2016 Agenda

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                                        Women of the Vine Global Symposium

                                      The Meritage Resort and Spa

                                                                                                       875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, California, 94558                                             

                                                                                                              Monday, April 4, 2016                   

2:00PM

6:00PM

Early Registration Opens

2:00PM

4:30PM

Spritz & Splash

At the Pool

4:30PM

6:30PM

Welcome Meet & Greet
Mules, Magnums, Martinis & Drams
Vineyard Terrace

 

                                               Tuesday, April 5, 2016

7:00 AM

8:30AM

Registration Open

7:00AM

8:30AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30AM

9:00AM

Welcome and Introduction
Meritage Ballroom
Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine Alliance
Introduction of the Advisory Board

9:00AM

10:30AM

General Session

Meritage Ballroom

Keynote Speaker

Lynda Spillane 
Public Speaking Coach & Speechwriter for Heads of State, Presidents, 
CEOs and Executives, The Persuasive Word Inc.

"Brilliant Women, Excellent Speakers"

10:30AM

10:45AM

Break

10:45AM

12:00PM

General Session

Meritage Ballroom

Finding The Time: Balancing Work, Relationships And Life

Moderator: Alison Jerden, Senior Director of Human Resources for Domestic Sales and Distributors, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Panelists:
Barb Egenhofer, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Wine & Spirits Division,Constellation Brands, Inc.
Jennifer DePaola, Vice President Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, Young’s Market Company
Rachel Seder, Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition/Diversity & Inclusion, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Kelly Gamble, Vice President, Human Resources, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Lorraine Luke, Vice President Human Resources, Republic National Distributing Co.

12:00PM

1:15PM

Networking Lunch

1:30PM

2:30PM

General Session
Meritage Ballroom
Keynote Speaker
Stephanie Gallo
Vice President of Marketing, E. J. Gallo Winery
“Cultivating Boldness for Personal Growth and Professional Gain”

2:30PM

2:45PM

Break

2:45PM

4:00PM

General Session

Meritage Ballroom

Spirited Women: Taking The Lead

Moderator: Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor,Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Panelists:
Cristina Mariani-May,Co-Chief Executive Officer, Banfi Vintners
Sandra LeDrew,  Wine & Spirits Industry Executive
Victoria MacRae-Samuels, Vice President of Operations, Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc.
Clarice Turner, Senior Vice President GM Americas Business, Starbucks
Susan McCollum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Major Brands Premium

4:00PM

4:15PM

Break

4:15PM

5:30PM

Break Out Session #1

Speak Up: Unlock Your Confidence to Stand Out

Moderator: Leslie Sbrocco, Wine Educator, Author, Consultant, Speaker, LJS Productions
Panelists:
Maeve Pesquera, Director of Wine, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Vanessa Kay, Senior Vice President  Veuve Clicquot, Krug and Ruinart USA, Moët Hennessy USA
Marilisa Allegrini, Chief Executive Officer, Allegrini Estates
Nikki Mason Bazzo, Account Executive, American Wine and Spirits

4:15PM

5:30PM

Break Out Session #2

The Future Of Wine: Preparing The Next Generation 

Moderator: Guy Noel Stout, M.S.,CWE, Corporate National Accounts On Premise, Glazer's

Panelists:
Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker, Chateau St. Jean
Laure Colombo, Winemaker, Vins Jean-Luc Colombo
Alison Crowe, Winemaker, Picket Fence, Garnet Vineyards
Gina Gallo, Senior Director of Winemaking, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Chrissy Wittmann, Director of Winemaking, General Manager, Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards

4:15PM

5:30PM

Break Out Session #3

Navigating the Career Jungle

Moderator: Josh Wand, Founder & Motivator in Chief, Force Brands (FoodForce/ BevForce)
Panelists:
Helen Mackey, Vice President, Darden Enterprise Beverage Strategy and Innovation, Darden
Mary Barranco, Vice President, National Training Director, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Distinguished Professor of Wine & Management, Sonoma State University
Colleen Brennan, Vice President, National Accounts On Premise, Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Meridith May, Publisher/Editorial Director, The Tasting Panel Magazine, The SOMM Journal, The Clever Root

4:15PM

5:30PM

Break Out Session #4

Choose to be a Mentor – Changing Your Organization Begins with You

Moderator: Sue Gannon, Vice President, Human Resources, Americas and Global Marketing, Beam Suntory
Panelists:
Melissa Devore, Vice President, Wine Buying, Total Wine & More
Anita Cook-Motard, CSW, GPE, Director of Strategic On Premise Accounts, Glazer’s
Jaclyn Nelson, Merchandising Buyer, Wine & Spirits, Target Corporation

Sommer Walker CSS, National Accounts Bacardi USA
Rita Seguin, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Diageo North America

4:15PM

5:30PM

Break Out Session #5

Beyond the Social Network: 12 Habits of Highly Effective Digital and Social Marketers

Moderator: Terry Wheatley, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing,Vintage Wine Estates
Panelists:
Karena Breslin, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Constellation Brands, Inc.
Simeen Mohsen,Vice President, Strategy & Integration, Vintages by Harlequin
Ashley Ceraolo, Vice President of Marketing, Digital & Social Media, California Pizza Kitchen
Cynthia Lohr, Owner, Trade and Brand Advocate, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
 

4:15PM

5:30PM

Break Out Session #6

Negotiating Tips: Make it a Win/Win

Moderator: Cathy Huyghe, Hungry for Wine (author), Forbes.com (columnist), Enolytics (co-founder)
Panelists:
Rachael Ellas, Northwest Region Vice President, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Tina Boyle, Beer, Wine & Spirits Buyer, Costco
Kristen R. Decker, President, Global Wine Company, Inc.
Rebecca Jensen Running, Vice President National Accounts, Infinium Spirits
 

 

 

Dinner on Own

9:00PM

11:00PM

Bubbles & Fries®

After Hours Party
The Meritage Wine Cave

 

                                                 Wednesday, April 6, 2016

7:00 AM

9:00AM

Registration

7:00AM

9:00AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00AM

9:15AM

General Session
Meritage Ballroom
Opening Remarks by Deborah Brenner
Welcome to Day Two
 

 

9:15AM

 

10:15AM

General Session
Meritage Ballroom
Keynote Speaker
Maggie Henriquez
President and CEO, House of Krug
“Opening Doors: 30 Years and Counting”

10:15AM

10:30AM

Break

10:30AM

12:00PM

 
General Session
Meritage Ballroom
 “Unsung Heroines”
Moderator: Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic, The New York Times
Panelists:
Karen King, Director of On Premise Development, Winebow
Beth von Benz, Wine Consultant , MVB Consulting

Gillian Ballance MS, Education Manager, Treasury Wine Estates

12:00PM

1:30PM

Networking Lunch

 

1:15PM

 

2:00PM

Book Signing & Meet the Authors
Eric Asimov, Deborah Brenner, Alison Crowe, Susan Sokol Blosser, Dr. Liz Thach
Copperfield's Bookstore in Pre-Function Area, Meritage Ballroom

                                      BREAK OUT SESSIONS FROM DAY 1 TO BE REPEATED ON DAY 2

2:00PM

3:15PM

Break Out Session #1

Speak Up: Unlock Your Confidence to Stand Out

Moderator: Leslie Sbrocco, Wine Educator, Author, Consultant, Speaker, LJS Productions
Panelists:
Maeve Pesquera, Director of Wine, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Vanessa Kay, Senior Vice President  Veuve Clicquot, Krug and Ruinart USA, Moët Hennessy USA
Marilisa Allegrini, Chief Executive Officer, Allegrini Estates
Nikki Mason Bazzo, Account Executive, American Wine and Spirits

2:00PM

3:15PM

Break Out Session #2

The Future Of Wine: Preparing The Next Generation 

Moderator: Guy Noel Stout, M.S., CWE, Corporate National Accounts On Premise, Glazer's

Panelists:
Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker, Chateau St. Jean
Laure Colombo, Winemaker, Vins Jean-Luc Colombo
Alison Crowe, Winemaker, Picket Fence, Garnet Vineyards
Gina Gallo, Senior Director of Winemaking, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Chrissy Wittmann, Director of Winemaking, General Manager, Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards

2:00PM

3:15PM

Break Out Session #3

Navigating the Career Jungle

Moderator: Josh Wand, Founder & Motivator in Chief, BevForce
Panelists:
Helen Mackey, Vice President, Darden Enterprise Beverage Strategy and Innovation, Darden
Mary Barranco, Vice President, National Training Director, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Colleen Brennan, Vice President, National Accounts On Premise, Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Tammy LaNasa, Director of National Accounts, Fetzer Vineyards
Meridith May, Publisher/Editorial Director, The Tasting Panel Magazine, The SOMM Journal, The Clever Root

2:00PM

3:15PM

Break Out Session #4

Choose to be a Mentor – Changing Your Organization Begins with You

Moderator: Sue Gannon, Vice President, Human Resources, Americas and Global Marketing, Beam Suntory
Panelists:
Melissa Devore, Vice President of Wine Buying, Total Wine & More
Anita Cook-Motard, CSW, GPE, Director of Strategic On Premise Accounts, Glazer’s
Jaclyn Nelson, Merchandising Buyer, Wine & Spirits, Target Corporation

Sommer Walker CSS, National Accounts Bacardi USA
Rita Seguin, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Diageo North America

2:00PM

3:15PM

Break Out Session #5

Beyond the Social Network: 12 Habits of Highly Effective Digital and Social Marketers

Moderator: Terry Wheatley, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing,Vintage Wine Estates
Panelists:
Karena Breslin, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Constellation Brands, Inc.
Simeen Mohsen,Vice President, Strategy & Integration, Vintages by Harlequin
Ashley Ceraolo, Vice President of Marketing, Digital & Social Meida, California Pizza Kitchen
Cynthia Lohr, Owner, Trade and Brand Advocate, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wine
 

2:00PM

3:15PM

Break Out Session #6

Negotiating Tips: Make it a Win/Win

Moderator: Cathy Huyghe, Hungry for Wine (author), Forbes.com (columnist), Enolytics (co-founder)
Panelists:
Rachael Ellas, Northwest Region Vice President, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Tina Boyle, Beer, Wine & Spirits Buyer, Costco
Kristen R. Decker, President, Global Wine Company, Inc.
Rebecca Jensen Running, Vice President National Accounts, Infinium Spirits
 

3:15PM

4:00PM

Break - Prosecco and Popsicles!

4:00PM

5:15PM

General Session

Family Ties: Taking the Reins

Meritage Ballroom

How successful families handle business, interpersonal and intergenerational relations?

Moderator: Susan Sokol Blosser, Founder, Sokol Blosser Vineyards, OR
Panelists
Carolyn Wente, Chief Executive Officer, Wente Vineyards
Roberta Morrell, Sr. Consultant, Morrell & Co.
Violet Grgich, Proprietor, Vice President, Operations, Grgich Hills Estate
Donna Morris, Proprietor, Winderlea Vineyard
 

5:15PM

5:45PM

General Session
Meritage Ballroom
Deborah Brenner &
Women of the Vine Advisory Board
Closing remarks

 

6:00PM

 

 

9:30PM

 

Passport: Sip Around the World
Vineyard Terrace