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Ahead of the Curve 2023: Global Speakers Focused on a Climate-Positive Future


The Napa Valley Grapegrowers hosts Ahead of the Curve 2023

February 16th – The Napa Valley Grapegrowers is hosting Ahead of the Curve 2023, a flagship educational event, with keynote speakers from around the globe that will provide thought-provoking presentations about how Napa Valley can achieve a climate-positive future. Attendees will hear from and connect directly with world-renowned climate experts speaking on policy, climate-smart practices, global environmental standards, and more. Checkout the Ahead of the Curve 2023 speakers making waves to support a climate-positive future:

  • Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is co-founder of the non-profit think tank Urban Ocean Lab, co-editor of the bestselling climate anthology All We Can Save, and co-creator of the podcast How to Save a Planet. She co-authored the Blue New Deal, a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy and was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developing policy at the EPA and NOAA. Her writing has been published widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. She serves on the advisory boards of Environmental Voter Project and Scientific American, and on the board of directors for GreenWave and Patagonia. Recent recognitions include the Schneider Award for climate communication and Time’s 100 Next List. Outside magazine called her “the climate leader we need.”
  • Anthony Myint is the executive director for Zero Foodprint, a non-profit leading public private collaboration with state agencies and regional governments in CA and CO to scale regenerative agriculture. He’s known in the restaurant industry as the co-founder of Mission Street Food  (SF Chronicle’s Most Influential Restaurant of the Past Decade”, Mission Chinese Food (NY Times Restaurant of the Year – 2012) and The Perennial (Bon Appetit’s “Most Sustainable Restaurant in the Country”).
  • Professor Andrew Isaacs of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Professor Isaacs is the executive director of UC Berkeley’s Management of Technology Program and co-founded the UC Berkeley Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation.
  • Alan Lewis is the vice president for Natural Grocers, a family-run Colorado-based health food chain with over 170 locations in 21 states. At the federal, state, and local level, Alan engages on food, agriculture, nutrition, rural economic development, food safety, hemp, trade and health issues.
  • Elisa Turner is the founder and CEO of Impakt IQ, a recognized thought leader on ESG and sustainable business models – with a special focus on agricultural based consumer products. She advises businesses on ESG frameworks and the interconnections between risk, reward and impact through a investor grade ESG tool set that enables companies to measure, manage and communicate their ESG intelligence aligned with the global leading standards.
  • Jamie Goode is the chief anorak for Wine Anorak Global Wine Journal. He has a PhD in plant biology and is an internationally acknowledged wine writer, speaker, and lecturer. He has been the wine columnist for UK national newspaper, The Sunday Express, since 2005 and has published award-winning books including Wine Science, Authentic Wine, I Taste Red and Flawless.
  • Vanessa Suarez is the senior policy advisor for Carbon 180, where she works on US federal policy across land- and technology-based carbon removal solutions through a lends of environmental justice. She’s passionate about championing equitable, science-driven, and ambitious climate solutions.

Who should attend: Anyone in the wine industry inspired to find solutions for a climate-positive future

When: 8:15am to 4:00pm on Thursday, March 16, 2023

Where: Charles Krug Winery


  • Member: $195
  • General Admission: $250
  • Zoom: $145




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