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One week to go - who will you nominate? | WeAreTheCity's Top 100 Rising Star Awards

Last year, through our Rising Star awards WeAreTheCity highlighted the achievements of 50 future leaders and role models across 10 different industries and professions. We are proud to announce that our 2015 winners have gone on to achieve phenomenal success over the past six months. You can read about some of our previous winners achievements here.

Due to the success of the 2015 awards, WeAreTheCity is seeking to recognise the achievements of a further 100 role models and future female leaders in 2016, however we cannot do this without your nominations!

"I am pleased to announce that since receiving my award I have been given a double promotion! I will shortly be moving from my existing role in Learning and Development to a new role where I will now be coaching senior leaders of the bank and leading a team of 3-4 people.” - Lucy Booker, RBS – WATC 2015 Rising Star in Banking

If you know an amazing woman who is operating below a senior/middle management level who deserves recognition, then please consider nominating her for WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards. You can nominate between 01 February and 25 March.

In order to prepare your nomination, we suggest you read the following guidance.

Rising Stars - Multi diverse women smilingOur criteria for entry is:
  • Nominees must be below senior/middle management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry of the category they are nominated for
  • Nominees must be working in the UK or Northern Ireland

Please note our awards are open to women of all ages.

Here is what the judges are looking for in a Rising Star:
  • Someone who is a champion of women 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
Rising Star categories:
Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale Charity, sponsored by Cancer Research UK, Women of Influence
Consultancy, sponsored by EY Defence, sponsored by PA Consulting
Diversity, sponsored by AON EA/PA, sponsored by EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistant Association)
Education & Academia, sponsored by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Virgin Media Business
Facilities Management, sponsored by ISS HR & Recruitment, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s Investment Management, sponsored by Newton Investment Management
Law, The Lynne Freeman Award, sponsored by Reed Smith Media & Journalism, sponsored by Bloomberg
Oil & Gas, sponsored by PwC Property Services, sponsored by Kier
Public Sector, sponsored by Socitm Advisory Sales, sponsored by WorldPay
Sport, sponsored by PedalSure Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley
Rising Star Champions, sponsored by Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK
Our Rising Star nomination questions:
  • Please provide specific examples of this individual's achievements in her day job (100 words or less)
  • Please tell us why you believe this individual is a role model in her industry and should be named as a WeAreTheCity Top 50 Rising Star. (200 words or less)
  • Please detail how this individual is helping others (eg mentoring/charity work/internal or external networks/school activities (100 words or less)
  • Please provide three words that sum up this individual. (eg inspirational, motivational, infectious etc)
  • Please detail any other awards this individual has received or notable educational achievements (If known) (100 words or less)
  • If your nominee was named as a Rising Star 2016, how do you think she would leverage this award to encourage others? (100 words or less)
 Our advice for those nominating
  • Ensure you have the relevant contact details for your nominee (email address/full name/job title/company etc)
  • Prior to nominating, ensure you are aware of their achievements both in relation to their work and external activities
  • Ensure you include key details and try to quantify/qualify your statements with outcomes/how the individual went above and beyond/their impact or contribution to a wider project
  • Be clear and concise - you only have a limited amount of words to answer each question
  • Ensure that you have enough time to complete the nomination to the best of your ability. There is not an option to save the nomination as you populate the fields and WeAreTheCity is unable to process incomplete entries

We are also calling for nominations for our Rising Star Champions. This category recognises the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline. This award, sponsored by Oliver Wyman, is open to both male and females who currently hold senior positions within their organisations and who have demonstrated their support for gender either internally or externally. Do you know a senior individual who is going above and beyond to champion women? If so, please consider nominating them for our Rising Star Champion awards via the Rising Star website on 01 February 2016.

"Since the awards I have won the Sky Sports Inspirational Helen Rollanson Sportswoman Award 2015, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky 1 I also received a personal message from David Beckham!” - Annie Zaidi, Leicester City Football Club – WATC 2015 Rising Star in Sport




Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions or email the team at RisingStars@wearethecity.com.

To check the terms and conditions of the awards, please visit here.

For more information on the timeline for the awards, please visit here .


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On the 8th September 2015, WeAreTheCity and their sponsors hosted their first annual awards ceremony celebrating the female pipeline and their Top 50 Rising Stars.

Over 150 people attended the celebration and it was kindly hosted at the House of Commons, Portcullis House, London.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for making this all possible.

Featuring WATC Founder Vanessa Vallely, Caroline Dinenage MP, Heather Melville - RBS and Tamara Box - Reed Smith LLP.  Plus join Kayleigh Bateman as she interviews some of our Rising Star winners, Alice Powell, Liv Cook, Sarah Gerken and Vinita Ramtri.



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WeAreTheCity's Top 50 Rising Star Awards: Shortlist Announcement

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We are extremely proud to announce our shortlist for WeAreTheCity’s top 50 Rising Star Awards.

The caliber of entries across all categories was extremely high this year. We received over 300 nominations spanning 149 companies from across the UK.

To view the shortlist, please visit here

“Reviewing the hundreds of submissions to WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Star Awards has been such an encouraging experience - it is clear that the pipeline of talented women is incredibly strong which set the bar for the shortlist very high.  Congratulations to all of the shortlisted nominees, and best of luck in the next round of judging!” commented Birgit Neu, MD, Neuchange, one of the shortlist judging panel.

We would like to personally thank everyone who submitted a nomination and extend our sincere thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and shortlist judges who gave their valuable time to recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing female nominees.

Shortlisted nominees will have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements at an event kindly sponsored by Bloomberg on the 13th August 2015.

The next stage in the process is a public vote to help narrow the shortlist down to the Top 50. Please visit here to cast your vote. The public vote count will be taken into consideration by our finalist judging panel alongside the original submissions for our shortlisted nominees.

We would like to wish our shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the next round.

For more detail about the awards, please visit here

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WeAreTheCity Top 50 Rising Stars Awards now open | Nominate now!

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WeAreTheCity is delighted to open nominations for the WATC Top 50 Rising Stars Awards for 2015.  


These new awards are the first to focus on the UK's female talent pipeline below management level and will celebrate 50 female individual contributors that represent the leaders & 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 50 Rising Star awards will not have any age restrictions included within the criteria. We feel we have 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.

"RBS is immensely proud to support WeAreTheCity's new Rising Star awards. Building and nurturing a strong pipeline of talented, driven women who are experts in their chosen field is critical to the success of any business and RBS is no exception to this. We are working hard to pave the way for our female employees to make the best of their career. It is important not only to recognise those women who have reached the top of their game but also those who are on their way, who have the potential to be the very best. With the support of WeAreTheCity and initiatives like this we can help those women become the shining stars of tomorrow."

  - Alison Rose, CEO, Commercial & Private Banking, RBS

"The National Black Women's Network are pleased to support the Top 50 Rising Stars Awards (2015). These awards are a great way to showcase, recognise and celebrate the top female talent who are boosting company performance, excellence and standards.  In addition they act as great role models for the next generation of female leaders who are looking to accelerate their careers; navigate the pipeline and ensure that organisations better manage succession planning."- Sonia Brown MBE, National Black Women’s Network

WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK & Ireland to find 50 high-achieving women across 10 key industries and professions

The nominations process opens today, 01 June 2015, for all categories.  A shortlist of 10 for each category will be judged by WeAreTheCity and published during July. Judging of the final 5 winners for each category will take place with the category sponsors & independent judges during August. The 50 winners will be announced in September where they will be invited to celebrate their awards at a champagne reception.

  • Rising Stars in Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • Rising Stars in Consulting, sponsored by EY
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management, sponsored by Newton Investment Management & BNY Mellon
  • Rising Stars in Law, sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Rising Stars in Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley
  • Rising Stars in Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd's
  • Rising Stars in Media & Journalism, sponsored by Guardian Women in Leadership
  • Rising Stars Personal & Exec Assistants, sponsored by Barclays
  • Rising Stars in Recruitment & HR, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
  • Rising Stars in Sport, sponsored by Ladbrokes

Find out more about our sponsors here

Criteria for entries
  • Open to all women regardless of age
  • Nominees must be below management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry/profession of the category they are nominated for
  • Individuals can nominate themselves
How we define a rising star
  • Someone who is making a difference in their industry
  • Someone who demonstrates passion and drive
  • 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
The Process
  • 01 June: Nominations open for all categories
  • 26 June: Nominations close for all categories
  • 20 July: Top 10 short list from each category announced/public voting opens for all shortlisted nominees
  • 31 July: Public voting closes for all shortlisted nominees
  • 01 September: Top 5 Rising Stars for each category announced
  • Sept TBC: Top 50 Rising Stars drinks reception and awards for winners, guests and sponsors


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