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Wine Women Announces Nicole Cummings as New President


The board of directors of WINE WOMEN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, held elections on 12/9/19, and voted in Nicole Cummings as the new president. Ms. Cummings took the office effective Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

The announcement was made by Cofounder and President Emerita, Christine Mueller, “As WINE WOMEN enters the next phase of growth, we are delighted that the board unanimously voted for Nicole Cummings to guide this professional career development organization. Her management expertise combined with years of experience in the wine industry will assure WINE WOMEN members will continue to have access to additional professional development programs and resources. As WINE WOMEN secretary, our members and the organization has already benefited with Nicole’s years of wine industry experience, her passion and experience as a strategic leader.”

Cummings is the Director of Human Resources for Cakebread Cellars. She holds the Professional in Human Resources certification, was a recipient of the “40 under 40” award from the Midlands Business Journal in 2012, and is an active member of Society of Human Resource Management, Forbes HR Leadership Council, Wines Vines & HR, and citizen’s advisory committee for the Napa Valley Transportation Authority.

Ms. Cummings commented: “I am very appreciative for the vote of confidence and excited about this opportunity and the success we are all going to have in 2020 and beyond.”

Nicole resides in Napa with her husband, Grady and two children, Landon and Mallory.

Cummings officially took the helm as President on January 1st; Mueller will continue to be involved as President Emerita.


WINE WOMEN was founded by four women who worked in and around the wine industry: Mueller, Ellen Reich Luchtel (Fortunati Vineyard), Jackie Egidio (JE Financial Consulting) and Marcia Macomber (Cornucopia Creations). WINE WOMEN launched in June 2016, with a mission “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 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.

WINE WOMEN currently offers eight (8) professional development forums which are career development tools for women in the wine industry. Each forum is profession- or topic-driven, such as Winery Exec/GM, finance and accounting, human resources, winemaking, DTC and wine club. Additional forums are in the planning stages for other peer groups, such as management and operations, and members are encouraged to cite other forum focuses of interest. Eligibility to join a forum is established by each forum’s membership. Forums are open to both women and men (unless otherwise stated). Advance registration is required.

For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit WINE WOMEN at WineWomen.net, their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For details on their upcoming 2020 events, please visit: WineWomen.net/Events-List. In addition to the forums and educational events, the first general event of 2020 will be held in first quarter, as in prior years.

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