Vanessa Vallely has been shortlisted for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards.
Headline sponsors Microsoft be just one of the brands supporting a sky fall of diversity talent – positive role models, community organisations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.
Over 21,000 nominations were received this year paying tribute to inspirational individuals and groups nationwide that have dedicated their lives to enhancing the equality agenda.
Vanessa Vallely is a recognized expert in person-to-person business networking, online branding and a sought after motivational speaker. She is regarded as one of the most well networked women in and out of the City of London and is passionate about sharing her know-how and experiences with others. Vanessa has helped women progress in their
careers in over 80 companies in Europe, the US, India and the Middle East.
Vanessa experience stems from a 25 year career in Banking and Finance, holding senior positions such as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Governance and Business Management.
In 2008, Vanessa started the networking site: www.wearethecity.com (WATC) as a vehicle to help other Women connect and grow both personally and professionally. Today, WeAreTheCity experiences over 4 million hits per month and an average of 200,000 unique visitors.
WATC has become the Little Black Book for UK’s female workforce. Its 30,000+ members rely on this fantastic site to inspire, motivate and provide them with the direction they need to take their careers or businesses to the next level.
In 2014 with the help of EY, WATC was also launched in India (www.wearethecity.in) with the intention of providing career advice to local women. As well as the two WeAreTheCity sites, Vanessa also launched www.careerscity.co.uk in 2012, which is a niche female job board aimed at raising visibility of career opportunities open to Women in the UK.
Vanessa works tirelessly to furthering the Diversity Agenda. To this end, Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF), recognized her achievements with the ‘2011 Women’s Champion Award’. In 2009, Vanessa co-founded the citywide diversity forum, The Networks of Networks (TNON). The TNON includes the Diversity heads and heads of women’s networks from over 70 firms. The TNON also recently expanded to cater for other diversity streams, such as LGBT and the BAME community.
Global corporations, universities, charities & radio broadcasters invite Vanessa to speak on career progression, networking, mentoring & profile as well as her 25 years of experience in the City and Financial services.
As testimony to the success of the knowledge she shares with others, Vanessa is on every watch list following top women in the City, such as: Financial News Top 100 Rising Star across Europe, Africa and EMEA, Financial News Top 100 Women in Finance as well as The International Alliance for Women’s Top 100 Global Women who are making a notable difference to female empowerment. In 2013, she has received accolades such Brummel’s Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City, as well as being awarded the Global Leadership Award at Columbia University from US network Womensphere. Vanessa’s latest achievement is being cited as 1 of 50 Women of Influence by UK’s leading magazine, Good Housekeeping (Nov 2013).
Vanessa has recently released her first book, “Heels of Steel” which tracks her amazing career climb to the C-suite. As well as being an autobiography, the book also imparts 13 chapters of tips and advice aimed at helping the next generation to achieve career success.
Vanessa is committed to community work, serving as board member for Cancer Researches Women of Influence programme and she is also the Pearly Queen of the City of London.
The Hurlingham Club, London will play host to the prestigious black-tie event on September 26th, to honour the outstanding achievements of grass root communities nationwide.
Lloyds Banking group, which operates the UK's largest retail bank, international accountants PwC, media giants Sky and Secret Service MI5 will be amongst sponsors backing the Best of British diversity at the UK's Largest Diversity Awards.
TV personality Brian Dowling will return to host the ceremony alongside CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell. He said: ‘I am so excited! I have witnessed the awards go from strength to strength and I am always truly taken back by the humbling and uplifting stories of all the nominees and award winners.'
Bafta award winning actor, Adam Deacon added his support 'The National Diversity Awards exceed in bringing people from all walks of life together. Their ability to highlight positive role models and community organisations from underrepresented backgrounds is so necessary in the fight for social justice'.
Paul Sesay, founder of the NDA’s said; ‘The quality and quantity of nominees this year has been exceptional. I would like to wish all shortlisted nominees the very best of luck, and we look forward to meeting you on the night of the ceremony!'