There’s just one week to go until nominations open for the 2024 Rising Star Awards!

As WeAreTheCity celebrates its extraordinary tenth anniversary, we are delighted to announce that the countdown has begun – only 1 week until nominations open for the 2024 Rising Star Awards, powered by RBC!

Over the past decade, these awards have been at the forefront of recognising and empowering outstanding talent, highlighting the remarkable female talent pipeline below management level in the UK. Having been established in 2015 with the ambitious goal of showcasing 1,000 remarkable women by 2025, WeAreTheCity not only met but exceeded this milestone, marking a decade of dedication, inspiration, and the relentless pursuit of equality.

As we reflect on the success of the Rising Star Awards, where we’ve spotlighted 950 phenomenal winners across the UK and India, we invite you to mark your calendars for the opening of nominations on 15th January 2024.

What makes this year special?

In this commemorative year, the 2024 Rising Star Awards will honour and celebrate another 100 exceptional women from 20 diverse industries. These women will represent the leaders and role models of the future, building on the legacy of a decade of excellence.

We are proud to introduce several new categories this year, including a global recognition award for women working in ESG and a UK award for women working in Property. Additional categories open for nominations cover a wide spectrum of industries including Banking and Capital Markets, Charities and Not-for-profit, Digital, Healthcare, Law, Technology and more. See nomination criteria here.

In addition to our Rising Star categories, we invite nominations for our distinguished awards, including Champions, Men for Gender Balance, Company of the Year, and the Global Award for Achievement.

For details of the criteria to enter the awards, visit here.

The process:

Nominations will open online on 15 January. You will be able to access the nomination platform via the Rising Stars’ website. Nominations will close after a ten week period on 21 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 on 28 May and will be invited to celebrate at a prestigious award’s ceremony on 17 July 2024.

Alongside our Rising Star categories, we are also calling for nominations for Champions, Men for Gender Balance, a Company of the Year, and Global Award for Achievement.

Our Champion award recognises the achievements of five senior individuals, male or female, who are actively supporting the female pipeline outside of their day job. Nominations for this award are individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to gender, eg HeForShe supporters, Network Leaders, Directors, MD’s or C-Suite individuals who are championing women either inside or outside their organisations.

Our Men for Gender Balance award recognises the achievements of five senior men who are 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.

The Company of the Year award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting its female talent pipeline through their initiatives, training, development programmes and internal employee relations and diversity network groups.

The Global Award for Achievement category expands our search for global talent. This category is a female individual who works within any industry, outside of the UK, whose current position is below director level.

Who should I nominate?

  • Self-nominations are encouraged
  • Organisations looking to recognise their emerging talent pool
  • Organisations wishing to obtain recognition for their initiatives
  • Individuals who would like to recognise the efforts of their champions/role models
  • Individuals/colleagues/friends/clients/mentors/sponsors of the nominee

Awards Nominations Tips and Tricks with Vanessa Valley OBE:

Have you ever looked at WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards and thought about entering? Have you ever seen the winners announced and thought, next year I am going to enter those awards!

Well before you pen your nomination, you might want to join us behind the scenes for this awards nomination tips and tricks, session with founder and serial awards judge, Vanessa Vallely OBE.

During this session Vanessa explains:

  • Why awards can help raise your profile and give you a platform to do more
  • Why Rising Stars are different to other awards
  • Top tips for constructing a powerful, concise and impactful nomination
  • Insights in to what a judge looks for when they are reading awards nominations
  • Why you should pay it forward and nominate others
  • The beauty of self-nominations

Award’s Timeline:

Nominations open
15 January 2024

Nominations close
21 March 2024

Shortlist announced
14 May 2024

Public vote opens
14 May 2024

Voting closes
20 May 2024

Shortlist celebration
21 May 2024

Winners announced
28 May 2024

Awards Ceremony
17 July 2024