By Fay Sharpe, Founder of Fast Forward 15

Fast Forward 15 is a not for profit mentoring scheme founded by Fay Sharpe in 2014.

Having worked in the hospitality, events and travel industry for nearly 30 years Fay recognised the struggle faced by women in the sector to get impartial advice and support in planning for career progression as well as managing their personal ambitions.

With around 75% of the industry being female but less than 20% in top level positions she set about doing something about it.

That’s where Fast Forward 15 was conceived, being a founder shareholder of Zibrant one of the UK’s largest Meetings & Events companies (now the globally recognised BCD M&E) she called on her network of peers and colleagues and created Fast Forward 15.

About the Programme

The programme runs for a 12-month period during which time mentees and their mentors work together to achieve objectives and goals. The programme includes two group workshops, monthly one to one mentoring and concludes with a graduation ceremony. It also includes a mentee charity event.

Supported by industry leaders from agency, corporate and associated services, the programme is endorsed by the HBAA, MPI, Women’s Business Council and WINIT and was recognised by the People First Shine Awards who named Fay as Mentor of the Year in 2017.

FF15 Programme Launch

View a short video here from our 2015 launch event explaining why I have been inspired to set up Fast Forward 15 and my top tips for success:

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