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




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