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Event: Women's festival rises to Covid challenge

Setting out to “support women to find their balance, wellness and full potential amidst the challenges of living through a global pandemic”, Cambridge's Rising Festival returns this March - in virtual form. Velvet selects eight unmissable events from the inspirational five-day programme of talks, mentorship and masterclasses, all streamed direct to your device

The Rising Festival returns this month (44183109)
The Rising Festival returns this month (44183109)

Open Conversation: Blazing Passion

How can we keep our professional passion alive when we’re going through tough times? Chaired by BBC journalist Catherine Carr, this discussion brings together four experts, including Chanel’s Head of People Solutions, Lailany Sierra.

Talk: The Pandemic’s Impact on Women in the Workplace

Rebecca Hilsenrath, CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, reflects on the pandemic’s impact - and the best way forward.

Workshop: Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

Led by Professor Dame Carol Black - Chair of the British Library, Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better and Rising Festival Committee member - this session looks at ways to improve wellbeing at work.

Fireside Chat: Musings on Legitimacy, Power, Courage & Beyond

Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016 for her services to healthcare and life sciences, Rising Festival Committee member and former career diplomat Harriet Fear will facilitate this discussion, in the company of Dr Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO at Biomedical Growth Strategies LLC, recognized by Biosphere as one of the “10 Most Prominent African American Science Leaders”.

Masterclass: Elevate Your Confidence, Impact & Influence

Her style described as “Tough Tara love”, this session is run by Tara Fennessy, Managing Director of Leadership Skills Training and author of The Leadership WOW Factor. She’s run bespoke leadership development programmes globally, with clients including Tesco, EY, Accenture, Lactose and JCB.

Workshop: Growing our Compassionate Self

Being kind to yourself can be one of the hardest things to do and sometimes doing less can be counterintuitive to achieving your everyday goals. This workshop with Organisational Behaviourist, Exec and Team Coach Hilary McLellan, teaches how to practice self-compassion, decrease stress and boost motivation.

Open Conversation: Owning It

With speakers including business guru Candace Johnson who, among many other things, is Vice Chair of NorthStar Earth and Space, this discussion will look at how opening the door to vulnerability, compassion and empathy can empower you to lead more confidently and effectively.

Mentoring Circles: Self-care for Anxiety

Offering a supportive peer-to-peer learning environment, the Mentoring Circles line-up includes this session with Lisa Sibley, founder of Breathing Bliss, who says breathwork is “the number one tool to help you manage anxiety in your life”.

Taking the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day - #choosetochallenge - the 2021 Rising Festival runs virtually from March 6 to 10. Find the full programme and booking details at therisingnetwork.com

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