Why should you enter the Rising Star awards? Join our tweet chat with our previous Rising Star Winners on 26 January

Want to find out why you should enter WeAreTheCity's Rising Star awards?

You are invited to join us for a tweet chat with our previous Rising Star award winners on 26 January at 12.00pm on Twitter @watc_updates #watctop100.

During the tweet chat we will be discussing our previous winners experience of the awards process, their top tips for a good nomination alongside what happened next for them all post the awards.  This online discussion is ideal opportunity to ask any questions about the awards prior to nominations opening on 01 Feb 2017.

There is no need to book, just go on to Twitter on 26 January at 12.00pm and join in the conversation.



WeAreTheCity - Proud to introduce our Rising Star Judges for 2017

Judging the Rising star awards is no easy task. Several of the judges from last years awards stated it was one of the hardest judging activities they have ever undertaken due to the amazing achievements of the women who were nominated. We expect this year will be no different!

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.

We are also proud to welcome back five of our 2016 judges, Simone Roche, Northern Power Women, Mairi McHaffie, Scene Change & Coaching Squared, Paul Sesay, The National Diversity Awards, Maggie Berry, WE Connect International and Miranda Brawn, Daiwa Capital Markets & the Black Cultural Archives.

We are also honoured to introduce 23 new judges for this years awards from The Times, the Government Equalities Office, BBC, Women's Equality Party, House of Lords, African Caribbean Business Network, Sodexo, RBS, Chartered Insurance Institute, PwC, Smart Works, HSBC, Aviva Investors, The FISER Group, Purple Space, Cancer Research UK, Centre for Synchronous Leadership and Roche UK.

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.

Our Rising Star awards are the only awards of their kind to focus solely on the pipeline of female talent below a management level. The aim of the 2017 awards is to recognise and celebrate 100 female role models and individual contributors across 20 different industries who represent the future leaders of tomorrow.


Sponsors show their support for WeAreTheCity's 2017 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.

These awards will recognise and celebrate 100 female individual contributors across 20 different industries that represent the leaders & role models of tomorrow.We are extremely proud to receive the support of so many individuals and organisations for this years Rising Star awards. We would like to extend our sincere thanks for their words of encouragement and for helping us to celebrate the achievements of the female leaders and role models of tomorrow.

Read what our sponsors have to say about the Rising Star Awards below:

eleanor_mills_photoRising Star Awards 2017 powered by The Times & Sunday Times

"At The Times and The Sunday Times, the best and brightest talent from all backgrounds are provided with the right opportunities to help them reach their full potential. We believe in creating a better working world that is both inclusive and diverse. We are delighted to support WeAreTheCity in their endeavours to find the next generation of future females leaders and champions and to shine a spotlight of achievements of so many individuals across a wide variety of sectors."

Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director, The Sunday Times; Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine; & Chair, Women in Journalism

Sadia Ricke 1Rising Stars in Banking proudly sponsored by Societe Generale

"Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are the cornerstone of successful companies, something we truly believe at Societe Generale where our staff represent 122 nationalities worldwide. Sponsoring the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Banking Award for the 3rd consecutive year further reaffirms our support for diversity through profiling inspiring women who are highly regarded by their peers for pushing excellence in our industry."

Sadia Ricke, UK Group Chief Country Officer and UK Head of Coverage & Investment Banking

Frances Milner, Director of Supporter Led Fundraising at Cancer Research UKRising Stars in Charity proudly sponsored by Cancer Research UK

"Cancer Research UK’s Women of Influence campaign is delighted to be supporting the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards, by sponsoring the “Rising Stars in Charity” category for the second year. We are excited to be involved with the Awards which uniquely acknowledge individuals below Senior Management or Director level. There are so many talented women, at all different stages of their careers within in the charity sector, which is why it’s so important that the female role models of today are sponsoring the next generation of female leaders. We are honoured to be a part of shaping the future for women on their way to the top in this sector."

Frances Milner, Executive Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships, Cancer Research UK

Rising Stars in Consulting proudly sponsored by EY

"EY is delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Consulting category for WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Star Awards again in 2016. Building and supporting a strong pipeline of female talent is a key focus for us and we believe showcasing best practice and highlighting role models across our industry is a critical element. These efforts align to our goal of creating a better working world, where the best and brightest talent from all backgrounds are provided with the right opportunities to help them reach their full potential."

Tracey Bowen-Lowe, Partner, EY

Katherine ConwayRising Stars in Diversity proudly sponsored by Aon

"Aon is delighted to sponsor the Diversity category again this year, given its commitment to inclusion and raising the profile of female talent within the firm and within the insurance industry. These awards truly showcase an amazing breadth of female role models across all industries."

Katherine Conway, Head of Diversity & inclusion and Community Affairs, Aon Services Group

Sonia BateRising Stars in Education & Academia proudly sponsored by Edit Development

"EDIT Development is delighted to be sponsoring We are the City’s Rising Stars Awards in 2017 for training and education. We are all about helping people be the best they can be, and supporting our clients in building strong diverse pipelines and these awards are the epitome of this. We believe these awards are truly unique in recognising the future of work, spotlighting new ways of working, new ways of thinking and most importantly the power of being authentic."

Sonia Bate, Managing Director, Edit Development

Jane KarczewskiRising Star - Entrepreneurs proudly sponsored by Citi

"Citi is delighted to be sponsoring the Entrepreneur Award at We Are The City. Client innovation is one of our key values at Citi. We appreciate that it thrives via a diverse mind-set and open thinking. Supporting the female entrepreneurs of the future is an important initiative which has been proven to lead to economic growth globally."

Jane Karczewski, Managing Director, Strategic Risk Solutions and Co-Chair Citi Women

Julia-Streets-e1464616164650Rising Stars in Fintech proudly sponsored by Streets Consulting

"Two of the most important initiatives are wrapped into the Rising Stars in Fintech award: support for innovation in the financial services industry and support for rising female talent working hard to make it happen. Every day our diverse and talented team helps entrepreneurs with their business development, sales, marketing and communications campaigns. We are proud to support We Are The City by sponsoring this category as it couldn’t be a more perfect fit. Best of luck to all the nominees."

Julia Streets, Founder and CEO of Streets Consulting

Pauline-Miller-LloydsRising Stars in Insurance proudly sponsored by Lloyd's

"Lloyd’s is delighted to sponsor the Insurance category for the WeAreTheCity Awards. Recognising emerging female talent is critical to building a pipeline of top performers for our sector. Insurance needs a more diverse talent pool. Encouraging women to step forward and progress their careers is essential and Lloyd’s is delighted to be part of such a great initiative."

Pauline Miller, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Lloyd's

Rising Stars in Investment Management proudly sponsored by Northern Trust

"Northern Trust is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Stars 2017 Investment Management Award and partnering with WeAreTheCity to shine a spotlight on the pipeline of talented women working in our industry. We have a wide range of programmes at Northern Trust to help develop female talent at every level in our organization so that our clients benefit from the innovative thinking that diverse and inclusive teams bring. We wish the best of luck to all the nominees."

Sarah Boddey, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, EMEA & APAC

tamara boxRising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award) proudly sponsored by Reed Smith

"We are delighted to once again celebrate the Lynne Freeman Rising Stars in Law, those talented and dedicated young women who are destined for leadership positions in our industry. Just as their role models have inspired them, they too will inspire more rising stars through their enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment to being the best of the best."

Tamara Box, Managing Partner EME, Reed Smith

pip-prongueRising Stars in Property & Facilities Management proudly sponsored by Kier

"Kier is delighted to be sponsoring the Property and Facilities Management category at this year’s Rising Star Awards. It’s a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate so many talented females in industry."

Pip Prongué, Managing Director, Property (South), Kier

Rising Stars in Public Sector proudly sponsored by Government Digital Service (GDS)

Kevin Cunington GDS"We are delighted to be a sponsor of the Rising Stars Awards and support WeAreTheCity whose efforts to close the skills gap are fully aligned with our priorities as a digital government organisation. To be the UK’s most diverse and inclusive employer, and to be representative of the public that we serve across modern Britain are part of our core aspirations as a public service. The Government Digital Service is firmly committed to this agenda, and at the forefront of numerous initiatives to encourage more women into digital, data and technology careers, and ensure gender diversity and equality in our sector."

Kevin Cunnington, Director General, Government Digital Service; Head of Profession for Digital, Data and Technology, Civil Service

Steve Newton - WorldpayRising Stars in Sales proudly sponsored by Worldpay

"Worldpay is delighted to sponsor the Sales award for WeAreTheCity. We are competing in a fast moving and rapidly developing industry, where to be able to successfully differentiate we need to continually invest in our technology and our people. Our success has been founded on a team with a diverse mix of backgrounds, talents and expertise. We are committed to developing and investing in the accomplished female talent we have in our global sales organisation and across the business – and are pleased to be working WeAreTheCity to support this across the industry."

Steve Newton, General Manager, UK Global E-Com, Worldpay

rich howgillRising Stars in Science & Engineering proudly sponsored by 3M

"Supporting the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects lies at the heart of 3M’s community programme in the UK. As a science-based innovation company, we are particularly keen to encourage female students to consider STEM careers. We are therefore delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Science and Engineering category, helping to shine a light on role models who can inspire the next generation."

Rich Howgill, Brand and Reputation Manager, 3M United Kingdom Plc

Philip Lochner- CEO PedalSure, smiling to cameraRising Stars in Sport proudly sponsored by PedalSure

"It is our pleasure to support to WeAreTheCity’s 2017 Rising Star Sports Award. 2016 was a tremendous victory for Team GB Women, and in particular within our sport of cycling."

Philip Lochner, CEO, PedalSure

Rising Stars in Technology proudly sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Gerard Hester, Morgan Stanley"We believe a diverse workforce is a more productive one ­ it provides a real competitive advantage when individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, approaches and capabilities come together to achieve a shared goal. We strive for a creative and innovative working environment, to achieve this we must have a diverse and inclusive workforce. Now in our fourth year of partnership with WeAreTheCity, we proudly sponsor this award and hope that the winning individuals continue to inspire a new generation of female technologists."

Gerard Hester, MD, Global Technology, Morgan Stanley

Rupal-Kantaria-e1460389731898Rising Star Champions proudly sponsored by Oliver Wyman

"Inclusion and Diversity is a top priority for Oliver Wyman which takes focus, senior leadership commitment and communication and is absolutely central to our culture. We are delighted to continue our commitment to the Rising Champions category for the WeAretheCity Top 50 Rising Star Awards. We believe in the power of sponsorship to transform careers and we hope that showcasing role models in this area will encourage others also to champion the best talent, and celebrate the diversity of characteristics this can encompass."

Rupal Kantaria, Social Impact Advisor and Global Lead of Oliver Wyman's Women's Network

Mike BagguleyRising Star's Company of the Year Award proudly sponsored by Barclays

"Barclays is delighted to be sponsoring the newly created Company category for Rising Stars 2017. We are committed to supporting the female talent pipeline and supporting the development of our female leaders of tomorrow. As a firm, Barclays strives to embed diversity, and awareness of the gender agenda, into all areas of our business and we have adopted an approach that promotes a firm-wide culture of inclusion. We have been a champion of Rising Stars both in the UK and India since the beginning and are very much looking forward to the 2017 awards and discovering the winner of Company of the Year."

Mike Bagguley, Chief Operating Officer, Barclays investment Bank









Rising Stars 2017 news

Announcing WeAreTheCity's Top 100 Rising Star Awards 2017

In 2015, WeAreTheCity launched its Rising Star awards and set a strategic objective to promote the achievements of 500 women from a multitude of industries in the UK and India by 2018.

The Rising Star awards recognise the achievements of women who are below Senior Management or Director level and therefore represent the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

We are proud to announce that nominations for our 2017 Rising Star awards open on 01 February.

In previous years, the awards have been supported by an array of FTSE sponsors and this year is no different. We are proud to announce that this year’s award headline sponsors are The Times and The Sunday Times.

The Times & Sunday Times logo

"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 Rising Star awards are also supported by Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Citi, CRUK, EDIT Development, EY, GDS, Kier, Lloyd’s, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Oliver Wyman, Pedalsure, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, Streets Consulting, Worldpay and 3M. Additional sponsors and categories will be announced throughout January.

Through WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards, and with the support of all our sponsors, WeAreTheCity will add to their alumni of 200 award winners by recognising the achievements of an additional 150 women and an additional 10 champions in the UK and India during 2017.

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.

Vanessa Vallely, Founder and CEO of WeAreTheCity, said: “I am very excited to launch our 2017 Rising Star awards and to be once again working with a variety of companies who are actively supporting the gender agenda. With their help over the past three years, we have shone a spotlight on 200 amazing women. I am very proud that this number will rise to 350 in 2017 and am looking forward to welcoming the next cohort of winners to WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star family.”

Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Rising Star awards do 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 leadership positions and key decision-making roles within our organisations.

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 for all 20 categories, our Rising Star Champions and Company of the Year award will open on 01 February 2017. Nominations will take place online via the Rising Stars website. For details of the criteria to enter the awards, click here.

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 by 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.

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: w/c 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