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WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards - Shining a spotlight on the female talent pipeline across the UK

For the third year running, these highly successful awards will celebrate 100 individual female contributors who represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. These individuals will join an alumni of 200 previous winners from 2015/2016 across the UK and India. Nominations are open until 24 March 2017.

The 2017 awards are headline sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times. Category sponsors include an array of leading FTSE 100 companies and industry leaders: Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Citi, CR-UK, EY, EDIT Development, Executive Secretary, Kier, LinkedIn, Lloyd’s, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Oliver Wyman, PedalSure, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, Streets Consulting, The Royal Navy, Worldpay and 3M.

WeAreTheCity are also proud to announce the Company of the Year award, a new category for 2017. The award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting and developing their female talent pipeline through initiatives, training, development programmes and/or internal employee relations groups.

The awards are once again looking for Rising Star Champions, which acknowledges the efforts of both male and female senior leaders, who are supporting the pipeline outside of their corporate responsibilities.

Nominations are open via risingstars.wearethecity.com. A shortlist of ten women chosen by a judging panel published 15 May, followed by an open public vote. The Top 100 Rising Stars winners will be announced 19 June followed by a celebratory evening reception at News UK’s HQ, taking place on 12 July.

Founded in 2015, the awards continue to play a vital part in highlighting female talent across the country. Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Rising Star awards do not have any age restrictions. 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. WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK and Ireland to find 100 high-achieving women across key industries and professions.

Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business, said:

“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.”

Chris Duncan, Managing Director, Times Newspapers Ltd said,

“We are delighted to support WeAreTheCity as the headline sponsor for their Rising Star Awards in 2017. Building and supporting a strong pipeline of female talent is a key area of focus at The Times and The Sunday Times.

“We are honoured to be involved and look forward to working alongside so many other organisations who are as passionate about gender equality as we are.”

Supporter of the awards, Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Women, Equalities and Early Years said,

“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, have 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.”

Vanessa Vallely, Founder and CEO of WeAreTheCity said,

“I am very excited to open nominations for our 2017 Rising Star awards. It is fantastic to be working with The Times and The Sunday Times and to once again be working with a variety of companies who are actively supporting the gender agenda.

“With their help over the past three years, we have shone a spotlight on 200 amazing women alongside a number of senior gender champions who are passionate about equality.

“This year we will recognise the achievements of a further 150 future female leaders across a multitude of industries within the UK and India. We know that highlighting the achievements of these women, leads to action and opportunities. Over 25% of our previous winners have since been promoted or taken on additional responsibilities since winning the Rising Star awards.

“It is going to be a great year for our next cohort of Rising Stars and I am excited to see all the nominations coming through.”

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