The achievement of a significant number of the programme’s mentees in proving that there is value, and necessity for such schemes.
• Catriona Ross has moved from the Post Office to a new, more senior role at The Prince’s Trust
• Tanya Davis has been inspired to do an MBA at The Mountbatten Institute as well as joining the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Following guidance from her mentor she has also been promoted to Operations Manager.
• Laura Adams has been promoted to Senior Event Coordinator at cievents.
• Emma North has been offered a hosted place at IMEX with FHRI and has started to mentor a more junior member of her team. She recently spoke on a panel at The Meetings Show about women in events and completed the challenging 2 day CMP boot camp (the first step to gaining a CMP certificate)
• Hannah Coleman has finished university with first class honours and secured work experience with WRG in Sept and completed a five-week language course in Spain this summer to improve her language skills
• Amy Seton has been able to grow and develop current clients on a national basis and is currently in discussion with her first international drinks brand for an event series in 2016. And (with Hannah Coleman) will be joining Sue Lawton at the CCLEF board meeting to gain further experience.
Commenting on these achievements, Fay Sharpe, managing director of Zibrant and founder of Fast Forward 15 said: “I am really encouraged by these results as they clearly show how Fast Forward 15 is working practice and how this year’s participants have really engaged with the programme we have developed. We are only halfway through the programme but we are already surpassing our aims and objectives. I would like to congratulate all the mentees on undertaking such a firm commitment to the industry they are obviously passionate about. I cannot wait to see what the next six months have in store.”
The scope and ambition of the programme is far wider, looking to change culture and perceptions in the industry as a whole. Reinforcing this commitment, the scheme has organised a special training day for previous 2015 applicants, at the Andaz Hotel on 19th October 2015 with sales performance specialist Mark Gallen of MG sales performance. This will encourage them to apply again when the 2016 applications open in January.
The Fast Forward 15 Women’s Networking Forum also continues to stimulate insightful discussions of issues of gender and equality identity in the hospitality and events industry; membership currently stands at 312 members and grows every week.