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Rising Star Awards 2017 | In Words

WeAreTheCity celebrated the winners of the 2017 Rising Star Awards, at a prestigious ceremony at NewsUK, London.

Over 200 winners, sponsors, judges and guest attended and enjoyed a champagne reception and welcome by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity; and Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd.

During the interval of the awards presentation, the audience were treated to surprise entertainment from the gospel choir, Uplifted Voices. The choir delivered a moving performance and received a standing ovation from the audience during their rendition of ‘Proud Mary’.

Closing the awards, Vallely implored the audience to network with each other, make new connections and to enjoy the moment.

The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management level and to create 100 female role models across 20 different industries and professions as well as celebrating the hard work and support of our Rising Star Champions and Company of the Year.

The winners were narrowed down from over 1,250 nominations and were judged by a panel of 33 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees from around the world.

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

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Rising Stars 2017 Award Ceremony | In pictures

WeAreTheCity celebrated the winners of the 2017 Rising Star Awards last night, at a prestigious ceremony at NewsUK, London.

Over 200 winners, sponsors, judges and guest attended and enjoyed a champagne reception and welcome by Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity; and Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspaper Ltd and host for the evening BBC News Presenter Jane Hill.

Addressing the audience, Vallely said, “It is a great pleasure to welcome all our winners and guests.”

“I think we can all agree that The Times have done a pretty epic job.”

During the interval of the awards presentation, the audience were treated to surprise entertainment from the gospel choir, Uplifted Voices. The choir delivered a moving performance and received a standing ovation from the audience during their rendition of ‘Proud Mary’.

Closing the awards, Vallely implored the audience to network with each other, make new connections and to enjoy the moment.

The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management level and to create 100 female role models across 20 different industries and professions as well as celebrating the hard work and support of our Rising Star Champions and Company of the Year.


Find all of the images taken from this fantastic event.

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WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their 2017 Rising Star Awards

 WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their 2017 Rising Star awards.

Now in its third year, the Rising Star awardsRisin 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.

Alongside the Rising Star categories and Rising Star Champion award, we are also pleased to announce the winners of the new Company of the Year award for 2017. 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 awards were entered by 1,250 individuals were judged by a panel of 33 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. The awards were kindly sponsored by The Times & The Sunday Times and supported by 3M, Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK, Citi, Edit Development, EY, GDS, Kier, LinkedIn, Lloyd’s, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Oliver Wyman, PedalSure, Reed Smith, Royal Navy, Societe Generale, Streets Consulting 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”.

Once again, we would like to congratulate all our winners and extend a sincere thanks to everyone who supported Rising Stars during 2017.

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Rising Stars Shortlist Celebration 2017 | In words

WeAreTheCity hosted an evening of celebration for over 200 women who were shortlisted for the 2017 Rising Star Awards.

Held at Bloomberg, London, the event brought together those shortlisted across 22 categories, judges, previous winners and speakers including founder and director of Streets Consulting, Julie Streets and CEO of Company Shortcuts, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor, Lara Morgan.

Pamela Hutchinson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg welcomed the guests and said, “We are thrilled to be hosting the Rising Star shortlist event for the third year running.”

“We were there at the beginning and we will continue to be with you.”

“As you rise remember to bring someone with you, because in numbers there is strength.”

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Opening the night, Streets got the audience laughing with her comedic stories but also spoke of the need for more women.

She said, “There is an appetite for change but it comes down to those that sit on boards.”

“It’s about leaving the organisation better than when you began.”

She reminded the shortlist that they could become those leaders, saying, “You’re all here because people nominated you – they saw something in you.”

“It’s all about taking the initiative. It’s all about you.”

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Picking up from Street’s inspiring message, Lara Morgan gave her advice on rising to the top.

She said, “If a buffoon like this can be this lucky, then maybe you can make your own luck to.”

“You have in your hands whatever you want to do in life.”

“The world is a very small place and it truly is your oyster.”

“Have you got a plan? Not just for your career, but for your life, your health, your wellbeing, spirituality.”

“Share your knowledge. Take someone with you – in fact take a sodding army with you.”

“Work hard on yourself, then work hard for someone else.”

“I want you to have loads of energy. Become so passionate that you become infectious.”

“Pick wisely those that you surround yourselves with.”

“Blag it like the boys.”

“Life is short but there is an awful lot to get out of it.”

“Think very hard about where you want to go and what you want to do and just start doing radical, cool stuff.”

Taking to the stage, Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity said,

“It’s absolutely wonderful to be back at Bloomberg.”

“We have been long talking about women on boards and don’t get me wrong, we need them – but if we don’t invest in you guys then we are never going to solve this problem.”

“My call to action for you is to be visible."

“You are as much a part of our family as everyone else.”

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A panellist of last year’s winners, including Hannah Cotton, Cheryl-Anne Sanderson, Lorraine Eyers, Claudine Adeyemi, Manisha Taylor, Lauren Garey and Elisha St Hilaire, were interviewed by Julia Streets and they spoke of winning the award, career advice and what had happened since.

When asked how the award had helped them, Eyers said, “The awards were the best thing that ever happened to me.”

“I came back with some fresh views and new opinions.”

Sanderson continued saying, “The awards give you the confidence to go out there.”

Cotton also spoke of the confidence that the awards had given her. She said, “When I won I had no idea of the scale and force that these awards have.”

“It wasn’t until I started attending Careers Club events that I realised I am a powerful human being.”

Moving on to career tips, Garey advised, “Really push yourselves to do something you’re not necessarily very good at.”

Cotton said, “No doors will open for you, you have to make it happen.”

“You’ve got 200 opportunities here tonight. As Vanessa said we are all a family.”

Inspired by the speakers, the audience were encouraged to network and make new connections.

Now in its third year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards, WeAreTheCity will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. The Rising Star Champions category also recognises the efforts of senior leaders, male and female, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their corporate responsibilities.

This year, WeAreTheCity are also pleased to announce a new category to our awards, Company of the Year, which 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.

For more information about the Rising Star Awards and to cast your vote, click here.


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Last chance to vote for WeAreTheCity's 2017 Rising Star Awards shortlist

Have you cast your vote for WeAreTheCity's 2017 Rising Star Awards shortlist? Voting closes at midnight on Friday 9 June 2017.

The public vote of support is now open for all shortlisted nominees. The public vote only determines one winner out of the five winners of each category, the other four winners are decided by our judges.

Over an eight week period, we received 1,250 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for this years awards was exceptional. All of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees. To everyone who was nominated, congratulations, you should be exceptionally proud.

On behalf of The Times & The Sunday Times and our supporting sponsors, it gives us great pleasure to announce the 2017 Rising Star awards shortlist and to congratulate all of the shortlisted individuals. We are very much looking forward to celebrating your achievements at an event kindly sponsored by Bloomberg on the 8 June 2017.

The shortlist will now be judged by an additional set of expert judges, and the winners announced on 19 June. All winners will also be invited to celebrate their awards at a celebratory event at News UK on 12 July.

We would like to thank our shortlist judges for giving up their time to support this years awards:

Paul Sesay, Simone Roche, Mairi McHaffie, Baroness Mary Goudie, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Funke Abimbola, Eleanor Mills, Stig Abell, Jane Hill and Helene Reardon-Bond OBE.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the shortlisted individuals and wish them the very best of luck in the final round of judging.

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED


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Rising Star Shortlist Celebration 2017 | In pictures

WeAreTheCity hosted an evening of celebration for over 200 women who were shortlisted for the 2017 Rising Star Awards.

Held at Bloomberg, London, the event brought together those shortlisted across 22 categories, judges, previous winners and speakers including founder and director of Streets Consulting, Julie Streets and CEO of Company Shortcuts, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor, Lara Morgan.

A panellist of last year’s winners, including Hannah Cotton, Cheryl-Anne Sanderson, Lorraine Eyers, Claudine Adeyemi, Manisha Taylor, Lauren Garey and Elisha St Hilaire, were interviewed by Julia Streets and they spoke of winning the award, career advice and what had happened since.

Now in its third year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards, WeAreTheCity will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. The Rising Star Champions category also recognises the efforts of senior leaders, male and female, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their corporate responsibilities.

This year, WeAreTheCity are also pleased to announce a new category to our awards, Company of the Year, which 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.

See the images captured from this amazing event here

 


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Bloomberg to host WeAreTheCity’s 2017 Rising Star shortlist celebration

The celebration of this year’s Rising Star shortlist will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017 at Bloomberg’s European headquarters and will be attended by all shortlisted nominees, 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 and celebration of female talent.

Pamela Hutchinson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg said, “At Bloomberg, we recognise the value diversity brings to our organisation and we’re delighted to host the celebration event for this year’s nominees. These women, along with previous nominees and winners, are critical in motivating women to join the workplace and an inspiration to those already here.

It’s an incredibly impressive list of individuals and we congratulate WeAreTheCity in giving visibility to these amazing women.”

Watch the video from last year's shortlist event below:

WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Shortlist Celebration 2016 from WeAreTheCity on Vimeo.

Guests will also hear from:

Julia StreetsJulia Streets, Founder and Director, Streets Consulting

Julia will be hosting as well as facilitating a panel with a number of our 2016 Rising Star alumni.

Lara MorganLara Morgan, CEO, Company Shortcuts, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor

We are also proud to welcome back our 2016 Rising Star alumni:

Hannah Cotton, TFL (Public Sector), Cheryl-Anne Sanderson, G4S (Facilities Management), Lorraine Eyers, Greater London Authority (Public Sector), Claudine Adeyemi, Mishcon De Reya (Law), Manisha Taylor MBE, Swaggarlicious, (Sport), Lauren Garey, JP Morgan (Banking) and Elisha St Hilaire, Aon (Diversity) who will be sharing their journey since winning a Rising Star award as well as their top tips for success.

Please note: This event is invite only

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTheCity said, “We are extremely pleased that Bloomberg have chosen to support our awards for the third year running. With their support we have been able to celebrate the achievements of over 200 women since the awards began in 2015. Bloomberg are true supporters of the female pipeline and both myself, our team, our judges are overjoyed to be working with them once again. We are really looking forward to meeting all of shortlisted nominees for what will no doubt be a truly inspirational evening of celebration.”

Winners of this years' Rising Star Awards will be informed by 19 June and celebrated at an exclusive winner’s event to be held at News UK on 12 July.

WeAreTheCity would like to thank all of those who have nominated a Rising Star and wish our shortlisted nominees the best of luck in the final round of judging.

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WeAreTheCity’s 2017 Rising Star Awards shortlist announced

We are extremely proud to announce the shortlist for WeAreTheCity’s 2017 Rising Star Awards.

Over an eight week period, we received 1,250 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for this years awards was exceptional. All of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees. To everyone who was nominated, congratulations, you should be exceptionally proud.

On behalf of The Times & The Sunday Times and our supporting sponsors, it gives us great pleasure to announce the 2017 Rising Star awards shortlist and to congratulate all of the shortlisted individuals. We are very much looking forward to celebrating your achievements at an event kindly sponsored by Bloomberg on the 8 June 2017.

The shortlist will now be judged by an additional set of expert judges, and the winners announced on 19 June. All winners will also be invited to celebrate their awards at a celebratory event at News UK on 12 July.

We would like to thank our shortlist judges for giving up their time to support this years awards:

Paul Sesay, Simone Roche, Mairi McHaffie, Baroness Mary Goudie, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Funke Abimbola, Eleanor Mills, Stig Abell, Jane Hill and Helene Reardon-Bond OBE.

The public vote of support is now open for all shortlisted nominees. The public vote only determines one winner out of the five winners of each category, the other four winners are decided by our judges. Votes can be cast here. Please note there is no public vote for either the champions or the company categories.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the shortlisted individuals and wish them the very best of luck in the final round of judging.

For more detail about the awards, please click here.

 


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

Nominations are now closed for WeAreTheCity's 2017 Rising Star Awards.

A shortlist of ten women from each industry category will be now 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.

For our 2017 Rising Star awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 28 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the business landscape.

On behalf of WeAreTheCity, our sponsors and future nominees we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the Rising Star awards in 2017.

Meet our judges here

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.

Remaining Timeline

  • 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

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

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

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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, sponsored by Royal Navy
  • 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, sponsored LinkedIn
  • 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

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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