Organics Unlimited, CEO and president Mayra Velazquez de León has been named the 2020 Global Trade Ambassador – Mexico award recipient from Women in International Trade – Los Angeles (WIT-LA). The award is given to leaders who have made unique contributions to the community and the international business world.
Velazquez de León co-founded Organics Unlimited, the San Diego-based grower and distributor of organic tropical fruit, in 2000 and has built the company into America’s largest woman-owned and Latina-owned organic banana company.
GROW, the company’s social responsibility program, started in 2005 and has since provided $2.7 million in aid from the purchase of GROW label organic bananas. These funds are used for youth educational programs, health clinics, dental and vision care in Mexico; clean water and early childhood education programs in Ecuador; disaster relief and environmental initiatives including those that promote sustainability.
Building relationships and economy
“You can see why we selected Mayra because she truly fulfills all the criteria,” said Lilia Navarrete, president of Women in International Trade – Los Angeles. “Having her distribution center in San Diego is an extra plus since she provides jobs and helps build our economy here, too.”
Celebrating 35 years of building ongoing trade relationships within and between global communities, Women in International Trade – Los Angeles is virtually honoring this year’s award recipients with the 8th Annual WIT-LA’s Global Trade Awards Gala 2020 on tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PST.
“I am very honored to receive this award from such an influential international trade organization like WIT-LA that celebrates the success of women in business,” said Velazquez de León. “Southern California has many talented women leaders doing incredible work, so to be recognized by them is quite an achievement.”