“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

Giving to others is an integral part of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. It is the basis for our organizational mission and the core of our programs’ educational principles. It is because of this commitment to others that in 1997, Ag Leadership teamed up with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and the Ag One Foundation, both at California State University, Fresno, to honor women in agriculture who have chosen to make a philanthropic difference in their communities and our world. The Common Threads Award recognizes individuals whose exemplary and extraordinary contribution of time, energy and resources has enhanced those around them.

In addition, in 2003 a second Common Threads program was initiated in conjunction with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California Davis, to expand and develop the mission of the original endeavor. While each program maintains specific and unique geographic criteria, the overall award qualifications are the same. Nominees should have past or present roots in agriculture and have shown outstanding involvement within the industry, as well as have made a difference through their charitable giving and volunteerism.

In moving forward, Ag Leadership, along with its partner organizations, will continue to explore new and exciting ways of recognizing outstanding philanthropists. If you know of a woman whose dedication and talents should be considered for a Common Threads Award please submit a nomination packet.

Common Threads Fresno recognizes women in the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Tulare.

**Please know that as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation, we have made the decision to postpone the upcoming luncheon that was scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 26 in Tulare. We have decided to take this action after conferring with our partner in this event, Ag One at Fresno State. We both agreed that an abundance of caution is in order to protect all of those that might attend. Our plan is to reschedule the event in June at the same location. As soon as that date is confirmed, we will notify you immediately. In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Emily in the Ag Leadership office at 831 585-1030 or elazzerini@agleaders.org.
Thank you for your understanding.
California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Ag One Foundation & Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
March 26, 2020, an awards luncheon honoring this year’s recipients will be held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. Recipients, their families and friends, industry guests, and supporters are encouraged to attend.

The Common Threads Award recipients for 2020 are:

  • Jeannine Campos Grech
  • Arlene Simas
  • Frances Squire
  • Debbie Wise

» View Past Recipients – Fresno


Forms & Info

Please contact the office if you would like a nomination packet (831) 585-1030.