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Women in Produce

Held each year in conjunction with the United Fresh Convention & Expo, the Women In Produce celebration recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry, and selects one individual to share her personal experience.

This year’s Women In Produce celebration marks the 23rd anniversary of this special event.

This year’s honoree will be selected from nominations submitted across the industry. Nominations are evaluated based on the candidate’s industry involvement and contributions, as well as their inspiration to the industry. Nominations will be accepted until March 6, 2020.


Women In Produce Breakfast General Session

The Women in Produce Breakfast General Session will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 8:00 am during the United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo in San Diego, allowing for a broader attendee community to celebrate this year’s honoree and network with more industry colleagues.


*All Access Pass Required

This year, Katie Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Feeding America will keynote the Women in Produce Breakfast General Session. Katie leads the implementation of

Feeding America’s strategy, working hand in hand with member food banks and other key partners to advance an America where no one is hungry. In her role, Katie oversees and facilitates synergy among Feeding America’s Equity and Program, Supply Chain, Network Engagement, Research, and Strategic Partnership functions.

Katie and her team work to develop and implement changes in Feeding America’s operating model in support of their strategy and outcomes, together with the food banks as well as new partners who complement their core capabilities. Another important part of her role is building and enhancing relationships with network leaders and other key partners to clearly define shared goals and co‐create strategies and plans for achieving those goals in support of our vision and mission.

Past Women in Produce Honorees

Dan’l Mackey Almy, DMA Solutions, Inc.
Tonya Antle, Organic Produce Network
Jan Berk, San Miguel Produce
Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Frieda’s Inc.
Karen Caplan, Frieda’s, Inc
Margaret D’Arrigo , Taylor Farms, Inc.
Jan DeLyser, California Avocado Commission
Lorelei DiSogra, United Fresh Produce Association
Jan Fleming, Strube Celery & Vegetable Company
Joline Godfrey, An Income of her Own
JoAnn Hines, Women in Packaging
Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle, Inc.
Cindy Jewell, California Giant Berry Farms
Lorri Koster, Koster Communications, Coastal Grower Magazine
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 about the nomination process or the celebration, contact Amanda Griffin, Vice President, Education and Program Management, at 202.303.3412.