Misba KhanWeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards are now in their 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.

Over the year’s, the awards have recognised 400 women across the UK and India.

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a Rising Star award.

We spoke with Misba Khan, who won a 2018 Rising Star Award in Sport.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My finance post in the hospital has enabled me to priorities and manage tasks, of which I have taken in my personal life too.

I am first and foremost a mum of two. I have always encouraged my children to outdoors – this gave me great satisfaction. I slowly started transferring the skills from what my children were learning in outdoors to myself.

I am a keen walker, which has given me skills in confidence and I starting pushing myself both physically and mentally. Manchester has great access to the Lake district and the Peak District. I am part of The Women Euro Arabian North Pole expedition

The team involves 12 women from across Europe and the Arabian Peninsula; and I have the honour of representing our country. The team members are not elite athletes but ordinary women – representing a diverse variety of occupations and backgrounds from journalist, scientist outdoor professionals, teachers, businesswomen and mothers – selection from over 1000 applicants.

The core purpose of the expedition is to foster greater dialogue and understanding between women from the Western and Arabian cultures, in addition, the expedition will work to inspire women to reach beyond the expectations; to demonstrate the potential of greater intercultural understanding; and to raise awareness of women in the North Pole, who will find exceptional courage and teamwork to overcome the extreme conditions.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a Rising Star award?

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. Woohoo!

I absolutely love it when I tell people I am from Manchester. Its hard to believe coming from the North West to the North Pole! And then a Rising Star!

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the Rising Star awards?

I have talks and panel talks plan throughout October and November. An interview I conducted is on the Ramblers website here.

I am also featured on the AU Live website and spoke at the Women Exposure.

Finally, the Northern Power Women have asked for me to do a talk, and I feel this is very much because of the Rising Star Award.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

It showed women rising equally to the challenges before them and that whenever people are given opportunities, regardless of gender, we find people rise up.

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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