Earvin Magic Johnson Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE)

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills from the basketball court into boardroom as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). In 2012, Johnson made history when he became co-owner of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. He also co-owns WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and MLS’s Los Angeles Football Club. He continues to expand his influence through businesses including: EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, ASPiRE television network and SodexoMAGIC. Through a newly formed fund, Johnson is investing millions of dollars on infrastructure improvement in the United States. He is also one of the leading investors in a number of minority-owned tech companies that include Uncharted Power, ShotTracker, Jopwell, Walker & Co Brands, and MiTú.
Dwight Ferguson

Dwight Ferguson

President/CEO of Naturipe Farms, LLC

Dwight Ferguson is the President and CEO of Naturipe Farms (a large global berry grower/shipper) and its affiliated companies. He previously held similar roles at Eurofresh (greenhouse vegetable grower) and Florimex/USA Floral (global cut flower distributor). Ferguson’s early career experience was in sales and marketing at Pepsi and Procter and Gamble. He is currently on the PMA board (will be named incoming chairman in October). Education includes Masters from Aquinas College (MI) and BS from Ohio U. Dwight is originally from Ohio, is married with two adult children, and now has his primary residence in Arizona.
Robert Herjavec Entrepreneur, Leading Shark on ABC's Shark Tank

Robert Herjavec

Entrepreneur, Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

Robert Herjavec is a dynamic entrepreneur and leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived in North America on a boat with his parents after escaping communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers, and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family. In 2003, Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global cybersecurity operations leader specializing in managed security services, compliance and incident response for enterprise level organizations. Robert’s motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank.
Vonnie Estes

Vonnie Estes

Vice President, Technology, Produce Marketing Association

Vonnie pours her passion for agriculture, tech and sustainability into her role, bringing tech to our industry across the entire supply chain. She’s spent her career working intimately with tech companies and industry to identify problems, invent solutions and increase efficiencies with some of the largest organizations (DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta) along with many agricultural and bio-industrial start-ups. Vonnie serves a sought-after voice within the industry; holds seats on company, advisory, industry and government boards; and, in 2017, earned the coveted Rosalind Franklin award for leadership in Biotechnology.
Cathy Burns CEO, Produce Marketing Association

Cathy Burns

CEO, Produce Marketing Association

She started as a part-time service clerk. She’s since been named a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, a Supermarket News’ Power 50, Mass Market Retailer’s Most Influential Women in Mass Market Retailing and The Packer’s Produce Marketer of the Year. Cathy works tirelessly to help PMA members more effectively engage with each other and consumers. Prior to PMA, Cathy was the president of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s, and remains an active board member for a variety of nonprofits in children’s health, the food industry and female leadership development. Cathy enjoys cycling, surfing and photographic adventures with her husband and daughters.

Queen Latifah Actress, Musician, Producer, Entrepreneur and Author

Queen Latifah

Actress, Musician, Producer, Entrepreneur and Author

Center For Growing Talent Women’s Fresh Perspective Speaker

Queen Latifah is a critically acclaimed television and film actress, musician, producer, entrepreneur, and author. Her acting accolades include: an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago; an Emmy nomination, Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win for her role in Life Support; an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nomination; a SAG Award win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in Bessie, an HBO biopic, and a NAACP Image Award win for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special  for her role in Flint, a Lifetime original. Latifah has not just been recognized for acting: she has earned seven total Grammy nominations including a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. She was most recently cast as Ursula in ABC’s upcoming live TV musical of “The Little Mermaid.”  She has starred in over 40 feature films, has executive produced over 60 titles, and was the first hip hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been a CoverGirl for nearly 15 years, performed for the President, and hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert. Latifah has run her own makeup line for over 10 years, launched 3 successful fragrances, and authored 2 books. Latifah also owns and operates Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company, with her business partner Shakim Compere.

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Jan DeLyser

Jan DeLyser

Vice President of Marketing, California Avocado Commission

As Vice President Marketing for the California Avocado Commission, Jan oversees the marketing functions of the Commission, including consumer advertising, merchandising, public relations, nutrition, foodservice, social media and online activities. In 1998, Jan joined the Commission as Merchandising Director for the Southwest Region. She was promoted to Vice President Merchandising in 2000 and to Vice President Marketing in 2003. Prior to working for the Commission, Jan held a number of positions in the produce industry; including The PACKER newspaper, the Fresh Produce Council (now Fresh Produce & Floral Council/FPFC), Sun World International and Westlake Produce Inc. She is active in industry leadership, having served as chairperson of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the Produce for Better Health Foundation and the Fresh Produce & Floral Council, as well as on the Board of Directors of the United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA). Jan received the 2016 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award at PMA’s Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, the 2013 Award of Honor from the California Avocado Society, the 2011 Produce Marketer of the Year by The Packer, the 2007 Women in Produce Award of Excellence by UFPA and the 2003 Southern California Produce Achievement Award by the Fresh Produce Council. She was also recognized by Progressive Grocer Magazine in 2007 and 2013 as one of the Top Women in Grocery.

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