About Rise

Rise: the Membership is an online learning and community platform supporting 20-something women’s personal development, goal setting, and achievement.

Rise offers its members monthly online learning modules, community building via virtual and in-person workshops and social gatherings, and coaching and mentorship opportunities. Rise addresses the whole person, in that our content covers (and connects) mental, emotional and professional wellness and success. The outcome we strive towards is increased confidence and agency amongst young female professionals, resulting in an enhanced self-concept and career trajectory.

We are based out of Harvard iLabs in the Launch Lab X — Program, a curated community of motivated, like-minded innovators.

You can learn more about Harvard Innovation Labs here:


Our Team

Julia Starr


Julia is an ex-consultant turned career coach.
Trained at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University in coaching and behavior change, she has deep expertise in supporting women in identifying purposeful careers, and advocating for themselves in work and personal lives.
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Emily Ness

Mentor Program Director

Emily is a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellbeing Coaching (NBC-HWC), a registered yoga instructor (RYT200) & trauma informed yoga instructor (30hr).
Trained at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing, Emily now supports Rise’s coaching and mentorship programs.
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Libby Koerbel

Strategic Advisor

Libby is the Growth Marketing Lead at Caviar.
She is an expert strategist, operator, and negotiator with experience at the Boston Consulting Group, Universal Music Group, and Pandora and is passionate about helping women find their voice in business and in life.

Julia Pearl


Julia is an undergrad student at Harvard studying Computer Science and Math.
She has experience working at tech companies Panorays and Facebook. She is interested in joining organizations which cause technology to positively benefit people’s lives.

Kinsey Marie

Marketing and Social Media Queen

Kinsey is the Marketing and Social Media Queen at Rise and the LSW Case Manager at Meridian Health Services
Kinsey attended Minnesota State University, Mankato and graduated with two bachelors’ degrees in Social Work and Gender and Women’s Studies. After college, she  spent time as a Licensed Personal Trainer.
She has extensive knowledge in health and wellness and the plant based lifestyle, both through personal experience and hands-on application. Her passion lies in the combination of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
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