Event

GSM Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Location

Robert and Margarit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

Commencement Speaker

Lynda Resnick, Vice Chair and Co-owner of  The Wonderful Company

Lynda Resnick is vice chair and co-owner, along with her husband Stewart Resnick, of The Wonderful Company. This privately held, multi-billion dollar global company is dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic brands, including Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Almonds, Wonderful Halos, POM Wonderful, Wonderful Sweet Scarletts, FIJI Water, JUSTIN and Landmark Wines, and Teleflora.

From the orchard to family dinner tables, The Wonderful Company’s vertically integrated business model ensures the highest standard of quality, integrity and consumer satisfaction across all its brands. As a result, every year, nearly half of American households purchase The Wonderful Company’s products, which is a reflection of the husband-and-wife team’s deep commitment to inspiring healthier choices by growing wholesome foods that nourish naturally.

Mrs. Resnick runs worldwide marketing and product development for The Wonderful Company. She is renowned as the creative spirit behind such innovative and inspiring campaigns as Teleflora’s “Flowers in a Gift”; for making POM Wonderful, the antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, a national sensation; and for producing the iconic Wonderful Pistachios commercials. She authored the best-selling book on marketing, Rubies in the Orchard, and in 2015, she ranked No. 11 among Forbes’ inaugural “Top 50 Most Successful Self-Made Women in America.”

Central to Mrs. Resnick’s successful approach is “doing well by doing good,” a core value that places tremendous importance on corporate social responsibility. Under her personal supervision, The Wonderful Company continues its rich heritage of giving back, especially in the communities in which its employees live and work, specifically California’s Central Valley and the island nation of Fiji.

Through the generosity of the Resnicks and The Wonderful Company, an average of $40 million or more is contributed annually, which is largely directed toward ongoing community development efforts; a new comprehensive employee health and wellness program; and robust educational initiatives.

Mrs. Resnick’s extensive philanthropic interests and activities extend beyond The Wonderful Company, including her role as a major donor to and board of trustees vice chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and executive board member of The Aspen Institute’s board of trustees, among others.