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 owners 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. Michelle Korsmo, President & Chief Executive Officer of 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


Michelle Korsmo

President & Chief Executive Officer, National Restaurant Association


Rohini Dey, Ph.D.

Founder, Vermilion & Let’s Talk Womxn


Adrienne Trimble

Vice President & Chief Diversity and Culture Office, Sysco Corporation

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National Restaurant Show