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 we’ve come but we must now build on that momentum so we achieve true gender equality
Supporting and nurturing female talent is absolutely vital and the Rising Star Awards are a wonderful platform to celebrate this talent. We all want to see more women on top, and the more we can do to recognise female talent the better. Sadly there are still not enough female role models and awards such as these are vital to ensure that we create role models not just now but for the future too so that younger generations face less barriers on their rise to the top –
If Britain is to seize its place as a digital nation of significance, we need more digital skills, and fast. Women are a vital part of this talent pool. Not for 100 years has the key to economic growth rested so firmly in the hands of the diversity agenda, and the Rising Star awards are a great initiative to shine a light on our future talent.
The National Black Women’s Network are pleased to support the Top 100 Rising Stars Awards (2016). These awards are a great way to showcase, recognise and celebrate the top female talent who are boosting company performance, excellence and standards. In addition they act as great role models for the next generation of female leaders who are looking to accelerate their careers; navigate the pipeline and ensure that organisations better manage succession planning.
It is critical that we all appreciate that we are not alone in our journeys. People have and are achieving great things! Profiling these Rising Stars helps to demonstrate what is possible and hopefully encourages us all to do a bit more to make a difference in our professional world and society. Success comes from many areas and takes on a vast range of difference. What a great opportunity to celebrate the possibilities!
As the 30% Club moves into the second phase of its campaign, we have identified the pipeline as a core area of focus. We know that to have effective boards and senior management teams we need healthy pipelines throughout organisations – the Top 100 Rising Star awards play an important part in highlighting the achievements of women below senior management level, and in recognising and celebrating the importance of female role models throughout the pipeline.
Sport is a fantastic public arena for role models to send compelling messages about what women and girls can achieve. Just as with business, sport needs a vibrant, diverse talent pipeline in order for individuals, teams and organisations to realise their potential. The Women’s Sport Trust fully supports WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards as a fantastic way of highlighting emerging talent and proving the value of having great role models at every level.
It is crucial to recognise the entire supply of women in the pipeline: senior women, those in middle management positions and the newcomers. The Rising Stars awards are hugely valuable as they recognise women who are rising at various points in their career and it is this recognition that has a significant and powerful impact that inspires other to actively advance their careers in whatever position they may hold.
The Rising star awards send the signal that diversity matters, that there is such a thing as a pipeline and it needs nurturing. Awards like this make a significant contribution to equalising society and raising Britain’s game in the world. Rise up, rising stars!
The Rising star awards is important because it acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of women across so many sectors. Role models are vital to inspire the pipeline of talent and raise aspirations. We wish you every success in your inaugural award
The WATC Rising star awards recognise and celebrate women across many sectors and I am so pleased to see a Facilities Management category. Rising stars are the role models of the future and will inspire future generations of women. Good luck everyone!
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