APRIL 19, 2023 | Charles Krug Winery, Carriage House

7:45 AM - Registration

8:00 AM - Mentor -OR- Show and Tell workshops

OFFSITE workshop

Offsite Mentorship Workshop:
Setting JEDI Leadership Goals

Nikki Silvestri, founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, will lead a short coaching session with Tod Mostero from 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.

onsite workshop

Onsite Live Podcast Audience

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 among industry leaders 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.

9:20 AM - BREAKFAST HOUR with Sustainable Services & Solutions Networking

Coffee, treats and networking with our “Sustainable Services & Solutions” partners, including Bâtonnage Forum, Wine Unify, Napa Green and others.


10:20 AM - Marquee Address from Maryam Ahmed
Maryam + Company & The Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum

Marquee speaker

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.

11:00 AM - break

11:15 AM - RISE Leadership Award

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.

11:30 AM - Living Room Salon: The ROI of Teams & Retention

living room Salon

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, we’ll hear from Herman Hernandez, Executive Director of Los Cien, on how they’ve created a platform that enables volunteers to organize impactful workshops on sensitive farm worker issues, and their goals to expand their reach in Napa County; a leading vineyard manager (TBD) on how to attract and retain employees in the face of labor shortages; 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.

12:30 PM - LUNCH & WINE


Enjoy wines from Charles Krug Winery and lunch by Elaine Bell Catering