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June Sarpong MBE hosts glittering celebration of women

PICTURED: Bobbie Mansfield, Karolina Szudrzynska, Katrina Young, Maya Dibley, Rania Svoronou

ON THURSDAY (Jul 12), host and author of Diversify, June Sarpong MBE hosted the Rising Star 2018 winners’ celebration, amongst an audience of some of the UK’s most influential female business leaders.

Speaking about hosting the awards, Sarpong said: “2018 has been dubbed the ‘year of the women’ and has very much thrown gender and diversity into the public consciousness – the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, gender pay gap reporting, and marking 100 years of women’s suffrage.

"Despite all that has been achieved since the Suffragettes’ won the vote, more still needs to be done to reach gender parity. Awards such as these are incredibly important – and needed – to continue to raise women’s platforms and showcase how talented the female population is. I’m extremely proud to support the 2018 Rising Star Awards and look forward to meeting the amazing and inspiring women, who are flying the flag for womankind.”

On Monday 18 June, WeAreTheCity announced the winners of the 2018 Rising Star Awards. You can view the full list of winners’ here.

Now in its fourth year, the Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 100 role models across 20 different industries and professions.

Alongside the Rising Star categories and Rising Star Champion award, we are also pleased to announce the winners of the Company of the Year award. This 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 awards were entered by 1,250 individuals and were judged by a panel of 54 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees.

The awards were kindly sponsored by The Times & The Sunday Times and supported by 3M, Accenture, Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK, CMI Women, Edit Development, EPAA, Jessica Huie Public Relations (JHPR), Jobbio, Kier, Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyd’s, Northern Trust, PedalSure, Reed Smith, Royal Navy, SAGE and Sodexo.

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