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Business leaders show their support for WeAreTheCity’s 2017 Rising Star awards

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rising star 2017

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 SUPPORTERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE RISING STAR AWARDS HERE

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Source: WeAreTheCity - Information and jobs portal for business women


Rachel-Brushfield

Rachel Brushfield | Energise - The Talent Liberation Company

An entrepreneur embraces risk. Rachel’s target audiences and markets are some of the most risk averse, magnified in uncertain times.

Rachel Brushfield is The Talent Liberator.

Incurably curious, with a ‘wide angle zoom lens brain’, she thinks across career, talent, learning, marketing and branding. Insights, ideas and making connections are at the heart of who she is and what she does. Comfortable with both risk and uncertainty, Rachel’s business Energise has been independent and self-funded for over 20 years and she regularly takes career retreats to look at trends, take stock, creating space to think, write and let new ideas percolate.

18 years before lawyers saw the merit in non-lawyers, Rachel focused on the legal profession creating thought leadership, seeing ahead the opportunity to help a fast-changing profession needing innovation, but inhibited by its own risk-aversion and business model.

Rachel is passionate about helping people to achieve uplifting transformational career and business breakthroughs and has pioneered the lawyer career change and lawyer portfolio career sectors e.g. she initiated the first ever portfolio career and changing career direction events for The Law Society. Her inventive ‘squeezing oranges’ CV approach has been helping professionals to successfully reposition themselves in their career for over 30 years.

Rachel energises professionals to see their transferable skills, feel hope and gain career fulfillment. A decade before content curation, she created 120 short topics and a career e course and marketing content to help more people.

A published author on gender balance for the IBA, Rachel helps women to ‘blow their own trumpet’ and create inspiring portfolio careers. She is co-founder of her own women’s network, PWHub and has helped at The Law Society Returners course pro bono for over 6 years.

Rachel sees D&I as individualism and hopes that in future, employers ‘unbox’ and liberate talent.


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Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company providing a range of strategy, consulting, digital, technology & operations services and solutions.

Accenture partner with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, driving innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. With expertise across more than 40 industries and all business functions, we deliver transformational outcomes for a demanding new digital world.


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Aon

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 72,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world’s best broker, best insurance intermediary, best reinsurance intermediary, best captives manager, and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources.


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Bloomberg

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to approximately 325,000 subscribers globally.

Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength, leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively. Through Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Government, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Bloomberg BNA, the company provides data, news and analytics to decision makers in industries beyond finance. And Bloomberg News, delivered through the Bloomberg Professional service, television, radio, mobile, the Internet and two magazines, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets, covers the world with more than 2,400 news and multimedia professionals at 146 bureaus in 73 countries. Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg employs nearly 19,000 people in 192 locations around the world.


GE

GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.


Northern Trust

For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building our legacy of outstanding service, expertise and integrity. From a Chicago-based bank founded in 1889, we now have more than 20 international locations and 16,500 employees globally. We serve the world’s most-sophisticated clients – from sovereign wealth funds and the wealthiest individuals and families, to the most-successful hedge funds and corporate brands.

Our guiding principles not only survived but thrived during the Great Depression, two world wars and the 2008 financial crisis. We burnished our reputation as a global leader delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions enabled by sophisticated, leading technology. And through it all, we continually laid a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue growing and achieving greater.


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Rose Tucker | ThoughtWorks

I work as a software consultant for ThoughtWorks. My job involves working with client companies to help improve their digital capabilities, this may mean adding new digital products, or re-working existing products to improve the experience of their customers. As a developer at ThoughtWorks I have to wear many hats, sometimes I work with product owners to help them understand their vision, sometimes I work with other developers to write software, sometimes I help to build the infrastructure that our software will run on, and some times I do all of those things on the same day.

Particular projects vary, only day i could be building a mobile banking application for 1 million users, another I could be helping to shape the technology strategy of a global organisation,  and then I could be working pro bono to help a non profit define their technical vision.

I’m currently working towards becoming a Technical Lead within ThoughtWorks.


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Sarah Burne James | IBM

Five years ago, I wouldn’t have predicted I would be working for an IT company today, much less in a technical role. I hadn’t considered a career in technology even as a remote possibility. After studying Linguistics and Spanish at Oxford University and teaching English abroad, I joined IBM as a business consultant in 2015. I was initially interested in applications of technology to improve our world, but I soon realised that I was just as interested in how things work.

My route into IT means I do not have a traditionally technical background, however I see this as an advantage; I bring a new perspective to my team and question the status quo. Since starting at IBM, I have completed assignments in Technical Governance, IT Architecture, Project Management Office, and Testing in the Financial and Utilities sectors. I aim to make a positive impact on each assignment, and learn as much as possible, asking as many questions as I can while supplementing this with books, articles, and training courses. The consistently excellent feedback I have received demonstrates that this has been a success.

I am determined to demonstrate that a successful technical career is possible from an unusual background, particularly because it is disproportionally women who come into technology from other routes. I lead by example, but believe supporting others is key too. I mentor junior colleagues, and enthusiastically share technical events, courses and articles with my network. I am on the committee of IBM’s early professional technical community and am working with technical leaders and executives to run IBM's annual conference for technical women.

Outside work I have won hackathons proposing Internet of Things solutions for insurance and e-commerce. I regularly volunteer at parkrun UK – providing weekly free community runs. I speak Galician, Spanish, French and Japanese.


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Nicole Covey | IBM

I joined IBM in August 2011 straight from college at the age of 18 after achieving A-Levels in Law, Psychology and English Literature and Language.

My first role was in the WebSphere Software Support team supporting our customers with any queries they had with the software. In parallel to my daily role in the WebSphere team I was also working towards my Advanced Apprenticeship in IT and I achieved this qualification in 2014. During this time I was also awarded a Client Value Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for a tool that I developed along with a colleague which aimed to help us as a business improve client satisfaction.

In January 2014 I moved into the zSeries support team which is where I am today. My current role is a zSeries Software Support Specialist. zSeries are our big mainframe servers which many large businesses use to run their entire enterprise. An average day entails working on PMR’s (Problem Management Records). These are used to manage technical queries and/or issues experienced by customers with the z/OS operating system. In addition, I’m part of the Recovery Managers Team. This entails providing 24/7 support for one of our major customers.

I have developed a close relationship with the British Computer Society and featured as one of their Women in IT series for the month of June 2015. I was one of the first technicians to become part of the BCS Register of IT Technicians (RITTech), helping to develop the registration process. I was also delighted to be asked present at the official launch of the register alongside others such as Lord Sainsbury, Jos Creese (President of BCS), and Chi Onwurah (Shadow Minister for BIS).  I am also the first IBMer to achieve an Advanced Apprenticeship in IT qualification.