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Women’s Equal Pay Day Meeting with Wine Women on April 4th at Napa Valley College


Napa, California | March 13, 2017: April 4, 2017, marks Women’s Equal Pay Day in the U.S., the day women finally earn the same amount men earned as of December 31, 2016. To celebrate, WINE WOMEN will hold a mini-expo, wine tasting and host keynote speakers at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. WINE WOMEN’s Spring Meeting will feature Cathy Corison and Jean Arnold Sessions discussing their careers in the wine business along with their insights on closing the gender pay gap, with moderator Geni Whitehouse. The event is open to the public and is ideal for those who champion equal pay and opportunities for women in the workplace.

“Women still earn only $0.79 on the dollar in the U.S. While opportunities in the wine industry for women continue to expand, it is still estimated that it will take another five generations for women to achieve economic parity worldwide. With Cathy and Jean’s decades of experience in this industry, we thought they were the ideal women to impart sage advice to our members and guests on accelerating their careers in wine as our guest speakers,” explained WINE WOMEN president Christine L. Mueller. “We hope men and women alike will attend to pick up ideas on how to rev up their careers and close the gender pay gap in the wine industry.”


Cathy Corison

Cathy Corison, Winemaker/Owner, Corison Winery, St. Helena, has forged a life of wine that has spanned more than three decades, transcended formidable challenges and surpassed her wildest dreams. With many years of winemaking for others, including Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin Family Vineyard, York Creek Vineyards and Long Meadow Ranch, Cathy honed her skills which left her eager to express her own winemaking voice. In 1987 she made the first vintage of Corison Cabernet.

Jean Arnold Sessions, Executive Director, Sonoma County Vintners, stepped into this role a year ago after retiring from Hanzell Vineyards where she had served as president for twelve years. She is also founder of the Jean Arnold Group, a strategic consulting firm, and creator of Women in the Business of Wine, a platform for mentoring women in wine, food and hospitality.

Outside of her time at Sonoma County Vintners, she is focused on the leadership of Jean Arnold Group Collective and is the Founder of the Jean Arnold Group Foundation.

Geni Whitehouse, CPA, CITP, CSPM, is a self-proclaimed nerd who has been heard around the globe on topics ranging from communication to finance to social media for introverts. An author, keynote speaker, and accounting industry influencer, Geni believes everyone has something interesting to say and is out to prove it. She spends half of her time working as the Countess of Communication at BDCoCPA.com and the rest of her time writing and speaking on financial and technology topics. A former tech company executive and CPA firm partner, she has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting and an Industry Top 25 Thought Leader.


WINE WOMEN’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.

Early bird tickets for this April 4th event will be available to members and the public through March 20th. Group ticket discounts are also available. Tickets will be available through the beginning of April and range from $49 to $88 at: https://wine-women-spring-meeting.eventbrite.com/?aff=PR

For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit: http://winewomen.net/about/ or call 707.996.8740. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at WineWomen.net, or their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For membership information, email Ellen Reich Luchtel, Membership Director, at [email protected]. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: WineWomen.net/Events-List.

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