Rising Star 2017 Awards Supporters

“I am delighted to support these awards which shine a light on emerging female business talent in the capital and around the country.

“The Mayor and I are determined to remove any barriers to women enjoying equal success by adopting the highest possible standards for fair pay, good working conditions and gender equality in business.

“Awards such as this will take us closer to smashing the glass ceiling and help us to develop existing strong business links between London and India.”

Rajesh Agrawal
Rajesh Agrawal
Deputy Mayor for Business

I am proud to support the Rising Stars Awards which are a great way to celebrate the pipeline of fantastic female talent who are smashing the glass ceiling. These awards shine a light on rising stars from all walks of life who are significantly contributing to their organisations and inspiring the next generation.

We have made fantastic progress in recent years – we now have the lowest gender pay gap on record, more than doubled the number of women on boards in the FTSE 350 and we’ve been rated the best place in Europe for women to start a business. But we have to push further to achieve true gender equality, and celebrating the achievements of women through these awards take us one step closer to this.

Caroline Dinenage
Caroline Dinenage
Minister for Women, Equalities and Early Years

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

‘I believe we’re on the verge of a big breakthrough in the long journey towards true gender equality. The big changes we are seeing throughout our world are unsettling but they also bring the opportunity of a more balanced, more equal society, by shaking up the centuries-old patriarchal power system and changing the nature of leadership. The ability to inspire rather than force is what’s important now. This is good news for many women, who are empathetic by nature and good at connecting. Now more than ever it’s important to celebrate and encourage those women who are Rising Stars, and I am delighted to congratulate them and look forward to their next achievements!’

Helena Morrissey
Helena Morrissey
Founder, 30% Club and Chair, Diversity Project

If we want the FTSE 100 in 2030 to have more than a handful of women at the helm then we must nurture, encourage, sponsor and recognise that talent now. Rising Stars awards do just that. We are celebrating individual talent but we are also recognising the breadth of talent that is there in the future which ultimately helps level the playing field and create the right conditions for all our young women.

Amanda Mackenzie
Amanda Mackenzie
CEO, Business in the Community

If Britain is to seize its place as a digital nation of significance, we need more digital skills, and fast. Women are a vital part of this talent pool. Not for 100 years has the key to economic growth rested so firmly in the hands of the diversity agenda, and the Rising Star awards are a great initiative to shine a light on our future talent.

Jacqueline de Rojas
Area Vice President, Northern Europe, Citrix & President, techUK

It is critical that we all appreciate that we are not alone in our journeys. People have and are achieving great things! Profiling these Rising Stars helps to demonstrate what is possible and hopefully encourages us all to do a bit more to make a difference in our professional world and society. Success comes from many areas and takes on a vast range of difference. What a great opportunity to celebrate the possibilities!

Chuck Stephens
Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA, Google

Supporting and nurturing female talent is absolutely vital and the Rising Star Awards are a wonderful platform to celebrate this talent. We all want to see more women on top, and the more we can do to recognise female talent the better. Sadly there are still not enough female role models and awards such as these are vital to ensure that we create role models not just now but for the future too so that younger generations face less barriers on their rise to the top

Jacqueline Gold
Jacqueline Gold CBE
Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox

The Rising star awards is important because it acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of women across so many sectors. Role models are vital to inspire the pipeline of talent and raise aspirations. We wish you every success in your inaugural award

Pinky Lilani CBE DL
Chairman & Founder, Asian Women of Achievement Awards

The Rising star awards send the signal that diversity matters, that there is such a thing as a pipeline and it needs nurturing. Awards like this make a significant contribution to equalising society and raising Britain’s game in the world. Rise up, rising stars!

Professor Julia Hobsbawn
Professor Julia Hobsbawm OBE
Founder, Editorial Intelligence

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