Women in Produce


Each year, United Fresh honors all women working in the produce industry and recognizes one outstanding female industry leader who will be honored at the United Fresh 2017 Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Wednesday, June 13, in Chicago.

The Reception Honoring Women in Produce 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 2017 All Access Package

Nominate an Outstanding Woman Today!

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Women in Produce Honoree.  Please review the nomination guidelines below.  

2017 Nomination & Review Guidelines

  • Nominations are due April 28, 2017.
  • 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 2017 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

Nomination Form

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
Jan Fleming, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company
Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle, Inc.
Lorri Koster, Mann Packing Company
Julie Krivanek, Krivanek Consulting
Teri Miller, The Fresh Market
Lisa McNeece Miceli, 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

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