Three inspirational young women awarded 2018 Rising Star Awards


We are delighted to announce that the three inspirational young women who have been involved in hosting, speaking or volunteering at our Rocking Ur Teens conferences have won 2018 Rising Star Awards.

Huge congratulations from all of us at Rocking Ur Teens go to Remel London, Najwa Jawahar and Sherah Beckley. We are delighted that your hard work and contributions have been recognised.

Sponsored by the Sunday Times, the awards were entered by 1,250 individuals and were judged by a panel of 54 independent judges, and over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees.

We are the City’s Rising Star awards recognise the achievements of inspirational, talented women who are below Senior Management or Director level and senior leaders who support these talented women. By championing these talented women, We Are The City hopes to encourage organisations and business leaders to invest in and recognise women as leaders of tomorrow.

Remel London is an award-winning TV and radio presenter, best known for her lead presenter slot on SKY 1’s What’s Up TV and her new weekend show on Capital XTRA. Remel has hosted our Rocking Ur Teens girls conferences from inception three years ago.

Najwa Jawahar is an award-winning Chartered structural engineer, who believes nothing is impossible. Despite being a woman in this male-dominated field, she initiated a graduate group and extended it to 300+ young engineers and apprentices globally in 2 years. In 2014, she was selected by the Managing Director of the company to be part of the WSP’s Taskforce Team and delivered two business initiatives including the new graduate development framework. Najwa speaks at our Rocking Ur Teens girls conferences, inspiring girls to become engineers through practical workshops.

Sherah Beckley is the Sustainability Specialist for Thomson Reuters, as part of their global Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion team. She is the Editor of the Thomson Reuters Sustainability site and supports global corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts for the business. Sherah spoke recently on our panel, providing advice that she would give to her 13 year old self.

Rocking Ur Teens is a social enterprise that provides inspiring conferences for 13-14 year olds, that:

  • EXPOSE Teens to corporate environments, apprentices, graduates and interns, giving them a practical insight into the world of work
  • CREATE relationships between young people and corporate organisations to develop pipelines of diverse talent
  • ARE ACCESSIBLE, providing socially mobile speakers who share stories and act as role models. Seeing is believing!
  • BREAK down barriers between those from culturally diverse backgrounds and continue to bring together a national and international audience. Dispel myths like ‘science is not for girls’ and engage audiences with speakers such Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE – Stemettes
  • INTRODUCE teens to social action at an early age to illustrate how they can make a difference in their local and global community
  • DEVELOP self esteem and mental health awareness through speakers that have experienced it, such as Jonny Benjamin MBE – Mental Health Campaigner.

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