Sakata Seed Pledges Two-Year-Long Support of PMA's Center for Growing Talent
- by Kayla Webb
MORGAN HILL, CA - Supporting a stronger future for the produce industry, Sakata Seed America’s Sakata Gives program has pledged a two-year donation of $15,000 per year to support the Produce Marketing Association’s Center for Growing Talent.
“We’re honored to be a supporter of PMA’s Center for Growing Talent. Contributing to building future talent to ensure a stronger, smarter global supply chain is a top priority for Sakata and the industry as a whole. We hope to demonstrate our commitment to the future of our industry through our partnership with Center for Growing Talent,” Dave Armstrong, President and CEO, stated.
The Sakata Gives program is spearheading the company’s charitable giving while ensuring opportunities that support the program’s pillars and company mission, according to a press release.
“The Sakata Gives Program is the cornerstone of Sakata’s corporate social responsibilities initiative,” said Jamie Kitz of Program Development for Sakata Gives. “We strive for a program that is responsive and inclusive, both for our community and industry, as well in support of our Sakata colleagues striving to be the corporate good citizens they choose to be. We are thrilled to partner with The Center for Growing Talent, an organization that is driving such positive results for our industry. Stay tuned—this is just the beginning for Sakata Gives!”
The Center for Growing Talent, which was founded in 2005, includes leadership programs and events such as Career Pathways, designed to attract the best and brightest university students to careers in the fresh produce and floral industry, and the Emerging Leaders Program, which helps prepare high-potential leaders to embrace increasing levels or responsibility and challenges for future leadership roles.
Its mission? To provide industry-specific solutions to attract, develop, and retain talent for all aspects of our business. Dependent upon charitable giving, sponsorships, and in-kind gifts while supporting industry talent and growth, I think it’s safe to say this is one program we can all get behind.