NFI Future Leaders Program

Future Leaders is a year-long program designed to enhance the knowledge and leadership skills of rising industry leaders through a unique hands-on program focused on production, sales, companies, and the seafood industry.

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.

2024 Future Leaders Program

The 2024 Future Leaders Program will kick off with a Sunday morning orientation breakfast in Boston prior to the Seafood Expo North America; and four two-day sessions running from May thru August. Each session is designed to enhance knowledge and leadership skills in the areas of government relations, production, sales, marketing, and the industry in general. 

The 2024 Future Leaders will visit: 

  • Session I  Washington, DC: May 20-23
  • Session II  Los Angeles, CA: June 25-27
  • Session III  Portland, ME: July 23-25
  • Session IV  Seattle, WA: August 20-22

The Class is also asked to attend the 2025 Global Seafood Market Conference in Palm Springs, CA to be recognized as graduates of the program.

2023 Class Projects

SeaShare — Raising Awareness for SeaShare and Its Mission

The Future Leader Class created a strategic plan that focuses on increasing awareness for SeaShare’s mission to engage the seafood industry in a collective effort to improve nutrition for those assisted by food banks and feeding centers.

Download the Presentation & Proposal (PDF)

This Is Our Journey as a NFI Future Leader

For more resources, visit NFI’s Members-Only Section.

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