The annual IFA Washington, D.C. fly-in is now named the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting. It is an integration of our grassroots advocacy program, the Franchise Action Network, with our annual fly-in. This meeting gives you the opportunity to meet with your representatives in Congress to discuss topics that can affect your business, such as the Save Local Business Act. This bill will restore a commonsense definition of joint employer and keep the industry on the road to success. IFA will set up the meetings and prep you and guide you beforehand. This event is FREE for franchisees. 


  • Network with fellow entrepreneurs
  • Hear from experts about important issues 
  • Learn the tools you need to embark on your road to success



Please note: Nicolle Wallace will no longer be speaking during this event.

Alexander Acosta

U.S. Secretary of Labor

Andy Puzder

Former CEO of CKE Restaurants (Hardee's & Carl's Jr.)

Ahu Yildirmaz

Vice President and Co-Head of the ADP Research Institute, ADP, LLC

Shelly Sun

Founder & CEO, BrightStar Care and IFA Chair


7:30 am – 7:00 pmRegistration Desk Open

8:00 am – 10:30 amConvention Committee Meeting

10:00 am – 12:00 pmFranchisor Forum Meeting

10:00 am – 12:00 pmDiversity Institute Board Meeting

10:00 am – 12:00 pmPast Chairmen’s Council Meeting

10:30 am – 2:00 pmFinance Committee Meeting

11:30 am – 1:30 pmMarketing and Innovation Committee Meeting

12:00 pm – 2:00 pmEducation Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting

12:00 pm – 5:00 pmFranchisee Hospitality Suite

2:00 pm – 3:30 pmFranchise Relations Committee Meeting

2:00 pm – 4:00 pmWomen’s Franchise Committee Meeting

2:00 pm – 4:30 pmICFE Board of Governors Meeting

2:00 pm – 5:00 pmIFA Executive Committee Meeting

3:00 pm – 5:00 pmVetFran Committee Meeting

3:00 pm – 5:00 pmMembership Committee Meeting

5:30 pm – 6:30 pmFranchisee Meet & Greet

7:00 pmFranchising Gives Back Celebration & Annual Awards Dinner (separate fee required)

7:00 am – 7:00 pmRegistration Desk Open

7:30 am- 8:00 amSupplier Forum Executive Committee Meeting

8:00 am – 9:30 amFranchisee Forum Meeting

8:00 am – 10:00 amInternational Committee Meeting

8:00 am – 10:00 amSupplier Forum Advisory Board Meeting

8:00 am – 10:00 amLegislative Action Group Committee Meeting

9:45 am – 10:45 amFranchisee of the Year Awards Rehearsal

10:00 am – 2:00 pmFranchisee Hospitality Suite

10:00 am – 2:00 pmIFA Board of Directors Meeting

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Franchisee Educational Programming

The Best Team Wins: Build your Business Through Predictive Hiring

In today's hyper-competitive market, the people on your team are the only true source of sustainable competitive advantage. Yet, most franchise owners don't manage recruiting and hiring like the critical business operations that they truly are. In this fast-paced and engaging workshop, hiring expert and Hireology CEO, Adam Robinson, will teach you an actionable plan for building your best team. You'll walk away with the knowledge you need to attract and hire the right people for your location.

Keynote Speaker: Adam Robinson, CEO, Hireology, Inc.


Other Programming to Include:

  • Update on labor issues and tools you can use in your business.

12:00 pm – 7:00 pmCongressional Appointments Help Desk

2:15 pm – 5:15 pm

FAN Annual Meeting General Session

Welcome and IFA Update

Speaker: Shelly Sun, CFE, Founder & CEO, BrightStar Franchising, LLC; IFA Chairwoman of the Board

Keynote Address

Hear an important update from the current Labor Secretary on joint employer and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as well as the administration’s new workforce training and apprenticeship programs.

Keynote Speaker: Alexander Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Labor

Founding Sponsor Address

Using its unparalleled Workforce Vitality Report and National Employment Report data, ADP will present a comparative analysis of employment and wage growth coupled with geographic business activity regarding franchise and non-franchise businesses. This analysis will reveal unique insights into the contributions the franchise industry delivers to the U.S. economy.

Speaker: Ahu Yildirmaz, Vice President and Co-Head of the ADP Research Institute, ADP, LLC

Issues Update from the IFA Government Relations Team

It’s time to take a deep dive into the issues that matter most right now and what we will be talking about on the Hill on Wednesday. Your day on Capitol Hill will be spent talking to members of Congress and their staffs, so we want to make sure you’re ready! Hear from IFA’s Government Relations & Public Policy staff and your peers about the history of the issues impacting your business, where we are now and why it’s important to your business and the future of the franchise business model. Our panel will provide you with everything you need to know.

Moderator: Matt Haller, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Speakers: Suzanne Beall, Assistant Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy; Michael Layman, Vice President, Federal Government Relations; Mary Kennedy Thompson, CFE, COO, The Dwyer Group

Advocacy Training and Capitol Hill Meetings Preparation

IFA will prep you before your meetings on Capitol Hill, and provide guidance on having an effective visit through a professional advocacy training presentation.

Speaker: Kevin Schultze, Vice President, Congressional Relations, Soapbox Consulting

6:00 pm – 7:00 pmLeadership Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Leadership & Franchisee of the Year Awards Dinner

Franchisee of the Year Awards

Join us for a special evening to recognize outstanding franchisee owners who have made a significant impact on their franchise system or advocated on behalf of the franchise business model. Open to all FAN attendees.

Keynote Address

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Nominee and former CEO of CKE Restaurants, Andy Puzder takes the stage to discuss his recent triumphs and tribulations in the American political theatre. Hear firsthand from a leader in franchising about his Cabinet nomination, his struggles with the media and his perspective on current affairs in Washington, D.C. Puzder explains what the American people should expect from the administration, the press and the various figures influencing decision making in the White House.

Keynote Speaker: Andy Puzder, former CEO, CKE Restaurants

7:00 am – 11:00 amRegistration Desk Open

7:30 am – 11:00 amCongressional Appointments Help Desk

8:15 am – 10:00 amState Delegation Breakfast and FAN Annual Meeting General Session

10:15 amDepart for Capitol Hill

11:00 am – 5:00 pmIndividual Congressional Appointments

11:30 am – 4:00 pmBoxed Lunches & Refreshments Available at the Capitol Hill Club

5:30 pm – 7:00 pmClosing Reception

6:30 pmNEW: Washington Nationals Game for FranPAC Donors!

Watch the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. For more information please contact Leah Shimp.

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

IFA's room block at the JW Marriott has SOLD OUT. We still have rooms available at the Washington Hilton at a rate of $239 per night. The Washington Hilton is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW - 2 miles from the JW Marriott. The Red Line Metro stop at Dupont Circle is a short walk away, and that line will take you straight into downtown and the JW Marriott; taxis or ride share apps are abundantly available, as well. There are many restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance - including the Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods. Book at the Washington Hilton to see another vibrant side of D.C.! To book a room at the Washington Hilton please use the link below.


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Questions? Call 202-628-8000.

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