Are you a future leader?

The Future Leaders Forum, FWD’s skills, networking and mentoring programme for wholesalers, suppliers and service providers aged 30 or under, is looking for new members

Now in its second year, the Future Leaders Forum (FLF) is looking to double its initial membership and offer support and advice to more than 120 younger people from all roles within the FWD membership, including wholesalers, suppliers and service providers.

The group benefits from two bespoke face-to-face events for which the members themselves can agree the content they believe will be most beneficial to them as they build their career. They have access to FWD’s other free events, including four Introduction to Wholesale sessions and April’s parliamentary reception at the House of Commons.

New members also have the option to take part in the second round of the FLF mentoring scheme, starting in September, which matches them with a senior wholesale channel colleague.

“The FLF has been hugely beneficial to the initial 62 members,” said FWD’s Head of Engagement Lyndsey Cambridge. “It’s given them the opportunity to network with peers, meet and learn from senior people in the channel and improve skills that will serve them well as they progress in their careers, such as public speaking.

“It’s so important that we identify and encourage the emerging talent we have in this sector and make them aware of how much we value them. FWD has a role in providing the training and support that these future leaders need, because it’s vital for the sector as a whole that we keep them in the wholesale channel.

“They may only be a few years into their career, but with their talent, experience and new perspectives on what wholesale could and should be, they are already among the most valuable assets we have.”

Anyone wishing to join the FLF must be aged 30 or under and working for an FWD member company. The application form available here requests a 200-word outline on why they would like to join, the attributes they feel they will bring to the network, and what they hope to gain from being part of the programme.

Find out more about FLF here.

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