Woman Led: Meet Sophia, Operations Manager in Colima

Women Making a Difference

Organics Unlimited is a proudly woman-owned and woman-led company. We believe that through diversity and inclusion in the workplace we can foster creative collaboration and empowerment that strengthens our communities and economies. To celebrate this year’s Women’s History Month we’re highlighting the women leaders that make us who we are.

A Logistical Leader

Sophia is the Operations Manager for Tropipack, our sourcing and logistics partner in Colima. Her first role on the team was as an intern at one of our farms.

In 2020 she joined the Tropipack Team as Logistics Coordinator where she immediately stood out as a quick thinker and hard worker. She grew quickly on the team, garnering the trust of her teammates through her honesty and advocacy. In 2021 she took on the role of Operations Manager, supervising small grower relationships, and overseeing the timely and proper packing and transport of GROW bananas from farm to border.  

Sophia is a serious boss lady, during her tenure on the team she has already improved internal processes and driven efficiencies throughout the operation. Her team knows her as a capable leader and avid problem solver who advocates for her people.

Q & A with Sophia

The wonderful team of women from Tropipack, our logistics partner

Why are you passionate about what you do?

Sophia: As a young girl I was surrounded by agriculture since most of my family is dedicated to the production of different crops. Because of this, the love, respect, and appreciation for nature and everything it gives us was instilled in me at a young age. I find no better way to honor all of my memories as a young girl on the farms with my family than to collaborate in making it possible for Mexican produce to reach other families across the globe.

Who has inspired you/who is your role model?

Sophia: The person who has helped shape me, my values, and principles, has been my mother. I am inspired by her perseverance and determination, and by the way in which she’s overcome the obstacles she’s faced throughout her life.

What are your hobbies?

Sophia: Reading, research, and learning new things. In my free time I am collaborating on a masters thesis on the development of microorganism based products that significantly improve the absorption of nutrients in plants, and promote resistance against pathogens or even directly counteract the pathogens.

What piece of advice would you give a woman who’s just started her career?

Sophia: Never stop doing what you’re passionate about, this is how you honor who you really are. Even when the journey is difficult, never stop moving and learning. It doesn’t matter if it feels like it’s moving slowly because at a certain point you’ll look back and realize how much you’ve accomplished, you’ll see all of that effort rewarded and will feel proud of yourself for everything you’ve achieved and learned in the process.

What values are most important in a leader?

Sophia: Responsibility, respect, communication, empathy, and trust. These are the basis to being a great leader because when you exemplify these values in serving your team, so too will your team be guided by these values in serving the company. 

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