Our Story

Where it all began

The Rising Network came to life out of my own personal frustration when I was in search for a network for women back in December 2012. I was looking for a community where I could discuss all aspects of life, but I could only find industry and business networks and self-help groups.

I yearned for a positive and upbeat environment where I could meet a diverse group of women with different backgrounds and stories. I wanted a place where I could connect with like-minded women, share stories and discover my true self. I wanted to not only develop myself professionally and personally but improve my physical and emotional well-being.

I knew I wanted something different.

The Rising Network was born in January 2013 out of my own personal need. I held my first informal meetup and I haven’t looked back since. Over the last six years, we’ve held over 100 face to face and online events that have brought together and helped thousands of women.

In 2017, we first held our flagship event The Rising Festival. Since then the event has gone from strength to strength and in 2019 we welcomed over 30 speakers and over 250 women at the festival.

As a woman, I feel so empowered when I’m in an enriching, nurturing and supportive environment where I can evolve professionally and personally, fuel my personal development and develop rich relationships and friendships.

It’s now time for all women across the world to awaken and realise their true potential. It is our time to create positive change in our personal and professional lives, and to become agents of change to collectively create economic and social impact. It all starts from within. Before we can create significant impact and make a real difference we have to invest in ourselves.

Here at the Rising Network, we welcome all women. All ages, all backgrounds, and from any country around the world. I hope that this network provides women with the much needed space to discover our true potential.

To read more about my story check out ‘My Letter to You’ and ‘My Why’.

Lily Cheng, Founder, The Rising Network