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??
The site is LIVE and tickets are officially on sale! www.batonnageforum.com
Thank you for organizing this forum, Stevie. I registered and am looking forward to meeting everyone and continuing the conversation about women and wine. See you in July!
The line up looks amazing, Stevie! Wow. I can't wait to hear and read all about it!
Hi Stevie - how do I register/find out more about the program?
Hi Jill! A couple of comments up, in response to Alicia, Stevie posted the link to register.
This sounds fantastic, Stevie. I hope I can make it! Thanks!
This concept is a tremendous gift to both women and to the wine industry, and I hope I can join you from Arizona. I've spent much of my career working in health care - which has a strongly female leadership model - so I completely missed sexism in the workplace. Until I started working in wine. I'm grateful to be surrounded by powerful female wine professionals who are leading the way.