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At a glance 


​5 weeks + 1 bonus week

(plus lifelong support)


online + as part of an international community


made for busy people

(in jobs, looking for jobs, with little kids...)

Time commitment 

4-6 hours/week

(easily start & stop each week at your convenience) 

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Career results & testimonials, How it works, Who's Valerie,

Curriculum, Who this course is for,

Pricing, Money-Back Guarantee, Start dates

Your career results 

The Rise Academy gives you the power engine you need to rise up for the rest of your life and take others with you. We teach you what others never learn or take decades to figure out. You learn how to 

  • become confident

  • advance in a sane and smart way

  • think, strategize and act like successful leaders

  • confidently manage what it takes to rise up, from public speaking, visibility, self-confidence & negotiations to pitching, power and strategy 

  • get pay rises, promotions & impact

  • lead with courage and kindness

  • live a happier & impactful life 

  • supercharge your career

How it works


Exclusive video masterclasses

Each Saturday, you get access to the week's course material on our online

e-learning platform. Each week you work with Valerie through a different element of the Rise formula, real-life cases and tools so you learn to think like a Riser, strategize like a Riser and act like a Riser. So, you start by watching the week's video masterclasses, in your own time and wherever you are. 


Real-life cases

Unlike other courses that are limited to theoretical frameworks, the Rise Academy is hands-on and opens up to you what happens behind closed doors. Valerie will share with you everything she did to lead her first team at 23, her first multi-million dollar fund at 26 and get into the rooms of power in her 20s. She will take you into different rooms of power so you learn how they work and get access to a unique perspective that you normally don't get.


Riser Workbooks 

Each masterclass comes with a new Riser Workbook that you download.

Working through the week's workbook is your homework. It helps you apply what you learn in the masterclasses to yourself, your life and your personal goals. They also include a toolbox of incredibly useful templates and tools.  


Personal Rise Plan 

Each Riser Workbook also includes a section called "Your Personal Rise Plan". Here you distill what you learn into practical steps towards your own success. At the end of the course, you combine these sections into your Personal Rise Plan. We designed it as a practical and ever-lasting tool. You keep going back to it to stay on track and you revise your Rise Plan as you progress and grow.


Growth Challenges

For each week, we also give you a Growth Challenge where you apply and practice what you learnt. Theoretical knowledge without application is worthless. Growing takes practice and always includes making mistakes, testing things and facing fears. The Growth Challenges allow you to start growing immediately and us to be with you every step of the way.  Which brings us to the live coaching sessions. 


Live Coaching, Q&As and Lifelong Support

Each week on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you have a live group-coaching session with Valerie to talk about your week, learnings, experiences and your open questions. Well, whatever you want, because it's your time. We use group coaching because it multiplies your learning opportunities and allows you to tap into the experience of other inspiring course participants from all over the world. Importantly: after completing the Rise Academy you join our international community and get access to alumni sessions and lifelong Wingwo(men) support!


About our founder Valerie Mocker

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You get to work directly with Valerie, who has been named one of Europe's 40 under 40 leaders. After graduating from Oxford, she started leading her first teams with 23, built her first multi-million dollar fund with 26, became the youngest director at Europe's innovation fund Nesta and got into many rooms of power and onto boards in her 20s. She is an internationally renowned motivational speaker and has worked with startups, corporates, charitable organisations and governments across the world.

What we are saying is: she figured out how you rise up. In the Rise Academy Valerie passes all those secrets and key tools on to you, so you can make a difference!

"Being a thoughtful, empathetic and confident leader (while staying true to oneself) is what I admire Valerie doing so well when leading".


Your curriculum

Week 1: VOICE. Find your voice, be heard, get confident. Learn how to unlock the power of your voice and be heard. We show you a powerful 3-step method that'll make sure that when you speak, everyone listens. Public speaking is a key skill - no matter whether you want to get colleagues on board, lead your teams or you get onto a stage. So Valerie takes you inside the keynotes, media interviews and many top-level pitches she has given and teaches you how to become a good and confident public speaker that inspires action. Valerie also takes you into a room of power - boards, the group that controls the CEO and leadership of an organisation - so you understand how top decision makers think, talk and listen. Together we apply these lessons to your work situations to teach you how you use your voice on a daily basis and strategically to get where you want to be. The Masterclasses, Tools & Coaching this week will empower you to: -communicate clearly and effectively -stop babbling and get your point across -find your voice that feels authentic to you -confidently speak up -learn great structures for your talks & presentations -become a confident public speaker -tackle perfectionism -loose your discomfort of speaking in front of others -protect yourself from being interrupted and silenced

Week 2: VISIBILITY. Become visible, get your next promotion/position, show how good you are - without feeling weird about it. Learn to make yourself, your hard work and your team visible. This is essential for you to get ahead. Valerie works with you through the 11 smart Visibility Tools you can use to become visible without seeming weird or looking like you just want to show off. We teach you the working-out-loud method and how you apply it to your daily work inside your organisation and on social media. We help you to turn beating-your-own-drum from something many feel uncomfortable with into a natural work habit. Valerie takes you into a room of power - this time, the boss perspective - to show you what it takes to get promoted, lifted up and given opportunities. And how you create windows of visibility on a daily basis so you can be seen. By your bosses, colleagues, clients and important decision makers. The Masterclasses, Tools & Coaching this week will empower you to: -learn how promotions really work -make time for tasks that matter most -prioritise what’ll get you ahead -say “no” more easily -make your hard work visible -show your talent without uncomfortable bragging -create visibility immediately with 11 smart tools -use social media for your career -loose the fear of being disliked by others -protect yourself from others taking credit for your work

Week 3: WINGWO(MEN). Find supporters, build a kick-ass network, get comfortable with power: Learn how to use power and build yourself a powerful network. Deciphering how the people and institutions you work with tick is another key skill for any Riser. This week Valerie introduces you to three crucial tools any Riser should use: the Power Compass helps you understand different forms of power and uncover the power structures you work within. So you can think, strategise and act accordingly. The People Compass shows you how to analyse, understand and influence your boss, your colleagues, team members and key stakeholders and gives you the tool to do so. The Wingwomen Compass introduces you to the 5 types of Wingwo(men) you need to rise up and shows you how to find them. All this will turn you into a kick-ass and kind leader. The Masterclasses, Tools & Coaching this week will empower you to: -strategically build yourself a powerful network -surround yourself with the 5 types of Wingwo(men) -turn others into your champions -see how power works in your organisation -become comfortable with using power -understand crystal clearly how other people tick -analyse and influence your team, colleagues, bosses -loose the fear of asking for help -be a kick-ass & kind leader -protect yourself from toxic people and toxic behaviour

Week 4: VALUE. Get paid more, learn how to pitch, successfully influence and lead others: Learn how to negotiate like a pro. No matter what you want to get - an opportunity, a new job, a promotion, a pay rise, funding for a project, a team or leadership position - after this week you'll know exactly how to get what you want. Successful negotiators focus on the things the other side values and the value you can generate for them. This week Valerie and you will also deep-dive into important real-life situations: how you prepare, carry out and follow up on salary negotiations and how you become good at pitching. Whether that's pitching an idea internally to get resources and support or externally to get partners and funders. Pitching, in one form or another, is another key skill you need to rise up. The Masterclasses, Tools & Coaching this week will empower you to: -successfully negotiate your salary -negotiate all your future pay rises & promotion with a step-by-step guide -understand how you best influence the people you negotiate with -influence other people so they support your goals -get comfortable talking about money & your ambitions -boost your self-esteem and sense of self-worth -successfully pitch your ideas -secure the resources, staff and money for your projects -loose the fear of making mistakes

Week 5: RISE UP. Find your path, learn where to focus, rise in a sane and smart way: Learn to adapt the Rise formula - Voice, Visibility, Value, Wingwomen - to your personal values, your strengths and your purpose. Together they become the power engine and compass for your career. We'll give you tools to find your next step and get clarity on what's most important to you. You will learn how value-based leadership works and why it helps you achieve more. Importantly, we will also train you in valuing yourself. So many of us hold back because we worry about not being enough or doing something wrong. Those limiting beliefs and fears are like handbrakes that constantly slow us down as we drive through life. We introduce you to tools that help you identify your personal limiting beliefs and fears and start to let them go. The Masterclasses, Tools & Coaching this week will empower you to: -confidently take your next career step -build a career path that’s right for you -reorganise your work week so you experience less stress -bring more energy and clarity into your work -be a great Wingwo(man) leader for others -deal with setbacks & overcome failure -leave the Rise Academy with a concrete Riser Plan and next steps that’ll allow you to solve (all) your next career challenge(s)

Plus a Bonus Week before your core course & lifelong support after: we keep lifting you up and bring you together with other Risers in our quarterly alumni sessions. So once you join, you are never alone. 


Who this programme is for

The Rise Academy is open to all levels because it teaches you what you need to rise up throughout your career. That's why we give you life-time access to the Rise Academy. 


And yes, men also join!


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