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Rising Star Awards 2019

Now in their fifth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

The awards also recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality, as well as putting the spotlight on a “company of the year” that is actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.

Over the past four years and with the support of leading organisations, WeAreTheCity has been able to highlight the achievements of over 400 women (350 in the UK, 50 in India) through the Rising Star Award’s process.

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Rising Star Award Categories

  • Rising Stars in Banking
  • Rising Stars in Charity
  • Rising Stars in Defence
  • Rising Stars in Digital
  • Rising Stars in Diversity
  • Rising Stars in EA & PA
  • Rising Star in Education & Academia
  • Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment
  • Rising Stars in Insurance
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management
  • Rising Stars in Law, The Lynne Freeman Award
  • Rising Stars in Professional Services
  • Rising Stars in Property, Construction & FM
  • Rising Stars in PR & Communications
  • Rising Stars in Science & Engineering
  • Rising Stars in Technology
  • Rising Star Champion
  • Company of the Year

Further categories TBC

Who can apply?

Rising Star

A female individual who works within one of the categories whose current position is below director level:

The individual must demonstrates a high level of competence within their role.

The individual demonstrates a clear passion within their chosen category; this may be through extra curricular activities

Individual who pays it forward and helps others (e.g. schools, networks and internal activities)

The individual is taking charge of their own career

This award is open to all women, regardless of age, but nominees must be working in the UK.

Rising Star Champion

A senior individual of any gender who is championing gender equality either inside or outside their organisation.

This award is to recognise the achievements of five senior individuals, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their day job. Nominations for this award are individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to gender, eg HeForShe supporters, Network Leaders, Directors, MD’s or C-Suite individuals who are championing women either inside or outside their organisations.

Company of the Year

The Company of the Year award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting and developing their female talent pipeline through their initiatives, training, development programmes and/or internal employee relations groups.


  • Nominations open – 1 February 2019
  • Nominations closed – 22 March 2019
  • Shortlist announced & public vote opens – 13 May 2019
  • Voting closes – 31 May 2019
  • Winner’s announced at award’s ceremony – 3 July 2019


  • It has been a tumultuous year for gender politics across the world, and programs that nurture the next generation of female talent have never been more important. We at The Times and The Sunday Times are delighted to continue to support the Rising Star Awards to recognise the tremendous work being done by the next generation of leaders across British industry.

    Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd TNL Group
    Chris Duncan
    Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd
  • Supporting the growth of female entrepreneurs not only drives diversity within UK businesses but it also creates an environment for future entrepreneurial heroines to flourish and succeed, empowering future generations to succeed in business. I’m extremely proud that Virgin Media Business are sponsoring a fantastic category which will inspire our future leaders.

    Richard Branson
    Virgin Group Founder
  • I am proud to support the Rising Stars Awards which are a great way to celebrate the pipeline of fantastic female talent who are smashing the glass ceiling. These awards shine a light on rising stars from all walks of life who are significantly contributing to their organisations and inspiring the next generation.

    We have made fantastic progress in recent years – we now have the lowest gender pay gap on record, more than doubled the number of women on boards in the FTSE 350 and we’ve been rated the best place in Europe for women to start a business. But we have to push further to achieve true gender equality, and celebrating the achievements of women through these awards take us one step closer to this.

    Caroline Dinenage
    Caroline Dinenage
    Minister for Women, Equalities and Early Years
  • ‘I believe we’re on the verge of a big breakthrough in the long journey towards true gender equality. The big changes we are seeing throughout our world are unsettling but they also bring the opportunity of a more balanced, more equal society, by shaking up the centuries-old patriarchal power system and changing the nature of leadership. The ability to inspire rather than force is what’s important now. This is good news for many women, who are empathetic by nature and good at connecting. Now more than ever it’s important to celebrate and encourage those women who are Rising Stars, and I am delighted to congratulate them and look forward to their next achievements!’

    Helena Morrissey
    Helena Morrissey
    Founder, 30% Club and Chair, Diversity Project
  • 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

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