The Fast Forward 15 industry mentoring project held its first ‘Milestone Meeting’ last week, with 15 enthusiastic and motivated mentees coming together with 15 industry figure mentors.
The goal of this session was to provide the mentees (all women) with an opportunity to further develop their confidence and presence through educational content provided by the FF15 business coach, while reviewing their individual experiences from the first quarter of the programme. Each mentee presented a three-minute elevator pitch, with mentors and coach Ishreen Bradley (Bizas Training) giving feedback on their presentation skills.
Zibrant MD and FF15 founder Fay Sharpe said the session had “helped to build their confidence and work towards developing their personal brand”.
The second stage of the programme will now include modules on development, momentum and performance. Mentees will have three one-on-ones before the next meeting in the autumn, which will include another afternoon of educational content and an update on each individual’s goals and achievements.
“Following the ‘Milestone Meeting’, it’s clear Fast Forward 15 is giving women an opportunity, through their peers, to progress and be supported,” Sharpe added. “However, I think it is worth reiterating that Fast Forward 15 is not just about women needing help on their career path. It also helps to highlight a number of wider, gender parity issues that exist in our industry, such as the concerning lack of women in senior management positions and on boards, given that proportionally, more women work in the events sector than men. Meetings like this give a relaxed forum to discuss these issues and look at constructive ways in which we can surmount them.”
FF15 is a year-long programme involving a hand-picked portfolio of influential key players, willing to share their knowledge and experience with aspiring women.