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International Women's Day: Giumarra Companies' Megan Gorgisheli; Gills Onions' Megan Jacobsen; Mission Produce's Denise Junqueiro; and Gold Coast Packing's Crystal Chavez Comment

International Women's Day: Giumarra Companies' Megan Gorgisheli; Gills Onions' Megan Jacobsen; Mission Produce's Denise Junqueiro; and Gold Coast Packing's Crystal Chavez Comment



THE WORLD - Happy International Women's Day, y'all! It's that time of year when we get to give some extra love to the amazing women who keep our industry going through their innovation, creativity, and so much more. We got in touch with some of the powerful women we have the honor of working alongside, so take a gander at what they had to say about this celebratory month below.

Megan Gorgisheli, Director of Marketing Administration, Giumarra Companies

Megan Gorgisheli, Director of Marketing Administration, Giumarra Companies“I feel incredibly lucky to have found a home in an industry that promotes delicious, healthy, and affordable food to all people and supports the valuable contributions women make to our business. Throughout my 14 years working in fresh produce, I’ve connected with a number of passionate female leaders both inside and outside of Giumarra who have guided me toward continuous professional and personal improvement. As our industry grows in the years to come, I look forward to helping mentor the next generation of leaders as we strive to positively impact the lives of consumers everywhere.”

Megan Jacobsen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Gills Onions

Megan Jacobson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Gills Onions“It’s a privilege to work in agriculture where I am empowered, inspired, and connected to so many outstanding women who make our fresh produce sector so remarkable. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the industry’s diversity, as well as acknowledge the task ahead for us to keep working toward more inclusion at all levels in our companies. As an industry, we are continually faced with various challenges, but together, as individuals and a fresh produce community, we make each other stronger. To the strong and amazing women in fresh produce, we see your hard work and contributions to agriculture!”

As women's roles in the fresh produce industry have increased, so too have the opportunities for them to succeed

Denise Junqueiro, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Mission Produce

Denise Junqueiro, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Mission Produce“Women have made their mark on this industry and continue to do so today. You can see their touch throughout the supply chain, bringing different perspectives and broadening the pool of insights and contributions. Their value is unmatched.”

Crystal Chavez, Marketing Coordinator, Gold Coast Packing

Crystal Chavez, Marketing Coordinator, Gold Coast Packing“A fresh female perspective is just what the produce industry needs and I feel so fortunate to be working alongside many amazing women that are helping drive change in the trade. I love this industry and the unique programs it offers for women only. Through these programs, I have met many incredible women. This great group of 'produce gals' that share my same passion for fresh and healthy, are the ladies that I can always count on for guidance and advice. I can’t wait to meet more powerful females, those that helped paved the way for me and those that will keep our female voice loud in the years ahead.”


Today and every day, let's continue working toward a more equitable workforce that honors the immeasurable contributuons of these female leaders.