The Westin Sarasota
100 Marina View Drive | Sarasota, Florida 34236




The LEAD Summit and Leadership Training events will be hosted back-to-back in sunny Sarasota! Mark your calendars to make time in your busy schedule for yourself, for your personal development, and to recharge at the beautiful and tranquil Westin Sarasota.

The education focus of this event is Team Management in times of Change, My Team and Me - presented by the University of Florida Office of Professional and Workforce Development. A rapidly changing environment requires a high-performance team and strong management and leadership. SFS leaders and managers will learn what drives team dynamics, how personalities, communication styles, and work motivations influence outcomes. And they will learn and practice communication strategies that facilitate positive team dynamics that lead to successful outcomes. Finally, in a session on self-care attendees have the opportunity for introspection and reflection – essential activities for being an effective manager/leader.


Schedule at a Glance

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LEAD Summit is June 23: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM and June 24: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leadership Training* is June 24: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
*LEAD Summit registration includes the Leadership Training 

  Wednesday, June 23    
7:15-8:15 Open registration and check-in    
8:15-8:30 Opening remarks    
8:30-10:00 Your Personal Presence & Emotional Intelligence    
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break    
10:15-12:15 Understanding Yourself and Others to Build the Team    
12:15-1:15 Networking Lunch    
1:15-3:15 Prioritize for Work-Life Balance    
3:15-3:30 Zen Break    
3:30-6:00 Industry Partner Lightning Rounds    
6:30-7:30 President's Reception    
  Thursday, June 24    
7:00-8:00 Check-in for Leadership Training attendees    
8:00-8:15 Opening remarks    
8:15-9:15 Campaign Romaine: High Tech Farming, Fresh From Florida    
9:15-10:15 Power of Focus; Boosting Personal Productivity    
10:15-10:45 Coffee Break    
10:45-11:45 FSNA Board Installation & President's Leadership Story    
11:45-12:00 Break    
12:00-1:00 Becoming a R.E.A.L. Successful Person - Lunch & Keynote    
1:00-1:15 Break    
1:15-4:15 Essentials of Effective Management    
4:15-5:15 All About FSNA - Rally and Doorprizes    

Dinner Meet-Up - Dutch Treat
Not a sponsored FSNA event


Friday, June 25


SNS exam



Pre-registration has now closed. Onsite registration will be available for $330.

Hotel Reservations

Room reservations at the Westin Sarasota will be available for the rate of $154/night for a singe/double through June 1, 2021. 

Book now!


FSNA will NOT use any outside housing vendors, so if you're contacted by someone to make your reservations - don't do it. It's a scam.


Safety Plan

FSNA and the Westin Sarasota are committed to making the LEAD Summit & Leadership Training a safe event with your health top-of-mind. Below are the safety plans we are enacting onsite along with Marriott's Commitment to Cleanliness plan.

  • Meeting rooms will include social-distanced seating
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the meeting areas
  • Masks are encouraged, but not required.
  • Attendees will be able to visually identify their comfort-level with designations of Red for No Contact - No exceptions, Yellow for minimal contact - Elbows Only-Still Cautious, and Green for High-Fives & Handshakes
  • Registration will be Minimal-Touch
  • Temperatures will be checked each day before entering the first event

More information will be available as we get closer to the event.


Sustaining Industry Partner Lightning Rounds

The LEAD Summit includes the Lightning Rounds - a special opportunity for district personnel to network and to learn about industry trends, new products, equipment, and services. Through a lottery system, FSNA will invite 16 companies to attend the event and participate in the Industry Lightning Rounds.

Lightning Round Participants

Atlantic Coast Marketing
Bake Crafters
Cherry Central
Cool Tropics
DeConna Ice Cream Company
ES Foods
Gold Creek/Agora Foods
Hadley Farms
Home Market Foods, Inc.
Jonny Pops
M & B Products, Inc.
Nardone Bros.
S.A. Piazza/Wild Mike's Pizza
SFSPac Food Safety & Sanitation System
Veitch Group