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.

2022 Future Leaders Program Application Process is Now Closed.

The 2022 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 2022 Future Leaders will visit: 

  • Session I  Williamsburg, VA/Washington, DC: May 15-19
  • Session II  Tampa/Orlando, FL: June 21-23
  • Session III  Los Angeles, CA: July 19-21
  • Session IV  Seattle, WA: August 16-18

The Class is also asked to attend the 2023 Global Seafood Market Conference in La Quinta, CA to be recognized as graduates of the program. NFI intends to be in person for all sessions but reserves the right to hold virtual sessions if it is in the best interest of NFI members and staff.

Class of 2022 Bio Slides (PDF)

The payment deadline is January 28.

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.