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Wine Industry Leadership Conference


Join us for this FREE online event on February 9th, 2022

Despite the challenges over the last two years, the wine industry has persevered—leaders have continued to evolve their businesses, building stronger, more resilient operations.

The key to this success: full understanding of the current economic conditions, and best practices for maintaining a modern wine business.

On February 9, 2022, Wine Industry Network is hosting its annual Wine Industry Leadership Conference. Topics of discussion will include the current state of the economy and projections for the new year ahead; industry experts in the human resource sector will advise on employment retention and team building; and for those looking to transition a business onto the next generation of leaders, the final panel will speak to options for both generational succession planning and successful sales planning.

Session 1: Economic Forecast – What to Expect in 2022

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9th – 9:00 AM (PT) 

Challenges from inflation, the supply chain, staffing and labor issues were all felt in 2021 and are issues the industry will continue to deal with in 2022. This session will take a look at the health of the overall economy, as well as provide insight into how current economic factors are specifically influencing the wine industry with advice on how to navigate these challenges safely and securely.

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Session Panel:

MODERATOR – George Christie, President & CEO / Wine Industry Network
Robert Eyler, Dean of the School of Extended and International Education / Sonoma State University
Mike Veseth, Editor / The Wine Economist





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Session 2: Talent Retention – Keeping A Strong Team Intact

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9th 10:15 AM (PT)

Recruiting, managing, and retaining key talent is an ongoing concern, regardless of the size of the winery—and those concerns have evolved over the past 18 months. This session, featuring HR experts, will tackle questions on policies around working remotely, measuring productivity, vaccine requirements, the impact on salary negotiations, and more.

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Session Panel:

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MODERATOR – Stacy Briscoe, Managing Editor / Wine Industry Network
Karen Alary, Managing Partner / The Personnel Perspective
Sandra Hess
Sandra Hess, Founder / DTC Wine Workshops
Joel A. Miller, Owner & Principal / ChateauHR Consulting






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Session 3: Successfully Transitioning Your Winery to New Leadership

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9th – 11:00 AM (PT)

This session is focused on advising winery owners/principals on how best to position their winery for its next leader. Whether looking for a smooth and cost-effective way to transition to the next generation or preparing maximize the financial opportunity with a sale, our panel of experts will offer their experience and expertise on helping you to achieve your goals.

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Session Panel:

MODERATOR – Kim Badenfort, Director of Marketing Services / Wine Industry Network
Greg Brewer, Founder & Winemaker / Brewer-Clifton
Peter Mondavi Jr, Co-Proprietor / Charles Krug Winery
Mario Zepponi, Principal / Zepponi & Company






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