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Are you a rising star or do you know one?

Written by: WeAreTheCity
Published on: 1 Jul 2015

WeAreTheCity’s Top 50 Rising Star awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. 

These awards are intended to celebrate 50 female individual contributors that represent the leaders & role models of tomorrow.  

WeAreTheCity hope that by raising the profile of our short list and winners, they 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.

WeAreTheCity feel they 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.

"The need for more women in senior leadership roles is widely recognised. At Barclays, we want to go further – we believe in cultivating a pipeline of female talent across all levels of the organisation, from the executive assistant right through to the boardroom. These awards recognise the considerable achievements of talented women and our sponsorship reflects our commitment to support the women that come through our ranks to stay until leadership.” – Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC

WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK & Ireland to find 50 high-achieving women across 10 key industries and professions.  Could you be one of them?

The WATC awards have officially launched on 01 June 2015 with support from organisations such as Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Lloyds, Societe Generale, Reed Smith, BNY Mellon, Newton Investment Management, EY, Guardian Women in Leadership, Ladbrokes & Twenty Recruitment.

Nominations for all categories are now open via

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 and 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
  • Rising Stars in Consulting
  • Rising Stars in Investment Management
  • Rising Stars in Law
  • Rising Stars in Technology
  • Rising Stars in Insurance
  • Rising Stars in Media & Journalism
  • Rising Stars Personal & Exec Assistants
  • Rising Stars in Recruitment
  • Rising Stars in Sport

Criteria for entries

  • Open to all women regardless of age
  • Nominees must be below management
  • Nominees must be working within the industry or the profession of the category they are nominated for
  • Individuals can nominate themselves