Become a Riser. Learn how to get into the positions where you
call the shots and make a difference.
At a glance
5 weeks + 1 bonus week
(plus lifelong support)
online + as part of an international group
made for busy people
(in jobs, looking for jobs, with little kids...)
(easily start & stop each week at your convenience)
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Career results & testimonials, How it works, Who's Valerie,
Curriculum, Who this programme is for,
Pricing, Start dates
Your career results
We don't give out attendance certificates. The Rise Academy gives you something much better: the power engine you need to rise up for the rest of your life. We teach you what others never learn or take decades to figure out. You learn how to
supercharge your career
get pay rises, promotions & impact
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
lead with courage and kindness
make a lasting difference
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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".
Learn how to unlock the power of your voice. We show you the powerful 3-step method to convert an idea you have into a story that others want to support. Public speaking is a key skill - no matter whether you want to get colleagues on board 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.
Learn to create "windows of visibility" for yourself, your work and your team - as those are 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.
Learn how to negotiate like a pro. No matter what you want to get - an opportunity, a new job, a promotion, a payrise, funding for a project, a team or leadership position - you will need to negotiate. 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 a key skill you need to rise up.
Learn how to analyse and use power dynamics. Deciphering the people and institutions you deal with 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, strategize and act accordingly. The People Compass shows you how to analyse, understand and influence your boss, your colleagues and key stakeholders and gives you the tool to do so. The Wingwomen Compass introduces you to the 6 types of Wingwomen you need and how you find them.
Rise up Week
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. 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 handbreaks that are constantly up as you drive through life. We introduce you to tools that help you identify your personal limiting beliefs and fears and start to let them go.
So you can become unstoppable.
Plus lifelong support after your complete the Rise Academy: we follow up with you and the other Risers in our quarterly alumni sessions. So once you join, you are never alone.
Who this programme is for
The Rise Academy is our foundation programme. It 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 can also join.
To find out more about who this programme is for and what you can expect, check out
Invest in yourself - Pricing
Invest 999 pound sterling in yourself today. Rise for the rest of your life.
By joining, you make an investment into yourself that will serve you for the rest of your life. That's why the participation fee comes with lifetime access to all masterclasses, trainings, toolkits & alumni sessions. It's 999 pound sterling + the VAT your country of residence might require us to collect. We can also arrange a payment over 6 months for you.
Join our waitlist today to find out when registration opens for our autumn round. As one of our alumni said:
"Waiting costs us DEARLY. In terms of money, career progression and frustrations.
I wish I had taken this programme years ago!"