Fast Forward 15 looking for new mentors

Events mentoring scheme is inviting applications for 2018 intake of industry coaches.

Fay Sharpe, vice president of BCD Meetings & Events and founder of Fast Forward 15
Fay Sharpe, vice president of BCD Meetings & Events and founder of Fast Forward 15

Mentoring scheme Fast Forward 15 is inviting mentor applications for 2018, following the success of its first three years.

The 12-month, not-for-profit programme, created by Fay Sharpe, VP of BCD Meetings and Events EMEA, works alongside a hand-picked portfolio of influential industry figures, willing to share their knowledge, experience and candid outlooks.

It offers mentees the opportunity to develop and gives them exposure and confidence – as well as encouraging and supporting women in the events and hospitality industries.

Sharpe, who was recognised with a Shine Award for her Fast Forward 15 programme, received over 150 mentee applications in 2017 from women across the sector. Mentors span all levels and currently include Tony McMurray from Ingram Micro and Hannah Walley from Squaremeal.

"Now in our fourth year, the Fast Forward 15 programme has seen huge successes among both its mentees and mentors," said Sharpe. "Becoming a mentor not only has a huge impact on our mentees, but also enhances and develops the coaching skills of the volunteer mentors through the extensive support and formal programme we have put in place.  

"Through Fast Forward 15, it is our ambition to challenge the issues surrounding gender inequality within the industry and I am immensely proud of the fantastic work our mentors and mentees are undertaking."

BCD Meetings & Events is inviting mentor applications – 150 words on why they would like to be a mentor, detailing information regarding their skills and experience – which must be submitted to Fay.Sharpe@bcdme.com – by 17 January. 

Mentee applications are also open and will close on 28 February, with the next programme launching in May.

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