Karen Caplan, president and chief executive officer of Frieda’s Inc., Los Alamitos, Calif., spoke on a subject she is very familiar with at the August Schnucks Management Development Speaker Series in St. Louis, delivering a presentation on women in leadership.

“The produce industry is a tough industry for anyone to be in, especially women, but we are thriving,” Caplan said in a news release.

“I am very impressed by the commitment Schnucks teammates have for their personal and professional growth. It was refreshing to see both women and men in the audience.”

Caplan gave advice on the importance of collaboration and communication in the workplace, how to build and empower leaders, creating a personal brand and the secret to a balance between work and personal life.

Frieda’s was founded in 1962 by Karen Caplan’s mother, Frieda Caplan, making it the first female-owned wholesale produce company in the U.S.