THIS IS NOW AN ONLINE EVENT: Women Rising in STEM: Biotech and Beyond

Wednesday, 18 March 2020
17:30 - 19:45
Free to attend

The Rising Network is proud to launch Women Rising in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) – a series of industry-focused discussions and interactive mentoring events, spotlighting on the progression of women in STEM. We are delighted that this event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

***This is now an online event due to Coronavirus, please note that the format of the event has been adjusted slightly to turn this event into an online webinar***

The launch of this new series within the Rising Network will take place across the month of March in recognition of International Women’s Day on 8th March. The aim of the series is to provide mentoring support to women, including aspiring students right through to those who have a career in industry, with access to women of influence who have broken barriers and industry professionals who are driving innovation and diversity.

Women Rising in STEM provides the opportunity to network and learn with industry experts who have been successful in navigating their career, gaining insight into how they overcame obstacles. Through this series, the Rising Network aims to work in collaboration with industry to encourage women, to not only choose to enter industry where their talents make a massive difference, but to remain in industry, to address the growing skills gap and to increase the representation of women in STEM.

In this live online webinar hear talks by women in science followed by online mentoring and Q&A with each speaker facilitated by our very own Rising Network Chapter Leads: 

  • Generation Purpose – Anna Malan Community & Inclusion Manager, Arm

In true keeping with the average Millennial, my career choices to date have been motivated by a desire to do work with purpose. Along with 88% of the rest of my generation, I want to work for organizations who share my values (to be clear, I know that it’s not just Millennials who care about purpose and sustainability!). In my talk, I’ll take you through the path I took to my current role at Arm, a global technology company, where I lead our company’s employee community engagement programme. At Arm, I have the wonderful opportunity to support a global network of colleagues to explore their own purpose by using their skills to volunteer, campaign and fundraise – all of which deepens our company’s culture and values. Arm has a strategic focus on education outreach in our communities; I’m driven by the fact that 75% of our workforce will be made up of Millennials and Gen-Z by 2025; the need for purpose isn’t going away. I’m excited that we’re able to show the next generations that a career in STEM can change the world for the better. Other things that might come up in this talk? Imposter syndrome, age bias and a little about my side-hustle as a yoga teacher.

  • Change and flexibility as career and life motto – Emilie Louvet – Principal Scientist, AstraZeneca

Over her presentation, Emilie will describe her global career in academia and how she transitioned to biopharmaceutical industry. She will also cover challenges, successes and share her lessons learnt. In parallel, Emilie will refer to how she drove her personal life by building a nomad and global family.

  • From Woman in Tech to Engineer in HR – Jo Stansfield, Global Lead – Diversity and Inclusion, AVEVA

Having built a career making software for engineering, Jo was no stranger to being one of few women in her workplace.  But over time, and as she progressed, she found fewer and fewer female peers around her.  This simple observation grew to nagging and persistent curiosity: Where is everyone?
In this session, Jo will share with you her journey as a Woman in Tech and her transition to become an Engineer in HR.

We hope you can join us online for a night of inspiration and hear from speakers on how they will #PayItForward to create a more inclusive world.


17:30 – Event start and welcome from the Rising Network Chapter Lead
17:40 – Talks and mentoring
19:45 – Event close

As with all our events, we pride ourselves in creating a relaxed and welcoming environment to enable meaningful relationships and connections to be made. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Thank you to our Ally Partner Arm  and Anglia Ruskin University for supporting the launch of Women Rising in STEM.


Join the network and attend our events to help you to: 

  • Get outside your comfort zone and expand your network by creating new relationships.
  • Gain ideas and inspiration to drive your professional and personal development forward.
  • Learn and build your leadership and business skills.
  • Raise your profile and business to prospective customers.
  • Work through personal or professional challenges in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Empower yourself by learning tools and techniques to create positive changes in life, at work and at home.
  • Develop your presenting and networking skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Price: This is a free to attend event and is part of the Cambridge Science Festival Programme.

At the Rising Network we run events throughout the year and membership offers you member benefits plus free to attend/member rates to attend events. See membership benefits HERE
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Speaker Biographies

About Anna Milan: Anna is the Community & Inclusion Manager at Arm, where she runs the company’s global employee community engagement program, Team Arm. This involves enabling everyone at Arm to use their skills, passion and expertise to create positive change in their communities and contribute to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Anna’s work involves working with local, national and global charity partners whilst supporting employees at Arm to get involved with education outreach activities in line strategic aims of closing the STEM skills gap and encouraging more young people – especially girls – to pursue STEM careers. Anna has a background in the not-for-profit sector and, before joining Arm, worked for the University of Cambridge and for Student Hubs; a UK charity which supports university-age students to create social change in their communities through volunteering.

About Jo Stansfield
: Jo has 20 years’ experience delivering enterprise software to global industry, spanning oil & gas, automotive, aerospace and marine sectors.  She is a passionate advocate for greater diversity and inclusion within engineering industries.   Having held software engineering, product management and leadership roles, Jo is now studying an Organisational Psychology MSc and leads AVEVA’s global Diversity and Inclusion programme.




About Emilie Louvet: Emilie Louvet is our Science Industry Chapter Lead here at the Rising Network. Emilie joined AstraZeneca in 2016, where she first held a position in Precision Medicine, Tissue Diagnostic group. She is now a member of the Translational Medicine group, part of the Oncology Research and Development function. Emilie is a member of the “Network of Women & Me” at AstraZeneca that promotes personal development and empowerment. With the support of AstraZeneca, Emilie became recently a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) and a SIP (Science Industry Partnership) Ambassador to inspire young people to engage into scientific careers within the science based industries.
Prior to joining the industry, Emilie worked at Gustave Roussy (France), a cancer center in the outskirts of Paris, where she co-lead the “Development in Pathology” group. Emilie has a background as a cell biologist. She obtained her PhD from Paris 5 university and Institut Jacques Monod (France), and continued her research at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Kyoto University (Japan). Emilie married a French American in Sweden and gave birth to her daughter in Japan. In her free time, Emilie enjoys physical exercise; cheese, wine, whiskey and gin tastings (not all at a time); baking for her daughter; visiting museums with her family. She also enjoys participating in the Rising Network activities.

Chair and Mentoring Facilitators Biographies

About Amanda Hepton-Patchett – Communications Lead
Amanda is a senior communications professional with over 25 years’ experience, including corporate communications, PR, marketing and advertising. She specialises in internal communications and employee engagement and has a particular interest in diversity and inclusion. She worked for 13 years at Cambridge University’s international exam group where she was Group Head of Internal Communications and Engagement before embarking on a career as an interim in 2018. Her interim roles include Director of Internal Communications for a major global pharmaceutical company and Comms Lead on a cultural change programme at Cambridge University.

After graduating with a joint honours degree in German and English, Amanda began her career as a personal assistant/co-ordinator before entering the world of Public Relations where she worked for several major agencies in London. Her most significant campaign was supporting the Wishing Well Appeal for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for which she received a special commendation. She went on to establish a successful PR practice for a leading regional advertising agency. Here she built the function from scratch, working part-time and this earned her a seat on the management board which she combined successfully with raising a young family.

She then went on to work for a major personal lines insurance intermediary, again setting up their internal comms function. She joined as Corporate Communications Manager and left as Senior Internal Communications Manager before moving to the University exam group.

A strong believer in lifelong learning, Amanda went back to university later in life and did a Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics where she was the oldest in the class. She achieved a distinction, after studying on top of a full time job and with a two hour daily commute. She has also undertaken professional study and took the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Internal Communication Diploma and now returns to teach other practitioners. She is an Accredited Member of the CIPR. In 2018 she became a qualified ILM Level 7 (Masters level) Executive Coach and Mentor.

Amanda comments: “I came across the Rising Network through attending their Rising Festival and was incredibly impressed with the whole day, especially the calibre of the speakers and the supportive atmosphere. I left feeling inspired and uplifted, plus my head was buzzing with new ideas. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and as a chapter lead, I am looking forward to working with the Rising Network to make a positive difference to women’s lives from all backgrounds and at all stages of their career in a supportive and caring way.

Sarah Flack – Membership Lead 

Joining Ann Pettengell in October 2000 as a Recruitment Consultant, Sarah began her recruitment career servicing client’s needs for temporary staff. She then progressed through the company and today, is proud to be Co-Director of a brand that has a strong heritage with the city of Cambridge. Sarah is a passionate people person and advocate of how good recruitment practise can play a pivotal part in a client’s business; providing them with expertise and value. Sarah’s consultative approach to recruitment, enables her to manage the relationship through the recruitment process and attain an understanding of the client and candidate expectations.
Sarah is passionate about helping people achieve their career aspirations and personal goals, she is an advocate of ethical recruitment with integrity and transparency during the process. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are”

About Danielle Johnson – Young Professional Chapter Lead

Danielle is a senior communications professional with 16 years’ experience including internal communications, PR, external communications and marketing. She specialises in internal communications with an interest in employee engagement and crisis communication. Danielle has worked for some of the largest brands in the UK, including the NHS, Royal Mail Group and the Post Office. She has also worked internationally in Singapore for DHL Supply Chain where she was the Internal Communications Lead for 21 countries across the APMEA region.

Danielle studied American Studies at University and began her career in PR and Marketing for Odeon Cinemas, before moving into the public sector and local government. Danielle has also completed the CIPR Diploma. Following a career break to start a family and a stint living in America, Danielle now works for AstraZeneca in Cambridge where she is responsible for Internal Communications for Cambridge and the UK. Danielle is married with three children. In her spare time, she is also training to run the London Marathon 2020 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a decade long ambition since losing a family member in 2008.

Our Partners and Supporter

About ARM: Arm® technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. From the unmissable to the invisible, our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs are enabling the intelligence in 86 billion silicon chips and securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. With more than 1,000 technology partners including the world’s most famous business and consumer brands, we are driving Arm innovation into all areas where compute is happening inside the chip, the network and the cloud.

With offices around the world, Arm is a diverse community of dedicated, innovative and highly-talented professionals. By enabling an inclusive and open workplace where all our people can grow and succeed, we encourage them to share their unique contributions to Arm’s success in the global marketplace.
As the foundation of a global ecosystem of technology innovators, we empower the world’s most successful business and consumer brands. Everyday thousands of partners embed more than 45 million Arm-based chips in products that connect people and enhance the human experience. Extensible, scalable and ever evolving, it’s a foundation that confirms how we lead by design — to serve today, anticipate tomorrow. There’s nothing ordinary about Arm. Our collaborative culture, unique partner ecosystem and our innovations that shape the connected world are all as extraordinary as our people. For more information, visit:

About ARU: ARU is a modern and innovative global university, with students from all over the world. First established as the Cambridge School of Art in 1858, ARU has grown and today has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough and London, and educational partnerships across the world. Having invested over £100 million in recent years in their facilities, including the first School of Medicine in Essex, and their new Science Centre in Cambridge, ARU has ambitious plans for the future. Rated highly for their teaching excellence and world-class research, they are consistently named as one of the top 350 institutions internationally by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. ARU prides itself on its inclusivity, welcoming students from a wide range of academic and societal backgrounds. Passionate about transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research, ARU aim to support students to discover their strength and unlock their full potential. For more information, visit:

About the Rising Network: The Rising Network is a vibrant network of professional women empowering women to reach their true potential and to live a balanced life. We take a holistic approach towards life and enrich our members professionally and personally by providing a supportive learning and networking environment, both online and at face-to-face events, where tools, strategies and techniques can be learned and developed. As well as supporting our individual members, we offer events, webinars and courses to the public and tailored programmes and workshops to organisations, universities and other networks.

17:30 – Event start and welcome from the Rising Network Chapter Lead
17:40 – Talks and mentoring
19:45 – Event close