Coffee Chats

coffee chats

Amidst the hustle and bustle of food systems leadership, getting together with friends and colleagues to talk shop over a cup of coffee or tea (or something stronger!) can be a rare treat. That’s especially true for connecting with peers working in other parts of the country… besides national convenings and conferences, our ability to connect with other food systems leaders is limited by time, budget, and distance. Not to mention the pandemic!

But when we do come together, we return to our work with fresh perspective, new ideas, and a renewed sense of purpose and connection. 

The FSLN’s Coffee Chats offer members the space and opportunity to do just that – connect, learn about each other’s work, and share knowledge, ideas, and inspiration.   

Coffee Chat Logistics


Once a month, FSLN members are welcome to join us for an informal, peer-to-peer conversation around a specific topic that matters to this community. Each chat begins with a brief “interview” with a special guest with expertise in community-based food systems. Following this introduction and technical background, chats open up to the wider group for comments, discussion, and Q&A. 

Registration is required for each coffee chat. Keep an eye out in the Catalyst (our monthly newsletter) for announcements and registration links! 

Information on upcoming Coffee Chats is below.

We’ve also had requests for support around effective meeting practices and DIY strategy retreats. What topics interest you that you’d like to learn more about? Would you like to share your knowledge and expertise with others?  

Drop us a line! We’d love to hear what topics are important to you and/or have you join our Coffee Chat line up. Email annalina.kazickas@winrock.org with your ideas.

Upcoming Coffee Chats

September 23: Evaluation 
September 23 at 2pm Eastern
During this month’s coffee chat, we’ll share a new evaluation framework for the FSLN, and the process Wallace Center staff have used in developing it. We’ll then open for discussion for participants to chance to provide feedback and share how they define success.
Register Here

October 20: Network Activation Coffee Chat:  Sustaining Engagement in Networks 
October 20th at 3pm Eastern 
Register Here

Join us to explore the various ways to sustain member engagement in networks. Additional details coming soon.


Read more about the Network Activation series here.

Previous Coffee Chats

Explore details and notes from previous FLSN Coffee Chats.