Nominations are now open for WeAreTheCity’s 2017 Rising Star Awards

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WeAreTheCity is delighted to announce that nominations for their 2017 Top 100 Rising Star Awards are now open.  

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Now in their third 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.


“We are delighted to support WeAreTheCity as the headline sponsor for their Rising Star Awards in 2017. Building and supporting a strong pipeline of female talent is a key area of focus at The Times and The Sunday Times. We are excited to be a part of this unique awards programme that shines the spotlight on the achievements of women across so many different industries. We are honoured to be involved and look forward to working alongside so many other organisations who are as passionate about gender equality as we are”

– Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspapers Ltd


“The Women’s Equality Party is delighted to partner the Rising Star Awards, which recognise excellence and innovation from women in business and across working life. Equality of opportunity for working women is one of our party’s core objectives, so WE are pleased to see so many wonderful nominees working towards this goal. We’re delighted, too, that these awards showcase the talents of outstanding role models in many other areas of public and private life.”

– Sophie Walker, Leader, Women’s Equality Party


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

Alongside our Rising Star categories and Rising Star Champion award, we are also pleased to announce a new award for 2017 – Company of the Year. 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 nominations process opens today, 01 February 2017, for all categories. A shortlist of ten women from each industry category will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published in May. 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 across May and June. The Top 100 Rising Stars will be announced towards the end of 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.

Categories included in the 2017 Rising Star awards are as follows:

  • Rising Stars in Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • Rising Stars in Charity, sponsored by CRUK
  • Rising Stars in Construction, sponsor TBA
  • Rising Stars in Consulting, sponsored by EY
  • Rising Stars in Defence, sponsor TBA
  • Rising Stars in Diversity, sponsored by Aon
  • Rising Stars in Education & Academia, sponsored by EDIT Development
  • Rising Stars in Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Citi
  • Rising Stars in Fintech, sponsored by Streets Consulting
  • Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment, sponsor TBA
  • Rising Stars in Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management, sponsored by Northern Trust
  • Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award), sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Rising Stars PAs and EAs, sponsor TBA
  • Rising Stars in Property and Facilities Management, sponsored by Kier
  • Rising Stars in Public Sector, sponsored by Government Digital Service (GDS)
  • Rising Stars in Science and Engineering, sponsored by 3M
  • Rising Stars in Sales, sponsored by Worldpay
  • Rising Stars in Sport, sponsored by PedalSure
  • Rising Stars in Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley
  • Rising Stars Champions, sponsored by Oliver Wyman
  • Rising Stars Company of the Year Award sponsored by Barclays

The awards are also supported by Bloomberg who will host our shortlist winners celebrations in June 2017.

Criteria for entries for Rising Star awards

  • Open to all women regardless of age
  • Nominees must be below senior management level (e.g. below Director level)
  • Nominees must be working within the industry of the category for which they are nominated
  • Nominees must be working in the UK

How we define a Rising Star

  • Someone who is or who has the potential to be a role model in their business or sector
  • Someone who strives to achieve success and results
  • 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

Awards Timeline

  • Nominations open: 01 Feb 17
  • Nominations close: 24 Mar 17
  • First round Judging period: 03 – 28 Apr 17
  • Shortlist announced and public vote*: 15 May 17
  • Finalist judging period: 15 May – 09 Jun 17
  • Shortlist celebration event: 08 Jun 17
  • Public voting closes: 09 Jun 17
  • Winners announced: 19 Jun 17
  • Winners event: 12 Jul 17

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

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

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