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Rising Star awards

WeAreTheCity is delighted to announce that nominations for their 2016 Top 100 Rising Star Awards are now open.  


Now in their second year, the WATC Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards we will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of ‪tomorrow.  We hope that by raising the profile of our short list and winners, we will also encourage organisations to consider how they strengthen the development of their female pipeline in the future.

Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Top 100 Rising Star awards will not have any age restrictions included within the criteria. WeAreTheCity feels it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within our organisations.

Nicky Morgan MP“These awards are an incredible celebration of the great achievements women are making in business. We have more women on FTSE boards than ever before, the lowest gender pay gap on record and we’ve been rated the best place in Europe for women to start a business. I am proud of how far we’ve come but we must now build on that momentum so we achieve true gender equality.” – Nicky Morgan, Minister for Equalities

Mark-McLane-Bio image“We are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Rising Star Awards which recognises the achievements of talented women on their way to the top; the contributions they make to their organisations and society in general.” – Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC

WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK & Ireland to find 100 high-achieving women across 20 key industries and professions.

The nominations process opens today, 01 February 2016, for all categories.  A shortlist of 10 women from each industry category will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published towards the end of April. The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final five winners for each category will take place with independent judges during May. The Top 100 Rising Stars will be announced in June and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception at Barclays in London to celebrate and collect their awards.

  • Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • Charity, sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence
  • Consultancy, sponsored by EY
  • Defence, sponsored by PA Consulting
  • Diversity, sponsored by AON
  • EA/PA, sponsored by EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistant Association)
  • Education & Academia, sponsored by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Virgin Media Business
  • Facilities Management, sponsored by ISS
  • HR & Recruitment, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
  • Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s
  • Investment Management, sponsored by BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management
  • Law, The Lynne Freeman Award, sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Media & Journalism, sponsored by Bloomberg
  • Oil & Gas, sponsored by PwC
  • Property Services, sponsored by Kier
  • Public Sector, sponsored by Socitm Advisory
  • Sales, sponsored by WorldPay
  • Sport, sponsored by Pedalsure
  • Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley

We are also calling for nominations for our Rising Star Champions. This category recognises the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline. This award, sponsored by Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK, is open to both male and females who currently hold senior positions within their organisations and who have demonstrated their support for gender either internally or externally. Have you had someone champion you in your career and support you and other women in their jobs? Why not nominate them for a Champion Award to celebrate and say thank you for their support?

Find out more about our sponsors here

Criteria for entries
  • Nominees must be below senior/middle management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry of the category they are nominated for
  • Nominees must be working in the UK or Northern Ireland

Please note our awards are open to women of all ages.

How we define a Rising Star
  • Someone who is making a difference in their industry
  • Someone who demonstrates passion and drive
  • Someone who gives back or inspires others
  • Someone who is recognised by others as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry
The Timeline
  • Nominations open – 01 February
  • Nominations close – 25 March
  • Additional information deadline – 25 March
  • Shortlist judging period – 28 March – 15th April
  • Shortlist announced – 25 April
  • Public voting opens – 25 April
  • Finalist judging period – 25 April – 27 May
  • Shortlist event – 17 May
  • Public voting closes – 27 May
  • Finalists announced – 06 June
  • Winners event – 30 June



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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