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Meet the Judges 2023

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MEET THE JUDGES

We our proud to announce the judges for WeAreTheCity’s Top 100 Rising Stars. All of our judges have been carefully selected based on their industry experience and their passion to inspire future role models.

On behalf of WeAreTheCity, our sponsors and nominees we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for donating their time to judge the 2023 Rising Star Awards.


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“Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is delighted to be powering the Rising Stars Awards for the fourth year. As an organisation, we are committed to helping clients thrive and communities prosper and diversity and inclusion is more than just a value for us, it’s our strength, so supporting these awards is a great way to celebrate and showcase incredible talent across multiple industries.”

DAVE THOMAS, CEO, RBC EUROPE

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Rising Stars in Science & Engineering

Proudly sponsored by 3M

“Supporting the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects lies at the heart of 3M’s community programme in the UK. As a materials-science-based innovation company, we are particularly keen to encourage female students to consider STEM careers. We are therefore delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Science and Engineering category, helping to shine a light on role models who can inspire the next generation.”

TINA MONK | DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION LEAD, NORTH EUROPE REGION, 3M

Rising Stars in Insurance

Proudly sponsored by Lloyd's

“As a former WeAreTheCity Rising Star winner, I am thrilled that Lloyd’s continues sponsoring the insurance category of the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards. A diverse market with an inclusive culture will be more resilient in the face of growing global complexity thanks to its ability to attract and retain talent. Within Insurance, we want to recognise and champion emerging female talent and encourage other women to step forward and progress their careers.”

 MONICA STANCU | DIVERSITY & INCLUSION MANAGER, LLOYD’S

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Rising Stars in Law

Proudly sponsored by Reed Smith

“We are thrilled to be able to again support and celebrate the Lynne Freeman Rising Stars in Law! They represent the best and the brightest that our industry has to offer – talented young women who are no doubt destined for leadership in their chosen fields. Just as their role models have inspired them, they too will inspire more rising stars through their capability, creativity, and commitment to being the best of the best.”

TAMARA BOX | MANAGING PARTNER EME, REED SMITH

Rising Stars in Energy & Utilities

Proudly sponsored by National Grid

“At National Grid, our vision is to build and develop an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce that is fully representative of the communities we serve. As the world races towards net zero, we have some inspiring individuals in the sector who are working to find the best solutions that will help tackle climate change. It’s vital we nurture and develop this high-potential talent so that we can achieve a clean energy future.”

LISA WATERHOUSE | REGIONAL DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION MANAGER – GLOBAL DEI, NATIONAL GRID

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Proudly sponsored by Bloomberg

“Bloomberg is delighted once again to be supporting WeAreTheCity, in highlighting UK’s top female talent and the next generation of future female leaders. Bloomberg is committed to amplifying the voices of all women and these awards are critical in recognising their achievements and future potential.”

MANISHA MEHROTRA | HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOR EMEA, BLOOMBERG

Rising Stars in Investment Management

Proudly sponsored by Northern Trust

“Northern Trust is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Stars 2023 Investment Management Award and partnering with WeAreTheCity to shine a spotlight on the pipeline of talented women working in our industry. We have a wide range of programmes at Northern Trust to help develop female talent at every level in our organization so that our clients benefit from the innovative thinking that diverse and inclusive teams bring. We wish the best of luck to all the nominees.”

SARAH BODDEY | CHIEF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION OFFICER, EMEA & APAC, NORTHERN TRUST

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Rising Stars - Men for Gender Balance

Proudly sponsored by HSBC

“HSBC is proud to be sponsoring the Rising Stars award for Men for Gender Balance for 2023.  In order to achieve gender balance in our organizations we know that people of all genders must work together effectively to build positive working environments and to enable everyone to thrive.  We are pleased to see the best practices, new ideas and energy that the men including people who self-identify as such in this category are bringing to the gender diversity agenda.”

STUART WHITE | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HSBC GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT UK AND GLOBAL HEAD OF STRATEGY

Rising Stars in Advertising & Media

Proudly sponsored by Dentsu

“We’re really proud to partner with WeAreTheCity to help shine a light on the UK’s incredibly talented future female leaders across a range of industries. At dentsu we firmly believe in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion to foster creativity, innovation and an inspiring people led culture where our people, clients, business and the wider community can thrive. Congratulations to all the nominees, we wish them the very best of luck.”

ANGELA TANGAS | CEO, DENTSU UK&I

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Rising Stars in Professional Services

Proudly sponsored by Oliver Wyman

“Oliver Wyman is committed to supporting women’s careers, including those who aspire to be a new generation of business leaders. That’s why we’re once again sponsoring the Professional Services category of the Rising Stars awards. We believe that inclusion drives diversity, and diversity not only enables better business outcomes, but also creates a more lively and fun workplace where everyone can feel like they belong. This sense of belonging is increasingly important during these unprecedented times, where many of us face uncertainty and isolation. We are determined to maintain and strengthen an inclusive culture where women with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and ways of thinking can bring their best selves to work and reach their full potential.”

LISA QUEST | PARTNER, HEAD OF UK AND IRELAND, & CO-HEAD PUBLIC SECTOR AND POLICY PRACTICE EUROPE, OLIVER WYMAN

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Proudly sponsored by Citi

“Citi is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Stars in Diversity award,  for the fifth time running. This award celebrates those who are driving leadership in inclusion and equality and demonstrating the benefits of diversity throughout our communities and workplaces. At Citi, we have long believed in the power of diverse and inclusive teams in driving value, delivering innovation, providing  better discussion, decisions and outcomes for our clients and employees and enabling economic growth and progress in the markets and communities in which we operate. As such, our senior leaders are accountable and have explicit targets set to improve the diversity of their teams and our collective success depends on us achieving these targets. We are excited to recognise the next generation of rising stars, who will be instrumental in driving the thought leadership and progress needed to create a truly successful industry.”

JAMES BARDRICK | CITI COUNTRY OFFICER, UNITED KINGDOM

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Rising Stars in Education & Academia

Proudly sponsored by Warwick Business School

“At Warwick Business School we are for those that want to make change. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit, working to disrupt expectations. Those who turn challenges into dreams, and in turn break down barriers for others. As a School we are committed to breaking down the barriers that women face through our research, our education, and our professional networks. But it’s not just about what we can do, it’s about how we can support our fellow Change Makers on their own journeys. This is why we are delighted to have the opportunity to support WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars Education and Academia category for a second year, to recognise inspiring female talent across the UK, the leaders of tomorrow looking to challenge the status quo and inspire future generations of females.”

KAREN BARKER | DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT & MARKETING, WARWICK BUSINESS SCHOOL

Rising Stars in Hospitality

Proudly sponsored by IHG Hotels & Resorts

“IHG Hotels & Resorts is incredibly proud to be sponsoring WeAreTheCity for the first time, recognising and celebrating top female talent and future leaders in the UK at the Rising Stars Awards. We as an organisation are committed to driving gender balance globally across our corporate and hotel leadership populations, and as such we are excited to help spotlight women’s voices and achievements.”

LOUISE BYRNE | VP, GLOBAL TALENT AND DIVERSITY, IHG HOTELS & RESORTS

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Rising Stars Media Partner

Proudly partnered with Marie Claire

“I’m delighted to be partnering with WeAreTheCity to amplify these important awards. Empowering women, championing female talent, and spotlighting pioneers paving the way for others is what we’ve always stood for at Marie Claire. I’m looking forward to showcasing their inspiring stories.”

ANDREA THOMPSON | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, MARIE CLAIRE

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There are a number of opportunities for corporate sponsors to support the Rising Star Awards.

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RISING STAR AWARDS 2023

Now in their ninth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

The awards also recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality, as well as putting the spotlight on a “company of the year” that is actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.

Over the past eight years and with the support of leading organisations, WeAreTheCity has been able to highlight the achievements of over 750 women (650 in the UK, 100 in India) through the Rising Star Award’s process.

EDUCATION PARTNERS

TBC

TIMELINE

Nominations open
16 January 2023

Nominations close
15 March 2023

Additional information deadline
22 March 2023

Judging starts
06 April 2023

Judging closes
21 April 2023

Shortlist announced
08 May 2023

Shortlist celebration
TBC May 2023

Public vote opens
09 May 2023

Public Vote closes
16 May 2023

Winner’s announced
22 May 2023

Award’s Ceremony
TBC July 2023

THE PROCESS

Nominations will open online on 16th January via the Rising Stars’ website. Nominations will close after an eight week period on 15th March.

A shortlist of ten women from each industry category and ten from the Champion, Global Award for Achievement and Men for Gender Balance categories, alongside three shortlisted companies for the Company of the Year award, will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges. Once the shortlist is announced, we will also open the public votes of support, which enables individuals to show their support for a specific shortlisted individual.

All winners will be announced in May 2023 and will be invited to celebrate at a prestigious award’s ceremony in July 2023.

WHO CAN APPLY?

A female individual who works within one of the nomination categories, whose current position is below director level.

  • The individual demonstrates a high level of competence within their role
  • The individual demonstrates a clear passion, this may be through extra curricular activities
  • Individual who pays it forward and helps others (e.g. schools, networks, internal/external activities)
  • The individual is taking charge of their own career, e.g. personal development

This award is open to all women, regardless of age, however nominees must be working in the UK.

A senior individual of any gender who is championing gender equality, either inside or outside their organisation.

The individual must also be able to demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities.

Nominees must be Director level (or equivalent) or above and work in the UK.

A company that can clearly articulate their commitment to supporting their female talent pipeline and who can demonstrate tangible impact through their various gender initiatives.

A senior man who  is championing women and gender balance either inside or outside their organisation. Nominees must be at least Director level (or equivalent) or above, must demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities and must be working in the UK.

A female individual, outside of the UK, who works across any industry, whose current position is below director level.

  • The individual demonstrates a high level of competence within their role
  • The individual demonstrates a clear passion, this may be through extra curricular activities
  • Individual who pays it forward and helps others (e.g. schools, networks, internal/external activities)
  • The individual is taking charge of their own career, e.g. personal development

This award is open to all women from anywhere in the world, regardless of age.

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

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RISING STAR AWARDS CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS 2022

Relive our amazing award ceremony for our 2022 Rising Star Winners. We celebrated over 100 remarkable women, male allies & companies at the Rising Star Awards Ceremony

Kindly hosted by Pan Pacific London in their beautiful Pacific Ballroom, where over 400 winners, sponsors, judges and guests enjoyed a sparkling reception, a three-course meal and fine wine. Attendees were also given the opportunity to network with each other, sponsors and judges and to celebrate their achievements.

Facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO of Streets Consulting, we were also joined by a number of inspirational speakers and entertainers, including Chloe Kennedy, actress, singer & songwriter; the Southend Vox Choir;  poet and Rising Star alumni, Jaspreet Kaur; Ayesha Patel, Chief Operating Officer, RBC; Janet Lindsay, CEO, Wellbeing of Women; and Andrea Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire.

Meet our 2022 winners

AKUA OPONG | LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP

LEE CHAMBERS | ESSENTIALISE WORKPLACE WELLBEING

MICHELLE LEIVARS | THE SOAP SPONGE COMPANY

RIA JOHAL | AMAZON

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Rising Stars in All Other Industries
  • Rising Stars in Banking & Capital Markets
  • Rising Stars in Charity & Not-for-Profit
  • Rising Stars in Defence
  • Rising Stars in Digital
  • Rising Stars in Diversity
  • Rising Stars in EA/PA
  • Rising Stars in Education & Academia
  • Rising Stars in Energy & Utilities
  • Rising Stars Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups
  • Rising Stars in Healthcare
  • *NEW - Rising Stars in Hospitality
  • Rising Stars in Infrastructure, Transport & Logistics
  • Rising Stars in Insurance
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management
  • Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)
  • Rising Stars in Professional Services
  • Rising Stars in Science & Engineering
  • Rising Stars in Technology
  • Rising Stars Champion
  • Company of the Year
  • Men for Gender Balance
  • Global Award for Achievement

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SPONSORED BY

 
 

RISING STAR AWARDS 2023

Now in their ninth year, the Rising Star Awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below Senior Management or Director level – representing the female talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders.

The awards also recognise the efforts of senior leaders who are championing gender equality, as well as putting the spotlight on a “company of the year” that is actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond industry norms.

Over the past eight years and with the support of leading organisations, WeAreTheCity has been able to highlight the achievements of over 850 women (750 in the UK, 100 in India) through the Rising Star Awards process.

EDUCATION PARTNERS

 

 
 

TIMELINE

Nominations open
16 January 2023

Nominations close
22 March 2023

Additional information deadline
22 March 2023

Judging starts
06 April 2023

Judging closes
21 April 2023

Shortlist announced
09 May 2023

Shortlist celebration
17 May 2023

Public vote opens
09 May 2023

Public Vote closes
16 May 2023

Winners announced
22 May 2023

Awards Ceremony
12 July 2023

THE PROCESS

Nominations will open online on 16th January via the Rising Stars’ website. Nominations will close after a nine week period on 22nd March.

A shortlist of ten women from each industry category and ten from the Champion, Global Award for Achievement and Men for Gender Balance categories, alongside three shortlisted companies for the Company of the Year award, will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges. Once the shortlist is announced, we will also open the public votes of support, which enables individuals to show their support for a specific shortlisted individual.

All winners will be announced in May 2023 and will be invited to celebrate at a prestigious awards ceremony in July 2023.

MEDIA PARTNER

 

 
Marie Clare
 

CHARITY PARTNER

 

 
Refuge
 

WHO CAN APPLY?

A female individual who works within one of the nomination categories, whose current position is below director level.

  • The individual demonstrates a high level of competence within their role
  • The individual demonstrates a clear passion, this may be through extra curricular activities
  • Individual who pays it forward and helps others (e.g. schools, networks, internal/external activities)
  • The individual is taking charge of their own career, e.g. personal development

This award is open to all women, regardless of age, however nominees must be working in the UK.

A senior individual of any gender who is championing gender equality, either inside or outside their organisation.

The individual must also be able to demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities.

Nominees must be Director level (or equivalent) or above and work in the UK.

A company that can clearly articulate their commitment to supporting their female talent pipeline and who can demonstrate tangible impact through their various gender initiatives.

A senior man who  is championing women and gender balance either inside or outside their organisation. Nominees must be at least Director level (or equivalent) or above, must demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities and must be working in the UK.

A female individual, outside of the UK, who works across any industry, whose current position is below director level.

  • The individual demonstrates a high level of competence within their role
  • The individual demonstrates a clear passion, this may be through extra curricular activities
  • Individual who pays it forward and helps others (e.g. schools, networks, internal/external activities)
  • The individual is taking charge of their own career, e.g. personal development

This award is open to all women from anywhere in the world, regardless of age.

WHO CAN APPLY?

A female individual who works within one of the nomination categories, whose current position is below director level.

  • The individual demonstrates a high level of competence within their role
  • The individual demonstrates a clear passion, this may be through extra curricular activities
  • Individual who pays it forward and helps others (e.g. schools, networks, internal/external activities)
  • The individual is taking charge of their own career, e.g. personal development

This award is open to all women, regardless of age, however nominees must be working in the UK.

A senior individual of any gender who is championing gender equality, either inside or outside their organisation.

The individual must also be able to demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities.

Nominees must be Director level (or equivalent) or above and work in the UK.

A company that can clearly articulate their commitment to supporting their female talent pipeline and who can demonstrate tangible impact through their various gender initiatives.

A senior man who  is championing women and gender balance either inside or outside their organisation. Nominees must be at least Director level (or equivalent) or above, must demonstrate that they have actively supported the female pipeline either through their current work role or external activities and must be working in the UK.

A female individual, outside of the UK, who works across any industry, whose current position is below director level.

  • The individual demonstrates a high level of competence within their role
  • The individual demonstrates a clear passion, this may be through extra curricular activities
  • Individual who pays it forward and helps others (e.g. schools, networks, internal/external activities)
  • The individual is taking charge of their own career, e.g. personal development

This award is open to all women from anywhere in the world, regardless of age.

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Rising Stars in All Other Industries
  • *NEW - Rising Stars in Advertising and Media
  • Rising Stars in Banking & Capital Markets
  • Rising Stars in Charity & Not-for-Profit
  • Rising Stars in Defence
  • Rising Stars in Digital
  • Rising Stars in Diversity
  • Rising Stars in EA/PA
  • Rising Stars in Education & Academia
  • Rising Stars in Energy & Utilities
  • Rising Stars Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups
  • Rising Stars in Healthcare
  • *NEW - Rising Stars in Hospitality
  • Rising Stars in Infrastructure, Transport & Logistics
  • Rising Stars in Insurance
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management
  • Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)
  • Rising Stars in Professional Services
  • Rising Stars in Science & Engineering
  • Rising Stars in Technology
  • Rising Stars Champion
  • Company of the Year
  • Men for Gender Balance
  • Global Award for Achievement

RISING STAR AWARDS CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS 2022

Relive our amazing award ceremony for our 2022 Rising Star winners. We celebrated over 100 remarkable women, male allies & companies at the Rising Star Awards Ceremony

Kindly hosted by Pan Pacific London in their beautiful Pacific Ballroom, where over 400 winners, sponsors, judges and guests enjoyed a sparkling reception, a three-course meal and fine wine. Attendees were also given the opportunity to network with each other, sponsors and judges and to celebrate their achievements.

Facilitated by Julia Streets, CEO of Streets Consulting, we were also joined by a number of inspirational speakers and entertainers, including Chloe Kennedy, actress, singer & songwriter; the Southend Vox Choir;  poet and Rising Star alumni, Jaspreet Kaur; Ayesha Patel, Chief Operating Officer, RBC; Janet Lindsay, CEO, Wellbeing of Women; and Andrea Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire.

Meet our 2022 winners

AKUA OPONG | LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP

LEE CHAMBERS | ESSENTIALISE WORKPLACE WELLBEING

MICHELLE LEIVARS | THE SOAP SPONGE COMPANY

RIA JOHAL | AMAZON