Finding Your Voice in the Workplace 

Jennifer Brown, Founder, President & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures. Her book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change inspire leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents and empower advocates to drive change that resonates in today’s world.

The Business Imperative for Gender Diversity

Ana Ines Mendy, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc  

Organizations that embrace diversity and inclusion will be more competitive in the coming decades and outperform the companies that fall behind. A recent study on business and diversity by McKinsey & Company found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 21 percent more likely to experience above-average profitability.

Additionally, the study found a positive correlation between gender diversity on executive teams and two key measures of financial performance: operating margin and longer-term value creation, as measured using an economic-profit margin. This is likely why measuring diversity is now becoming a key financial metric that investors and analysts assess when making investment decisions.

Innovation: The Key to Gaining Traction (working title)

Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, hint inc.

Entrepreneur Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francisco-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence. Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Further accolades include EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Northern California, SF Business Times Most Influential Woman, Fast Company Most Creative People in Business, EY Winning Woman 2012, Fortune Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink 2015, NACIE appointee 2016 (recently resigned), the Gold Stevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Amex OPENforum’s Women to Watch, and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company. Previously, Kara was Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she helped lead the growth of its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Kara is an active business speaker and writer, a member of C200, and a member of SFBay YPO, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization. In 2016, Kara launched The Kara Network, a digital resource and mentoring platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs, and she recently launched the podcast Unstoppable, where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs and disruptors across various industries.

Dream Big: Thriving in a Male-Dominated Industry(working title)

Danica Patrick, American former professional racing driver

One of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world, Danica Patrick joined the mainstream ranks by going against the current, immersing herself and succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motor sports. As she broke barriers and set records on the track, including a win at the Indy Japan 300 in 2008 that made her the first woman ever to win a major-league, open-wheel race in a North American series, Patrick made a name for herself off the track as well. She was named to TIME’s“100 Most Influential People” list, has graced the cover of ESPN: The Magazine, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide, in addition to other various recognitions. In 2017, Patrick announced that she would be retiring from racing. As she closes out this part of her professional life, Patrick’s focus shifts to her next chapter as an entrepreneur and business owner. Patrick has already forged into new career territory. She launched a clothing line – Warrior by Danica Patrick – in 2017, authored the fitness book Pretty Intense and is the sole proprietor of a vineyard in California that produces Somnium Wine. 

The Power of the Male Ally: Engaging Men, Advancing Women

Session featuring a panel of men in the alcohol beverage industry in executive leadership positions. The session will focus on the positive success our panelists have had by supporting strategies and efforts to encourage, focus, impact and demonstrate the importance of a gender diverse workforce in their cultures and businesses.

Moderator TBA


Joe Essa, President, Wolfgang Puck & Chair of National Restaurant Association

Dan HellerSenior Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Steve Sprinkle, Vice President, US Sales, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Spirited Women


Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO, Boston Harbor Distillery, LLC

Stephanie Gallo, Vice President of Marketing,  E.& J. Gallo Winery



Additional speakers and topics to be announced...