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WeAreTheCity announces Rising Star Awards 2020 shortlist

Now in its sixth year, the Rising Star Awards focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards, it will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow.

Since 2015, WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards have highlighted the achievements of over 550 future leaders and role models across a variety of different industries and professions.

This year’s 200 strong shortlist showcases remarkable women within the UK, from across 20 categories representing different industries/professions. Examples of the amazing women shortlisted this year are:

  • Joanna Monck – a Stonewall Schools Role Model and National Diversity Mentor, who works voluntarily as a hate crime ambassador for Sussex Police
  • Fareeha Usman – Founder of Being Woman, a non- profit organisation working to educate and empower women with the skills and confidence to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination in the society
  • Dr Larisa Corda – Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and is ITV This Morning’s and Channel Mum’s Fertility Expert.

Women shortlisted for the Property, Construction & FM category are:

  • Amie McCabe – Senior Project Architect, AHR Architects
  • Elisabeth Pywell – Chartered Town Planner, CBRE
  • Frankie Byron – Head of Sustainability, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Harriet Glen – Head of Programme Delivery Strategy, Crossrail
  • Katie Nelson – Chartered Surveyor, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Lucy Maddin-Uden – Group Strategic Project Manager, Heathrow at Keltbray Group
  • Sarah Beth Riley – Design & Technical Manager (Architect), Lewisham Homes
  • Sarah Hayford – Founder of the Land Collective and Assistant Estate Surveyor, Wasabi Sushi & Bento
  • Simona Stanynaite – Project Manager, Transport for London
  • Winnie Okonkwo – Head Of Facilities and Property Operations, MediaCom

New for this year, is Men for Gender Balance, which showcases senior men who are championing women and gender balance either inside or outside their organisation. This year’s shortlisted nominees include:

  • Philip Baldwin – a human rights activist and writer, who focuses on equalities issues, homelessness, asylum and faith inclusion
  • Ranajoy Basu – a partner at Reed Smith and Chair of the Womanity Foundation, who also launched the firm’s Social Impact Finance Group.

The awards also continue to celebrate Rising Star Champions, recognising the efforts of senior leaders who are actively supporting the female pipeline. Included in this year’s shortlist are:

  • Ana Perez – Senior Director at Oracle UK & Ireland, who leads Oracle’s Women’s Network (OWL) and is also a trustee and company secretary for women’s charity, Smart Works
  • Anya Navidski – Founding Partner at Voulez Capital – Europe’s First VC fund for female founders.

The Rising Star Awards also include a Company of the Year award, which recognises the achievements of a company who can demonstrate that they are actively supporting and developing their female talent pipeline through initiatives, training, development programmes and/or internal employee relations groups. Shortlisted companies this year are:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • M&G

Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder of WeAreTheCity, said: “The calibre of entries this year has been truly exceptional. Every one of these women should be extremely proud of their achievements. They are key contributors to their industries and outstanding role models. I wish them the very best of luck in the final round of judging.”

The public are encouraged to cast their votes of support for the shortlisted nominees via risingstars.wearethecity.com. There is no public vote for the Champion, Company of the Year and Men for Gender Balance categories.

To view the full shortlist, click here.

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