You’re reading the third-annual Women in Produce special section, and it occurred to us that we never explained why we do these feature stories.
We’ve honored top produce industry leaders in The Packer 25 for the last seven years, and of course many women have been featured there.
But Women in Produce is a chance to get to know the accomplishments, business strategies and career journeys of women who haven’t had a large share of the spotlight.
The reasons for this vary.
Some are just getting started in the industry. Some are third- or fourth-generation in their family business and are just now earning a more prominent role. And some have worked behind the scenes for many years.
Besides the obvious, all nine featured this year have something else in common: They all could be described as project managers.
When we talked to their peers, we heard a similar description nearly every time.
It could be summed up as, “she gets things done.”
I think we all want to work with people like this.
Here are a few things our honorees said about their careers:
- “I am results-oriented ... and I need to be in a job where my results can be measured and tied back directly to the company I’m working for.”
- “I have been involved in so many parts of the business that now I am someone who others can come to for answers. I hope to be seen as a future leader in the produce industry, not just a leader at (my company).”
- “One of my biggest accomplishments is the successful establishment of a marketing department within our company.”
Many talked about bigger picture ideas, as well such as decreasing obesity and getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables so they establish healthier lifetime eating habits.
But at the end of the day, their work with customers and consumers makes their companies more successful.
And they get things done.