As it turns out, I decided to make my "wish" for 2018 from the GuildSomm 2017 Year in Review podcast come true: I'm planning a day-long forum that opens up a conversation surrounding those who identify as women in the wine industry. The event is called Bâtonnage, and it's happening July 28 in Napa (SAVE THE DATE!).
Our intention is to educate wine professionals, as well as consumers and wine industry supporters, on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the field – winemakers, vineyard workers, writers and marketers, salespeople, sommeliers, collectors, and drinkers – have faced both historically and present-day; we simultaneously seek to propose pragmatic solutions for charting a positive, inclusive course forward.
We're working on content and brainstorming panel topics right now. There is SO much to include, it will likely have to spill into an annual event ;) but we would love to hear from you about what topics you'd enjoy hearing discussed. Thoughts??
In two weeks, the Hotel Council of San Francisco is putting on a Women in Leadership Forum at the Fairmont. It seems like there will be some interesting panel discussions that are equally relevant to the wine industry. I think there will be lots of ideas coming out of the conversations taking place there. Happy to meet up with you there if you will be attending.
Hi Patrick, thanks for the lead! Can you message me with some more information so I can see if I can make it? Would love to.