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Women Talk: Who Listens?

12 years ago, I arrived to the US to take on a newly created executive public relations role for a corporate wine company. I left a senior job and successful career in Australia, but here? I was an unknown PR person with no media contacts, no professional network, no alumni or sorority, and no idea what I was in for.  

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Meg Lewis
How Women’s Sexuality Is Used to Sell Wine

Bâtonnage Forum panelists debate women’s right to wear what they want—while calling for an end to clothes shaming. What should I wear to work? It may sound innocuous, but this loaded question was at the heart of a lively and controversial panel discussion that closed out the Bâtonnage Forum, held May 4 at a private estate in Napa, California.

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Meg Lewis
Tactics for Handling Dysfunctional Workplaces

Bâtonnage Forum panelists discuss strategies for creating more respectful and supportive work environments. The second annual Bâtonnage forum, held on May 4 at a private estate in Napa, California, opened with an honest and timely panel discussion—Departing Dysfunction—in which three wine and hospitality industry professionals discussed how to identify inappropriate workplace behavior and how the community can enact positive change.

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Meg Lewis
JOIN THE TEAM!

We’re looking for two dedicated individuals to join our small and feisty, mad-hustling, all-volunteer team to help make our encore presentation an even greater success.

While volunteering for Bâtonnage is unpaid, you’ll be at the forefront of an exciting, dynamic and positivity-charged movement within the wine industry. Successful candidates will be featured on our website and in promotional materials where appropriate. We can also work with you to provide college internship credit if applicable.

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Nicole Ruiz Hudson
Making it... Solo

I’m going to be vulnerable for a minute. Listening again through all of the discussions that took place at the inaugural Bâtonnage Forum, I kind of got upset. I know, not what you were expecting me to say. I’m supposed to say it was inspiring and so wonderful — and it was — but what upset me was the number of times women said I did this because I had a supportive partner. And, as a single woman, I asked myself: What happens if you don’t?

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Sarah Bray Comments
2018 Bâtonnage Forum: We Did a Thing, Y'all!

Did you want to revisit the awesome conversations we had on July 28th? Or, if you couldn't make it, were you curious about what was discussed? We're delighted to share the recorded audio from the first-ever Bâtonnage Forum (although unfortunately it does not convey the number of fabulous sun hats on display that day). Listen in and listen up!

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Sarah BrayComment
2018 Forum: Keys to Success and Forward Progress

These conversations are not new. Women are showing renewed energy in tackling the issues that face us, which is great! We know, however, that the discussions are not new. Conversation is crucial first step; but actions need to follow. Cathy Huyghe’s closing remarks suggest ways for us to set personal and collective goals for ourselves to forge a better path. Click through to listen!

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Sarah BrayComment
2018 Forum: Women in Management & Leadership

In our conversations going into this panel it became clear that this group wanted to tackle some difficult and pressing subjects ranging widely from ideas of narrative and how we present ourselves, providing channels for mentorship, issues of inclusivity and breaking glass ceilings as well as floors, and tackling systemic problems. As you will hear–we don’t always agree. There are moments when things get feisty, but if anything, this shows how important having these conversations are.

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2018 Forum: Negotiating & Advocating Panel

In this discussion, we focused on questions about how women approach the acts of negotiating and advocating, talking through some personal stories that our panelists have experienced and ways they have and are having to address issues. We also shared some ideas about how to change our perceptions of negotiating, and how we can better advocate both for ourselves and others around us. Tune in to hear our conversation!

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Sarah BrayComment
2018 Forum: Navigating the Male Exclusivity Culture in Wine

This was the first panel of the day, and it was such an honor to moderate this seminar with three of the most accomplished women in the business: Valerie Masten, the vice president for national sales at Skurnik Wines & Spirits; Tonya Pitts, sommelier and wine director, One Market; Esther Mobley, wine writer for The San Francisco Chronicle. We also had the chance to learn of important research affecting other aspects of women in this industry from UC Davis research associate Dr. Malcolm Hobbs.  

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Sarah BrayComment
2018 Forum: Implicit Bias and Approaching the Conversation

Stevie set our intentions—honesty, vulnerability, positivity—for the day and welcoming the incredible Dr. Linda Bisson of UC Davis to lead our opening address. Linda poignantly outlined the concept of implicit bias and how it frames the way that every one of us enters these conversations. We hope you enjoy the listen, and thank you sincerely for being a part of the movement.

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