stirring up the conversation on women in wine

Panel 1 - Departing Dysfunction

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10:30am | Departing Dysfunction | Moderator — Elaine Chukan Brown




Maribel Alvarado is the manager of safety and loss prevention for Coastal Vineyard Care Associates for the past 11 years. Coastal Vineyard Care Associates is a leading Farm Laborer Contractor in vineyard management with over 800 employees during harvesting. The Company is committed to maintaining a safe and productive work force as well equal opportunity for women working in the fields. Maribel’s work at Coastal Vineyards Care Associates requires her to work in the vineyards to teach laborers how to do their tasks in a safe manner by implementing company mandatory regulatory safety and labor polices focused on worker protection.


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Vinny Eng is currently the Wine Director for Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco, recently awarded a special jury prize and three star award by World of Fine Wine Magazine. He has also worked as General Manager/Wine Director of Bar Tartine and General Manager of Tartine Bakery. Vinny is also active in the San Francisco community as an advocate for neurodiversity, mental health, public safety and trauma stewardship. He serves on the Mental Health Working Group for the San Francisco Police Commission and recently served on the Mental Health/Substance Use/HIV AIDS Policy Transition Team for San Francisco Mayor London Breed. He is a graduate of Duke University, where he earned a degree in Economics.



Jennifer Douglas is a partner at Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty, specializing in labor and employment law. She has been a lawyer for over 20 years with extensive experience in all manner of employment issues including wage and hour, discrimination, reasonable accommodation, leaves of absence, and implementing state and federal regulations. She often analyzes the legal risks associated with hiring, disciplining and firing in order to counsel clients with these employment decisions. She represents many wine industry clients and has in depth knowledge of the employment challenges of the industry. Jennifer is a world traveler and native Californian. She enjoys all that Sonoma County has to offer and resides in Santa Rosa with her two children.



Laura Judson comes from a strong background in hospitality work. Most recently, she was part of the opening service team at Boot & Shoe Service in Oakland, and she worked as general manager of the restaurant from 2013-2017. The #metoo movement and Laura's experiences galvanized her to spearhead a group of hospitality industry workers engaged in examining restaurants with a critical eye, considering why sexual harassment and assault are ingrained in aspects of the service profession. Her work now centers around evaluating how survivors, stakeholders, colleagues and the public can work together to create and ensure safe work places in the food and beverage industry


Elaine Chukan Brown

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Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American Specialist for, and as contributing writer to Wine & Spirits Magazine. She contributed to the upcoming 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine, as well as the recent award-winning 4th edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine. In 2019, the Wine Industry Network named Brown one of the 9 Most Inspiring People in Wine, and the International Wine & Spirits Competition shortlisted her as one of 5 of the top Wine Communicators of the Year in the world. Her writing has been featured in DecanterWorld of Fine Wine, and others, and recommended by Food & WineImbibe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and more. She has been a celebrated key note speaker and seminar leader for events in wine, philosophy, and writing around the world.