Women in Produce


Congratulations to last year’s honoree, Lorelei DiSogra, Ed.D., R.D., Vice President, Nutrition and Health at United Fresh Produce Association. Prior to her decade of service to the industry at United Fresh, Lorelei was the Director of the National 5 A Day Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 2001-2005, Vice President of Nutrition at Dole Food Company from 1991-2001, and the Director of Intervention for the California 5 A Day Campaign from 1985-1991.   

The 2018 Reception Honoring Women in Produce will be held on Tuesday, June 26 and is one of the most popular networking events at the United Fresh convention. Tickets are required for the event, and are included in the United Fresh 2018 All Access Package

Nominate an Outstanding Woman Today!

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Women in Produce Honoree. 

Submit My Nomination Today!

2018 Nomination & Review Guidelines

  • Nominations are due by April 2, 2018.
  • Nominations are open to anyone.
  • Self-Nominations are welcome.
  • Nominators may nominate more than one candidate.
  • Nominators are asked to provide a brief overview of the nominee’s professional history and experience in the produce industry.  And, nominators should provide, in 200 words or less, a statement on why the nominee is a role model for the produce industry and should be honored.
  • Nominators are encouraged to be specific in their submission, as the evaluation of candidates will be based on the information submitted.
  • Candidates that receive multiple nominations will be condensed into a single nomination (not to exceed the maximum number of words outlined above) for the review process.  Therefore, multiple nominations of the same person do not add to the consideration of the nomination.
  • All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of past award recipients based on the following criteria, with the final selection of the 2018 honoree to be made by the Officers of the United Fresh Board.
    • Overall involvement in the industry
    • Scope of background and contribution to the industry
    • Inspiration for others working in the industry

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Griffin at agriffin@unitedfresh.org or 202.303.3412

Past Women in Produce Honorees

Dan’l Mackey Almy, DMA Solutions, Inc.
Tonya Antle, Organic Produce Network
Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Frieda’s Inc.
Karen Caplan, Frieda’s, Inc
Margaret D’Arrigo , Taylor Farms, Inc.
Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission
Lorelei DiSogra
Jan Fleming, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company
Joline Godfrey, An Income of her Own
JoAnn Hines, Women in Packaging
Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle, Inc.
Lorri Koster, Mann Packing Company
Julie Krivanek, Krivanek Consulting
Teri Miller, The Fresh Market
Lisa McNeece, Grimmway Enterprises Inc.
Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission
Dr. Martha Rhodes-Roberts, Roberts Associates
Steffanie Smith, Andrew Smith Company 
Heather Shavey, Costco Wholesale
Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, Seald Sweet/Greenyard USA
Rosemary Talley, Talley Farms
Jenney Tenney, The Kroger Company
Claire Thornton, The Fresh Approach

For more information, contact Amanda Griffin, Sr. Director of Education & Member Programs, at 202.303.3412.