Network & Learn: Propel Your Career with Mentors and Sponsors

Tuesday, 28 January 2020
18:30 - 20:30
Cambridge, UK
Free for members / £25.00

Join us in Cambridge for Network & Learn: Propel Your Career with Mentors and Sponsors

Hear women and experts in their field share insights and knowledge on how to propel your career with the support of mentors and sponsors, followed by our unique ‘Speed Networking with Purpose’ session – where we create up to 450 meaningful connections in one evening!

This event is a fantastic way to expand your network, challenge your thinking and learn something new. As with all our events, we pride ourselves in creating a relaxed and welcoming experience to enable meaningful relationships to be made.

In this session hear lighting talks on:

Talk 1: Make Mentoring Work For You – Dr Lynn Morgan, Advisor

In this short talk, Dr Lynn Morgan will breakdown the mentoring process beyond just finding a mentor.  Lynn will share the importance of defining what you want to achieve through a mentoring relationship,  is it for example, a specific objective you want to achieve or support in changing your management style?  Being able to clearly define your  objectives to a potential mentor will support you to have the right focus and to achieve your mentoring goals.

Talk 2: How to Maintain a Mentee Mentality for Life ‘ –  Lailany Sierra, Head of People Solutions, CHANEL

In this talk, Lailany Sierra will share her recommendations on how to create a growth mindset so you can confidently take the lead to explore and take forward the opportunities around you. Lailany will challenge the status quo on mentoring relationships and that fruitful mentoring relationships can be with those who are not necessarily older or more advanced in their profession. By actively surrounding yourself with diverse people (age, race, gender, profession, education, etc.) perspectives broaden which will offer you insight to interpret challenges and setbacks in a different light.

Talk 3: ‘Being Your Own Mentor’ – Amanda Hepton-Patchett, Communications Lead at University of Cambridge

We hope you can join us for a night of insight and shared learning over wine and nibbles.


18:30 – Check in, drinks & nibbles
18:50 – Welcome from Chapter Lead
18:55 – Welcome from host
19:00 – Talks and Speed Networking with Purpose
20:30 – Event Close

Thank you to our host who are kindly offering their venue plus wine and nibbles on the night:



Join the network and attend our events to help you to: 

  • Get outside your comfort zone and expand your network by creating new relationships.
  • Gain ideas and inspiration to drive your professional and personal development forward.
  • Learn and build your leadership and business skills.
  • Raise your profile and business to prospective customers.
  • Work through personal or professional challenges in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Empower yourself by learning tools and techniques to create positive changes in life, at work and at home.
  • Develop your presenting and networking skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Invest in Yourself:

  • Corporate, Enterprise & Individual Members: Free to attend and included in your membership
  • Non-Member / Digital Subscribers: £25.00 + booking fees
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Speaker Biographies

About Lynn Morgan: Dr Lynn Morgan has a PhD in Organisational Psychology from Manchester Business School, her thesis focussed on business mentoring and gender dynamics. Lynn’s passion in this subject is reflected in her interest and experience in developing both businesses and individuals through mentoring and coaching. She recently retired from the Arthur Rank Hospice where she had worked for 9 years, prior to this she was the Director of Business and Enterprise at the East of England Development Agency. In 2017 she was honoured to be named Business Person of the Year in the Cambridge News Business Awards. In addition to sitting on the Rising Network Advisory Board and the planning committee for the Rising Festival, Lynn is currently working with several organisations in an advisory role.

About Amanda Hepton-Patchett: Amanda is a senior communications professional with over 25 years’ experience, including corporate communications, PR, marketing and advertising. She specialises in internal communications and employee engagement and has a particular interest in diversity and inclusion. She worked for 13 years at Cambridge University’s international exam group where she was Group Head of Internal Communications and Engagement before embarking on a career as an interim in 2018. Her interim roles include Director of Internal Communications for a major global pharmaceutical company and Comms Lead on a cultural change programme at Cambridge University.
After graduating with a joint honours degree in German and English, Amanda began her career as a personal assistant/co-ordinator before entering the world of Public Relations where she worked for several major agencies in London. Her most significant campaign was supporting the Wishing Well Appeal for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for which she received a special commendation. She went on to establish a successful PR practice for a leading regional advertising agency. Here she built the function from scratch, working part-time and this earned her a seat on the management board which she combined successfully with raising a young family.
She then went on to work for a major personal lines insurance intermediary, again setting up their internal comms function. She joined as Corporate Communications Manager and left as Senior Internal Communications Manager before moving to the University exam group.

A strong believer in lifelong learning, Amanda went back to university later in life and did a Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics where she was the oldest in the class. She achieved a distinction, after studying on top of a full time job and with a two hour daily commute. She has also undertaken professional study and took the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Internal Communication Diploma and now returns to teach other practitioners. She is an Accredited Member of the CIPR. In 2018 she became a qualified ILM Level 7 (Masters level) Executive Coach and Mentor.

About Lailany Sierra: Lailany Sierra is currently the Head of People Solutions at CHANEL and is responsible for facilitating organizational transformation as the company adopts new digital HR technologies. Leveraging her extensive experience in managing human resources operations and systemic implementations, she leads the team who oversee the global Human Capital Management system including the design and execution of modifications which drive efficiencies and effectiveness and enhance the employee experience whilst building the appropriate strategic roadmap, governance structure and operational model to support the ongoing technological evolution.
Prior to joining CHANEL, Lailany Sierra was the Vice President of Human Resources at IgnitionOne, a digital marketing technology company with over 450 employees in 17 offices across 10 countries. Lailany was responsible for all global human capital programs and initiatives, ensuring that the practices implemented embraced the creative and entrepreneurial start-up culture. Previously, Lailany spent 12 years in Human Resources leadership roles in the entertainment industry.
Lailany was the Director of Human Resources for IMAX Corporation based in Los Angeles and prior to that spent nearly a decade at ESPN and The Walt Disney Company as an HR Business Partner supporting the media and entertainment divisions in the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Lailany has lived in several metropolitan cities and most recently relocated to London in 2018. Lailany is a Board Member and Treasurer at Workforce Professionals Training Institute and at United Way United Kingdom. She has also participated in the Baruch College Executives on Campus mentoring program and served as a volunteer Career Coach at Dress for Success. Lailany holds an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, a BBA from Baruch College, City University of New York and an Associate degree from Monroe College.

About Tavistock Investments Group:  The ethos of the Tavistock Investments Group is founded on traditional values – honour, vigilance and dependability – enhanced by the relentless pursuit of excellence and improvement in every aspect of what we do. Your best interests are at the core of everything that we and our advisers do on your behalf. We believe it’s our ability to build strong relationships with clients that is key to success for both. Our service provides you with an extensive range of specialist wealth management, financial planning and tax saving opportunities tailored to your personal requirements. You’ll receive expert, independent advice and support across a wide variety of areas – all designed to help you achieve your lifestyle ambitions and delivered by our highly qualified staff. Our Employee Benefits team are also on hand to deliver the tools to help you to attract, engage and retain your most valuable asset. With complex regulation, increasing expectations for employee benefits, and recent changes to pension legislation, there’s a lot of pressure on HR departments.

About the Rising Network: The Rising Network is a vibrant network of professional women empowering women to reach their true potential and to live a balanced life. We take a holistic approach towards life and enrich our members professionally and personally by providing a supportive learning and networking environment, both online and at face-to-face events, where tools, strategies and techniques can be learned and developed. As well as supporting our individual members, we offer events, webinars and courses to the public and tailored programmes and workshops to organisations, universities and other networks. For more information about the network and to join, visit