Sandra Gordon is 1 of 3 founders of the all female organization called RISE. RISE is all about female development and specializes in empowerment and business workshops for BME women within the South West.

Sandra Gordon was one of the special guest speakers at the second official Queens Power Lunch and the story of her journey was interesting as well as inspiring. Sandra told the ladies in attendance that she had worked for someone else’s company for years, moving up the promotion ladder at every chance but was still looking for something more fulfilling. She met Lynn Mareno at an event and got talking about what they felt was missing in the South West for women of colour. They left the conversation there and after a twist of fate they bump into each other again. They decided that the time had come to act on their conversation giving birth to the amazing RISE movement. 

RISE ‘Recognising Individual Successes & Efforts’ Providing a platform to showcase and recognise business & entrepreneurs from within the BME community.


RISE’s 3 founding members are Sandra, Lynn and Nia and over the past 2 years they have successfully put on a variety of events, from music shows to all female empowerment workshops. They even brought the amazing Mavis Amankwah to Bristol. RISE are currently putting on a new program for BME women UNDER 25.

The first of 3 program’s consisting of 6 workshops based on personal and business development was very successful with 7 participant’s gaining unique experience from branding, marketing along with developing skill’s to help with moving forward with ideas and goals for their business currently active or, in the planning stages.

With lottery funding, this is a FREE program specifically targeting the women of BME community within Bristol. RISE is a NON PROFIT organisation . The next program, Saturday 6th June 2015 starts with the first workshop 10-4pm ( venue details passed on later) Limited spaces. 

Here are the details to get in touch –

RISE are now on UJIMA Radio every Monday 1 – 2pm so make sure you tune in to hear what these lovely ladies have to say.

Facebook – RISE Women