One week to go – who will you nominate? | WeAreTheCity’s 2019 Rising Star Awards

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Since 2015, WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards have highlighted the achievements of over 400 future leaders and role models across a variety of different industries and professions.

 To celebrate the Rising Star Award’s fifth birthday, we are inviting you to nominate an amazing woman. The nominations process for all categories, our Rising Star Champions and Company of the Year award opened on 01 February 2019. Nominations will take place online via the Rising Stars website. For details of the criteria to enter the awards, visit here.

We are proud to announce that our previous winners have gone on to achieve phenomenal success. You can read about some of their achievements here.


Nadia Johnson featured“I am using this award to encourage the next cohort of engineers and technologists, combining this with my new STEM campaign to influence and educate prospective engineering and technology students. I hope to identify the importance of technology, as it is vital for human advancement, and motivate others to share the same excitement I get in my role. I think the award will be a great tool to demonstrate how a little bit of hard work can really pay off, and you do in fact get recognised and rewarded for it.”

– Nadia Johnson, Thales UK


The Rising Star awards recognise the achievements of women who are below Senior Management or Director level and therefore represent the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

In previous years, the awards have been supported by an array of FTSE sponsors and this year is no different. We are proud to announce that this year’s award headline sponsors are The Times and The Sunday Times.

The Rising Star Awards are also supported by 3M, Accenture, Barclays, Bloomberg, C&C Search, Cancer Research UK, CMI, Deloitte, EDIT Development, finnCap, Government Equalities Office, HSBC, Jobbio, Kier, Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyd’s, Northern Trust, Reed Smith, Style Magazine. Additional sponsors and categories will be announced.


Misba Khan featured“I am honoured and surprised!  So many people have supported the Women’s Euro Arabian North Pole expedition – for me to be nominated for the Rising Star Award. I absolutely love it when I tell people I am from Manchester. It’s hard to believe coming from the North West to the North Pole! And then a Rising Star!”

– Misba Khan, Women’s Euro Arabian North Pole Expedition


Alongside our Rising Star categories, we are also calling for nominations for Champions and a Company of the Year. Our Champion award recognises the achievements of five senior individuals, male or female, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their day job. Nominations for this award are individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to gender, eg HeForShe supporters, Network Leaders, Directors, MD’s or C-Suite individuals who are championing women either inside or outside their organisations.


rania svoronou featured“Honestly – it felt incredible. I still remember – I was back home in Athens, Greece for my summer holidays sitting with my mother on the balcony and when it got announced I just told her “Mother I made you proud’. It was overwhelming and a validation that I’m going on the right direction. I keep saying that people are getting rewarded and recognized in public for what they practice for years in private.”  

Rania Svoronou, IBM


The Company of the Year 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.

Nominations will take place online via the Rising Stars website. For details of the criteria to enter the awards, click here.

Our 2019 winners, Rising Star alumni, judges, sponsors and supporters will be invited to a prestigious ceremony, held at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Park Lane, London on 03 July 2019.

The award’s celebration will give guests an opportunity to meet and network with other winners, sponsors and judges; enjoy a three-course meal, wine and champagne reception; and hear from live entertainment and inspiring speakers.

Tickets for this year’s event are available to purchase from the Rising Star website.

Categories including in the 2019 Rising Star Awards are as follows:
  • Rising Stars in Banking & Capital Markets, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group
  • Rising Stars in Creative Industries, sponsored by Style Magazine
  • Rising Stars in Charity, sponsored by Cancer Research UK
  • Rising Stars in Defence, sponsor TBA
  • Rising Stars in Digital, sponsored by Barclays
  • Rising Stars in Diversity, sponsored by HSBC
  • Rising Stars EA & PA, sponsored by C&C Search
  • Rising Stars in Education & Academia, sponsored by EDIT Development
  • Rising Stars in Entrepreneurs & Startups, sponsored by finnCap
  • Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment, sponsored by Jobbio
  • Rising Stars in Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s of London
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management, sponsored by Northern Trust
  • Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award), sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Rising Stars in Property, Construction & Facilities Management, sponsored by Kier
  • Rising Stars in Professional Services, sponsored by Deloitte
  • Rising Stars in Public Sector, sponsored by Government Equalities Office
  • Rising Stars in PR & Communications, sponsor TBC
  • Rising Stars in Science & Engineering, sponsored by 3M
  • Rising Stars in Technology, sponsored by Accenture
  • Rising Stars in All Other Industries, sponsor TBC
  • Rising Star Champions, sponsored by CMI Women
  • Company of the Year, sponsored by Bloomberg
Awards Timeline
  • Nominations open: 01 February 2019
  • Nominations close: 22 March 2019
  • Shortlist announced and public vote*: 13 May 2019
  • Public voting closes: 31 May 2019
  • Winner’s announced at award’s ceremony: 03 July 2019

*There is no public vote of support for the Champion of the Year or Company of the Year award

If you have any additional questions about the awards, please contact [email protected]. For details of entry criteria, please visit here.

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Alison Simpson
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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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