I’m Laura Lozada, Education Programs Director for NASFT, and I’m charged with keeping our members and trade show attendees in–the-know. NASFT is nearing the end of our annual “Call for Presentations” period where we ask for proposals for educational programming from industry professionals. Last year, we collected, reviewed and analyzed over 100 proposals before arriving on the topics presented at the two Fancy Food Shows.
From my vantage point, it continues to be truly fantastic to see the wealth of information, passion and willingness to share throughout this industry. Speakers who have presented with us in the past continue to be interested in leading sessions and each year, we recruit new exciting speakers as well.
Our onsite seminars, workshops, tastings and tours help to train the specialty food professionals that attend the Fancy Food Show and are promoted leading up to the Show in a variety of media. The experience provides great exposure for the speakers as well as concrete experience/knowledge for our trade show attendees and exhibitors alike. We’ll continue to share about the process here as we announce education programs linked to the shows in 2010 and our ongoing webinars@work series, which allows the specialty food community to continue their learning away from the trade show atmosphere through a series of live and archived webinars. (Click here to learn more).
If you are a specialty food professional or professional speaker, we’d love to hear from you as well – please click here . To learn more about the process or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for proposals is July 10 but we’ll waive the rule for Under the Lid readers! Please send along by July 17.