Rising Together Gala2019-04-25T15:28:31+00:00

The Change That Happens is the Change We Make

This impactful event will spotlight the launch of Rising America Silicon Valley, our award-winning, innovative entrepreneur program. Learn how local women who are survivors of human trafficking, abuse, and homelessness use entrepreneurial skills to economically empower themselves, and other survivors around the globe.


  • Speakers who share their stories of overcoming the odds
  • A docent-led tour of the museum’s acclaimed exhibits for VIP guests
  • A taste of world cuisine
  • Rising’s amazing global marketplace of artisan goods
  • Live Auction!


Online: Rising Together at Handbid.com
Phone: 831-429-RISE (7473)
Mail: print form and make check payable to Rising International
More Info


Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, California

We’re extremely excited and honored to announce our keynote speaker!

Olympic Wrestling Champion, Helen Maroulis Will Make Her Silicon Valley Speaking Debut!

Rising star athlete Helen Maroulis is a Greek-American freestyle wrestler who competes in the women’s 55-kg and 53-kg categories. In 2016 she stunned the wresting and sports community when she became the first ever American woman to win a gold medal in wrestling at the Olympic Games.

After the winning the gold, Helen shared her darkest secret in an article she wrote for Sports Illustrated. This remarkable tell-all give us a glimpse of the inspiration she’ll bring to us! Her Story: Olympic Wrestler Helen Maroulis: My Darkest Secret That’s Greater Than Gold!

Please join us November 15th for an unmatched evening! We will celebrate our successes, and raise funds to support women waiting to enter the Rising America program in Santa Clara County. When women rise, we all rise!

Shop our legendary global marketplace!

Handcrafted goods made by survivor artisans rising above their circumstances in over 20 developing counties.
NEW this year! A silent auction of exquisite, one-of-a-kind finds. Pre-event bidding! Stay tuned for details.

Join other Change Makers

Rising is supported by philanthropists, business executives, celebrities, athletes and community leaders. All will enjoy an evening of inspiration, storytelling, and discovery.
If you’re unable to attend this event and would like to make a donation, details are here.

Deeply Grateful to Our Sponsors 

Joan LeMahieu and Jim Forster

Sush Vij, Judy Brose with Century 21mm, Susan Burnett Consulting, Designing Your Life Workshops,  Lego Ventures

Connie and Bob Lurie, Suzanne Taves, Lydia Vidovich, Sheila Jordan, Talea Seyed


Check in at Registration
6pm to 6:45pm
If you purchased a General Admission ticket, you’re invited to choose a seat in the open seating area Table Seating Map provided for Table Guests

VIP Cocktail Hour / Global Marketplace / Silent Auction
6pm to 6:45pm
Shop handcrafted gifts made by remarkable women from over 20 countries.

Program and Dinner in the New Venture Hall / Live Auction
7pm to 8:15pm

Global Marketplace Continues / Silent Auction Closes
8:15pm to 9:15pm
Shopping has never been more rewarding! Everything you purchase in the marketplace changes lives.

VIP after Party 
8:30pm to 10:00pm
Includes VIP After Party, docent-led tour of the museum’s acclaimed exhibits, and photo opportunity with speakers.

Cocktail or Business

The San Jose Convention Center is just 1.5 blocks away, or a 4 minute walk.
OR you can park at the City View Plaza across the street. It’s just a 4 minute walk. Parking Cost $5 with validation.