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This new initiative is committed to generating real and lasting change.

Prosper Forum launches bold vision for intentional elevation of the foodservice and hospitality industry

Inaugural by-invitation forum to be held in August, with Nation’s Restaurant News as Official Media Partner, No Kid Hungry as Charitable Partner, and more than 150 leading organizations as Founding Partners.

 A bold vision to elevate the future of diverse talent within the foodservice and hospitality industry is being launched through the Prosper Forum and Prosper Community.

This new initiative is committed to generating real and lasting change. With an intentional focus on building “A Better Table: Bringing current leaders together with the Next Generation of Diverse Leaders,” the Prosper Company is hosting its inaugural Prosper Forum Aug. 27-30, 2023, in Amelia Island, Fla. Supported by Official Media Partner Nation’s Restaurant News and more than 150 leading Founding Partners, and benefiting No Kid Hungry, the by-invitation forum will bring together transformational leaders and exceptional Next Generation Diverse Talent through a Prosper Accelerator program.

“When we envisioned Prosper Forum, we saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to impact the clear need for greater diverse talent within senior leadership of the foodservice and hospitality industry,” said David Jobe, Cofounder and Chair of Prosper Company. “This is about elevating the industry. We went to several influential leaders — and their response has been phenomenal. We are proud, grateful and very excited to launch this event in August.”

“Nation’s Restaurant News is honored to be the Official Media Partner and an executive committee member of the Prosper Forum, assisting in empowering a diverse future,” said Joe Donnelly, publisher of Informa Connect’s Restaurant & Food Group, parent to Nation’s Restaurant News. “At Nation’s Restaurant News, we believe our purpose is to inform, educate, connect and advance the current and future leaders of the foodservice industry and that aligns perfectly with the vision of this community and forum.”

We are honored to partner with Nation's Restaurant News, which is serving to amplify and broaden the reach and message of the Prosper Forum. We envision a collaborative mentality around community and content curation, where senior executives and our Prosper Accelerators can engage together,” said Luke Kircher, Cofounder and President of the Prosper Company.

Prosper Forum 2023 features renowned global journalist Fareed Zakaria as a keynote speaker, plus a roster of transformative industry leaders, including Marc Lore, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Wonder Group; David Gibbs, Chief Executive Officer of Yum Brands; Aylwin B. Lewis, Member, Board of Directors at Marriott International; Paul Brown, Cofounder and CEO of Inspire Brands; and Michelle Korsmo, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Restaurant Association, to name a few.

According to Hattie Hill, Prosper Company Board Member and global DEI expert, “The time is right, and the time is now to undertake a much more intentional approach to putting senior executives in direct contact with diverse talent. So much of the issue of diversifying executive leadership has been visibility — or invisibility, in fact, of diverse leaders. Prosper Forum Accelerators, who are selected by their companies’ CEOs to participate in the program, will not only establish greater relationships with their senior leaders, but also model the future of foodservice and hospitality. This is the legacy David, Luke and I want to further through Prosper Forum and Prosper Community.”

About Prosper Forum

Prosper Forum is the flagship program of the Prosper Company, a purpose-driven, inclusive community within the foodservice and hospitality industry. With a motto of “A Better Table: Elevating Diverse Talent in Foodservice and Hospitality,” Prosper Forum is an annual by-invitation event that brings together senior executives of the industries’ leading organizations with the next- generation of Diverse Talent. For more information about Prosper Forum, visit


Nation's Restaurant News (NRN) is the No. 1 source of business information for the foodservice industry. For more than 50 years, NRN has served the information and engagement needs of foodservice professionals, offering award-winning content across all mediums with the goal of driving businesses forward. NRN was named Best Media Brand by the Jesse H. Neal Awards in 2019. NRN is part of the Restaurant & Food Group by Informa Connect, the leading B2B integrated media group connecting products, solutions and thought leadership with the largest, most engaged and highly qualified audience in foodservice and food retail. The group connects the entire food and foodservice ecosystem of operators, chefs, retailers, manufacturers, vendors and solutions providers through traditional, digital, social and custom media as well as digital and live events. To learn more about NRN, visit

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