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“The Times and The Sunday Times are thrilled to once again support this year’s Rising Star Awards. With gender politics and female empowerment dominating our headlines, supporting women in the workplace remains important to our readers, as well as an important strand of the journalism we create.

“We believe that by raising up those at lower levels, we are creating tomorrow’s leaders and these awards’ help shine a spotlight on the tremendous work being achieved in the female pipeline. We look forward to celebrating the brilliant female talent that this year’s awards will discover.”

LORRAINE CANDY, LUXURY CONTENT DIRECTOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES
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Rising Stars in Banking & Capital Markets

Proudly sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

“Lloyds is thrilled to be sponsoring the Banking and Capital Markets Rising Star Award for We Are The City’s Top 100 Rising Stars in 2019 for the second year. We are committed to supporting and developing women and creating a diverse and representative workplace. We applaud the nature of these awards because they target young and up and coming women below senior management level. It is vital that we build and nurture this pipeline across the banking industry in order to achieve diverse and inclusive teams”

EMMA KOOPS | MANAGING DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL BANKING MARKETS, LLOYDS BANKING GROUP
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Rising Stars in Charity

Proudly sponsored by Cancer Research UK

“Cancer Research UK is delighted to be supporting the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards, by sponsoring the “Rising Stars in Charity” category for the fourth year. It is important to us to be involved with the Awards and to play our part in shaping the future of women on their way to the top in this sector. We are keen to continue to instil a diverse working culture where everyone can reach their full potential and this is reflected in our commitment to flexible working, nurturing of female talent and an inclusive recruitment and selection process. This year, we welcome our new CEO, Michelle Mitchell and CFO, Rita Akushie, as well as Tracy De Groose who will be joining our board of Trustees. We are honoured to show our support for the next generation of female leaders in the sector by sponsoring these awards.”

FRANCES MILNER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY & PARTNERSHIPS, CANCER RESEARCH UK

Rising Stars in Creative Industries

Proudly sponsored by Style Magazine

“Style are thrilled to support this year’s Rising Stars awards, and to be sponsoring the new creative category. Supporting women in the workplace is not only important to our readers but also an important strand of the journalism we create: we believe that by raising up those at lower levels, we are creating tomorrow’s leaders. We look forward to seeing the brilliant female talent that this year’s awards will discover.”

LORRAINE CANDY | EDITOR IN CHIEF, STYLE
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Rising Stars in Defence

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Rising Stars in Digital

Proudly sponsored by Barclays

“Barclays is delighted to be sponsoring the Digital category for Rising Stars 2019. We are committed to supporting the development of our future female leaders and that means creating a culture where they feel they can be part of the role digital has to play in their future careers. We’re proud of the work we do 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 since the beginning and are very much looking forward to the 2019 awards.”

WENDY PAPWORTH | DIRECTOR, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, BARCLAYS
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Rising Stars in Diversity

Proudly sponsored by HSBC

“HSBC is incredibly proud to be sponsoring the Rising Stars in Diversity award for 2019.  With the diversity agenda growing in importance for individuals, organisations, governments, investors and other stakeholders, it’s crucial that we support and celebrate rising stars who successfully navigate the diversity and inclusion landscape to drive better outcomes for all.  We are excited to see the dedicated focus areas, innovative approaches and diversity of thought that the women in this category bring to this space.”

BIRGIT NEU, GLOBAL HEAD OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, HSBC

Rising Stars - EA & PA

Proudly sponsored by C&C Search

“With WATC, C&C Search shares an absolute commitment to nurturing and supporting a diverse female pipeline.  In a year where gender politics and power has dominated the conversation, it’s a real privilege for us to be part of the Rising Star Awards.

“C&C partners with our clients to foster cultures that truly support, grow and celebrate female talent in the workplace. We believe that collaboration and strong leadership is key to opening up more creative, innovative and engaged talent pools. C&C is delighted to support the next generation of female talent, setting new standards in professional development, inspiration and community.”

LUCY CHAMBERLAIN | FOUNDER, C&C SEARCH

 

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Rising Stars in Education & Academia

Proudly sponsored by EDIT Development

“We are delighted to support Rising Stars Awards for a third year, building a diverse pipeline is essential to support organisational culture change. At EDIT we are passionate about leveraging difference and see potential in everyone to be the best version of themselves. Supporting rising stars, sponsoring their journey and enabling belief in the art of the possible is part of our organisational purpose and that is why we continue to support Vanessa and the WATC team for this great programme”

SONIA BATE | MANAGING DIRECTOR, EDIT DEVELOPMENT

Rising Stars - Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

Proudly sponsored by finnCap

“I am passionate about ensuring that girls and women see only opportunities, rather than barriers to success, in whatever industry they want to be in. I’ve come across so many incredible young business women and I want to do as much as I can to continue to support and nurture them. Having previously been a judge in 2018, I am thrilled to involve finnCap as the sponsor of the Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups category.  At our core, we are an entrepreneurial business. As such, we recognise how important it is to develop, mentor and champion business and social skills in future generations. At finnCap 40% of our team are women across all levels. We are passionate about maintaining diversity within our inclusive brand culture so everyone can grow and succeed regardless of gender.”

SAM SMITH, CEO, FINNCAP

 

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Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment

Proudly sponsored by Jobbio

“Equality and inclusion have long since been values of Jobbio so we’re delighted to be involved in the WATC awards, recognising the amazing work being done by women in recruitment and HR. In the age of accelerated tech, it becomes even more important to focus on the humans who are transforming the industry and we can’t wait to see more from these rising stars.”

STEPHEN QUINN | CEO, JOBBIO

Rising Stars in Insurance

Proudly sponsored by Lloyd's of London

“Ensuring that we recognise and develop emerging female talent is critical to building and motivating a pipeline of top performers across our sector. Within Insurance, we want to encourage women to step forward and progress their careers, which is why we are delighted to be sponsoring the Insurance category of WeAreTheCity Awards for the fifth year in a row.”

PAULINE MILLER | HEAD OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, LLOYD’S
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Rising Stars in Investment Management

Proudly sponsored by Northern Trust

“Northern Trust is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Stars 2019 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, NORTHERN TRUST

Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)

Proudly sponsored by Reed Smith

“We are delighted to be able to again support and celebrate the Lynne Freeman Rising Stars in Law! They represent the best that law has to offer – talented and dedicated young women who are no doubt destined for leadership. Just as their role models have inspired them, they too will inspire more rising stars through their enthusiasm, capability, creativity, and commitment to being the best of the best.”

TAMARA BOX | MANAGING PARTNER EME, REED SMITH
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Rising Stars in PR & Communications

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Rising Stars in Property, Construction & FM

Proudly sponsored by Kier

“We are delighted to support the Rising Star Property, Construction and FM  award. Our industry faces a growing skills gap  and needs to attract and retain much more diverse talent into the workplace. We believe to achieve our ambitions as a business and for the future health of the sector as a whole we need more women represented in every aspect of the industry and at every level.  Supporting the next generation of female talent as they progress their careers is a privilege.”

LOUISA FINLAY | DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, KIER CONSTRUCTION
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Rising Stars in Professional Services

Proudly sponsored by Deloitte

“Ensuring that women at all levels succeed in our firm is a business priority for us – we know that having a diverse workforce is critical to the long term success of our business and the wider professional services industry. As such we are delighted to sponsor the Rising Star Professional Services award and celebrate the successes of talented women in the industry.”

EMMA CODD | MANAGING PARNTER FOR TALENT | DELOITTE

Rising Stars in Public Sector

Proudly sponsored by Government Equalities Office

I am proud to support the Rising Star awards and I am delighted that we can take this opportunity to celebrate the pipeline of female talent. These awards are a wonderful platform to recognise these talented women and also women in business more generally. We have come a long way over the past few years – we have more women on FTSE 350 boards than ever before and the full-time gender pay gap is at a record low. This is good progress, but I still want to see more women at the top of their fields and I believe that events like these, which recognise and support talented future role-models, are so vital to achieving that goal.

ELYSIA MCCAFFREY | DEPUTY HEAD OF GEO, HEAD OF GENDER
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Rising 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.”

DAVE PAWSON | HR LEADER, NORTH EUROPE REGION, 3M

Rising Stars in Technology

Proudly sponsored by Accenture

“The diversity of our people is part of what makes Accenture exceptional. We recognise that each person has unique strengths, and by embracing those strengths, we all deliver high performance—together. That’s why we’re committed to a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and growing the percentage of women managing directors globally to 25% by 2020. We are incredibly proud to sponsor the WeAreTheCity Technology Rising Star award, showcasing amazing female talent in technology and continuing to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”

ZAHRA BAHROLOLOUMI | TECHNOLOGY MANAGING DIRECTOR, ACCENTURE
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Rising Stars - All Other Industries

Sponsor TBC

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Rising Star Champion

Proudly sponsored by CMI Women

“CMI Women is delighted to be supporting the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards Champions category, to showcase the role models actively advocating gender balance in the workplace to help us take a step closer to benefiting from an inclusive environment. Diversity is the foundation for good leadership and management, delivering better results, reduced risk and access to a wide talent pool. CMI Women is at the forefront of driving gender balance in the workplace, encouraging organisations to put gender diversity at the heart of their agenda and develop the pipeline of women in management.”

HEATHER MELVILLE | CHAIR OF CMI WOMEN
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Company of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Bloomberg

“At Bloomberg, we believe that when one woman rises we all do, so it’s an absolute pleasure for the fourth year running to be joining WeAreTheCity in celebrating top emerging female talent. These awards are so critical to identifying and being the catalyst for the future pipeline. We applaud WeAreTheCity in recognising these womens achievements.”

PAMELA HUTCHINSON | GLOBAL HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, BLOOMBERG