Program Highlights

 Wednesday, August 3, 2016

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Emerging Leaders road trip

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

6:00 pm Wine & Design


*ALL NEW* Emerging Leaders road trip

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

ALL NEW THIS YEAR!: Emerging Leaders Road Trip – Join other young executives on a Chicago-area road trip designed to help you connect with other emerging leaders, learn from Chicago-based WF&FSA members and grow your network!

Let’s hop on the bus and view the floral industry from a few perspectives – wholesale, mass market and event planner.  As an added bonus, learn the history of our industry from industry guru Red Kennicott.  Harrison "Red" Kennicott III is CEO of Kennicott Brothers in Chicago and has been lauded as someone who has influenced every facet of the industry.  Red has been in the floral industry for more than half a century and has won every industry award out there. Don’t miss his insight as part of this informational day! Limited attendance so register early – this Road Trip has an additional charge of $100 per person.)

Opening Reception

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mix and mingle with the 2016 Management Institute attendees and enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.

Wine & DesignWine And Design
featuring Tom Bowling, AIFD

Thursday, August 4, 2016 • 6:00 pm

Every day you work IN flowers – but do you ever really work WITH flowers? Join your fellow attendees on Thursday evening will you will have a chance to design and network. Create a design from scratch under the leadership of Tom Bowling, AIFD. This fun, interactive event will feature not only fresh flowers, but food and libations to keep the atmosphere alive!