Our Mission

Harnessing the power of community to empower women to realise their full potential and to create a more inclusive world. Through community-driven initiatives, we drive success for all individuals by promoting personal development and inclusivity. We also foster an environment that cultivates overall wellbeing, celebrates diversity, and ensures equal opportunities for everyone to thrive.


Our Vision

Empowering women globally to be influential change-makers, our vision is a world transformed by the collective strength of diverse voices, fostering lasting societal impact.

We enable women to:

  • Connect with their true identity, passion, purpose and direction.
  • Expand their network and connect with other women across communities and industries.
  • Create positive change and make a real difference in the lives of others.
  • Continuously develop and advance themselves in their careers.
  • Successfully navigate life's transitions.
  • Achieve balance in all areas of life.

We live our values:

We take action to: 

  • Help others achieve their goals
  • Build a stronger community
  • Promote diversity and inclusion
  • Give back to others
  • Be authentic, honest and respectful
  • Have fun!

Hello, I'm Lily Cheng, the Founder of the Rising Network


Hello, I'm Lily Cheng, and I'm honoured to share the story behind The Rising Network.

It all started back in December 2012 when I found myself at a crossroads in my career. Working tirelessly in the tech industry, I couldn't shake the feeling of isolation and doubt. Despite my passion for technology, the lack of female role models and leaders left me questioning my path.

I longed for a space where I could connect with other women facing similar challenges—a community where stories were shared, connections formed, and growth celebrated. But no matter where I looked, I couldn't find the community I craved.

Fueled by this frustration, I embarked on a journey to create something different—something that would empower women to thrive both personally and professionally, without compromise. Thus, The Rising Network was born, a community designed to help women reach their potential, with self-care and well-being at its heart.

Since then, The Rising Network has become a beacon of support, inspiration, and empowerment for women across diverse industries and backgrounds. It's a place where dreams are nurtured, confidence is cultivated, and resilience is celebrated.

Together, we've built a community where women can flourish in their careers while prioritising their health and well-being. It's been an incredible journey, filled with ups and downs, but every moment has been worth it.

As we continue to grow and evolve, I invite you to join us on this empowering journey. Together, let's redefine success, break down barriers, and rise to new heights.

And know this—through The Rising Network, I've had the privilege of meeting incredible individuals who have championed our mission. Their support has been invaluable, and I envision The Rising Network as a safe haven for women to build their tribe and their board of advisors, just as it has served me.

The Rising Festival is a true testament to this mission. On Saturday, September 21st, in Cambridge, we're bringing together a powerhouse lineup of speakers, mentors and coaches for an immersive and transformative experience, designed to help you achieve balance and success in your life.

Join me on this journey at The Rising Festival 2024, and let's celebrate empowerment, growth, and community together.

I hope to see you there!

Lily Cheng, Founder, The Rising Network