Premiere: First Global Women’s Network at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019

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Berlin, 1 February 2019 – On 8 February 2019, exactly one month before International Women’s Day becomes a legal holiday in Berlin for the first time, the first Global Women’s Network will take place at FRUIT LOGISTICA at 10 a.m. in Hall 6.3. The event will be organised by Viviane Schappo, Monica Bratuti and Julie Escobar. Together, the three initiators have over 25 years of experience in the international fruit trade. They represent a generation of women who are shaping and developing the fruit and vegetable sector and want to pass on their experience. FRUIT LOGISTICA offers the ideal framework for the establishment of such a global network.

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“We are incredibly excited to see how participants from all over the world will react to this event. It is wonderful to see how many women from our industry are already promising us their support and interest in being part of this large and global network. In the past, national networks were established without considering other countries, and thus the international level,” says Julie Escobar, co-initiator of the first Global Women’s Network. “It’s time to show the power and importance of women in our industry and communicate it clearly. We don’t just want our network to open up new business opportunities. It should also inspire women in the fresh fruit trade to network with each other and support themselves in their professional lives to become a better leader. Our goal is to bring speakers to our events who really “rock the hall” and we have intensive conversations that are groundbreaking for colleagues in the industry.”

In order to provide a sound insight into the many facets of working life in the fresh fruit industry, the initiators invited speakers from four continents:

Linda Carobbi (Corporate Director Savino del Bene) from Europe, Michelle Masek (Head of Marketing Apeel Sciences) from the United States, Rocio Aguilar (Senior Export Manager Altar Produce) from Latin America and Ebby Loo (Managing Director Euro Atlantic Group) from Asia. Laura Dellinger (Partner Wisebridge), an expert on development programmes for women in business, shares her experience from other business sectors.

In their keynote speeches, the speakers will not only talk about their previous experiences, but also create a common basis for a global women’s network.