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.

2023 Future Leaders Program Application Process Opens October 1, 2022

The 2023 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 2023 Future Leaders will visit: 

  • Session I  Washington, DC/Williamsburg, VA: May 14-18
  • Session II  St. Simons Island, GA/Jacksonville, FL: June 20-22
  • Session III  Seattle, WA July 18-20
  • Session IV  Buhl, ID: August 15-17

The Class is also asked to attend the 2024 Global Seafood Market Conference in Orlando, FL to be recognized as graduates of the program.

The application and payment deadline is January 27, 2023.

2021 Class Projects

Countering Seafood Misinformation

The goal of the project was to assist retail and foodservice operators inInaccurate and misleading information can cause confusion among consumers when it comes to seafood. Refuting these misconceptions with science and real data can help consumers make more informed seafood purchasing decisions. Resources are located on the website in the members portal under Foodservice and Retail Resources.

Food Service Infographic

Promoting Seafood for Kids in Foodservice

The “Seafood for Kids” toolkit is designed to help foodservice operations and professionals offer more seafood options for kids, aligning with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines’ recent recommendations. 

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.