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Fast Forward 15 announces new BAME initiative

Fay Sharpe, founder of mentoring programme Fast Forward 15, has announced a new initiative to encourage, support and inspire BAME women to join the FF15 community.

Sharpe has invited three women that know the FF15 programme from experience, to become a BAME ambassador. They will help her to encourage ethnic minority women in the events, travel and hospitality sector to engage and apply for a place in the programme either as mentee or mentor.

The first ambassadors are Priya Narain, co-founder, Event First Steps, Gabrielle Austen-Browne, events and sales manager and co-founder, Diverse Ally alongside Felicia Asiedu, content marketing manager, Cvent.

The ambassadors will be appointed for at least one year and will provide advice on diversity and inclusion issues at FF15 training sessions. They will also advise on any policies or procedures to ensure inclusion, assist on recruiting future suitable BAME mentors to join the programme and promote FF15 to the BAME community to ensure inclusivity across the industry.




Asiedu (main picture), said: “I am really excited to be an FF15 BAME Ambassador and be part of the important discussion on inclusion and diversity within the meetings and events industry, with a specific focus on the lack of BAME representation. I’m also grateful that Fay and FF15 are open and willing to start this conversation and am extremely positive about what we can achieve over the next year. For me, words without action are simply useless and this is absolutely a step in the right direction.”

Austen-Browne added: “Fast Forward 15 are always ahead of the curve, so I am delighted as former mentee, to come on board as an Ambassador for this new initiative to engage and uplift my BAME community.”

Narain commented: “I am excited to join the team as a diversity ambassador and look forward to championing the work of FF15 and encouraging women from BAME communities to get involved.”

Sharpe concluded that FF15’s aim is to have as wide and diverse community as possible. She added: “Having trusted ambassadors promoting our programme and engaging with the BAME event community can only enrich and inspire more women across the sector to be involved.”