The programme, now in its third year, has been instrumental in helping females in the events and hospitality sector and has become synonymous with developing careers through instilling personal confidence in the mentees.
Conceived by Zibrant managing director Fay Sharpe in 2015, Fast Forward 15 has gone on to become the benchmark for other personal development initiatives in the events industry and boasts an influential panel of mentors.
Mentors for the 2016 intake included: Tracy Halliwell, Director of Business Tourism and Major Events, London & Partners; Liz Young, Head of Events, Historic Royal Palaces; Steve Brown, London 2012 Paralympic GB wheelchair rugby captain, Josef Jammerbund, Head of Events, The British Fashion Council; and Robert Quayle, Meetings Leader & Head of Events UK Marketing Company, AstraZeneca UK Ltd.
Fast Forward 15’s year-long programme champions women in the events and hospitality industry and offers its handpicked mentees the opportunity to develop their personal impact by gaining visibility, exposure and confidence.
Fay Sharpe, Fast Forward 15’s founder said: “It’s fair to say from the conversations I’ve had, the mentors get as much out the programme as the mentees. Their feedback really does highlight the genuine enjoyment and satisfaction they get in seeing them grow and develop.
“We have a number of our existing mentors continuing on into 2017, but part of the programme is evolution and bringing fresh mentors are part of that.”