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Paying it forward… Fast Forward 15

Fay Sharpe, managing director of Zibrant and founder of Fast Forward 15
Fay Sharpe, managing director of Zibrant and founder of Fast Forward 15, is inviting the event and hospitality industry’s most talented, rising females to join an industry first initiative.
Fast Forward 15 is designed to develop aspiring female candidates in the events and hospitality sector, through providing opportunities to gain visibility, exposure and confidence. Selected candidates will be given access to, and insight from, 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 at all stages of their career with the course supported by Ishreen Bradley, Bizas Coaching and Consulting.

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.  The application process formally opens on 15th January 2015.

Commenting on the significance of Fast Forward 15, Fay Sharpe said: “Giving back and investing in future talent has been a founding principle at Zibrant which has been reflected in our Times Top 50 for Women awards. It felt like the right time to share the positive benefits of ‘paying it forward’ with the wider hospitality industry.”

Sharpe continued: “There are still not enough women progressing to senior positions in our industry. Those at the top of the events and hospitality sector have worked extremely hard to get where they are.  I am ever-mindful of how I rose up the corporate ladder and how tough it was to reach my goals.  I wish that during my career there had been an opportunity to be mentored and coached. Fast Forward 15 was inspired by a personal desire to give back, do something good and help others realise their potential. I’m deeply excited by the prospect of the inaugural ‘class of ‘15’ and look forward to leading the programme during the year.”

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