Celebrating Women in Produce: Seald Sweet's Amy Gates; DMA Solutions' Dan'l Mackey Almy; and Naturipe Farms' Jill Overdorf
THE WORLD - Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, but the mark of a great leader is one who is fearlessly and authentically themselves—and inspires others to do the same. As we round out our final round of interviews with women across the industry, you'll take away from them the meaning of great leadership. I know I did.
Amy Gates, Vice President, Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet
"I feel very fortunate to call the produce industry my career home, dating back to my college internship at Cal Poly for Apio. In my 23 years, I have witnessed the presence of women in positions of leadership rise dramatically, as we work for a more inclusive industry. Agriculture in general, and particularly the produce business, requires leaders to have the ability to be very versatile and handle complex situations in changing environments. In my experience, working with other women leaders, I have found we have an exemplary ability to succeed under these pressures by following our hearts and always seeking to be the best version of ourselves, while inspiring others to do the same."
Dan’l Mackey Almy, Chief Executive Officer and President, DMA Solutions
“Since I began my career in fresh produce, it’s been so encouraging to see so many women commit to the industry for their career. It’s been an honor to witness this industry evolve and to see more women take on leadership roles, most of whom I believe will become executives and owners down the road. We are lucky enough to work in a field that not only helps women and men and women establish long-lasting careers, but supports individuals' personal growth as well.”
Jill Overdorf, Director of Business Development for Foodservice, Naturipe Farms
“When I joined the produce industry in 2005, I was coming from a culinary background, so I knew the products but I didn’t know the people. I was not prepared for the warm and welcoming embrace that this industry gave to someone who was establishing a new career path. Fifteen years later, I remain grateful for the way one can become involved and initiate and participate in change and development. My advice to women entering the industry is to always remain professional, punctual, and passionate while continuing to be curious, humble, and grateful. It is as important to acknowledge those who have helped your career as it is to lift others onto their path—and aiding in the success of another will never diminish your abilities. Be kind, be unapologetically smart, and know your personal brand.”
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