Common Threads

“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.

On March 21, 2018, an awards luncheon honoring this year’s recipients will be held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Hall. Recipients, their families and friends, industry guests, and supporters are encouraged to attend.

The Common Threads Award recipients for 2018 are:
Angie Avila
Josephine Giampaoli
Janet Johnson
Jessie Maggini
Teri Penfold


» View Past Recipients - Fresno
» Download Nomination Criteria
» Download Nomination Form


Registration for the 2018 Common Threads Luncheon
When/Where: March 21, 2018 / Clovis Veterans Memorial Hall 
Schedule of Events:

11 a.m. - Check-In & No Host Wine Social
12 p.m. - Awards Luncheon


$50 per ticket / $500 table before March 12th
$60 per ticket / $600 table starting March 13th

Info: Please call Emily for any other questions: 831-585-1030



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