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The Rising Star Programme, operated by BlackBark Productions, has been established for the purposes of recognising, celebrating and connecting young talented people who have a capacity for achievement and success and who contribute in an inspirational manner to the future of our nation. The qualities that elevate Rising Stars to the top go beyond performance and technical excellence. Rising Stars are polished, brilliant individuals with tremendous promise and great talent who excel for reasons that go far beyond their technical abilities alone.

Talented people make things happen, are highly committed to achieving goals, innovate very rapidly, and create a great deal of value (for companies and/or themselves) when their talent is spotted and harnessed.

The Programme aims to be a significant and sustainable vehicle through which organisations, our country and our continent can identify and nurture these “organisational and national assets” who are set to play a key role in shaping the future of our country and our continent.

The Rising Star Programme is establishing a living community of young African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with platforms for development and communication, therefore enabling them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future African Talent.

The Standard Bank Rising Star Awards publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals in South Africa who have a capacity for achievement and success. The Rising Star Awards are business-sector (rather than profession) specific, and encompass a gamut of different professions. A stringent assessment process is followed, culminating in panel interview with leading talent and industry specialists, to identify stars. All steps in the process are monitored to ensure good governance and integrity and high standards are adhered to.

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Rising Star Awards KenyaThe Rising Star Awards Kenya publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals in Kenya who have a capacity for achievement and success. The Rising Star Awards are business-sector (rather than profession) specific, and encompass a gamut of different professions. A stringent assessment process is followed, culminating in panel interview with leading talent and industry specialists, to identify stars. All steps in the process are monitored to ensure good governance and integrity and high standards are adhered to.

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Rising Star SummitFollowing on from the Awards, the Arcelor Mittal Rising Star Summit brings together the Rising Star community of Stars, CEOs, HR and Talent practitioners and learning and development service providers and gives them a forum to discuss ideas. The Summit facilitates communication between the organisation and the young identified talent, allowing the Stars to have a voice and address their organisations on their key issues, presenting their vision for the future. Essential engagement for all companies looking to seek, attract and retain top talent.

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Rising Star AnnualRising Star – The Annual is a publication that highlights the gems of wisdom and knowledge discovered through the Rising Star Programme in South Africa and serves to give back to all of those that have supported the project over the past few years. The main focus of the publication will be 12 key sectors replicating the Awards industry categories – each including a sector skills overview, interviews with select previous Rising Stars, CEO editorial insight pieces, a list of all Rising Stars recognized over all previous years – and an interview with each of the Rising Star category winners.

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WHO WE ARE

 

LAURA BARKER

Managing Director, BlackBark Productions

The overall purpose of this assessment is to identify and publicly recognise ‘Rising Stars’ as having the qualities needed to join a guiding coalition of other Rising Stars able and willing to walk the talk to help themselves and others rise to the top of their game. Our Rising Star Network will be formed from the top 5 finalists in each of the 12 business sectors – making a network of approximately 150 (over the last 3 years) of the most talented young people in the country.

 

RICHARD FALCONER

Operations Officer, BlackBark Productions
 

Having spent a large part of my working life in the media field, after coming from a “materials handling and manufacturing background when I first started working, I have found a passion for events and media, and have gained extensive experience in exhibition/ events organizing and events management, as well as gaining experience in publishing fields and selling print advertising which puts me in a fortunate position to have a very broad knowledge base of the media and events industry. I am a big believer in team work, and that a happy team with a driven but focused approach is unstoppable, and have seen the positive results from this in my past working experience.

 

KHULULWA TOM

Nominations/Entries/Alumni Manager

Having worked in Administration in various companies including Green Route (Destination Management Company) and CB4 Retail and Production and as a Social Media Manager at Shoprite for a short while, I have learned a lot when it comes to organisational and people skills. My real passion lies in communication and relationship management. While working at BlackBark as the Nominations/Entries/Alumni/Social Media Coordinator, I obtained my Public Relations National Diploma from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As a qualified Public Relations Practitioner, I look forward to using the knowledge I gained from the university to play my role at BlackBark to the best of my ability. I look forward to growing within the role and the company and taking GradStar and Rising Star to new heights.

2017 SPONSORS

  • Arcelor Mittal
  • Sasol
  • Hilton

2017 PARTNERS

  • THE PACIFIC INSTITUTE
  • SABPP