Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are the Rising Stars of the Profession nominations open?
A. In 2020, the survey will be open between November 12, 2019 and January 9, 2020.

Q: What is the Rising Stars of the Profession award?
A: It’s Consulting magazine’s annual recognition of the Rising Stars of the Profession: 35 under 35. Firms and clients nominate consultants under the age of 36 who’ve made the biggest impact and Consulting chooses winners among several categories, including Leadership, Client Service and several service line and client-industry categories.

Q: Who is eligible to be a Rising Star of the Profession?
A: Any consultant who is under the age of 36 before January 31, 2020.

Q: What does the editorial judging committee look for in a nomination?
A: Without getting into specifics, the committee is always impressed by measurable metrics and quantifiable results. Specifics are important. That means “cost savings and revenue generation” isn’t nearly as memorable as “generated $25 million in revenue for a client” or “saved the client or firm $5 million,” for example.

Q: How strict are the word limits found in the nomination form?
A: Pretty strict, although slightly over is OK. However, the limits are there for a reason and going way over the limits won’t help your nominee’s chances. Be concise and to the point as much as possible. We typically get between 300 and 400 nominations for just 35 spots, so make your nomination stand out.

Q: Is it for U.S.-based consultants only?
A: No, the Rising Stars of the Profession is a global award.

Q: Is there a cost to participate?
A: No.

Q: What’s the best way for me to receive alerts and stay on top of all Consulting Magazine awards?
A: Subscribe to the magazine and/or One on One newsletter. You can register for either on