The scheme has already helped 30 future leaders from a broad range of organisations including corporates, hotels and ancillary suppliers.
Participants this year include Elizabeth Staiano, marketing executive at Speakers’ Corner, Alison Warwick, business development manager at Ascot Racecourse, Loreen Brown, events, profile and fundraiser at Maya Centre, Counselling for Women and Laura Healy, a final year student at Leeds Beckett.
They will be mentored by industry professionals from some of the world's top organisations including Andrew Mosley, general manager at The Grand Brighton, Becci Thompson, head of corporate sales at The O2, Caroline Jackson, senior principal academic, Bournemouth University, Joy Thomas, senior events manager, Group Events at Lloyds and Martin Jensen, head of international congresses and events at Lundbeck.
Commenting on the line up, Fay Sharpe, founder of Fast Forward 15, said: "Once again we have a lively bunch of individuals with a common goal; to empower themselves with the skills that will enable to them to be at the fore of the hospitality market. The Fast Forward 15 initiative has become a benchmark for development and I am indebted to the mentors who give up their time to help."
Elizabeth Staiano from Speakers’ Corner said: "I can't wait to get started as I have seen a demonstrable change in peers who have been lucky enough to have been part of Fast Forward 15. Fay is a figurehead for the industry and I am so pleased to be associated with this, and to be in a position to learn from her."
Lauren Norton Smith from Winton added: "Fast Forward 15 has achieved some fantastic results since its inception and I am thrilled to be part of this year’s programme. It’s a real privilege to be asked to contribute to the next generation of female hospitality professionals and I look forward to working in collaboration with the mentors and mentees to empower future talent in the industry."
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