DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is a champion for an open and inclusive community and industry that welcomes individuals from all backgrounds. To help achieve this, the NVV has partnered with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) to establish a new scholarship program worth $1 million for people of color who wish to pursue degrees in wine industry subjects such as grape growing, winemaking, marketing, business, and more. The organization demonstrates its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity through its efforts to amplify the voices of diverse vintners and through educational and marketing campaigns. The NVV is dedicated to continuous learning, reflection, and action, and it holds itself accountable for expanding its internal policies and actions. Through this work and that of its member wineries, the NVV is commitment to be responsible stewards and leaders in social responsibility within the Napa Valley community.
Nikki Silvestri, founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, will lead a short coaching session at Dominus Estate, with Tod Mostero Director of Viticulture & Winemaking at Dominus Estate to identify a one or more proactive leadership goals around Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion that can be implemented in the near-term. This will be a vulnerable conversation diving into strengths, opportunities, and agency. These types of conversations can be challenging but we can’t ignore the need for our industry to increase social equity and diversity. The Soil and Shadow team provides “Social impact strategies with a dose of joy.” This will be a powerful and loving strategy session.
Be a part of the live audience for a recording of the The Four Top, a James Beard award-winning podcast. This podcast will be a conversation with Katherine Cole, Host of The Four Top Podcast, and Martin Reyes, MW, Founder of Reyes Wine Group & Co-Founder of Napa RISE, with industry leaders, including Philana Bouvier, President of Demeine Estates, and Dr. Akilah Cadet, Founder + CEO at Change Cadet, about the successes and challenges of drawing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) candidates into the wine industry – in the cellar, the tasting room, leadership, and hospitality.
Maryam Ahmed was recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Future 40 Tastemakers and Innovators of 2022. She’s been leading the charge to create a more diverse and inclusive wine industry, partnering with Elaine Chukan Brown to form the Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum in 2020, which now includes 30+ member organizations. Maryam has partnered with Dr. Akilah Cadet to offer the Do The Work workshop series, for those “who want to do the work of becoming accomplices and learn how to integrate anti-racism work into every aspect of their personal and professional lives.” At Maryam + Company she supports purpose-driven food and wine brands in their goals to deepen impact in diversity, sustainability, and community-based education. Maryam’s work gives us practical tools and aspirational examples of how we can all live more purpose-driven lives.
The RISE Leadership Award will be presented to the winery, vineyard, or industry operation that has made outstanding strides in caring for employees and building a more diverse and inclusive team over the past year. The Awardee will give a 5-7 minute “TED Talk” on their results and impact.
Part of sustainability leadership is thinking about ROI in new ways, including the bottom-line benefits of building and retaining powerful teams. This means building internal community where employees feel not only cared for, but listened to and empowered. This also means getting involved in broader community challenges like affordable housing.
During this Salon, Priyanka French, Winemaker at Signorello Estate, will lead a discussion where we’ll hear from Herman Hernandez, Executive Director of Los Cien, on how they’ve created a platform that enables volunteers to organize events and dialogues about a range of issues important to farmworkers and others in the community, and their goals to expand their reach in Napa County; Arnulfo Solorio, Partner and Vice President of Operations at Silverado Farming Company and Founder of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on how to attract and retain employees by providing education opportunities and upward mobility through professional development; and Larry Florin, CEO of Burbank Housing, about his extensive experience with the challenges and methods to get affordable housing built in North Bay communities.