Karen Caplan Chosen as the Featured Speaker for the International Women’s Forum Podcast
LOS ALAMITOS, CA - It’s times like these that the industry must look to trusted leaders for guidance. Karen Caplan, President and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, is one such leader. She recently appeared on the Washington, DC-based International Women’s Forum (IWF) Game Changers podcast to talk about the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on food availability around the world.
Caplan was joined by Karla Chambers, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Stahlbush Island Farms based in Corvallis, Oregon, who is treasurer of IWF Oregon, as well as host Anne Doyle, President of IWF Michigan. Caplan also serves as the President of the Southern California chapter of IFW.
“There is no shortage of food, it’s all about the logistics,” Caplan said. “Because people are not traveling, not as many planes are available to fly freight to the U.S., and that has resulted in a challenged supply chain. We are seeing companies and organizations become so innovative right now, like the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program.”
IWF is a global network of more than 7,000 women leaders united to advance women’s leadership and champion human equity. Game Changers is a monthly conversation with some of the trailblazing members of the IWF. These women are policymakers, executives, pioneers, and instigators of change. In the studio, they share stories of lessons learned and insights gained from their journeys.
As stated in a press release, Caplan and Chambers were able to provide unique, first-hand insights on the global food supply chain due to their prominent roles within the fresh produce industry. Caplan and Chambers went on to discuss what lessons they have learned and their outlook for the future.
“I am grateful for our hard-working employees who come to work every day and help ensure we are able to pack the fruits and vegetables we grow on our farms,” Chambers said.
Caplan continued, “I’ve learned that the fresh produce industry is very resilient. When a door shuts, a window opens. There are always opportunities.” She also delivered a parting thought that resonates with many of us in the produce industry: “COVID-19 has taught every citizen to truly value the farmers, their land, and the labor needed to harvest and pack in a bigger way.”
As we all work to regain a sense of normalcy, keep seeking guidance from insightful industry leaders like Karen Caplan.