London Chapter Leads

Summer 2019 – New TO THE NETWORK!

We are expanding the Rising Network community and introducing Rising Network ‘Chapters’ – led by our Chapter Leads who sit within the Leadership Team for each Chapter. Our chapters are  local communities to connect, inspire and empower women, each with their own calendar of events, workshops and activities for women in the local area.

Chapter Leads work together to shape the direction of the network in their local area and work closely with the Rising Network to create events, activities and initiative in the chapter. If you are interested in becoming a Chapter Lead and would like more information, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

More Chapter Leads to be announced soon!

Zara Janjua – Chapter Lead

TV Presenter, Journalist, Actor, Comedian and Writer

Zara Janjua is a TV presenter, journalist, actor, comedian and writer. She presented national news programmes, RTS award-winning daytime, cookery, sport and comedy shows; recently hosting BBC’s The Comedy Underground. Zara won a spot in the BBC’s Comedy Writer’s Room 2019/20 and is now writing for some of the channel’s biggest and best comedy shows. Zara has written and performed in sketches on STV’s Late Show and regularly performs stand-up in comedy clubs and festivals around the UK. As an actor, she has appeared in theatre productions and she has fronted adverts and global campaigns for Liz Earle Skincare.

She moved to London to work in TV production as a producer and director. In 2019 she celebrated a BAFTA and NTA win on ITV’s This Morning team. She specialises in branded editorial video production as a creative producer and director, winning awards for content she produced at New York Gay Pride for Stonewall 50. Zara is a corporate and charity event host and commentator for global events, fundraisers and charity dinners. She helped First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launch the Gender Pay Gap Action Plan in Scotland and fronted a global fashion launch between Harris Tweed Hebrides and Pakistani fashion designer HSY. She is an after-dinner speaker on women’s rights, mental health and comedy & confidence; writing bespoke comedy routines for events. She often presents or reports segments on TV, radio and podcasts.

Lailany Sierra – Engagement Lead

Head of People Solutions, Chanel

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.