Social Networking Event: Gender Insights & Chocolate Tasting

Join us for a relaxed evening in good company featuring Gender Insights expert Sigrid Fisher, along with wine, canapés and chocolate tasting with Cambridge’s favourite chocolate shop Chocolat Chocolat!

Dates Thursday, June 13, 2019 - Download as vCalendar
Event Times: 18:30 to 20:30
Venue The Royal Cambridge Hotel, Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1PY
Contact Name Katy Hurst
Website Event website

Event details:

Join us for a relaxed evening in good company featuring Gender Insights expert Sigrid Fisher, along with wine, canapés and chocolate tasting with Cambridge’s favourite chocolate shop Chocolat Chocolat!

We are delighted to be joined by Sigrid Fisher, equality, diversity and inclusion expert who will be sharing insights on gender and identity in her short talk; ‘Speaking up for our true selves’.

As women, our identities matter. The labels used to define us can be imposed, gendered, value-laden, restrictive – more about what we do (often for others) and how we are judged, than about who we are, our authentic selves.

How we talk about the moments of our lives that shape us has a profound impact on our sense of belonging and our wellbeing. Making time for honest and open self-reflection gives us the opportunity to write our own narrative, to be empowered by the pieces of ourselves that make us unique.

“I am not defined by what other people think of me. My opinion of myself is what matters.”

During this event, you will also have the opportunity to indulge during our chocolate tasting session where you will learn and taste some delicious chocolates by Chocolat Chocolat.

You’ll be welcomed with wine and canapés.

Come with your friends, colleagues or alone. As with all our events, our events are relaxed and informal, and are a great way to make new connections and friendships.


18:30 – Welcome drinks & canapés
18:45 – Welcome by Rising Network Member
18:50 – Gender Insights, Speaking up for our true selves with Sigrid Fisher
19:00 – Speed Networking with Purpose
19:30 – An introduction to the world of chocolate with Chocolat Chocolat
20:15 – Q&A
20:30 – Close

Thank you to our host:

Our events will 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.

We have limited places available and this event is open to non-members. Book today to secure your place and we can’t wait to see you there.

Invest in Yourself:

  • Enterprise: Free to attend and included in your membership.
  • Individual member: Free to attend and included in your membership
  • Non-Members: £25 + VAT & booking fees

Wine, soft drinks, canapes and chocolate tasting included.

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

Formats include:

  • Personal and professional development workshops and courses
  • Social networking events with a difference
  • Masterclass joined by a guest speaker for an interactive session by an expert in their field.
  • Mixer events with invited guest speaker along with informal networking where you can introduce yourself to others and build your network.
  • Online Mastermind sessions include virtual networking and peer to peer support designed to help you navigate through challenges. Solve problems with input and advice from the other group members and from our invited business coaches/advisers.
  • The Rising Festival our flagship annual event celebrating International Women’s Day

Please see our events calendar for upcoming events:

About Sigrid Fisher:

Sigrid Fisher is an expert in gender, EDI and organisational culture. With over 20 years’ high-level professional experience in complex organisations across different sectors, Sigrid has a proven track record developing and delivering pragmatic best practice and successful strategic change. A visionary and creative leader, Sigrid is the Founder of, a consultancy offering specialist services focusing on women and gender, and innovative EDI solutions. Areas of focus include Gender Pay Gap, sexual harassment, women and work, wellbeing and empowerment.

Sigrid’s previous achievements include being Head of Equality & Diversity at the University of Cambridge for 10 years, producing the pioneering publication The Meaning of Success which explored the experiences of women in academia and leading the University’s widely-acclaimed Breaking the Silence campaign against sexual harassment. Sigrid also worked in collaboration with Jude Kelly OBE and Southbank London to bring the global Women of the World project to Cambridge, acting as Executive Producer for three WOW Cambridge programmes. Recent consultancy projects have included being commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry to develop policy, procedures and guidance for preventing and responding to bullying and harassment, and establishing a new EDI Office at London School of Economics. Sigrid is a Trustee of the Cambridge Film Trust which produces the annual internationally-renowned Cambridge Film Festival and is working with Cambridge’s Community Arts to increase the diversity of the Film Festival’s audience engagement.

About Chocolat Chocolat: Since it opened in 2009 Chocolat Chocolat can’t claim to have the same long history as the rest of the city, but the shop and it’s range of luxury chocolates are steeped in the traditions of the independent chocolatier. On most days you can look through the shop window and see one of their chocolatiers making their famous sheet chocolate right in front of your eyes. If you take a few steps inside and the smell of chocolate will immediately take you back to the traditional chocolate shops of years gone by, but brought up to date. Our chocolatier learnt her craft in Paris and Belgium, but she scours the world for exciting chocolates and flavours, always looking for tastes that excite the palette. Coming from a Fashion background she believes that chocolate should look as good as it tastes and she ensures that our range of gifts look as good as they taste and are a perfect gift.

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. For more information about the network and to join, visit


A vibrant network empowering women to reach their true potential. We do this by creating a supportive learning environment online and at face to face events where tools, strategies and techniques can be learnt, enabling women to advance both professionally and personally. For more information and to join us visit