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Fast Forward 15 seeks next intake

The application process for Fast Forward 15 has opened for 2018’s intake, deadline on 28 February

Pictured: Fay Sharpe

The application process for Fast Forward 15 has opened for 2018’s intake.

Founded by Fay Sharpe, Vice President BCD Meetings & Events, EMEA, the scheme was created to nurture the female talent working in hospitality and events organisations by partnering them with a senior business figure for one year.

During the 12 month programme, mentees are encouraged to achieve new goals and break personal barriers through one to one mentoring and group tasks designed to build confidence, character and individual networks.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2018 with entries shortlisted between March 1-10. Applications are being sought to cover a broad reach of personal environments, including:

·       Maternity leave returner
·       Aspirational board director
·       Graduate
·       University final year student
·       Corporate events professional
·       20+ years in the industry
·       Middle management progression
·       Budding entrepreneur
·       Part time worker
·       Under 26
·       Charity/ Association

Potential mentees are encouraged to bring their applications to life with digital platforms such as short film CVs and infographics. Applications should be uploaded to

Fay Sharpe, vice president BCD Meetings & Events, said: “It is a privilege to be able to continue the scheme as a free program thanks to the support of the industry, our clients, peers and suppliers. Once again, the mentors are inspiring, and the course content and outputs get better and better. Each year we are inundated with requests to join and we’ve also seen an increase of applications from overseas. As the competition is getting tougher, we want this year’s applicants to think outside the confines of the written word and look at short film and imagery to make sure their CVs standout.”  

Fast Forward 15 is now in its fourth year and has another stellar line up of mentors drawn from high profile organisations associated with the business of events. Previous mentees have achieved many major personal and career milestones including promotions, large scale speaking opportunities and international career moves.

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