Category: Industry News, Celebration, pipeline, female, organisation, independent
WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their Top 100 Rising Star awards.
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. The awards also included a new category in 2016 which celebrates the efforts of senior individuals who champion gender equality both within and outside of their organisations.
The awards were entered by 850 individuals were judged by a panel of 21 independent judges. Over 28,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees from across 110 countries. The awards were kindly sponsored by Barclays and supported by AON, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK (Women of Influence), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Executive and Personal Assistants Association, EY, Keir, Lloyd’s, ISS, Morgan Stanley, Newton Investment Management, Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK, PA Consulting, PedalSure, PwC, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, Twenty Recruitment, Virgin Media Business and Worldpay.
Vanessa Vallely, MD of WeAreTheCity said “It has been a total honour to run this years awards and highlight the achievements of so many amazing women, the calibre of entries was truly phenomenal. WeAreTheCity is very much about supporting the female pipeline and introducing these awards was a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of women across the UK. We are exceptionally proud of our winners and look forward to following their future success. We wouldn’t have been able to launch these awards without the support of so many organisations who took no convincing to support these women and recognise their achievements. Both myself, my team, our sponsors, judges and supporters are very much looking forward to celebrating with all of our winners at Barclays on 30 June”.
ZURICH INSURANCE PLC
Julie Thomas has led diversity and inclusion (D&I) activity in the UK since 2014. She was the first full-time resource supporting D&I in Zurich Group. Julie has responsibility for both setting the D&I strategy and tactical delivery. Under Julie’s leadership, Zurich has set up four D&I Networks, implemented diversity data monitoring, rolled out several FlexWork pilots, launched the annual Inclusion Week and successfully achieved global EDGE Certification (a global commitment to gender equality). This culminated in her winning Zurich’s UKGI ‘People Award’ earlier this year.
Julie joined Zurich in 2006. She’s worked in various employee communications roles supporting the UK and EMEA business. Before that, Julie worked in a number of marketing and communications roles for companies including Santander and Lloyds Banking Group.
Outside of work, Julie enjoys running, having completed five marathons, and travelling. She is also a volunteer Girl Guiding Leader; coaching and mentoring girls age 10 – 17.
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