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Junior Achievement Of Southwest New England Appoints Somia Farid From Edible Arrangements To New Haven Advisory Board

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England today announced the appointment of Somia Farid, a director at Edible Arrangements, to its New Haven Advisory Board.

“I am pleased to welcome Somia to the board. Her knowledge of working in a global company and experience in technology will strengthen JA’s ability to take innovation to scale and increase our impact in the New Haven community. I’m confident that she is going to make a positive impact to the organization and our efforts to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Jeremy Race, president and CEO of Junior Achievement.

Somia Farid, the eldest daughter of Tariq Farid, the founder & CEO of Edible Arrangements, graduated from Babson College with a BS in business administration with concentrations in strategic management and analytics. Currently, she is the director of Canadian Business for Edible Arrangements where she is focused on growing the business and improving operations. Prior to this position, Somia was a project manager at Edible working across business lines and companies, including Netsolace and Naranga.

“I’ve grown up in an entrepreneurial family,” said Farid. “I admire innovation and education. I’m honored to be joining the board and contributing to empowering young people through JA programs. To be able to do this in the community that I call home is special to me.”

About Junior Achievement (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in over 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Locally in Connecticut, JA of Southwest New England serves more than 44,000 students annually. To find out how you can help change the lives of young people in Connecticut, please contact Jeremy Race, President & CEO, at mailto:jrace@jaconn.org or 860-525-4510.

About Edible Arrangements®:
With more than 1,300 franchise locations open or under development worldwide, Edible Arrangements is the world’s largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Edible Arrangements® store locations also carry the company’s rapidly expanding Edible To Go® line which features all-natural, fresh fruit smoothies, chocolate Dipped Fruit™, Froyo Fruit Blends™, fresh fruit salads, parfaits, and treats. Since its founding in 1999 in East Haven, Conn., the company has been recognized as an industry leader, ranking first in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual “Franchise 500,” Entrepreneur’s Top 40 of “Fastest Growing Franchises” and “America’s Top Global Franchises” as well as being included among the “Inc. 5000” list of the fastest growing privately-held companies.
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