Find Out About the Future Leaders Program Here

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 Open!

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: 

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.

The payment deadline is January 28.

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 website in the members portal under Foodservice and Retail Resources.

Seafood Supply Chain Website

This website was developed by NFI’s 2020 Future Leaders Program. The goal for this project was to create an online resource that provides a seafood consumer an easy way to learn more about their favorite seafood, demonstrate how seafood is taken care of and cared for from bait to plate and to show that seafood — both wild and farmed — is sustainable and critical to feeding a global population.

Class of 2021 Future Leader Bios(PDF)

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