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.


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 attendees are invited to stay and attend the Leadership Training sessions.

  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 Boxed Lunch Al Fresco    
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 Reception    
  Thursday, June 24    
7:00-8:00 Check-in for Leadership Training attendees    
8:00-8:15 Opening remarks    
8:15-9:15 Culinary Trends    
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 Lunch Keynote    
1:00-1:15 Break    
1:15-4:15 Essentials of Effective Management    
4:15-4:30 Closing remarks    
4:30-5:30 Chapter Presidents & Secretary/Treasurer Training    
Roundtable for Non-Chapter Leaders    

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


Friday, June 25


SNS exam



Registration Opens March 11

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.


Sustaining Industry Partner Lightning Rounds

Lightning Round Details

- Each company will be assigned a round table which will have seats surrounding it for attendees and the company host.
- There will be 16 rounds of 7-minute sessions. Reps will make a presentation, have a discussion, or get feedback from attendees about your latest products, innovations, services, etc. When notified, attendees will have two minutes to rotate to the next company table.
- During each session, Reps can give handouts, individually-wrapped samples, or logoed items.
- There is NO cooking/heating, prepping, or portioning of food permitted at the venue. There's not a staging or storage area at the venue.

Company Selection Process

- To make the selection process fair, a random computerized drawing will be conducted to select the 16 participating companies. Only active SIP members will be included in the lottery.
- Companies that participated in the Lightning Rounds in 2018 or 2019 will be removed from the drawing and not eligible to have a spot for 2021.
- The companies selected for the canceled 2020 Lightning Rounds will be given the first right of refusal to participate in 2021.
- Each selected company will have the opportunity to confirm or decline their participation.
- If declined or no response is received, the spot is forfeited and the next company in line will be contacted.

Click here for more Lightning Round details!

Click here to view the lottery results