Fast Forward 15 open for 2016 mentor applications

Fay Sharpe's mentoring scheme Fast Forward 15 is inviting mentor applications for 2016, following a successful first year.

Zibrant's Fay Sharpe
Zibrant's Fay Sharpe

The 12 month programme, created by managing director of Zibrant, Fay Sharpe, offers women in the events industry the opportunity to work alongside influential key players who are willing to share their insight and experience.

Sharpe received 139 applications in 2015 from women across the sector and appointed mentors included Louise Bang from Ritz Carlton, Joanna Lawlor from AstraZeneca, Juliet Price from HBAA and Jo Austin from Lime Venue Portfolio.

Commenting on the mentor scheme, Sharpe said: "Becoming a mentor on the Fast Forward 15 programme has not only had a huge influence on our mentees but has also enhanced and developed the coaching skills of the volunteer mentors through the extensive support and formal programme we have put them through. 

She added that the programme had helped to increase levels of confidence, self-belief and personal growth among women in the industry.

"The subject of gender inequality is something that remains very current and I am immensely proud of this initiative, which encompasses the wider ambition to change the issues surrounding the culture and perceptions within the industry. I can’t wait to get started all over again on a new year and with new participants." 

More:

Opinion: Fay Sharpe responds to Fast Forward 15 comments

Comment: Fast Forward 15 programme should be commended

Fay Sharpe's Fast Forward 15 mentees announced

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