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SUMMIT Announces Discussion Topics and Moderators Ahead of Next Week's Conference

by Press Release
August 29, 2018

SONOMA, CA AUGUST 29, 2018 -- The SUMMIT was created for the human resources professional. This is a one-of-a-kind forum offers winery talent acquisition specialists, recruiters, HR managers and directors the chance to dive deep with your peers and focus on the recruiting, development and retention issues facing the wine industry.

Networking roundtables offer attendees the chance to sit down in three, 20-minute sessions and have a conversation with like-minded professionals looking for solutions to common HR concerns.

Preparing for Agency Visits
Moderators: Steven Hirschfeld and Aura K Adams, Hirschfeld Kraemer Employment Law Firm

After a Catastrophe - Business Recovery Planning
Moderator: Oscar Villanueva, Tal Global Corporation

Building Diversity Initiatives
Moderator: Shanne Malilay, Jackson Family Wines

Trained for Saving Lives Informational Session
Moderator: Ron Rubin, Ron Rubin Winery

Developing and Updating Benefits Package
Moderator: Regina Geranen, Wente Vineyards

Service and Retirement Recognition Programs
Moderator: Sarah Davila, Hess Collection

Recruitment and Hiring from Outside of the Industry
Moderator: Daniel Sonsino, Guia Human Resources Consulting

For attendees who are unable to attend the information session during the roundtables learn about the Trained for Saving Lives Program and the option to receive one FREE AED per winery as well as employee training at your winery with the American Red Cross, at a special discounted rate.
Read more about the Trained for Saving Lives program

Topics were curated by discussions with SUMMIT's advisory board:

Nicole Cummings, human resources manager, Cakebread Cellars
Jean-Claire Chamian, human resources manager, Huneeus Vintners
Geraldine Flatt, vice president of human resources, Freixenet USA at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Norma Villegas, human resources manager, Inglenook
Sarah Davila, director of human resources, Hess
Nina Schlatter, talent acquisition specialist, Treasury Wine Estates
Shanne Malilay, director of talent acquisition, Jackson Family Wines
Kathy Reddick, director of talent development, Jackson Family Wines
Marcel Rodrigue, director of talent acquisition, Delicato Family Vineyards
Regina Geranen, senior human resources manager, Wente Vineyards SUMMIT is now a full-day conference which takes place on September 6, 2018 at the Napa Valley Marriott in Napa. The forum sells out quickly – be sure to register early to secure your seat to learn from some of the great HR minds in the industry! A full agenda can be found at

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