IFPA announces new speaker for Global Produce and Floral Show Women’s Leadership Breakfast – Produce Blue Book

Washington DC and Newark, De. – Academy Award winning actress and activist, Marlee Matlin is the new Women’s Leadership Breakfast speaker at the International Fresh Produce Association’s BB #:378962 Global Produce & Floral Show Oct. 27-29 in Orlando, FL.

Matlin, who will speak during the October 29 morning general session, will speak on “Nobody’s Perfect: Achieving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access.” (Due to scheduling challenges, Laura Linney will no longer be able to present at the Women’s Breakfast.)

Matlin won an Oscar for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God. She was nominated again as an executive producer, and in 2022, her Apple TV+ film, CODA, swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She has also starred in numerous television shows, including Seinfeld, The West Wing, Law and Order SVU, The L Word and Switched at Birth. Matlin also became the first network television director who is deaf in the Fox TV anthology drama, Accused.

“Marlee Matlin is an inspiration as an activist and advocate for diversity and inclusion in her industry,” said IFPA Chief Education and Program Officer Doug Bohr. “Marlee has not only achieved some of the most important accolades in the film and television industry, but her advocacy for diversity, inclusion and acceptance is a lesson that will be inspiring for our attendees.”

The Women’s Leadership Breakfast is Saturday, October 29 at 8:30 am. The session requires a separate ticket and caps off the 2022 Women’s Fresh Perspectives portfolio of events and resources which includes the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference.. The Women’s Fresh Perspectives portfolio includes a series of events and resources created in partnership with volunteer leaders on the WFP Committee , designed to attract, retain and develop women in the production and floral industries.

“IFPA has built an incredible community for women business leaders in the fresh food industry,” said Rachel Molatore, director of communications at Taylor Farms. “I always enjoy attending Women’s Fresh Perspectives events to learn, lead and mentor. I am excited by the network that continues to build with unique perspectives and collaboration together.”

Tickets for the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Breakfast are available now and can be added to any Global Produce and Floral Show registration.

About the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA)

The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain and the only one to seamlessly integrate world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support. We exist to bring the industry together to create a vibrant future for all. We grow our member’s prosperity by conducting advocacy; connecting people and ideas; and offering guidance that allows us all to take action with purpose and confidence. While IFPA is built on the legacy of the United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association, it is not just a combination. It is transformational. Recognizing the industry required an even more powerful and unified voice, the leaders of the former United Fresh and Produce Marketing Association chose not to merge, but rather to create an entirely new organization to supersede their organizations, effective January 1, 2022.

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