Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders program is a unique hands-on program for industry professionals who are rising in their companies. No other setting combines this kind of in-depth exposure to such a diversity of issues along with the opportunity to network and learn with a small group of industry peers representing the leaders of today and tomorrow. Who should participate? Any individual who values education and leadership training will find this program invaluable as a tool for growth within our industry.

2021 Future Leaders Program Application Process is now Open!
Just as the seafood industry has adapted to this year’s unforeseen challenges, so has NFI’s Future Leader Program and NFI is committed to providing a strong and robust program for 2021. The program will be virtual initially with a plan for in person travel* when business travel resumes, potentially in the late third quarter of 2021.

NEW in 2021: More Education Included in your Future Leader’s Program Fee
NFI has added more value to the Future Leader’s 2021 program by adding more education. The 2021 Future Leader’s Class will have all access to
The Virtual GSMC Conference and the year-long GSMC Webinar Series. That’s not all. Future Leader participants will have their choice of
attending two virtual NFI Species Schools in 2021.

Application and payment deadline is January 27.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Gerrie Thomas at gthomas@nfi.org or 703.752.8888.

To promote future leaders in the industry through a year-long program consisting off our 2-day sessions designed to enhance knowledge and leadership skills in:

  • Production
  • Sales
  • Companies
  • Our industry

2021 Future Leaders Application Packet (PDF)
Class of 2021 Future Leader Bios(PDF)

Class of 2020 Class Projects

Marketing Seafood Resources Post Covid
The goal of the project was to assist retail and foodservice operators in marketing seafood, leveraging the momentum seafood has gained amid the Covid-19 pandemic via infographics to be accessible online. Resources are located on the AboutSeafood.com website in the members portal under Foodservice and Retail Resources.

Seafood Supply Chain Website
The goal for the project was to create a website to give a seafood consumer an easy way to learn more about their favorite seafood. To show consumers their seafood is taken care of and cared for. To show that seafood both wild and farmed is sustainable and important to the entire world.

View the highlights from each session during the 2019 Program:

Session I  Washington, DC/Williamsburg, VA
Session II  New Bedford, Massachusetts
Session III  Portland, Oregon
Session IV  Ketchikan, Alaska