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Rising Stars 2017 – Frequently Asked Questions

Can I nominate more than one individual?

Yes, you can nominate as many individuals as you like. Please ensure your nomination meets the requirements for entry. You can see the criteria for entry here.

Does it cost to nominate? Or is there a charge to nominate anyone?

No, our awards are completely free to enter.

What if I am nominated multiple times?

Those nominated a number of times are treated in the same way as a single entry. We will use the most comprehensive nomination received in the judging process. Those who receive multiple nominations do not have an advantage over those who only receive a single nomination.

I have been nominated and want to nominate someone else?

We absolutely encourage nominees to nominate someone else.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, self-nominations are also encouraged.

Can I nominate a man for the awards?

At the moment, our awards are focused on highlighting the achievements of the female pipeline. However, you can nominate a man for our Rising Star Champions award.

Can men nominate?

Absolutely. Throughout the process we will be encouraging men to nominate their female peers & colleagues.

Can I nominate those who live or work abroad?

For 2016, nominations will only be accepted for those working in India and be an Indian national.

What if I/my nominee moves abroad during the process?

If you/your nominee is shortlisted and then moves abroad, the nomination will still be accepted.

Does my nomination have to come from my employer?

No, anyone can nominate you.

I am not a senior member of staff, but I do run a small team. Can I still be nominated?

We appreciate that some individuals will have line management responsibilities and yet they do not hold senior position within their organisations. If you are running a small team of one or two individuals (e.g. you are a team leader, supervisor or junior manager), you still qualify to enter the awards.

What if I have made a mistake on my nomination form (e.g. wrong category, incorrect email address)?

 Please contact us as soon as possible. Errors cannot be rectified once nominations close.

What if I get promoted during the process?

If you are promoted after nominations close and you feel you no longer fit the criteria of a Rising Star, please inform [email protected]

What is the Rising Star Champion award?

This award is to recognise the achievements of 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, MDs or C-Suite individuals who are championing women either inside or outside their organisations.

How does the judging work?


WeAreTheCity will screen all entries after the closing date to ensure they are fit for purpose for our judges. Should a nomination be incomplete, we reserve the right to discard the entry. Unfortunately, we do not have the manpower to chase individuals for missing details. Therefore please ensure you complete all the required questions to the best of your ability.

Shortlisting & Winners

WeAreTheCity has selected 15 independent judges. All nominees will be judged by the same number of judges.

To remove any bias, nominees’ names and companies are removed from the judging packs. Judges will judge on the basis that the criteria and the achievements of the individual, have been met. Should one of our judges recognise the individual by way of their achievements, they will be asked to declare the conflict and step out of the judging process. Please note the judges’ decisions are final.

How does the public vote contribute to the final winners?

We appreciate some individuals have bigger networks than others. We encourage all nominees to use their social networks to call for votes should they be shortlisted. The vote count is a factor in the judging, however the amount of votes does not necessarily determine the winners of each category. The winner of the public vote for each category will have an additional set of points added to their overall judges score.