FPAA to Hold First Ever Women’s Leadership Invitational at 50th Nogales Produce Convention

Fri. September 14th, 2018
- by Jessica Donnel     

NOGALES, AZ - The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) is kicking off a new event at this year’s 50th Nogales Produce Convention, and this one is for the ladies. The association will be celebrating its first ever Women’s Leadership Invitational (WLI), welcoming women from all walks of life who help lead the way in the produce industry. Packed to the brim with inspiring speakers, educational sessions, and networking opportunities, there will be something for every woman (or otherwise) who attends on Friday, November 2nd from 2 to 4 p.m.

Marlene Lopez, Director of Membership Affairs and Events, FPAA“We are so excited to have this new event featuring leading women. We have already received positive response from local community leaders, and we can’t wait for the Women’s Leadership Invitational at the Fall Convention,” said Marlene Lopez, Director of Membership Affairs and Events for the FPAA.

According to a press release, the following speakers will be presenting at the Invitational:

Cathy Burns

Cathy Burns, CEO, Produce Marketing AssociationCathy has built a career in the food industry, and after being President of retailer Food Lion, she is now an industry leader as the CEO of the Produce Marketing Association.


Rosie Favela Cornelius

Rosie Favela Cornelius, Sales Manager, Grant J. Hunt Co.The winner of this year’s “Pillar of the FPAA” Award, Rosie has worked in the produce industry for more than 30 years and has played a major role planning past FPAA conventions.


Sabrina Hallman

Sabrina Hallman, FPAA Board Member, Sierra SeedAn FPAA Board Member at Sierra Seed and leading woman in the produce industry, Sabrina will serve as the moderator and mistress of ceremonies.


Pati Jinich

Pati Jinch, Host, Pati's Mexican TablePati is the keynote speaker for this year’s convention, host of PBS series “Pati’s Mexican Table,” as well as James Beard award winner, and will talk about her challenges and secrets to success as a woman entrepreneur.

As part of a leadup to the FPAA Convention, there will be a forum kick-off on Friday, September 21st at the FPAA office in Nogales, AZ.

The Women's Leadership Invitational will take place on November 2nd, 2018 at the 50th Nogales Produce Convention and Golf Tournament

This year’s landmark event will run from November 1st through 3rd at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. Registration for the 50th Nogales Produce Convention and Golf Tournament is now open and can be completed at this link here.

Another event to honor our outstanding women in produce? Count me in!

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas