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The 6th annual Women in Wine Leadership Symposium

October 2, 2017

8:30am – 3:00pm
Helen Mills Event Space
137 W 26th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
New York City

About WWLS

The Women in Wine Leadership Symposium (WWLS) is in its sixth year, with a mission to empower and educate women in the wine industry through a series of panel discussions and wine tastings.

The WWLS, hosted by The Winebow Group, is the first event of its kind with winemakers from around the world, sommeliers, retailers, educators, and journalists.

#WWLS

During our event, please use use the WWLS hashtag on your social media posts! We would love to share your pictures and experiences with our Facebook audience.

Advisory Board

  • Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW
  • Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW
  • Lisa Granik, MW
  • Karen King
  • Linda Lawry, DSW, CWE; MS
  • Pascaline Lepeltier, MS
  • Teresa Low
  • Carla Rzeszewski
  • Melissa Sutherland
  • Beth von Benz

2016 Press

SPEAKERS

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WWLS 2017 Program
Meet the Speakers
Madeline Triffon, MS, Plum Market, Moderator
Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW, Special Guest
Dr. Laura Catena, Managing Director, Bodega Catena Zapata, Special Guest
Cheron Cowan, General Manager/Wine Director, Harold’s Meat + Three, Panelist
Dorothy Gaiter, Senior Editor, The Grape Collective, Panelist
Maria Garcia
, Sommelier, Panelist
Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, Ph.D., Director & Panel Manager, Research, Catalyst, Panelist
Miriam Caporali, Valdipiatta, Guided Wine Tasting
Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt, Laurent-Perrier, Guided Wine Tasting
Nathalie Tollot, Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Guided Wine Tasting

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Madeline Triffon, MS
Madeline Triffon, MS
Moderator
Madeline Triffon joined Plum Market in 2011 as the in-house Master Sommelier. Plum Market is a full-service grocery retailer with stores in Southeastern  Michigan and Metro Chicago. Madeline directs wine tasting events, hand selects wines for in-store and online retail sales, and serves as a corporate wine educator. Madeline is one of 147 professionals who have earned the title Master Sommelier in North America; of these, 23 are women.
Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW
Special Guest
Described by Decanter magazine as ‘the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world’, Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.
Dr. Laura Catena
Special Guest / Guided Wine Tasting
Dr. Laura Catena, a fourth-generation winemaker and pioneer in high-altitude viticulture research, leads her family’s iconic Mendoza winery in producing Argentina’s most celebrated and influential wines. She is currently managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata and has been called “the face of Argentine wine” for her active role in studying and promoting the Mendoza wine region and Argentine Malbec.
Cheron Cowan
Panelist
Cheron is the General Manager and Wine Director of Harold’s Meat + Three restaurant located in New York City and has worked in high profile NYC restaurants for 20 years, including Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill. As the 2016 US representative for the South African Wine competition, Cheron was the only female of the 8 international finalists selected. She is a certified sommelier with the Court of Masters.
Dorothy Gaiter
Panelist
Dorothy J. Gaiter, Senior Editor of The Grape Collective, conceived and wrote the Wall Street Journal’s wine column, “Tastings,” from 1998 to 2010 with her husband, John Brecher. She has been tasting and studying wine since 1973, and with Brecher has written four wine books. She has had a distinguished career in journalism as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at the Miami Herald and the New York Times, as well as at the Wall Street Journal, which twice nominated her writing on race for the Pulitzer Prize, and once for “Tastings.”
Maria Garcia
Panelist
Maria Garcia is an LA native with degrees in political science and history from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked under Master Sommelier Chris Miller at Spago Beverly Hills and has gained gained certifications through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Maria most recently was the wine director at République restaurant in Los Angeles, where she curated a cellar of approximately 1800 selections. She is currently consulting and providing private sommelier services.
Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, Ph.D.
Panelist
Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, has been Director and Panel Manager at Catalyst since April of 2013. As Panel Manager, she develops and expands Catalyst’s research panels globally as a part of the effort to extend progress for women and business around the world. Prior to joining Catalyst, Jennifer worked as a biostatistician at Mount Sinai as well as an instructor of master’s-level statistics at New York University. She has led several research labs of up to 13 researchers in both corporate and academic settings. Additionally, she authored the book How Geek Girls Will Rule the World (2013).
Miriam Caporali
Guided Wine Tasting
Miriam Caporali is Valdipiatta’s owner and general manager. From 1997 to 2002, Miriam worked closely at her father’s side at the winery, learning all the various aspects of winery management. Sharing her father’s passion for Montepulciano’s terroir and its ancient winemaking tradition, she decided to dedicate herself completely to the family business, taking over its management in 2004. Miriam has been member of the board of the Consorzio del Vino Nobile for 8 years, she is qualified as a professional Sommelier (AIS – Italian Sommelier Association) and she is also member of the Woman of Wine Italian Association.

Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt
Guided Wine Tasting

Raised at the House of Laurent-Perrier in Tours-sur-Marne, Alexandra has been immersed in the champagne industry since early childhood. Along with her sister Stéphanie, today Alexandra is fully involved in many aspects of Laurent-Perrier’s business. Her primary focus is on the strategy and development of this independent and family-owned House alongside current Board Chairman Stéphane Dalyac and Michel Fauconnet, Laurent-Perrier’s third Cellar Master since the House’s post-war renaissance.

Nathalie Tollot
Guided Wine Tasting
Nathalie Tollot knew from a young age that she wanted a career in the winemaking business, and she spent her childhood in the domaine working alongside her father. After attended high school in Beaune – the heart of Burgundy wine country – Nathalie began working full-time at Domaine Tollot-Beaut. Nathalie became the first female president of the Burgundy Groupe des Jeunes Professionnels de la Vigne in the 1990s.
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WWLS 2017 Program
Meet the Speakers
Madeline Triffon, MS
Madeline Triffon, MS
Moderator
Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW
Special Guest
Dr. Laura Catena
Special Guest / Guided Wine Tasting
Cheron Cowan
Panelist
Dorothy Gaiter
Panelist
Maria Garcia
Panelist
Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, Ph.D.
Panelist
Miriam Caporali
Guided Wine Tasting
Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt
Guided Wine Tasting
Nathalie Tollot
Guided Wine Tasting

Materials

Download the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium Materials in Zip format. Password required.

Past Events

WWLS 2016 Program
October 17

Keynote Address: Hon. Analisa Torres, Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Moderator:  Madeline Triffon, MS, Plum Market in-house Master Sommelier (Southeastern Michigan and Metro Chicago)

The Unwritten Rules to Career Advancement with Anna Beninger, Director, Research, Catalyst

Guided Wine Tasting
Verónica Cousiño, Cousiño-Macul, Chile
Nancy Irelan, Red Tail Ridge Winery, New York
Janice McDonald, Burch Family Wines, Australia
Meri Tessari, Suavia, Italy

Building Confidence in the Workplace with Molly Shepard, President & CEO, The Leader’s Edge
Elaine Chukan Brown, Columnist, Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews and JancisRobinson.com
Carrie Lyn Strong, Wine Director, Aureole
Gretchen Thomas, Wine and Spirits Director, Barteca Restaurant Group

2012 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2015 Program
2015
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Keynote Address: Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine on the topic of risk-taking (now Chief Creative Officer, Chefs Club International, with restaurants in Manhattan and Aspen, CO

Moderator:  Madeline Triffon, MS, Plum Market in-house Master Sommelier (Southeastern Michigan and Metro Chicago)

Panel 1: Taking Intelligent Career Risks

Jennifer Iannolo, The Concordia Project, Founder & CEO
Gina Langone, BJs Wholesale Club, National Wine Buyer
Maeve Pesquera, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Director of Wine
Laura Williamson, MS, The Mandarin Oriental New York, Wine Director

Panel 2: Guided Wine Tasting

Dominga Cotarella, Falesco, Italy
Carole Meredith, Lagier Meredith, U.S.2015
Viviana Navarrete, Leyda, Chile
Lissi Wieninger, Weingut Wieninger, Austria

Panel 3: Fostering Diversity Through Inclusive Leadership
Lee Campbell, Andrew Tarlow Group, Wine Director
Anna Lee Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, Contributing Editor
June Rodil, MS, McGuire Moorman Hospitality, Wine & Beverage Director
Clarice Turner, Starbucks, Senior Vice President, Americas Business
Jeanine Prime, PhD, Catalyst, Senior Vice President, Research

2014 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2014 Program
2014
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Keynote address: Ruth Reichl, bestselling author and food critic

Panels and guided tasting moderated by Madeline Triffon, MS, Plum Market in Michigan and Chicago

Panel 1: Creating and Defining Work-Life Balance
Cynthia Emrich, PhD, Catalyst (non-profit research group)
Shelley Lindgren, A16 and SPQR, San Francisco, CA
Marika Vida-Arnold, The Ritz-Carlton, New York City
Deborah Hansen, Taberna De Haro, Brookline, MA

Guided Tasting
Autumn Stoscheck, Eve’s Cidery, Finger Lakes, New York
Izabella Zwack, Dobogó, Tokaji, Hungary
Valentina Argiolas, Argiolas, Sardegna, Italy
Maria Pica, J Portugal Ramos, Alentejo & Vinho Verde, Duorum, Douro, Portugal

Panel 2:  Pathways and Strategies for Success
Marianne Ruggiero, Optima Careers
Jordan Salcito, Momofuku, New York City
Cynthia Tom, Whole Foods Market, New Jersey & New York
Kristen Wolfe Bieler, Beverage Media

2013 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2013 Program
2013
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Keynote and moderator: address: Madeline Triffon, MS, Plum Market in Michigan and Chicago

Panel: Strategies for Career Advancement
Debbie Zachareas, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant San Francisco, Owner
Linda Milagros Violago, Contra Restaurant NYC, Beverage Director
Mary Melton, P.F. Chang’s, Beverage Director
Kristie Petrullo, Petrullo Wine Consulting

Panel: Building Key Relationships: Mentorship & Sponsorship
Pascaline Lepeltier, Rouge Tomate NYC, Beverage Director
Anna Beninger, Catalyst, Senior Associate, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand opportunities for women and business.
Jill Roberts, The Marrow NYC, Beverage Director
Virginia Philip, MS, Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy (West Palm Beach), Owner, The Breakers, Beverage Director

Inspired by Wine Panel & Guided Tasting
Sandra Tavares, Wine & Soul, Owner, Winemaker
Julie Johnson, Tres Sabores, Owner, Winemaker
Roberta Ceretto, Ceretto, Public Relations/Communications
Silvia Imparato, Montevetrano, Owner
Marta Santander Martínez Bujanda, Viña Bujanda, Finca Valpiedra, Finca Antigua

Closing remarks by Madeline Triffon, MS and Q & A

2012 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2012 Program
2012
View the full photo gallery here.


Keynote and Moderator: Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW

Panel 1: Challenges and Successes of Women in the Wine World
Annette Alvarez-Peters, Assistant General Merchandise Managers (wine, spirits, beer), Costco
Leslie Sbrocco, Author, Speaker and owner of Thirsty Girl
Madeline Triffon, first female MS in the U.S. and director of wine at Plum Market
Christy Canterbury, MW, author, speaker, consultant, educator

Panel 2: Multi-Generational Wine-Producing Families
Marilisa Allegrini: Allegrini, Poggio al Tesoro, San Polo
Laura Catena: Bodega Catena Zapata
Xandra Falcó: Marqués de Griñón
Heidi Scheid:  Scheid Vineyards (24 Knots)

Inspired by Wine Panel & Guided Tasting
Marilisa Allegrini: Allegrini, Poggio al Tesoro, San Polo
Laura Catena: Bodega Catena Zapata
Xandra Falcó: Marqués de Griñón
Heidi Scheid:  Scheid Vineyards (24 Knots)
Nadia Zenato: Zenato
Tamra Washington: Yealands

Panel 3. Industry Trends.
Christy Frank, owner, Frankly Wines, NYC
Stephanie Johnson, Director of Wine, City Winery, NYC
Jackie Bergeron, Nielson
Carla Rzeszewski, Wine Director: The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory Oyster Bar

Closing remarks by Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW and Q & A

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WWLS 2016 Program
October 17
2012 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2015 Program
2015
2014 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2014 Program
2014
2013 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2013 Program
2013
2012 WWLS Photos
WWLS 2012 Program
2012

2016 Photo Gallery

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Testimonials

I love this conference and it is truly one of my favorite events of the year. I would recommend this to any female in the wine industry.

An incredible assembly of women of all generations. So inspirational and fills me with loads of positivity.

Breath of fresh air! Feeling of belonging to an amazing event with accomplished women.

The WWLS is truly an amazing and uplifting event, and I am thrilled to have been included.

Contact

Cornerstone Communications, Ltd
575 Madison Avenue, Suite 1006
New York, NY 10022
(212) 605-0370575
WWLS@cornerstonepr.com

The Winebow Group
Marilyn Krieger,
Senior Director of Public Relations
m_krieger@winebow.com
www.thewinebowgroup.com