Rising Stars 2016 announcement

WeAreTheCity is delighted to announce the sponsors of our Rising Stars Awards 2016

WeAreTheCity is delighted to announce the sponsors of WATC Top 100 Rising Stars Awards for 2016 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.  These awards will recognise and celebrate 100 female individual contributors across 20 different industries that...

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Bloomberg to host WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star shortlist celebration

The celebration of this year’s Rising Star shortlist will be held on 17 May 2016 at Bloomberg’s European headquarters and attended by all shortlisted individuals, the judging panel, corporate sponsors and supporters.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bloomberg for sponsoring and hosting what will no doubt be an inspiring evening. Pamela...

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Rising Stars Top 100 2016

WeAreTheCity announce the 2016 Top 100 Rising Star Winners and Champions

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WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their Top 100 Rising Star awards

Rising Star Winners 2016The 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. The awards also included a new category in 2016 which celebrates the efforts of senior individuals who champion gender equality both within and outside of their organisations.

The awards were entered by 850 individuals were judged by a panel of 21 independent judges. Over 28,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees from across 110 countries. The awards were kindly sponsored by Barclays and supported by AON, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK (Women of Influence), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Executive and Personal Assistants Association, EY, Keir, Lloyd’s, ISS, Morgan Stanley, Newton Investment Management, Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK, PA Consulting, PedalSure, PwC, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, Twenty Recruitment, Virgin Media Business and Worldpay.

Vanessa Vallely, MD of WeAreTheCity said “It has been a total honour to run this years awards and highlight the achievements of so many amazing women, the calibre of entries was truly phenomenal.  WeAreTheCity is very much about supporting the female pipeline and introducing these awards was a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of women across the UK. We are exceptionally proud of our winners and look forward to following their future success.  We wouldn’t have been able to launch these awards without the support of so many organisations who took no convincing to support these women and recognise their achievements. Both myself, my team, our sponsors, judges and supporters are very much looking forward to celebrating with all of our winners at Barclays on 30 June”.

Once again, we would like to congratulate all our winners and extend a sincere thanks to everyone who supported Rising Stars during 2016.

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WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards | Nominations are now closed

WeAreTheCity are delighted to announce record nominations for the 2016 Rising Star Awards.

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.

For the past three months, WeAreTheCity and its sponsors, partners, supporters & media partners have been actively seeking nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland for the 2016 Rising Star awards.   We are proud to announce this considerable effort resulted in over 800 nominations from over 300 companies, which is over double the amount of nominations received in 2015. Our Rising Star champion nominations also exceeded our expectations with over 100 individual nominations from 80 cross sector companies.

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity said “The response to this years awards has been truly amazing and I would like to extend my personal thanks to our sponsors, media partners, network partners and everyone who nominated and supported this years nomination process. Our aim this year was to not only encourage others to nominate their rising stars, but to encourage women to self nominate and for men to nominate their female colleagues.   I am pleased that we achieved all of our objectives with over 15% of nominations being self-nominations and over 30% of our nominations being cast for women from men”.

“The calibre of entries for this years awards is extremely high and a true testament of the amazing female talent pipeline that exists across so many different industries and professions in the UK and Northern Ireland. WeAreTheCity are extremely honoured to be able to shine a spotlight on the achievements of these women through the Rising Star Awards”.

Remaining Timeline

  • Shortlist judging period – 28 March – 15 April
  • Shortlist announced – 25 April
  • Public vote for shortlist nominees opens – 25 April
  • Finalist judging period – 25 April – 27 May
  • Shortlist celebration event at Bloomberg– 17 May
  • Public voting closes – 27 May
  • Finalists announced – 06 June
  • Winners event – 30 June

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NEWS: Coming Soon.. WeAreTheCity India Top 50 Rising Star Awards 2016

female talent in India08 March 2016: WeAreTheCity India, celebrated International Women’s Day and their 2nd Birthday by announcing their Rising Star Awards India Top 50 to celebrate and recognise the female talent in India.

Since 2014, WeAreTheCity India has helped thousands of women enhance their careers and businesses through dedicated events, networking groups and its own platform WeAreTheCity.in. Now in its third year, WeAreTheCity India is more committed than ever to highlighting the achievements of the female talent pipeline across the country.  In 2015, WeAreTheCity set a strategic objective of promoting the achievements and supporting the careers of 500 women over the next five years, both in the UK and India. Through WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards, and with the support of a number of key organisations, WeAreTheCity plans to add to the list of 150 UK winners by recognising the efforts of an additional 50 women in India.

By highlighting the accolades of inspirational female talent, WeAreTheCity hopes to encourage organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise women as leaders of tomorrow and individual contributors within their respective industries.

The Rising Star awards are the first to focus on India’s female talent pipeline below management level.

WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across India to find 50 high-achieving women across 10 key industries and professions.

Vanessa Vallely, Founder and CEO of WeAreTheCity, said: “I am so excited to bring our Rising Star awards to India. Over the past three years I have had the pleasure of watching WeAreTheCity India grow under the direction and guise of local women. Through our events and site interactions I have met some amazing and truly talented women. I sincerely hope that by raising the profile of our members and other women across India that we are able to highlight just how important the female pipeline is to Indian businesses and the Indian economy as a whole.”

Jo Gaglani, Chair of WeAreTheCity India said: “WeAreTheCity India has come a long way since its launch in 2013. We have had some unique events for our members supported by our sponsors and have grown organically. The Rising Star awards is a natural next step for WeAreTheCity India to highlight and celebrate upcoming female talent across India.

Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Top 50 India 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.


“The need for more women in senior leadership roles is widely recognised. At Barclays, we want to go further – we believe in cultivating a pipeline of female talent across all levels of the organisation, from the executive assistant right through to the boardroom. These awards recognise the considerable achievements of talented women and our sponsorship reflects our commitment to support the women that come through our ranks to stay until leadership.” – Mark McLane, Managing Director, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC.


The WeAreTheCity awards, sponsored by Barclays, will be officially launched on 01 August 2016. Our supporting partners and sponsors will be announced in May.

The nominations process will open on 01 August for all 10 categories. Nominations will take place online via the WeAreTheCity.IN website.   A shortlist of 10 women from each industry category will be chosen in September by an esteemed panel of judges. The shortlist will then be open to a public vote.

Final judging will take place throughout October when our judges will choose the final five winners from each of the 10 categories. The results of the public vote will also be factored into the final scores. The top 50 rising stars will be announced in early November and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception towards the end of November to celebrate and collect their awards.

Categories, likely to be:
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Insurance
  • Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Arts & Culture
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Retail
  • Others TBC

We will also have a category for Rising Star Champions. This category will support the efforts of senior male or female leaders who are actively supporting gender either within or outside their organisations.


Criteria for entries
  • Open to all women regardless of age
  • 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 India and be an Indian national
  • Individuals can nominate themselves
How we define a rising star
  • Someone who is a champion of women 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
The Process
  • 01 Aug: Nominations open for all categories
  • 31 Aug: Nominations close for all categories
  • 26 Sep: Top 10 shortlist from each category announced/public voting opens for all shortlisted nominees
  • 14 Oct: Public voting closes for all shortlisted nominees
  • Mid Oct TBC: Shortlist celebration event
  • 08 Nov: Top 50 Rising Stars for each category announced
  • Nov TBC: Top 50 Rising Star reception and awards ceremony for winners, guests and sponsors

For more detail or if you are interested in sponsoring/partnering on the awards, please email

Risingstars@WeAreTheCity.com

Phone: +919820758099

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WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards now open | Nominate now!

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

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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.

Categories
  • 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

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On the 8th September 2015, WeAreTheCity and their sponsors hosted their first annual awards ceremony celebrating the female pipeline and their Top 50 Rising Stars.

Over 150 people attended the celebration and it was kindly hosted at the House of Commons, Portcullis House, London.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for making this all possible.

Featuring WATC Founder Vanessa Vallely, Caroline Dinenage MP, Heather Melville - RBS and Tamara Box - Reed Smith LLP.  Plus join Kayleigh Bateman as she interviews some of our Rising Star winners, Alice Powell, Liv Cook, Sarah Gerken and Vinita Ramtri.

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Top 50 Rising Stars presented with trophies in House of Commons ceremony

WeAreTheCity presented the winners of the Top 50 Rising Stars awards with their trophies last night, in a ceremony at the House of Commons.

The rising star awards were introduced to showcase the pipeline of female talent in the UK and to create role models across 10 different industries and professions.  The awards focused on celebrating the achievements of women under a management level regardless of age.

In a ceremony sponsored by RBS and attended by over 150 professional women Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity, said: “For us at WeAreTheCity, creating these awards has been an amazing journey. Both our judges and my team have had the privilege of getting to know over 340 women throughout the awards process.

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“It is fair to say that all of the women who entered were truly amazing and deserve recognition for their achievements.”

Last month Bloomberg hosted an evening event for the 100 shortlisted finalists which Vallely touched upon during her speech: “As mentioned at our shortlist event at Bloomberg, the dream was to create some form of initiative that would recognise women and their achievements below a management level. Why? Because it is clear that the focus on women on boards, over the past five years, has achieved great success, however the question must now be ‘how do we build a robust pipeline of women who will one day assume senior positions within our organisations?’”

Vallely addressed the room as being an “amazing array of future role models. Paving the way for women who will follow in your footsteps. Shining your light brightly as beacons for your industries and professions. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate every single one of you.”

The event was hosted at Portcullis House by the Government Equalities Office. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, Minister Equalities and Family Justice, Caroline Dinenage was present and said: “When I was elected to Parliament only a year ago, 22% of women were in Parliament so it is nice to be in a room filled with so many women tonight. We now have the highest number of women in Parliament in history and I am proud to be a part of that to encourage more women and girls across the country. We have finally realised that we don’t need quotas and that change is starting to happen.

“It is fantastic to see an event and awards that focuses on success at every level. It is important to continue to identify female talent and to help them to fulfil their true talent in the workplace.”

She continued: “The pay gap is at the lowest in history and we have eliminated it for women under 40. Businesses are now realising that they can’t miss out on the talent offered from half of the population. We must also remember to support senior women and we are stamping out age discrimination. There are no limits to age, so I’m pleased these awards are for women at the start of their careers.

“This is a kickass room of top notch role models. We need to continue to encourage women to be the best they can be, to overcome challenges and to reach management or the level they desire to be at.”

Heather Melville, Director for Strategic Partnerships at RBS, said: “This has been one of the most challenging awards I have ever judged, because they were all so fabulous in terms of what they do in their roles, what they do for other people and how they help others in their communities. Going through them I thought ‘wow this is what tomorrow's future looks like.’”

“A huge congratulations to those who made the top 100 and to the final 50. That’s another 50 to add to the pipeline, to continue on the journey towards a balanced boardroom.”

The winners of each category can be found in alphabetical order below.  Full details of each winner can be found here.

Images from the Award ceremony can be found here.

Rising Stars - EA/PA’s – Sponsored by Barclays
  • Debbie Grimshaw, Brother UK
  • Donna Evans, Barclays
  • Donna Olliver, KPMG
  • Sue Stoner, PWC
  • Vicki Ghiotte – Sodexo

Mark McLane, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays, said: “A famous quote already mentioned this evening was ‘If you want something said ask a man; if you want some done ask a woman’. EAs and PAs need to understand the competition and help me in being successful and I’d like to congratulate all of our winners for being exactly that.”

Rising Stars – Media & Journalism – Sponsored by Guardian Women in Leadership
  • Emma Al-Munshi, Kruger Crowne
  • Gemma Guise, Journolink
  • Jessica Gioglio, Sprinklr
  • Tamara Leigh, IRIN
  • Victoria Smith, My Little Black Book

Harriet Minter, Editor of Guardian Women in Leadership, said: “I am excited to sponsor this awards as women in leadership is not just about senior women.

“The winners in this category are a true reflection of what journalism needs today and it makes me feel like my industry, that is sometimes considered to be on its last legs, actually has a very bright future.”

Rising Stars in Law, The Lynne Freeman award – Sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Alicia Millar, Reed Smith
  • Caroline Andrews, Giles Wilson
  • Gemma Lodge, DLA Piper
  • Rashida Abdulai, Hogan Lovells
  • Sascha Grimm, Cooley

Tamara Box, Chair Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith, said: “The women we are celebrating tonight are our future leaders.”

Discussing Lynne Freeman who the award is dedicated to Box said: “Lynne was a shining beacon on how to be an inspiring role model. She was a true hero, generous and a very devoted and true friend. May she inspire you as she has always us.”

Rising Stars in Insurance - Sponsored by Lloyd’s
  • Caroline Renouf, Rossborough Guernsey
  • Diane Kennedy, Lloyd’s
  • Dominique Liberto, Aon UK Ltd
  • Nathalie Majlis, Barclays
  • Sarah Gerken, Willis

Pauline Miller, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyd's, said: “Only 1% of school leavers are interested in insurance whereas 15% say finance and banking and 22% are interested in professional services such as law and banking.

“The pipeline is showing us that they have amazing skills, can start networks, and volunteer and are doing this really well. We recognise up and coming talent at Lloyds and this awards is absolutely amazing.”

Rising Stars in Banking - Sponsored by Societe Generale
  • Emma Couper, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Joy Adams, Deutsche Bank
  • Layla Mullins, HSBC
  • Lucy Brooker, RBS
  • Nicola Ruane, EY

Ben Higgins, Human Resources Director at Societe Generale, said: “The banking and finance has seen considerable change. To continue to drive change we need to continue to promote diversity overall.”

Rising Stars in Consulting - Sponsored by EY
  • Dara Kirton, PwC UK
  • Emily Thorpe, Happy Working Mum
  • Jo Sweetland, Green Park Interim & Executive Resourcing
  • Julia McColl, Capco
  • Sarah Smith, CGI

Tracey Bowen-Lowe, Partner at EY, said: “This is a passionate room of women. We have children, home lives and complexities but we can become partners in consultancies too.

“This is a formative group that will make a drive not just in gender but in our businesses too.”

Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment - Sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
  • Angela Cooke, PwC UK
  • Becky Rogers, C&C Search
  • Mel Aston, Merlin Entertainments PLC
  • Mitra Janes, DLA Piper
  • Rosa Goncalves, Kidbrooke Community Enterprises

Ak Kaur, Director at Twenty Recruitment, said: “Awards like these put diversity and gender at the tip of our tongues.”

Rising Stars in Technology - Sponsored by Morgan Stanley
  • Isla Kennedy, Accenture
  • Melanie Ogden, Transport for London
  • Memona Mohammad, BT
  • Polina Zabelina, BP
  • Rashada Harry, Vodafone

Gerard Hester, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, said: “We are extremely challenged in the technology world at the moment in finding talent. We’re looking to improve our diversity further at Morgan Stanley, because of this, so we run a number of programmes to support the pipeline.

“Congratulations to all and we look forward to following you in your careers.”

Rising Stars in Sport - Sponsored by Ladbrokes
  • Alice Powell, Alice Powell Racing
  • Amy Hughes, The 53 Foundation,
  • Annie Zaidi, Leicester City Football Club, Centre of Excellence
  • Emma Mason, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • Liv Cooke, Liv Cook Freestyle

Kate McLennan, CRM Director, Retail at Ladbrokes, said: “There has been a huge amount of change around the enthusiasm for women in sport now and we also have many women out in the field working for Ladbrokes.

“It has been so great working with WeAreTheCity to promote women in sport.”

Rising Stars in Investment Management - Sponsored by BNY Mellon & Newton
  • Ashley Smith, British Gas Venture Capital
  • Gemma Stanbridge, Westminster Wealth Management
  • Sarah Brakebill, BNY Mellon
  • Stephanie Niven, Tesco Pension Investment
  • Vinita Ramtri, Barclays

Joanna Symes, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, EMEA at BNY Mellon, referred to the winners as “relentless” “courageous” and “energetic”. “Congratulations to all of the winners,” she added.

The winners of each category can be found in alphabetical order below.  Full details of each winner can be found here.

Images from the Award ceremony can be found here.


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WATC Top 50 Rising Star Awards | RBS & the Government Equalities Office to host winners celebrations at the House Of Commons

We are proud to announce that the Government Equalities Office & RBS will be hosting the celebration event for winners of WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Stars awards.

The event will be held on 8th of September 2015 at the House of Commons and will be attended by our 50 winners, judges & sponsors.

Government Equalities Office LogoMinister for Women, Equalities and Family Justice Caroline Dinenage said: “I am delighted to be supporting these awards, which really celebrate successful women and show us that there is no limit to what women can achieve in business. That’s why we’re working hard in Government to remove the barriers that can stand in the way and really encourage companies to focus on supporting women so that talent can be developed, nurtured and recognised at every level. Congratulations to all of the winners – you’re truly an inspiration to all young women and girls around the country.”

RBS Group LogoMarjorie Strachan, RBS Head of Inclusion said “RBS is delighted to sponsor WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Stars awards. Gender equality is a crucially important issue for us at RBS, and improving and recognising our talent pipeline is fundamental to achieving the level of change required. We believe that these awards are a great way to raise awareness of the up and coming female talent that already exists and will help to create the cultural shift that we need to encourage true gender equality in the future”.

Winners of the awards will be announced via WeAreTheCity on the 1st of September 2015.

 

For more detail about the Rising Stars awards, please visit here.

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Rising Star Awards 2015 Shortlist event at Bloomberg

Last night WeAreTheCity celebrated the individuals who were shortlisted for our 2015 Rising Star awards at Bloomberg. The awards were created to celebrate the achievements of individuals below a management level.

The celebration was attended by 140 guests, including judges and representatives from the awards sponsors Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, EY, Barclays, Twenty Recruitment, RBS and BNY Mellon.

Guests had the opportunity to network and hear from keynote speakers such as Nicola Brown, Global Installations Manager, Bloomberg; Chuck Stephens, Head of Gender at Barclays; Catherine Spencer, Ex-England Women’s Rugby Captain and MD of Inspiring Women; Birgit Neu, MD of Neu Change and Richard Swinburne, London Partner at Reed Smith.

Some of our speaker’s top tips included:
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It’s OK to be successful and it’s OK to be proud of it – Catherine Spencer, Inspiring Women

 

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Connect with each other and be role models for those following behind you – Birgit Neu, Neu Change

 

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Claim your success and be bold - Chuck Stephens, Barclays

 

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Be proud of what you have achieved, you are all the leaders of tomorrow – Richard Swinburne, Reed Smith

During the event, guests were also treated to a free professional headshot from leading photographer, John Cassidy, The Headshot Guy.

All shortlisted nominees had the opportunity to make new connections and connect with the judges and sponsors. A number of attendees stated how inspirational they felt the evening was and how they felt motivated and inspired to continue to drive their careers forward.

Vanessa Vallely, founder of the awards said, “What a truly amazing and inspirational evening. All of us at WeAreTheCity were immensely proud to be able to bring such a wonderful group of individuals together to celebrate the achievements of our shortlisted nominees. These ladies really are the future of organisations, they are the pipeline and they need our support. I am really excited for the next part of the process whereby we announce the top 50 winners of our awards and to see them celebrate at the House of Commons in September”

Click here to view the Twitter feed from last night’s event

WeAreTheCity would like to take this opportunity to thank Bloomberg, John Cassidy, the award sponsors, our judges, speakers, supporters, guests and nominees for making the WATC Top 50 shortlisted event such a resounding success.