2021 Franchise Leadership & Development Conference Chairman Welcome

Earlier this year, our President & CEO, John Teza, was named the 2021 Franchise Leadership & Development Conference Chair. This is the only industry event that brings franchise CEO’s and development professionals together for over 20 years. This year’s focus, Learn | Lead | Grow, will deliver inspirational strategies of adapting to change and seizing opportunity in a post-COVID economy. John wrote a personal note to the attendees ahead of this year's conference:

Join us for impactful educational sessions, networking with franchise leaders and discovering new solutions from inspirational speakers and innovative suppliers.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2021 Franchise Leadership & Development Conference. What an honor it is to serve as the chairman for such an important event that brings together franchise executives from across the industry.  

The goal of the conference is to provide franchise development and c-suite executives the education and inspiration to help them grow their businesses. Central to this purpose has always been a focus on networking and personal connection.  Given the events that have unfolded over the last year, there has never been a more important time to convene the franchise industry’s best and brightest in leadership and development. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Learn|Lead|Grow.  As we move forward from the pandemic, reconcile the importance of the social justice movement, and seek to understand the potential impact of sweeping public policy change, it is critical to invest in the foundational aspects of leadership and development.  We have seen the pace of change accelerate across our economy and broader society. Leaders that accelerate their learning will have an edge as they position their organizations for strategic growth in this environment.

The opening workshops, general, and breakout sessions will address different aspects of the conference theme. Our speakers and session leaders will bring the inspiration, ideas, and innovation so you can bring them back to your brands to drive superior results.  With a focus on leadership development, the agenda is built to help you broaden your vision while also sharpening your organization’s core selling skills to meet the needs of today’s candidates. And as the role of the development leader has broadened, so has focus of this year’s content – look for new sessions on technology, accelerating smooth store openings and navigating legal and compliance issues post-pandemic. 

Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the networking area. Our conference sponsors have worked throughout the pandemic to create, test and refine products and programs that will help you do business better. Stop by each table and introduce yourself. Network with the sponsors and learn more about them – you’ll be glad you did.

Our goal is to keep the event content-oriented, fun, and relevant for everyone. I look forward to the excellent speaker lineup, powerful topics, and lively questions from our highly engaged community. It’s going to be an outstanding event and I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

If you'd like to attend this year's Franchising Leadership & Development Conference, visit https://www.franchisedevelopmentconference.com/home