Programs
Creating a path for the next generation and developing leaders to build careers in produce and floral
Programs
Creating a path for the next generation and developing leaders to build careers in produce and floral
Career Pathways Program
Firsthand produce and floral industry experience for college students
  • Get inspired to join a dynamic global industry in need of creative minds
  • Learn directly from industry professionals
  • See behind-the-scenes tours of produce and floral companies
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Firsthand produce and floral industry experience for college students
  • Get inspired to join a dynamic global industry in need of creative minds
  • Learn directly from industry professionals
  • See behind-the-scenes tours of produce and floral companies
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Firsthand produce and floral industry experience for college students
  • Get inspired to join a dynamic global industry in need of creative minds
  • Learn directly from industry professionals
  • See behind-the-scenes tours of produce and floral companies
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Emerging Leaders Program
Immersive leadership training for high-potential young professionals
  • Learn directly from industry professionals
  • Build skills through real-world simulations, case studies and team exercises
  • Network with your peers from across the industry
  • Partner with industry leaders for continued mentoring
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Immersive leadership training for high-potential young professionals
  • Learn directly from industry professionals
  • Build skills through real-world simulations, case studies and team exercises
  • Network with your peers from across the industry
  • Partner with industry leaders for continued mentoring
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Immersive leadership training for high-potential young professionals
  • Learn directly from industry professionals
  • Build skills through real-world simulations, case studies and team exercises
  • Network with your peers from across the industry
  • Partner with industry leaders for continued mentoring
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Women's Fresh Perspectives Portfolio
  • Designed by women for women in the fresh produce and floral industry.
  • Virtual programs to listen, learn and connect with cross-industry peers.
  • Mentoring with industry leaders. 
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  • Designed by women for women in the fresh produce and floral industry.
  • Virtual programs to listen, learn and connect with cross-industry peers.
  • Mentoring with industry leaders. 
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  • Designed by women for women in the fresh produce and floral industry.
  • Virtual programs to listen, learn and connect with cross-industry peers.
  • Mentoring with industry leaders. 
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Ways to Contribute
Creating a path for the next generation and developing leaders to build careers in produce and floral
Ways to Contribute
Creating a path for the next generation and developing leaders to build careers in produce and floral

Competition for talent is increasing. Our industry relies on dedicated people and powerful leaders. As the world around us changes, we know our industry needs the right people and the right skills required to sustain and grow our businesses – now and into the future.

By getting involved you will directly impact the development of innovative and exciting talent solutions for our industry that ensures we have a path for the next generation of leaders.

Ways to give back and invest in the future of our industry: 

For more details about programs and volunteering, contact Jamie Kitz or Kelsey Palandrani.

Scholarships & Awards
Recognizing the strong leaders who drive our future
Scholarships & Awards
Recognizing the strong leaders who drive our future

Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence

Supporting Young Professionals in our Industry

Recognizing that strong leaders drive the future of the produce and floral industry, the Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence supports young professionals in our industry by advancing their careers through the development of leadership skills.

The Tip Murphy Scholarship for Leadership Excellence was created in 2008 to honor the life and career of Tip Murphy, a beloved 15-year veteran of the produce industry. The scholarship covers the cost of airfare up to $700 and registration for one of Center for Growing Talent programs, including:

  • Emerging Leaders Program
  • Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference

Who Should Apply?
Applicant must meet requirements:

  • Meet any criteria established for the program or event selected
  • Be willing to recruit future applicants for this scholarship opportunity

To be eligible, candidate must:

  • Be employed in any segment of the produce and floral supply chain both at the time of the application and at the time of the chosen event
  • Have been employed in the produce industry for a minimum of three (3) years
  • Demonstrate character, leadership and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the industry
  • Agree to speak at CGT activities about the scholarship and development opportunity

 

Apply now
Applications due March 31, 2021 If you experience difficulty using this fillable PDF, we recommend that you download the PDF to your computer and use Acrobat to complete.

 

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Women’s Fresh Perspective’s Scholarship 

Supporting Women in our Industry

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Women’s Fresh Perspective’s Scholarship supports women in our industry by providing a path for their leadership, development, and participation.

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Women’s Fresh Perspective’s Scholarship was created in 2021 to honor the life and career of Frieda Rapoport Caplan.  Frieda was the first woman in the United States to own and operate a produce company on the all-male L.A. Wholesale Produce Market. She served as an inspiration to many women in our industry. Frieda was known to be generous with advice, support, and active encouragement to other women stepping into leadership in our industry. Her legacy lives on through Frieda’s Specialty Produce, a 3rd generation female-owned family business operating and excelling in our industry. Her daughters wish to carry on her legacy of giving back through this scholarship.

The scholarship covers the cost of airfare up to $700, lodging, and registration for Center for Growing Talent’s Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference.

Who Should Apply?
The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Women’s Fresh Perspectives Scholarship is designed for women in the industry who embody Frieda’s spirit of action, excellence and dedication to personal and professional development.  We would like to award this scholarship to someone who has not previously had the chance to attend the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference. Any woman in the produce or floral industry, regardless of role or segment of the supply chain, is welcome to apply for the scholarship. We especially encourage those who may otherwise not be able to attend the conference to apply for the scholarship.

To be eligible, candidate must:

  • Be a first time attendee of the Women’s Fresh Perspective Conference
  • Be employed in any segment of the produce and floral supply chain both at the time of the application and at the time of the Women’s Fresh Perspective’s Conference (September 12-14, 2021).
  • Be approved to attend the Women’s Fresh Perspective’s Conference upon receiving the scholarship
  • Demonstrate character, leadership, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the industry
  • Agree to speak at Center for Growing Talent activities about the scholarship and development opportunities

The Frieda Rapoport Caplan Scholarship is intended to support and honor the memory of the scholarship’s namesake, an active and committed advocate for the fresh supply chains and all of the individuals serving across the industry. In the spirit of her memory, Scholarship recipients will be asked to participate and contribute in future scholarship recruitment. This may include but is not limited to providing testimonials and quotes to be used in marketing efforts, serving on the selection committee and more.

Apply now

AWARDS

Excellence in Growing Talent
CGT Jay Pack Cultivating Our Future Award

This award honors a volunteer who, through sharing of his or her passion and insights for careers in the produce or floral industry, has had tremendous impact on attracting talent to the industry. See 2020 winner, awarded at Fresh Summit

Nominate someone for excellence in growing talent


Excellence in Women's Leadership
Freida Rapoport Caplan Women's Catalyst Award

This award honors a leader in the produce or floral industry who cultivates women’s potential by mentoring and providing a path for the leadership, development, and participation of women in the industry. See 2020 winner, awarded at Fresh Summit

Nominate someone for excellence in women's leadership