About Us


We're building the next generation of restaurant industry leaders. 

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1 in 3 Americans got their first job experience in a restaurant*. It's well known that it's a great industry to get your start, but few know that from there the possibilities are endless.

9 in 10 restaurant managers and 8 in 10 owners started in entry-level roles*. That upward mobility is often a result of mentorship, education and training that enables workers to level-up, access to which can be extremely challenging especially in the case of single-unit operations (which makes up 70% of restaurants). 

 By providing focused training through the Full Course Foundation's Learning Center, we work to develop operators who are well-equipped to profitably manage their businesses, build strong teams and provide coaching and development to their employees. Our goal is for qualified and motivated employees to move into management roles, confident that a career in the our industry will provide opportunities for professional, financial and personal growth and success.


Meet Our Amazing Team

Founder, CEO
Lauren Fernandez
Former General Counsel of FOCUS Brands turned restaurant operator, Lauren brings nearly 20 years experience in brand licensing; franchising; and consumer product development.
Chief People + Culture Officer
Lissa Bowen
Lissa Bowen has over three decades of experience in restaurant operations, talent recruitment, retention, and company culture.
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Director of Learning & Leadership
Erin Wenttang
Erin's passion lies in developing those who work in or support those in the hospitality industry through learning strategy, leadership development, instructional design, and facilitation.


Our Values

The "How" Behind Our "Why"


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