET Open Conversation: 'What is the meaning of success?'

16.00: Return to Main Hall

16.30: Happy Hour, prize giveaway and performance of Traditional African Vocals and Drums by Chioma Ubajaka and Amaka Achara

17.30: Close
Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Writer, Behind the Netra
Partner, Price Bailey Legal Services LLP
Career Coach & Head of Engagement, Allia Ltd
Operations Manager, Fashion, John Lewis Cambridge
Director, Diverse Minds UK
Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University
Managing Director, KISS Communications
Independent Producer, Hatch Events
Business Consultant, Founder of Biobeat
Recruitment Specialist and MD - Career Coach, Exact Sourcing
Speaking Coach, Executive Voice
Executive & Leadership Coach
Director, The Sweet Potato Consultancy
Senior Lecturer in Psychology at ARU
Director - Parenting Coach, To the Moon and Back Fostering
Software Engineer and Technical Lead, IBM
Head of HR, British Antarctic Survey
Co-Founder, Umunne Cultural Group
Co-Founder, Umunne Cultural Group
Clinical Psychologist
Group Facilitator, Womb Meditation
Inspirations hair and beauty salon
Writer, Business and Sales Coach
Coach, Manager Illuminate Charity CIO
Executive and Career Coach, Essence Coaching
Life & Career Coach
Divorce Recovery Consultant, Mosaic Lives
Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, The Helpful Clinic

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

Transformational Life Coach
So Blooming Beautiful
Velvet Magazine
Jessica Bentley, Wellness Coach
Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic
To the Moon and Back Fostering
Alicja Zimnickas, Interior Designer and Artist
St Pauls Cambridge
Hills Road