We want communities to lead our mission and through our Chapter Lead community, we do just that. We support them behind the scenes. They accelerate progress towards a more gender-equal world by addressing the barriers that stop women from reaching their potential and thriving in their homes, economies, and societies.
The Rising Network ‘Chapters’ are led by our Chapter Leads who sit within the Leadership Team for each Chapter. Our chapters are local communities designed to connect, inspire and empower women, each with its own calendar of events, workshops, and activities for women in the local area.
Nicky Harrison, Chapter Lead
Commercial Director, FieldHouse Associates
Nicky is a corporate and B2B communications specialist with 15 years’ experience working with both major brands, smaller fast growth technology businesses and the funds that invest in them. She is excited by the ‘new’ and a business on a mission – change, growth acceleration, new markets, new audiences, launches and re-launches. She works closely with founding teams to create communications programmes and helps them tell their story through public relations that directly impact the business.
At specialist communications agency, FieldHouse Associates, she is the Commercial Director which importantly focuses not only on ensuring the business is optimised to grow financially but also as a guardian of the culture. Nicky has acted as a coach and mentor throughout her career and is passionate about inspiring the next generation of talent to explore, discover and fulfil their career potential. When she isn’t working, Nicky can usually be found in deep conversation about the relative strengths of the Harry Potter characters with her two beautiful little boys Charlie and Fyfe.
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.
Jaspreet Kaur , Gender Insight Lead
Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Writer, Behind the Netra
Jaspreet Kaur is a spoken word artist from East London focused on gender issues, historical topics, taboo subjects and positive social change in both the Asian community and wider society. By day, Jaspreet is a secondary school History and Sociology teacher, with an academic background in both history and gender studies. Her work tackles issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, the postcolonial immigrant experience, and more. She has now taken a break from teaching to focus on her journey as a writer, poet and performer.
Over the last two years and by the age of twenty seven, Jaspreet has performed all around the UK, including the 2018 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, Theatre Royal London, Oxford University, London City Hall, the House of Lords, Trafalgar Square, and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Her TEDx London Talk ‘How Poetry Saved My Life’ to an audience of 1200 people explored how the power of words gave her the confidence to overcome her own mental health struggles. As well as performing poetry, Behind the Netra also provides workshops and motivational talks for all ages.
Her creativity has also led Behind the Netra to opportunities such as featuring in a short film with Idris Elba, appearing regularly on the BBC and Sunday Morning Live and working with the UN on the HeforShe Campaign. Jaspreet is also a Senior Judge for the Queen’s Essay Competition 2018 and 2019, and an ambassador for The Girls’ Network, Time to Change and Binti International. In 2020, Jaspreet will also be a Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence at Birkbeck University and an Artist in Residence with the Spine Festival, led by Apples and Snakes.
It’s been an incredible journey for Behind the Netra, winning the Asian Women of Achievement Award by Women of the Future in the Arts and Culture category, winning the ‘We Are The City’ Rising Star Award for her work in Education and Academia, being shortlisted for the National Diversity Award for being a Positive Role Model and finally being voted one of the Top 10 Inspirational Sikh Women in the UK. Jaspreet has also become an ambassador for Binti International, a charity on a mission to tackle menstruation stigma and period poverty around the world.
Jaspreet is currently working on her first book, a narrative nonfiction to be released in early 2021.
Lin Yue, Chapter Lead
Executive Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Lin Yue is an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London. She is responsible for growing and managing key relationships across UK institutional investors.
As one of the most senior executives of mainland Chinese origin in the City of London, she has helped elevate women and ethnic minorities in the workplace. She inspired professionals to challenge stereotypes, and to strive for success as their authentic self. She is a thought leader on Diversity&Inclusion, workplace cultures, and decoding differences between China and the West – her insights and speeches are widely sought for their unique perspectives, originality and passion.
Lin has been honoured on many occasions for her work. She was recognised as HERoes 100 Women Future Leaders List in 2020, as a top 5 Future Leaders for HERoes Women Role Model , on Brummell’s list as one of 50 most inspirational women in the City of London, one of the 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders by EMpower, and the winner of the “Excellence in Banking” award at the Chinese Business Leaders Awards.
A graduate of Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, Lin is also passionate about applying psychology at workplace and beyond and making life skills accessible to all.
Eliana Triggiani, Project and Programme Lead
Global Category Manager and Business Partner, AstraZeneca
Eliana is an enthusiastic individual with strong passion in supporting women in thriving in life or business. She has several years’ experience in blue-chip organizations working on Supplier innovation projects in Clinical and Manufacturing. Eliana holds an M.Sc. in Management Engineering and a Project Management and Innovation specialization from Polytechnic of Milan and Polytechnic of Barcelona.
She is passioned about innovation and coaching. She holds a coaching and mindfulness certification alongside SixSigma belt which are optimum combination for supporting people in their innovation journey. Eliana is a proactive person with an eye for creativity with a desire for shaking things up, strong thought leadership, entrepreneurial style and innovation experience. In her free time, she enjoys networking, volunteering business mentoring for young ladies and organizing TEDx events in London. She also enjoy travelling and cooking, dancing tango and practicing yoga.
Carmen Campos, Project and Programme Lead
Project Manager, Sartorius Stedim
Carmen joined Sartorius Stedim Biotech (formerly TAP Biosystems) in 2014. In her current role, she manages the programme development and product lifecycle activities of a novel automated technology for Life Science Research and Biopharmaceutical applications.
Prior to that, Carmen has led a wide range of projects since finished her Industrial Engineering MSc in 2009 such as Collaborative European research projects to develop engineering solutions for railway and renewable energy sectors. Carmen has also worked in a manufacturing environment, delivering Lean manufacturing projects to increase the company’s production output. All these experiences has given her a broad outlook of the different stages of project and product development, from concept to implementation in operations.
Carmen is also a passionate STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Ambassador and promotes STEM subjects among young people to highlight the benefits and versatility of a career in Engineering and Technology. She participates with Sartorius in the Children Challenging Industry Progamme which provides a dynamic link between education and industry in primary schools across the country.
Furthermore, Carmen is a Member of the Association of Project Managers (APM) and in her free time she enjoys attending Rising Network events, doing Pilates and entertaining her 2 year old twin boys.
Carmen comments: “It is a privilege to be part of the Rising Network’s leadership team as a Chapter Lead. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with other women and to make a positive contribution to their ‘professional’ and ‘personal’ life projects”.
Zuhrah Samim – HR Lead
Zuhrah Samim is an HR professional that has worked in SME’s to strategically and operationally develop their core HR function. Zuhrah’s skillsets with the HR world has enabled her to work in organisations to enhance their HR function or even built their HR department from a blank canvas.
Zuhrah believes that the people are assets of the organisation and her role within the organisation is to support those assets to get the best productivity and best enhanced performance. Zuhrah believes that this is an opportunity to transform the organisation through HR and its assets.
Due to Zuhrah’s role being HR Generalist, it is transferable in every organisation. Zuhrah has worked as HR Manager for one the most prestigious names in the Middle East, HR manager for Annalect, a sister company for Omnicom Media Group, HR BP for a Medical Recruitment Company, Head of HR for a property company and HR and Recruitment Specialist for an Artificial intelligence tech organisation.
Being the first HR in majority of my roles, Zuhrah’s role consisted of creating the HR function from the bare minimum or enhancing the HR department within the organisation. Zuhrah has specialized experience in various HR fields such as TUPE, Redundancy, Restructure and work force training, employee development, HR software implementation. Zuhrah is a solution focused individual and as Zuhrah has evolved from role to role, there is not challenge to small or big for me in the HR role and thrive in challenging herself and learning new things to better herself. The influence of successors that Zuhrah has had in her professional development is all due to strong powerful women that has coached and mentored her.
Now it is my turn to give back to the world and The Rising Network has enabled me to do this through a fantastic networking.
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