Meetups & Networking

Join peers and industry leaders at the Show to share ideas and discuss challenges and opportunities unique to your profession.

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One of the benefits of attending the Show is getting to meet and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals. We’ve made that even easier with our Connections space, an intimate area for meetups, networking and focused conversations.

During the Show, we’ll facilitate a series of planned meetups at Connections that will allow you to meet face to face with peers and industry leaders to network, ask questions, share advice and discuss challenges and opportunities unique to your profession. Check out our list of meetups below and be sure to add at least one to your Show plans! 

  • Chefs and Culinary Professionals
  • Entrepreneurs and First-Time Business Owners
  • Equipment Professionals
  • Franchisors and Those Interested in Franchising
  • Marketing Professionals

  • New Attendees 
  • Training and HR Professionals
  • Women in Convenience, brought to you by CSW
  • Young Professionals

Entrepreneurship can be all consuming and isolating, whether at startup or at scale. All women leaders at the National Restaurant Association Show are invited to meet and network with each other and hear directly from top women leaders in the industry. Sue Hensley, Senior Vice President of Member Engagement at the National Restaurant Association, and Kelly Higginson, President & Chief Executive Officer of Restaurants Canada, will share their commitment to supporting and promoting women in business. Let’s Talk Womxn, founder Rohini Dey, Ph.D. will share her impetus to found an action movement of 900+ restaurateurs and owners across 15 cities and how members fortify each other. In addition, Adrienne Trimble, Chief Diversity & Culture Officer for Sysco, a $77 billion global foodservice corporation, will share why promoting women business owners in the industry is imperative to Sysco, and how they do so. Plan now to attend this powerhouse gathering!

Kelly Higginson

President & Chief Executive Officer, Restaurants Canada

Sue Hensley

Senior Vice President, Member Engagement, National Restaurant Association

Rohini Dey, Ph.D.

Founder, Vermilion & Let’s Talk Womxn

Adrienne Trimble

Vice President & Chief Diversity and Culture Officer, 
Sysco Corporation

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National Restaurant Show