2017 Global Symposium Agenda

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Monday, March 13, 2017

  11:00AM - 4:00PM

Registration
Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA

  2:00PM - 4:00PM

Welcome Reception
Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA

  4:30PM - 4:45PM

General Session
Opening Remarks
Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits

  4:45PM - 5:00PM

General Session
Introduction - March is Women’s History Month

Molly Murphy MacGregor, Founder, National Women’s History Project

  5:00PM - 6:00PM

General Session
Keynote Speaker
30 Years and Counting

Margareth (Maggie) Henriquez, President & Chief Executive Officer, Krug Maison de Champagne 

  6:00PM

Dinner on Own

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

7:30AM - 9:00AM

Registration
Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA

 7:30AM - 9:00AM

Continental Breakfast

  9:00AM - 9:15AM

General Session
Opening Remarks
Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits

  9:15AM - 10:00AM

General Session
Keynote Speaker
Why Women?  The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Driving Male Engagement
Jeffery Tobias Halter, President, YWomen

  10:00AM - 10:45AM

General Session
Keynote Speaker

Global Trends in Wine & Spirits: A Data-Driven Look at Alcohol Consumption
Brandy Rand, President, U.S., International Wine & Spirits Research (IWSR)

  10:45AM - 11:15AM

BREAK

  11:15AM - 11:30AM

General Session
Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits
Adam Strum, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  11:30AM - 12:15PM

General Session
Keynote Speaker

Lose Your Fears, Challenge Your Limits & Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone – Stories From an Argentine Wine Pioneer
Susana Balbo, Founder & Owner, Susana Balbo Wines, Argentina

  12:15PM - 1:30PM

Networking Lunch

  1:00PM - 1:30PM

Book Signing
Copperfield’s Bookstore

  1:30PM - 2:15PM

General Session
Keynote Speaker

Harnessing the Power of Millennial Women:  How to Create a Plan That Motivates Them in The Alcohol Beverage Industry
Jeff Fromm, Partner at Ad Agency Barkley

  2:15PM - 2:45PM

BREAK

  2:45PM - 4:00PM

Breakout Session
Gracious & Ruthless: Surprising Strategies for Business Success
Speaker:  Susan Sokol Blosser, Founder, Sokol Blosser Winery
Author “Gracious & Ruthless”  and “At Home in the Vineyard:  Cultivating a Winery, An Industry and a Life”

  2:45PM - 4:00PM

Breakout Session
International Women of the Vine: A Global Perspective of Leaders and Trends Worldwide
Moderator:  Jane Thomson, Founder & Managing Director, The Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society, Australia
Panelists:
Marilisa Allegrini, Chief Executive Officer, Allegrini Estates, Italy
Dianne Laurance, Founder, Laurance Wines, Australia
Kristen Barnhisel, M.S. Food Science/Enology,Winemaker, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, U.S.A.
Anna Smaga-Trzaskalska,Wine Entrepreneur and Consultant, Poland

  2:45PM - 4:00PM

Breakout Session
Find Your Voice, Speak Up: Lead with Confidence and Courage

Speaker:  Marlene Gordon, Vice President, General Counsel - North America, Bacardi North America Corporation

  2:45PM - 4:00PM

Breakout Session
Exploring Today's Consumer Mindset and Buying Behavior

Moderator:  Jennifer Jo Wiseman, M.S. Sensory Science,Vice President of Consumer Product Insights & Development, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Panelists:
Gwen Chappell, Director, Beverage Sourcing for Global Procurement, MGM Resorts International
Tim Widnes, Wine & Beer Buyer, Whole Foods Market
Rachel Roberts, Vice President, Global Marketing Operations, Beam Suntory
Amy Hoopes, President, Wente Family Estates
Nicole Bierig Jordan, Vice President, Commercial Strategy and Analytics, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

  2:45PM - 4:00PM

Breakout Session
The Luxury Strategy: Break the Rules of Marketing to Build Luxury Brands
Moderator:  Chris Indelicato, President and Chief Executive Officer, Delicato Family Vineyards
Panelists:
Joy Sterling, Partner/Chief Executive Officer, Iron Horse Vineyards
Lisa Mattson, Director of Marketing & Communications, Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Vanessa Kay, Senior Vice President - Veuve Clicquot, Krug and Ruinart USA, Moët Hennessy U.S.A.
Rachel Espersen, Creative Programming & Partnerships, INTERSECT BY LEXUS

  7:00PM Dinner on Own
  9:00PM - 11:30PM

After-Hours Party: The Golden Age of Cockails & Cordials
Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  6:45AM - 8:00AM

Yoga in the Meritage Wine Cave
(limited space – 100 spots available) 

 7:30AM - 9:00AM

Continental Breakfast 

  9:00AM - 10:15AM

General Session
Spirited Women: Taking The Lead
Moderator:  Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor, Wine Enthusiast Media
Panelists:
Annette Alvarez-Peters, AIWS, CWE, Asst. Vice President, GMM, Beverage Alcohol, Costco Wholesale
Gina Gallo, Senior Director of Winemaking, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Stephanie J. Macleod, Master Blender, John Dewar & Sons, Ltd.
Sara Floyd, MS, Co-Owner, Swirl Wine Brokers and Luli Wines

 

 10:15AM - 11:15AM

General Session
Keynote Speaker
Time and Conflict Management
Margareth (Maggie) Henriquez, President & Chief Executive Officer,
Krug Maison de Champagne 

  11:15AM - 11:45AM

BREAK

  11:45AM - 12:30PM

General Session
Keynote Speaker

The Challenges Facing Women In The South African Wine Industry
Dr. Makaziwe (Maki) Mandela, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, House of Mandela

  12:30PM - 2:00PM

Networking Lunch

  2:15PM - 3:45PM

Breakout Session
Women in Wholesale: Our Experience and  Our Future Opportunities
Moderator:  Catherine McDaniel, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America
Panelists:
Philana Bouvier, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, Young's Market Company
Hillary Wirtz, CSS, On Premise Business Manager, Breakthru Beverage Group
Heather Alper, Vice President, Supplier Management & Business Development, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Jackie Wilcox, Director of Business Development, Republic National Distributing Company

  2:15PM - 3:45PM

Breakout Session
Mentorship Programs: Best Practices & Why it is Good for the Bottom Line
Moderator:  Kim Weed, MBA, SHRM-SCP, Senior Manager of Organizational Development and Compliance, Career Coach, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Panelists:
Sara Fasolino, Certified Cicerone®, CSW, CS, AM, Senior Manager, Beverage, Brinker International
Mary Barrazotto , Senior Vice President, General Counsel, North & Latin America Regions, Brown-Forman
K.D. Organ, Assistant Winemaker, Chateau Ste Michelle and Winemaker, Anew Wines
Rachel Ashley, Ph.D., Vice President of Wine Production with Treasury Wine Estates

  2:15PM - 3:45PM

Breakout Session
Successful Brand Management

Moderator:  Ben Salisbury, President, Salisbury Creative Group, Inc.
Panelists:
Jan Barnes, Vice President Group Brand Director, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Wendy Nyberg, Vice President Marketing, Trinchero Family Estates
Jane Creed, President and Chief Executive Officer, WineShop At Home
Maggie Lapcewich, Executive Vice President, Integration, Breakthru Beverage Group

  2:15PM - 3:45PM

Breakout Session
Women of the Still: Making Herstory
Moderator:  Kelly Poulsen, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, Distilled Spirits Council
Panelists:
Victoria MacRae-Samuels, Vice President, Operations, Maker’s Mark Distillery
Elizabeth McCall, CSS, Woodford Reserve Master Taster & Sr. Quality Control Specialist, Brown-Forman
Caley Shoemaker, Head Distiller, Hangar 1 Vodka, Proximo
Béatrice Cointreau, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, ADMIRABLE Family Vineyards, Malibu

  4:00PM - 6:00PM

Wine, Women & Whiskey Farewell Reception & Closing Remarks
Deborah Brenner & the Women of the Vine & Spirits Alliance Advisory Board