Rising Star Awards 2015 Shortlist event at Bloomberg

Last night WeAreTheCity celebrated the individuals who were shortlisted for our 2015 Rising Star awards at Bloomberg. The awards were created to celebrate the achievements of individuals below a management level.

The celebration was attended by 140 guests, including judges and representatives from the awards sponsors Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, EY, Barclays, Twenty Recruitment, RBS and BNY Mellon.

Guests had the opportunity to network and hear from keynote speakers such as Nicola Brown, Global Installations Manager, Bloomberg; Chuck Stephens, Head of Gender at Barclays; Catherine Spencer, Ex-England Women’s Rugby Captain and MD of Inspiring Women; Birgit Neu, MD of Neu Change and Richard Swinburne, London Partner at Reed Smith.

Some of our speaker’s top tips included:
Catherine Spencer

It’s OK to be successful and it’s OK to be proud of it – Catherine Spencer, Inspiring Women


Birgit Neu rising star

Connect with each other and be role models for those following behind you – Birgit Neu, Neu Change


Chuck Stephens rising star

Claim your success and be bold – Chuck Stephens, Barclays


Richard Swinburne

Be proud of what you have achieved, you are all the leaders of tomorrow – Richard Swinburne, Reed Smith

During the event, guests were also treated to a free professional headshot from leading photographer, John Cassidy, The Headshot Guy.

All shortlisted nominees had the opportunity to make new connections and connect with the judges and sponsors. A number of attendees stated how inspirational they felt the evening was and how they felt motivated and inspired to continue to drive their careers forward.

Vanessa Vallely, founder of the awards said, “What a truly amazing and inspirational evening. All of us at WeAreTheCity were immensely proud to be able to bring such a wonderful group of individuals together to celebrate the achievements of our shortlisted nominees. These ladies really are the future of organisations, they are the pipeline and they need our support. I am really excited for the next part of the process whereby we announce the top 50 winners of our awards and to see them celebrate at the House of Commons in September”

Click here to view the Twitter feed from last night’s event

WeAreTheCity would like to take this opportunity to thank Bloomberg, John Cassidy, the award sponsors, our judges, speakers, supporters, guests and nominees for making the WATC Top 50 shortlisted event such a resounding success.


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