Frieda’s Inc.’s president and chief executive officer Karen Caplan plans to make an appearance in mid-October in Atlanta for the Pillars of EARTH: Sustainable Leadership Awards.
Caplan was tabbed to host the event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Costa Rica’s EARTH University at the event Oct. 14. The non-profit university offers students in Latin America and the Caribbean educational opportunities in sustainable agriculture.
The EARTH University Foundation is based in Atlanta.
Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s is a donor to the foundation’s scholarship program, and has worked with interns and graduates from the university, according to a news release.
This summer, Frieda’s brought Aldo Bettoni, an EARTH University graduate student, to manage its open-air produce market. He is still with the company as strategic business analyst.
Caplan should be presenting awards to:
- Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability initiatives for Emory University;
- Daron Joffe, an organic grower and environmental educator;
- John Burgess, president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola Recycling; and,
- Jane and Dameron Black III with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“EARTH University is producing some truly capable young leaders in sustainable agri-business, and this awards program highlights some positive role models for students,” Caplan said in the release.