Fast Forward 15 (FF15) has announced a new initiative to encourage, support and inspire BAME women to join the FF15 community.
Founder Fay Sharpe has invited three women that know the FF15 programme from experience, to become a BAME ambassador. They will help her to encourage ethnic minority women in the events, travel and hospitality sector to engage and apply for a place in the programme either as mentee or mentor. The ambassadors are appointed for at least one year.
The first ambassadors are Priya Narain (Event First Steps), Gabrielle Austen-Browne (Eevent and sales manager and co-founder of Diverse Ally) and Felicia Asiedu (Cvent).
“FF15 is only a tiny piece in the jigsaw of the event industry, however, my aim is to have as diverse a community as possible," said Sharpe.
"Having our trusted ambassadors promoting our programme and engaging with the BAME event community can only enrich and inspire more women across the sector to be involved.”
Asiedu added: “I am really excited to be an FF15 BAME ambassador and be part of the important discussion on inclusion and diversity within the meetings and events industry, with a specific focus on the lack of BAME representation.
"I’m also grateful that Fay and FF15 are open and willing to start this conversation and am extremely positive about what we can achieve over the next year. For me, words without action are simply useless and this is absolutely a step in the right direction.”
Some aspects of the ambassador role include:
Providing advice on diversity and inclusion issues at FF15 training sessions
Advising on any policies or procedures to ensure inclusion
Assisting in recruiting future suitable BAME mentors to join the programme
Promoting FF15 to the BAME community to ensure inclusivity across the industry
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