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Horticulture Interview Series

Women in Horticulture Interview Series

Introducing the NEW Women in Horticulture Interview Series

AmericanHort is pleased to present an educational and inspirational interview series with accomplished women from the green industry. Hear their stories of accomplishment, challenges overcome as they’ve navigated their career that will provide you inspiration and encouragement.

Strategic Networking and Mentorship; Accessing and Building Power through Relationships

Garnering a position of leadership, that next important promotion, or achieving your entrepreneurial goals, require hard work and credentials. But what most women are not taught is that who you know is often as - or more - important than what you know. We keep our noses to the grindstone assuming our accumulation of skills, achievements, and talent will get us where we want to go. Who you know, your access to people with power, and how you leverage your professional network and mentors matter more than you realize. In this main stage program, we will hear from our panelist on how they have built a strategic and powerful network to help advance and achieve professional goals. Join us to evaluate your existing network and develop strategies for improving it, as well cover perspectives from both the mentor and mentee standpoint with strategies for cultivating successful relationships.

Here are the upcoming interviews:

August - Valérie & Mélissa Berger, Co-CEO’s and current third generation of the Berger family and company
August 20, 2020 – 1 PM ET

The interview is with Valérie and Mélissa Berger, Co-CEO’s and current third generation of the Berger family and company. Berger was founded over 50 years ago by Hugette Théberge whose family owned peatlands in the region of St-Fabien, Québec, Canada. Today, Ms. Théberge’s granddaughters are at the helm of an industry-leading growing media company that employs 700 employees and encourages the professional development of approximately 120 women.

Valérie and Mélissa are thoroughly devoted to their colleagues, partners, customers and local community. What’s more: they value attentiveness, openness, respect, humility and above all, sincerity, which guide them in every aspect of the business. Both Valérie and Mélissa have two children and are proud to be able to live the dream of raising a family and spearheading an internationally renowned company.

Come learn more about how these sisters lead their company and challenges they’ve faced being a woman in horticulture.

Learn more about Valérie and Mélissa Berger

Here are past interviews:

April - Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Vice President of Raker Roberta’s Young Plants, and AmericanHort Chairwoman of the Board
View Susie Raker-Zimmerman webinar


MayKathy Fediw, interior plantscape consultant, author, trainer, speaker, and 2020 AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame honoree
View Kathy Fediw webinar


JuneJennifer Moss, owner and director of sales and marketing at Moss Greenhouses in Jerome, Idaho and named to the GPN 40 under 40 Class of 2020
View Jennifer Moss webinar
View Jennifer’s List of Top Inspirations

Join us for a Powerful, Inspiring Networking Event at Cultivate'20 Virtual this year!

NEW! This year is Women in Horticulture at Cultivate'20 Virtual – an educational networking event for women in the green industry.Leslie Halleck, of Halleck Horticultural, LLC will facilitate a panel discussion with the following accomplished women in the green industry:

Leslie Halleck, of Halleck Horticultural, LLC




Lisa Fiore is a fourth-generation landscape professional and founder and CEO of LandscapeHub

Lela Kelly is vice president and co-owner of Dosatron International Inc. based in Clearwater, FL

Rebecca Lusk is the retail director and key account sales manager for Dümmen Orange

Kelly Staats is the sales and marketing manager for Raker Roberta’s Young Plants headquartered in Litchfield, MI

Learn more about our panelists, here.

Join us at Cultivate’20 Virtual to hear the lessons these women have learned as they’ve navigated their green industry career path.

Thank you to our sponsors

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