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Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present March 29th GM Leadership Development Panel at Markham

Kimberlee Nicholls..Winemaker, Markham winery and vineyards, Napa, California

HELENA, CALIFORNIA | MARCH 29, 2017:  The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable will host a panel discussion about General Manager Leadership Development specifically through women’s winemaking and viticultural career tracks, Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in one of Napa Valley’s key historic landmarks, the stone cellars of Markham Vineyards, located at 2812 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena, CA, 94574.  Our host is noted Markham Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls.

Lise Asimont Director of Viticulture FFCP

Our unique, candid panel discussion will feature three dynamic women that have worked from entry level production / viticulture roles up to GM / COO / Director roles, building noted brands and teams along the way.  Guest speakers include Janet Myers, Director of Winemaking / GM, Franciscan Estate, Mt. Veeder Winery and additional portfolio brands, Lise Asimont, Director of Grower Relations, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, and Kat Doescher, Director of WInemaking, Madrone Estate Winery, Valley of the Moon, Lake Sonoma Winery and additional custom crush operations.  The facilitators will be WWS members, Marisa Taylor, Rutherford Hill, General Manager and Head Winemaker who was a Leadership Panel speaker in 2016, and Jennifer Higgins, noted Winemaker for Lambert Bridge.


The roundtable will open at 3:00 p.m. with wines, fellowship and networking followed by a 3:30 p.m. behind-the-scenes winemaker tour with Kimberlee Nicholls.   At 4:00 p.m., the group will gather for announcements then enjoy the panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle or two of wine for the host and speaker panel.  

Janet Myers, Franciscan Winemaker

Roundtable chair Julie Lumgair noted, “This is an exceptional opportunity for attendees to converse directly in the mingle and program times with three notable industry leaders with diverse operational backgrounds that have truly walked the walk and excelled in our functional tracks.  Each will openly share leadership lessons, answer candid questions and much more in a very friendly, relaxed environment.”


WWS  is the premier wine education and networking organization for industry professionals and wine aficionados.   The professional Winemaking & Viticultural Roundtable is a special group filled with talent and invaluable camaraderie.  Topics focus on advanced career skills you need, but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking or viticultural environment.   The Roundtable meets approximately six times a year, taking a harvest break.  It is a great time to expand skills while reconnecting and meeting new industry professional winemakers and viticulturists.

The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking Roundtable members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists who have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the roundtable chair.  Guests may attend up to two roundtables before deciding to join.

Please, all attendees must be pre-approved; no walk-ins.  To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact the Chair, Julie Hagler Lumgair ( [email protected] | 415-786-3415).

Lumgair commented “The Winemaking Roundtable’s past meeting topics have focused upon the skills women winemakers need but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking environment.” She further explained that, “Held at some of the region’s finest host wineries, these programs have been a fantastic opportunity for women winemakers to connect directly, in a welcoming forum, with experts that they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet for personal advice and questions.  Some of our recent speaker shave included global sensory consultants, wine critics, sommeliers and key wine publication editors, media trainers, CFO’s and GM’s in panel discussions and leading recruiters.”

ABOUT WWS ROUNDTABLES:  WWS’ eight current professional roundtables serve to provide a welcoming and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. 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. Multiple Roundtables have developed for WWS industry members in finance, accounting, human resources, winemaking/viticulture and marketing/direct-to-consumer fields.

The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 350 members of which 70% are wine industry professionals. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, please visit http://www.womenforwinesense.org/.  For inquiries about  other WWS roundtables for additional functions besides winemaking and viticulture, contact the Napa| Sonoma Chapter’s Roundtables Director, Lisa Bishop Forbes, [email protected] 

ABOUT WOMEN FOR WINESENSE:  WWS is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6.   The Napa| Sonoma Chapter founded in 1990 is the founding chapter of this national organization which provides outstanding educational and networking opportunities to both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts by presenting educational, insightful and stimulating events in a welcoming, fun environment.  Both men and women of legal drinking age are welcome to join.  There is an exciting line-up of events planned for 2017.  To join or learn more about the various  WWS’ roundtables and general events, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org

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