Rising Stars - Female talent awards

WeAreTheCity is delighted to open nominations for the WATC Top 50 Rising Stars Awards for 2015.  


These new awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level and will celebrate 50 female individual contributors that represent the leaders & 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 50 Rising Star awards will not have any age restrictions included within the criteria. We feel we have 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.

“RBS is immensely proud to support WeAreTheCity’s new Rising Star awards. Building and nurturing a strong pipeline of talented, driven women who are experts in their chosen field is critical to the success of any business and RBS is no exception to this. We are working hard to pave the way for our female employees to make the best of their career. It is important not only to recognise those women who have reached the top of their game but also those who are on their way, who have the potential to be the very best. With the support of WeAreTheCity and initiatives like this we can help those women become the shining stars of tomorrow.”

  – Alison Rose, CEO, Commercial & Private Banking, RBS

“The National Black Women’s Network are pleased to support the Top 50 Rising Stars Awards (2015). These awards are a great way to showcase, recognise and celebrate the top female talent who are boosting company performance, excellence and standards.  In addition they act as great role models for the next generation of female leaders who are looking to accelerate their careers; navigate the pipeline and ensure that organisations better manage succession planning.” Sonia Brown MBE, National Black Women’s Network

WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK & Ireland to find 50 high-achieving women across 10 key industries and professions

The nominations process opens today, 01 June 2015, for all categories.  A shortlist of 10 for each category will be judged by WeAreTheCity and published during July. Judging of the final 5 winners for each category will take place with the category sponsors & independent judges during August. The 50 winners will be announced in September where they will be invited to celebrate their awards at a champagne reception.

  • Rising Stars in Banking, sponsored by Societe Generale
  • Rising Stars in Consulting, sponsored by EY
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management, sponsored by Newton Investment Management & BNY Mellon
  • Rising Stars in Law, sponsored by Reed Smith
  • Rising Stars in Technology, sponsored by Morgan Stanley
  • Rising Stars in Insurance, sponsored by Lloyd’s
  • Rising Stars in Media & Journalism, sponsored by Guardian Women in Leadership
  • Rising Stars Personal & Exec Assistants, sponsored by Barclays
  • Rising Stars in Recruitment & HR, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment
  • Rising Stars in Sport, sponsored by Ladbrokes

Find out more about our sponsors here

Criteria for entries
  • Open to all women regardless of age
  • Nominees must be below management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry/profession of the category they are nominated for
  • Individuals can nominate themselves
How we define a rising star
  • Someone who is making a difference in their industry
  • Someone who demonstrates passion and drive
  • 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
The Process
  • 01 June: Nominations open for all categories
  • 26 June: Nominations close for all categories
  • 20 July: Top 10 short list from each category announced/public voting opens for all shortlisted nominees
  • 31 July: Public voting closes for all shortlisted nominees
  • 01 September: Top 5 Rising Stars for each category announced
  • Sept TBC: Top 50 Rising Stars drinks reception and awards for winners, guests and sponsors


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