stirring up the conversation on women in wine

Panel 2 - Departing Dysfunction

Panel 2 -

1:30pm | Pathways to Inclusion: But How, Really?
Moderator — Nicole Ruiz

We recognized pretty early on that the conversation about challenges and opportunities women face in our field is actually part of a bigger discussion about diversity in the industry as a whole. So we thought we’d bring together a stellar line-up of panelists that represent perspectives within the industry and change-makers outside of it, each bringing very different backgrounds and perspectives to the table — culturally, professionally, regionally, and beyond. We will dive into challenges, for sure, raising voices and personal accounts, while also staying true to our mission of seeking pragmatic solutions for charting a positive, inclusive course forward.





Erica Duecy

Erica Duecy is Editor in Chief of SevenFifty Daily. She is an award-winning writer and editor who previously worked as digital director of Saveur and Architectural Digest. She holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Advanced Certification and is working on the Level 4 Diploma. Her book, Storied Sips(Random House), is about the real-life stories behind the world’s most famous cocktails.



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Born in the Philippines and raised in Texas, June Rodil is the VP of Operations for McGuire Moorman Hospitality (MMH). A Master Sommelier, June is one of 26 women in the Americas to hold this credential. McGuire Moorman is a hospitality powerhouse in Austin, with ten of the most popular and relevant restaurants in town, including her namesake, June’s All Day, which was awarded one of Food & Wine Magazine's Restaurants of the Year in 2017. She is known as a leader in the beverage community and her accolades include: Wine Enthusiast’s Sommelier of the Year 2018; Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 2016; Key Panelist at Women in Wine Leadership Symposium and numerous Food & Wine Festivals across the nation; Food & Wine Magazine's Sommelier of the Year 2014, Wine & Spirits Best New Sommelier 2011, Star Chef's Rising Star Sommelier 2012, and TEXSOM Best Sommelier Winner 2009. In 2017 she launched her private label wine, June's Brut Rosé, with Austrian winemaker Markus Huber, which is poured throughout the MMH group.



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Dr. Akilah Cadet, MPH has 15+ years in management and building successful projects, teams, and leaders. She has worked various multimillion-dollar projects ranging from health to education. Dr. Cadet is the founder of Change Cadet, an Oakland based organizational development consulting firm specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Change Cadet aims to support women, people of color, and underserved communities, through coaching, strategy, innovation, and organizational change. Cadet is a French term that means soldier and Change Cadet prepares soldiers of change to overcome barriers in the workforce so there can be more opportunity for women and people of color. As a woman of color, she uses her personal and professional experiences as well as a touch of Beyoncé to inspire her work. Dr. Cadet holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education in Community Based Public Health, a Master of Public Health, and a Doctorate of Health Sciences in Leadership and Organizational Behavior.




Bibiana’s first vintage in California was 2004. She worked six harvests in three years, also traveling to South Africa to work harvests at Soronsberg Cellars in the Tulbagh region. Back in California, she worked at La Crema, Peay Vineyards, Au Bon Climat, and Qupé before Lynmar Estate, where she was winemaker from 2009 through early 2012. In 2012, Bibiana started her own label Cattleya Wines, as well as the Shared Notes joint venture with husband Jeff Pisoni and became a Consultant Winemaker for wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley.



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Travel is written into Jehan's DNA. He’s a first generation American who after having grown up on both coasts moved to Argentina where he was first exposed to the world of wine. He worked his first harvest in Calchaqui valley near Salta at 15. Upon his return to the U.S., Jehan got his start at a small Spanish and Portuguese retail importer called The Spanish Table in Berkeley, where as a buyer he went through the institution of Iberian wines. This would eventually lead to a professional life on the other side of the table as a broker with a few small California based importers and distributors such as Joli Vin and Blue Danube. In his spare time, Jehan is co-owner of a wine label called Los Chuchaquis out of Aromas, CA. He now does national sales for Bowler Imports.