Our Story

The WeAreTheCity Story


WeAreTheCity went live!

WeAreTheCity was started in 2008 by Vanessa Vallely and Stewart Vallely.


Vanessa was becoming increasingly frustrated that there were lots of initiatives/networks and events going on for women, however they were spread across multiple internet sites. Vanessa wanted to create a centralised site that housed a multitude of career development resources so that women could up skill, grow their networks and ultimately progress in their careers. What started off as an idea on a sunbed during a break in Spain continued when Stewart bought  Vanessa a website domain (he doesn’t do flowers) and sent her an email saying “I bought you a domain, so let’s do something about that idea”! Within a month, WeAreTheCity.com was a live website and our first event, from Day to Night at Eight club was a sell out!


Self taught and designed the original WeAreTheCity.com started off as in their converted garage with a budget of £500.


WeAreTheCity’s launch party

On  23 October 2008 we held our official launch party at House of Frasers flagship store in the City of London.

We hold our first ever careers event

WeAreTheCity hold their first career related event, ‘An Audience with Nicola Horlick’ for  250 attendees at Morgan Stanley.



The Network of Networks (TNON) was formed

The Network of Networks (TNON) was formed to bring together internal women’s network chairs/co-chairs to share best practice, learn from industry experts and to grow their networks.



We changed platforms

In 2010, WeAreTheCity upgraded the website to a more visual, interactive, mobile friendly and scaleable platform.



Our site traffic increases!

Due to the success of the new platform, WeAreTheCity start to experience unprecedented levels of traffic. In the first few months of 2011, we continued to experience over 1 million hits per month!



We employ our first team members

Due to our growth and ambition to be the UK’s go to website for working women, we hire our first team members.

We launch our job board, Careers City

Careers City – The Job board for Female Talent, Official Launch Party

“Careers City was a natural extension to the work we are doing to connect women, helping them to develop and network together” commented Vanessa. “It became clear that we needed to increase the visibility they have to jobs that suit women and the firms that embrace diversity at all levels. With such a big audience already for We are the City, we hope to make a real difference to attracting women back into the workplace, whatever those women’s ambitions might be.”

Filmed at the Hoxton Apprentice on 8 November 2012.


We say good bye to our shoe

We drop our shoe logo to demonstrate that we are about every City across the UK and not just about the City of London.



We launch WeAreTheCity in India

On International Women’s Day 2015 with the help of EY and Caroline Graham, we launch WeAreTheCity in India.


We open our first office

In June 2014, we officially open our first office in Hockley, Essex.

We rebrand Careers City to WeAreTheCity Jobs


We launch Careers Club

We launch our online learning portal for professionals to upskill, build their networks and progress their careers.


We are awarded company of the year by RBS Focused Women

RBS Focused Women announce WeAreTheCity as their ‘Company of the Year’ 2015


We receive 1m hits a week!

We launch our Rising Star awards in the UK

We launch our Rising Star Awards to highlight the achievements of 500 women who represent the pipeline of female talent across 20 industries by 2018.


We launch WeAreTechnology

Due to our passion for supporting women in STEM, we introduce a dedicated section for tech news, events and network.  We also welcome our new dedicated Technology Editor, Kayleigh Bateman

We launch the Network Resources directory

WeAreTheCity launches the resources directory for nationwide networks and professional coaches. This is a new technical product offering geo location tracking and the ability for visitors to match networks to their industry and location.

The Network Resource directory is the largest directory of women’s networks on the web.



We celebrate 100 female Rising Stars through our awards

The Rising Star Awards 2016 saw over 800 nominations, 25,000 votes across 110 countries. Our 100 winners were celebrated in May at Barclays HQ.



We trend on social media

@watc_updates trends at no 1 in the UK on Twitter during our awards, events and during our #watctop100 twitter chats #WATCTOP100



3 million hits a week!

During the Rising Star Awards, WeAreTheCity experiences over 3 million hits a week from over 118 countries.

We launch the Rising Star Awards in India

Rising Stars in India is launched to celebrate the pipeline of talented women across India.


We are recognised as an innovative company!

We are awarded by Anglia Ruskin University and Essex County Council as an Innovation 50 Company.

We launch our first WeAreTechWomen Conference

WeAreTheCity hold their first annual technical conference with over 180 female technologists in attendance.



We rebrand the Network of Networks (Gender) to Gender Networks

We rebrand and transform The Network of Networks Gender Chapter to Gender Networks and welcome over 95 cross sector corporate members.


We launch our WeAreFutureLeaders Conference

Due to the success of our WeAreTechWomen conference, we develop and launch our second full day annual conference aimed at the pipeline of female future leaders.


We rebrand WeAreTechnology to WeAreTechWomen