The Top 50 Rising Star awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. These awards will recognise and celebrate 50 female individual contributors across 10 different industries that represent the leaders & role models of tomorrow.  

We are delighted to announce our sponsors for this years Top 50 Rising Stars are as follows:

Societe Generale, sponsors of Rising Stars in Banking

Societe Generale-logo“At Societe Generale, diversity is integral to how we do business and drive high performance. We are One Team comprised of different cultures, experiences, beliefs and walks of life, which enriches our offering for both our employees and our clients. It is vital that as an industry, we continue to raise the profiles of those who will be future banking thought leaders and pivotal to driving further diversity across our sector. It is our pleasure to support the Rising Stars in Banking Category”

Ben Higgins, Director – Head of Career Advisory and Recruitment, Societe Generale

Reed Smith, sponsors of Rising Stars in Law

Reed Smith-logo“We are delighted to participate with ‘WeAreTheCity’ in celebrating the rising stars who are an inspiration in our industry. Female role models are essential to improving the gender balance in law firms; by showcasing the talent and success of these young leaders, we increase the opportunities for all women.”

– Tamara Box, Partner, Head of Structured Finance, Reed Smith

Morgan Stanley, sponsors of Rising Stars in Technology

Morgan Stanley-logo“We believe a diverse workforce is a more productive one – it provides a real competitive advantage when individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives, approaches and capabilities come together to achieve a shared goal. Our priority is to attract and develop the most diverse and inclusive workforce as possible and enable an environment that fosters creative and innovative thinking. Now in our third year of partnership with WeAreTheCity, we proudly sponsor this award and hope that the winning individuals continue to inspire a new generation of female technologists”

– Gez Hester, MD, Global Technology, Morgan Stanley 

Lloyd’s, sponsors of Rising Stars in Insurance

Lloyds-of-London-logo“Lloyd’s is delighted to sponsor the Insurance category for the WeAreTheCity Awards. Recognising emerging female talent is critical to building a pipeline of top performers for our sector. Insurance needs a more diverse talent pool.  Encouraging women to step forward and progress their careers is essential and Lloyd’s is delighted to be part of such a great initiative”

– Liz Grant OBE Head of Diversity & Inclusion (interim), Lloyd’s

Guardian Women in Leadership sponsors of Rising Stars in Media & Journalism

The Guardian-women-in-leadership-logo“Even newspapers with the best gender representation still struggle to achieve better than a 70/30 male to female ratio when it comes to bylines. These stats go across digital and broadcast. The Guardian’s Women in Leadership section is dedicated to highlighting the brilliant work of women at all levels and in all sectors but we also want to make sure we lead the way in our own industry. That’s why we’re pleased to be working with WeAreTheCity on their Rising Star in Media and Journalism Awards. We’re looking forward to seeing all the talent they uncover.”

Harriet Minter, editor, Guardian Women in Leadership

Barclays, sponsors of Rising Stars Personal & Exec Assistants

Barclays-logo“We are pleased to sponsor the award for personal and executive assistants which recognises the key role these women play in an organisation. In many ways, the attributes of a good executive assistant mirrors that of a good senior manager. It is important that these roles are viewed as a stepping stone to other senior roles. At Barclays we want to encourage executive assistants who want the opportunity to develop”

Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC

Twenty Recruitment, sponsors Rising Stars in Recruitment & HR

Twenty-Recruitment-logo“At Twenty Recruitment we have a real passion in ensuring the recruitment sector is one where women can truly thrive. We are doing things differently and are constantly challenging the structural and cultural barriers that have prevented recruitment from being a diverse workforce for so long. This is why we are thrilled to be supporting WeAreTheCity in their award to recognise outstanding woman who are rising to the top of recruitment. It is initiatives like this that are going to leave a real mark and change the sector for the better and for good.”

– Ak Kaur, Director, Twenty Recruitment Group 

Ladbrokes, sponsors of Rising Stars in Sport

Ladbrokes-logo“At Ladbrokes, we recognise the importance of diversity of thought to the success of our business. Passion for sport is at the heart of everything we do, so we need to take the lead in championing female role models and empowering women in an industry that’s typically male-dominated. We’re delighted to support WeAreTheCity in recognising and profiling our industry’s exceptional emerging female talent by sponsoring this award.”

– Sarah Mills-Woods, Head of Learning, Development & Talent

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BNY Mellon & Newton Investment Management, sponsors of Rising Stars in Investment Management

“Newton Investment Management are excited to sponsor the Rising Star Investment Management Award and support WeAreTheCity. We know why gender equality and broader diversity should be an integral part of business strategy.


We also recognize that ‘today’ is important but understand that the ‘tomorrows’ are key to sustaining equality. Focusing on the talent pipeline, developing future female leaders and celebrating their successes are ways in which we can achieve this goal.”

  – Helena Morrissey, CEO, Newton Investment Management  

EY, sponsors of Rising Stars in Consulting

E&Y logo“EY are proud to be supporting the Women in Consulting Category for WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Star Awards. We feel it’s time to press the fast forward button and accelerate women’s progression in the workplace. We all have a responsibility to help stoke the flames of change by creating the right environment, where difference is celebrated and employees can be themselves. At EY we invest time and energy in initiatives that are proven accelerants for change, for example, the introduction of family focused flexible working (available to all), giving our people greater choice about where, when and how they work. However, we recognise that women’s advancement is not just a fairness argument; it’s also an economic imperative that creates higher growth, increased prosperity and stronger communities, which is why we established Women Fast Forward, to achieve gender parity sooner.”

  – Tracey Bowen-Lowe, CEO, Financial Services Partner, EY  

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