The second annual CfC Stanbic Rising Star Awards is now open to young and talented individuals who are contributing to the growth of the country and their community.
The Rising Star Programme seeks to recognise young people between the ages of 28 and 40 years that will join the prestigious Rising Star Network – an elite group of tomorrow’s leaders.
After the success of the inaugural Rising Star Awards in Nairobi in June 2014, the second class of Rising Stars will be awarded in 2015 after a competitive selection process.
Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions, says the nominees are individuals who are polished, talented with tremendous promise and who excel for reasons that go far beyond their technical abilities alone.
“They make things happen, are highly committed to achieving goals, innovate very rapidly, and create a great deal of value, for companies and themselves, when their talent is spotted and harnessed,” says Barker.
There are ten industry categories in this year’s awards – one more than 2014, covering a broad spectrum of different professions. These include Banking & Financial Services, Construction, Energy & Chemicals, Entrepreneur, ICT, Logistics & Supply Chain, Media & Marketing, Professional Services, Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG, Service: Public & Private, and Tourism & Hospitality.
Barker adds that the Rising Star Programme is far more than just an awards ceremony.
“The programme will establish a living community of young Kenyan talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with necessary platforms for development and communication. This will enable them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future Kenyan talent.”
The CfC Stanbic Rising Star Awards are supported by additional sponsors, including Engen and Airtel, who have both been on board since the establishment of the programme last year.
“The Rising Star Awards are an ideal platform to showcase Kenyan talent that has the potential to make a difference. We are proud to make a contribution, together with industry, business partners and key stakeholders, in developing and nurturing Kenyan talent so that together, we shape tomorrow,” Says Tshepo Sibilanga, Head of Global Talent at Standard Bank
Those who wish to enter (either themselves or someone they would like to nominate) have until Friday 30 January, 2015 to do so. Entry forms can be obtained by completing a short request form at www.rising-star.co.ke. The 2015 CfC Stanbic Rising Star Awards finalists will be announced to the press in April, followed by the awards ceremony on 24 April in Nairobi.