The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemaker and Viticulture Roundtable will present “Winemaker Innovation – Adding Value to C-Level Discovery and Decisions,” with guest speaker Tracy Geldert, Chief Executive Officer for Francis Ford Coppola Presents, on June 11, 2014, between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 pm., at Francis Ford Coppola’s unique destination Winery in Geyserville. The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaker members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists that have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the Winemaker RT Chair.
Tondi Bolkan, associate winemaker at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, will welcome attendees to Coppola’s Pavilion at 3:30 p.m. then provide a behind-the-scenes cellar tour focusing on production innovations and challenges. Guests will then be welcomed back to the Pavilion for hospitality before the Roundtable speaker begins at 4:30 p.m., featuring a sampling of Coppola wines and a tasty bite from Coppola’s noted hospitality team to accompany Ms. Geldert’s program.
Next, Winemakers’ Roundtable Chair and WWS member Julie Lumgair will introduce the program tailored specifically to winemakers with Ms. Geldert, a noted industry expert with a track record of breaking through and delivering results.
Through a friendly, open discussion complimented by Ms. Bolkan’s tour, Ms. Geldert will provide perspective about how a winemaker in a small or larger winery can bring value-added to new products and innovation, then “wrap it up and sell it” to C-level and much more.
“This type of candid and personal conversation with a noted industry leader and innovator is an exceptional opportunity for our Roundtable members and guests“ according to Ms. Lumgair. “Our Winemakers’ Roundtable is a special group filled with talent and invaluable camaraderie. Topics focus on advanced career skills we need as winemakers, but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking environment.”
After the Roundtable concludes at 5:30, attendees can stay to explore Coppola’s many experiences including bocce, the pool bar or a no-host dinner at their highly rated restaurant, Rustic.
WWS’ seven current functional expertise roundtables serve to provide a safe and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. According to WWS’ Professional Development Director Susan Kornblatt Idell, “Members network, provide advice and support for one another, as well as foster educational occasions by inviting guest speakers in their fields and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work.” She added, “Multiple Roundtables have developed for our members in finance, accounting and human resources fields in the wine industry. We also have roundtables in winemaking, viticulture, marketing and direct-to-consumer fields. We also have a new roundtable in development on wine education.”
Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 to help promote women working in the wine industry. WWS serves to help its members advance their careers in the wine industry by providing educational events, as well as aid wine enthusiasts in developing their wine knowledge. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 300 members of which 80% are professionals in the wine industry. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, contact Susan Kornblatt Idell at [email protected], and for membership, please contact Ellen Reich Luchtel at [email protected] or visit the WWS chapter’s website: WWSNapaSonoma.com.