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In Produce

JUNE 16 - 19 2020 | SAN DIEGO, CA
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Celebrate Women in Produce

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 8:00 - 9:45 am


United Fresh’s Women In Produce Celebration recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry, and selects one individual to share her personal experience during the annual Women In Produce Breakfast General Session.

This year’s Women In Produce celebration marks the 23nd 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.

Nominate a Woman in Produce  

Women In Produce Breakfast General Session

The Women in Produce Breakfast General Session allows for a broad attendee community to celebrate this year’s honoree and network with more industry colleagues. Attendees will need an All Access Package to attend.


*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.

The 2020 honoree will join a distinguished group of Past Women In Produce Honorees, including:

  • Dan’l Mackey Almy, DMA Solutions, Inc.
  • Tonya Antle, Organic Produce Network
  • Jan Berk, San Miguel Produce, Inc.
  • Frieda Rapoport Caplan, Frieda’s Inc.
  • Karen Caplan, Frieda’s, Inc
  • Margaret D’Arrigo, Margaret, 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, Sr. Director of Education & Member Programs, at 202.303.3412.