June Sarpong MBE to host the Rising Stars 2018 winners’ celebration at NewsUK

June Sarpong

WeAreTheCity are proud to announce that TV presenter and author of Diversify, June Sarpong MBE, will host the Rising Star 2018 winners’ celebration at NewsUK, London.

Sarpong will join the winners, the judging panel, corporate sponsors and supporters in an inspiring evening and celebration of female talent.

Speaking about hosting the awards, Sarpong said, “2018 has been dubbed the ‘year of the women’ and has very much thrown gender and diversity into the public consciousness – the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, gender pay gap reporting, and marking 100 years of women’s suffrage.”

“Despite all that has been achieved since the Suffragettes’ won the vote, more still needs to be done to reach gender parity.”

“Awards such as these are incredibly important – and needed – to continue to raise women’s platforms and showcase how talented the female population is.”

“I’m extremely proud to support the 2018 Rising Star Awards and look forward to meeting the amazing and inspiring women, who are flying the flag for womankind.”

WeAreTheCity would also like to take this opportunity to thank NewsUK and The Times & Sunday Times for sponsoring and hosting the winners’ celebration.

Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd, said “It has been a tumultuous year for gender politics across the world, and programs that nurture the next generation of female talent have never been more important.”

“We at The Times and The Sunday Times are delighted to continue to support the Rising Star Awards to recognise the tremendous work being done by the next generation of leaders across British industry.”

On Monday 18 June, WeAreTheCity announced the winners of the 2018 Rising Star Awards. You can view all of our winners’ here.

Now in its fourth year, the Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 100 role models across 20 different industries and professions.

Alongside the Rising Star categories and Rising Star Champion award, we are also pleased to announce the winners of the Company of the Year award. This award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting its female talent pipeline through their initiatives, training, development programmes and internal employee relations and diversity network groups.

The awards were entered by 1,250 individuals were judged by a panel of 54 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. The awards were kindly sponsored by The Times & The Sunday Times and supported by 3M, Accenture, Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK, CMI Women, Edit Development, EPAA, Jessica Huie Public Relations (JHPR), Jobbio, Kier, Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyd’s, Northern Trust, PedalSure, Reed Smith, Royal Navy, SAGE and Sodexo.

Alison Simpson
About the author

Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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