Episode 5: Following Your Dreams and Passion to Empower with Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin

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The Produce Moms Podcast Episode 5

Following Your Dreams and Passion to Empower with Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin

“I want to empower women through education, leadership development, and community engagement”

In episode 5, Lori sits down with Produce Industry Legend, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin. Margaret has been an advocate, inspiration, and example for women her entire career. She has made a positive difference in the community, the nonprofit sector, and the agriculture industry, both locally and globally.

“What you’re putting in your body makes a huge impact on your ability to think, function, and feel your best”

Margaret spent 22 years as executive vice president of sales and marketing at D’Arrigo Bros. She has more recently spent the last several years as vice president of community development at Taylor Farms. She served as Director of the industry’s leading trade organization– Produce Marketing Association. She was named Woman of the Year by Ag Against Hunger. Her leadership in the non-profit sector includes President of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation, Vice President for Hartnell College Foundation and president of the Salinas City Elementary Educational Foundation.

“My journey didn’t come easy. I had to push and climb, but I never gave up”

Margaret serves on the board of directors Children’s Council of Monterey County, Literacy Campaign for Monterey County, Thrive Foundation, Salinas City Center Improvement District,  and Steinbeck Innovation Foundation. She is the Co-Founder of IMPOWER, a primarily woman-focused group whose purpose is to get others involved in making our community a better place. She also currently serves as Secretary of Salinas Valley Memorial Health Care System.

These accomplishments are a testimony to the passion Margaret feels for her community and industry. She has a vision for what is possible and has proven that it is also achievable.

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction // Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin – 0:45
  • Margaret’s Background and Experience in Produce – 2:45
  • How Fresh Produce Can Help You Reach Your Full Potential – 7:30
  • Margaret’s Role in the Produce Industry – 9:43
  • The Importance of Having Mentors – 14:01
  • What is the One Thing Moms need to know about Fresh Produce – 18:35
  • Advice from Margaret – 19:20
  • Wrap-up – 21:40

For more information about Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin and the work she is doing to empower women and make waves in the produce industry, visit https://www.margaret-inc.com/ and https://www.impowerwomen.org/ to connect with her and her team.

How to get involved

The Produce Moms Podcast is live on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and coming soon to Spotify.  If you like what you are hearing on the podcast, reviews, subscriptions & ratings will help us keep this going!  It would mean the world to hear your feedback, and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

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About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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