Wearethecity top 100 Rising Stars Awards nominations now open

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imageWeAreTheCity is delighted to announce that nominations for their 2016 Top 100 Rising Star Awards are now open.


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. Through these awards we will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and 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 100 Rising Star awards will 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 key decision-making roles within our organisations.

“These awards are an incredible celebration of the great achievements women are making in business. We have more women on FTSE boards than ever before, the lowest gender pay gap on record and we’ve been rated the best place in Europe for women to start a business. I am proud of how far we’ve come but we must now build on that momentum so we achieve true gender equality.” – Nicky Morgan, Minister for Equalities

Mark-McLane – “We are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Rising Star Awards which recognises the achievements of talented women on their way to the top; the contributions they make to their organisations and society in general.” – Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC

WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK & Ireland to find 100 high-achieving women across 20 key industries and professions.

The nominations process opens today, 01 February 2016, for all categories. A shortlist of 10 women from each industry category will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published towards the end of April. The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final five winners for each category will take place with independent judges during May. The Top 100 Rising Stars will be announced in June and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception at Barclays in London to celebrate and collect their awards.


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 BNY Mellon and 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
Sales, sponsored by WorldPay
Sport, sponsored by Pedalsure
Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley