Equalities Minister shines the light on talented females

Minister for Equalities Nicky Morgan
Nominations are now open for the second annual WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards
Today (February 1), nominations open for the Rising Star Awards 2016 – the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level.
The awards will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow and will shine the light on female talent across the country.
Now in their second year, they are supported by Minister for Equalities Nicky Morgan, who said: “These awards are an incredible celebration of the great achievements women are making in business. We have more women on FTSE boards than ever before, the lowest gender pay gap on record and we’ve been rated the best place in Europe for women to start a business. I am proud of how far we’ve come but we must now build on that momentum so we achieve true gender equality.”
Founder and CEO Vanessa Valley says she hopes the awards will encourage organisations to consider how they strengthen the development of their female pipeline in the future.
She said: “The focus on increasing the number of women on boards in the UK over the past few years has been extremely successful. We now need to focus on helping to highlight women who will be future managers and directors within our organisations.”
This year the awards will also welcome a number of categories, which include Rising Star Champions and a Defence Category. The Rising Star Champions category will recognise both male and female senior leaders who actively support the female talent pipeline, and the Defence category is the first of it’s kind, celebrating the pipeline of future leaders in Defence.
This is also a record year for the awards recognising 100 women from across the UK and Ireland – an increase of 50 from last year’s ceremony.
WeAreTheCity is also pleased to announce a wide range of sponsors from a number of sectors, including AON, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK (Women of Influence), Executive and Personal Assistants Association (EPAA), EY, Kier, Lloyd’s, ISS, Morgan Stanley, Newton Investment Management, Oliver Wyman, PA Consulting, Pedalsure, PwC, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, So-citm, Twenty Recruitment, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Virgin Media Busi-ness and Worldpay.
Nominations will take place online at RisingStars.WeAreTheCity.com. A shortlist of 10 women from each industry category chosen by an esteemed panel of judges will be published towards the end of April. The shortlist will then be open to a public vote.
The Top 100 Rising Stars will be announced in June and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a prestigious evening reception at Barclays in London to celebrate and collect their awards.
The Rising star awards are also supported by media partners The Voice, Guardian Women in Leadership, Square Mile, Computer Weekly and Inclusive Networks.
Criteria for entries:
• Open to all women regardless of age
• Nominees must be below management
• Nominees must be working within the industry of the category they are nominated for
• Individuals can nominate themselves
How they define 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
The process:
• Nominations open for all categories – 01 February
• Nominations close for all categories – 18 March
• Top 10 Shortlist from each category announced/public voting opens for all shortlisted nominees – 25 April
• Shortlist celebration event – 17 May
• Public voting closes for all shortlisted nominees – 27 May
• Top 5 Rising Stars for each category announced – 06 June
Top 100 Rising Stars drinks reception and awards for winners, guests and sponsors at Barclays – 30 June
Find out more, including how to nominate, here.
About WeAreTheCity
WeAreTheCity was set up to provide an information careers and lifestyle portal for women working in London and across the UK.
It was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team Stewart & Vanessa Valley with the intention of providing career orientated content to working women and entrepreneurs across London.

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