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Applications open for Fast Forward 15

Mentee applications are now open for Fast Forward 15 (FF15). The one of a kind initiative is the brainchild of Zibrant’s managing director, Fay Sharpe, and has been designed to nurture, develop and inspire the event and hospitality industry’s most talented rising female stars.

A dedicated Fast Forward 15 website has been developed, giving potential candidates the opportunity to browse: mentee categories, mentors signed-up to the scheme and complete an online form to directly apply for the initiative.  

The scheme has been nuanced to encompass a number of different categories, dependent on career status and experience, including: maternity leave returner, aspirational board director, budding entrepreneur, corporate event professional and university final year student.  

The scheme is being supported and delivered by a prestigious group of mentors from across events and hospitality, encompassing some of the most senior figures in the industry; a hand-picked portfolio of influential key players, willing to share their knowledge and experience with aspiring women:  
Fay Sharpe, Managing Director, Zibrant
Joanna Lawlor, Global Events Director, AstraZeneca
Karen Sumner, Senior Events Manager, Allen & Overy LLP
Paul Beavis, Managing Director, Champagne Lanson
Yasmin Arrigo, Editor-in-chief, Conference & Incentive Travel (C&IT) and Event, Haymarket Media Group.
Meenaz Lilani, Executive Director – Global Sales EMEA / India, Fairmont/Raffles Hotels and Resorts
Louise Bang, Regional Director of Sales, Ritz Carlton
Juliet Price, Executive Director, HBAA
Sallie Coventry, Portfolio Director, IBTM Events
Jackie Mulligan, Principal Lecturer and Director of Enterprise, UK Centre for Events Management International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality, Carnegie Faculty
Hannah Rhodes, Founder, Hiver Beer
Jason Scott, Entrepreneurial consultant with a creative twist  

The 15 candidates will be selected and following a formal application and interview process, will be announced at a special launch lunch, taking place at the Savoy Hotel on 20th March 2015. 

  A not for profit and free venture, FF15 is unique to the event and hospitality industry.

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