The rising stars of hospitality have one month left to apply for Fast Forward 15, the female-focused mentoring scheme designed to nurture and inspire the sector’s most promising talent.
The deadline for applications has been announced as 27 February 2015.
The scheme is being supported by mentors from Fairmont & Raffles Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Champagne Lanson and IBTM Events, as well as by in-house events directors at AstraZeneca and law firm, Allen & Overy LLP.
Fast Forward 15 has also been endorsed by the Women’s Business Council and by industry associations MPI and HBAA.
Open to all women in the events, hospitality and related industries, at any stage of their career, Fast Forward 15’s entry categories range from: ‘University final year student’ to ‘20+ years in the industry’ and ‘aspirational board director’.
Global events director at AstraZeneca Joanna Lawlor is one of the programme’s mentors and says: “I look back on my own career in the events sector and the decisions I have made over the years. Along the way I could have used more guidance, such as more encouragement to speak up when I needed to or advice on seizing opportunities when they presented themselves. Fast Forward 15 offers an incredible experience for some of the sector’s most talented; improving confidence, nurturing ambition and emboldening women to aim higher.”
Zibrant MD Fay Sharpe, Fast Forward 15 founder, adds: “This initiative has grown out of my belief that you get the best from people if you give them the tools and encouragement they need to work both effectively and successfully. From a personal perspective, it has enabled Zibrant to keep the best talent on our books. I (and my fellow mentors) see the challenges that Fast Forward 15 seeks to address as ones which not only stretch across hospitality, but also extend across UK business.
"We want to help inspire women in the workplace to be the best that they can be. The application deadline is only a month away and so, I call out to those looking to reach their highest potential to apply as soon as possible, and not miss out on this opportunity.”
Among those backing the scheme is Juliet Price, consultant executive director, HBAA, who said "a fantastic opportunity that Fay has created here to shine a light on women in the industry".
She added: "I would really like to be able to share some of my experiences and also to reflect on some of the things that I would have done slightly differently. It is like getting a second chance, because with a mentee I would encourage them to think about it in a different way."
Following the application process and a final interview, 15 candidates will be selected and announced at a special launch lunch at the Savoy Hotel on 20 March 2015. For more information visit http://www.fastforward15.co.uk