August 26, 2020

Making Connections at the FEDA 2020 Virtual Annual Conference
Live Meetups


With the FEDA 2020 Virtual Annual Conference now less than a month away, it’s a good time for attendees to begin thinking about who they want to connect with during the three-day event, which takes place Sept. 22-24.

The opportunity for in-person meetings and impromptu discussions with peers and prospective partners is one of the most valuable aspects of the FEDA Annual Conference. As the event is going virtual this year, FEDA is incorporating several methods of simulating the networking that would occur at an in-person conference. Everything will be done through the virtual conference platform. Registered attendees will be emailed a unique URL ahead of the conference that will allow them to sign in to the conference platform and fill out their professional information. From there, they will be able to start connecting with other conference attendees.

From their profile page, attendees can select the “People” tab at the top to search for other conference participants. By clicking on another participant's profile, attendees can learn more about the person and add them to their “Want to Meet” list as a reminder to reach out in the future, or may request to schedule a face-to-face virtual meeting. For those wishing to connect without setting up a specific time, they can select the “Send Message” option to begin a text conversation through the platform. The message option allows attendees to reach out to each other privately and directly without having to expose their email addresses or other contact information publicly.

If you haven’t already, remember to register now so you are ready to jump into the conversation and start making connections once the virtual conference’s networking features are live. We look forward to hearing from you then!

August 17, 2020

Get Setup for the 2020 Virtual Conference

FEDA is excited to announce that the 2020 annual conference is going virtual Sept. 22-24! The entire conference will be a virtual event this year and will include all the features from our planned onsite conference, including all live keynote presentations, meetings, and discussion groups; live networking events, young industry leader programs, and educational breakout sessions; and live exhibits and meetups.

Attendees will now enjoy a lower per-person fee and will have the flexibility to participate in either the full conference or to select individual components of the three-day event, such as the live keynote from Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec or the educational breakout sessions. We hope these options will enable a wider group of members to engage with the conference around their availability.

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August 4, 2020

Thank you very much for your patience as FEDA has worked through alternative plans for its 2020 Annual Conference in response to COVID-related safety concerns. This week FEDA will send complete information about how the association has moved the entire Sept. 22-24, 2020 conference, including its keynote presenters, general sessions, networking activities, awards presentations, and special young industry leader and educational breakout sessions, to a unique virtual conference platform that includes many new options for participation, along with new options for registration – and all at a significantly lower cost to allow for expanded attendance.

With this information, FEDA will also send information about pre-paid conference balances with multiple options for applying or refunding these credits. The InterContinental San Diego will cancel all room reservations and refund all room deposits. Please look for all this information this week and, again, we deeply appreciate your support of FEDA, its conference, and other opportunities and activities. 

March 16, 2020

The 2020 FEDA Annual Conference, as planned, has been rescheduled for Sept. 22-25, 2020 at the InterContinental San Diego. We have confirmed the participation of our keynotes, Robert Herjavec (lead shark on ABC’s Shark Tank) and Mark King (CEO of Taco Bell Division), and our moderators, panelists, and breakout session speakers for these new dates. The conference will also include all the previously announced activities and meetings, which will be presented at all the same times and in the same meeting spaces.

We thank everyone for helping us move our entire conference to a new date. Please note that the full conference, as planned, will be presented on a Tuesday through Friday instead of a Wednesday through Saturday.

If you are currently registered for the conference and would like to confirm your registration for the Sept. 22-25, 2020 date, please REPLY HERE. We truly appreciate you confirming your participation.

 If you were unable to attend before and would like to register for the Sept. 22-25, 2020 conference, please REGISTER HERE

 For information, please visit the 2020 FEDA Annual Conference website. For questions or assistance, please contact Erin Bedell at 224-293-6502 or

March 12, 2020

To protect the health and safety of our conference attendees, the 2020 FEDA Annual Conference in San Diego has been postponed.

San Diego County has declared a local health emergency related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and almost all area events have been canceled.

FEDA is working with the hotel, speakers and sponsors on options for new dates. FEDA will keep you updated on this planning.

Your hotel reservation for the upcoming conference will be automatically canceled. Next week we will notify all attendees about a new conference date. At that time, attendees may confirm if they would like to leave their registration in place for the new date.

We deeply appreciate your commitment to attending this event and thank you for working with us as we manage postponement.

March 5, 2020

FEDA continues to monitor the coronavirus situation through updates from the CDC along with daily updates from the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. According to the CDC, at this time, for most of the American public who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus, the immediate health risk from the coronavirus is still considered low.

The FEDA conference is proceeding as planned. The conference will include hand sanitizing stations throughout the hotel and the hotel will continually sanitize common and high touch areas. And - we will have a “handshake-free” conference!

The San Diego airport has announced precautions that it will be taking for travelers:

For San Diego specific daily updates, please visit the San Diego Health & Human Services Agency update:

Thank you and please contact Erin Bedell with any questions at or 224.293.6502.

February 28, 2020

The global implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are changing daily and FEDA is closely monitoring the situation in regards to how it may impact the 2020 FEDA Annual Conference. 

Our highest priority is the health and safety of all FEDA Annual Conference attendees. Based on what we know today and following guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, we are moving forward with our conference as scheduled. We also want to assure you that the InterContinental Hotel has exceptional experience and expertise in preparing for health-related alerts in various parts of the world. 

WHO’s travel advice and updates may be found here. Additionally, the city of San Diego is providing continual updates here. If you have questions regarding the conference, please reach out to FEDA Meeting and Event Planner Erin Bedell at 224-293-6502 or you may check updates on our conference website here. We will keep you posted on any developments but anticipate seeing you at the conference!