The initiative is designed to develop aspiring female candidates in the industry by providing opportunities to gain visibility, exposure and confidence. Selected candidates will be given access to, and insight from, senior figures in the industry willing to share their knowledge and experience with women at all stages of their career.
The course is being supported by Ishreen Bradley of Bizas Coaching and Consulting and there are 15 places available.
“Giving back and investing in future talent has been a founding principle at Zibrant which has been reflected in our Times Top 50 for Women awards. It felt like the right time to share the positive benefits of ‘paying it forward’ with the wider hospitality industry,” said Sharpe.
“There are still not enough women progressing to senior positions in our industry. Those at the top of the events and hospitality sector have worked extremely hard to get where they are. I am ever-mindful of how I rose up the corporate ladder and how tough it was to reach my goals.
“I wish that during my career there had been an opportunity to be mentored and coached. Fast Forward 15 was inspired by a personal desire to give back, do something good and help others realise their potential. I’m excited by the prospect of the inaugural ‘Class of ‘15’ and look forward to leading the programme during the year.”
Once selected, the 15 candidates will be be announced at a special launch lunch, taking place at the Savoy Hotel on 20 March 2015.
The application process formally opens on 15 January with a microsite devoted to Fast Forward 15, as well as the names of all those who have agreed to take part in the initiative as mentors.
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