Fast Forward 15 hails initial successes after six months

Fay Sharpe, founder of the mentoring initiative designed to encourage and inspire women within the events and hospitality sector, Fast Forward 15, has hailed the scheme’s success over its initial six months.

FF15 has updated on achievements of many of the programme’s mentees, including:

  • Laura Adams being promoted to senior event coordinator at cievents
  • Emma North being offered a hosted place at IMEX with FHRI and starting to mentor a more junior member of her team. She also completed the challenging two-day CMP boot camp
  • Amy Seton developing clients on a national basis and discussing an event series with her first international drinks brand client
  • Tanya Dennis being 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.

Zibrant MD Sharpe said: “I am really encouraged by these results as they clearly show how Fast Forward 15 is working in 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 scheme will be running a training day for previous 2015 applicants at the Andaz Hotel in London on 19 October 2015 with sales performance specialist Mark Gallen of MG sales performance.

The day is designed encourage them to apply again when the 2016 applications open in January.

The Fast Forward 15 Women’s Networking Forum has built up a membership of 312 and continues to grow.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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