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June Sarpong to host event celebrating female talent

CELEBRATING WOMEN: TV presenter and author June Sarpong

TV HOST and author June Sarpong is to host WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars winner's celebration, it has been announced.

Sarpong will join the winners, the judging panel, corporate sponsors and supporters at the event celebrating female talent tomorrow (Thursday July 6).

Speaking about hosting the awards, Sarpong, the author of Diversify 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.”

WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star awards are sponsored by NewsUK and The Times & Sunday Times.

Chris Duncan, managing director, Times Newspaper Ltd, said: “It has been a tumultuous year for gender politics across the world, and programmes that nurture the next generation of female talent have never been more important. We at The Times and The Sunday Times are delighted to continue to support the Rising Star awards to recognise the tremendous work being done by the next generation of leaders across British industry.”

Now in its fourth year, the Rising Star awards were introduced to shine a light on 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, WeAreTheCity have also announced the winners of the company of the year award. The award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting their female talent through initiatives, training, development programmes and internal employee relations and diversity network groups.

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