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Fast Forward 15 marks first year achievements

Promotions, new business ventures and the London Marathon among the list of achievements from inaugural group

Pictured: The group of mentees graduated in a ceremony held at The Langha Hotel on Friday afternoon

Launching their own companies, a host of promotions, running a marathon and first home purchases were just some of the achievements revealed by the the inaugural group of Fast Forward 15 mentees.

The group of 15 female event professionals have been supported by industry figures under the fiercely-debated programme, and celebrated their achievements in a graduation ceremony held at The Langham Hotel.
Mentees Amy Seton and Selina Donald both shared how the programme had helped them each start their own events businesses; whisky tasting events company The Whisky Miss and sustainable events agency The Bulb.

Graduate Hannah Coleman said the programme helped her land a dream job with agency, WRG Creative Communication, and help reach her goal of planning an international event; she flies to Tokyo next week. 
Other milestones ranged from earning two promotions, to conquering a fear of flying. All graduates said the programme had boosted their confidence

Fay Sharpe, MD of event agency Zibrant, old about 100 guests that she was proud of what the scheme had achieved.

"Today is all about celebrating the success we have had with our inaugural Fast Forward programme," she said.

"It's also to congratulate these mentees for this year. We're all looking forward to seeing what they're going to be doing and what we'll hear from them."

Sharpe said she was inspired to launch the programme after reading that women make up 75 per cent of the events industry, yet only one in five held high level management positions.

Graduate mentee Rebecca Goodman said: "It's awakened me to a wealth of creative ideas as well as increase my knowledge of the events industry, as I've attended a lot of events through it."

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