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New Features at Tomorrow's SUMMIT: Earn Your HRCA Credits

Plus, participate in special training and receive a free AED, discuss pressing HR topics with your peers, and hear from industry experts at the fourth annual SUMMIT, September 6, 2018 at the Napa Valley Marriott
by Press Release
September 04, 2018

We are looking forward to seeing you this Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Napa Valley Marriott for the SUMMIT.

This one-of-a-kind forum, created for the human resources professional, offers winery talent acquisition specialists, recruiters, HR managers and directors the chance to dive deep with peers on recruiting, development and retention issues facing the wine industry.

Here are some of the features of this year's conference:

Your attendance at the event makes you eligible for 4.25 (General) HR credit hours to count towards your HRCI Recertification.

Learn about the Trained for Saving Lives Program during the roundtable sessions or an optional training at the end of the day. Those who attend an informational session are eligible 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

Preparing for Agency Visits
Moderator: 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

Clarice Turner, president of Joseph Phelps on Career Empowerment, Diversity and Mentorship Initiatives
Encouraging behaviors that facilitate empowerment and mentorship may not necessarily be built into a company’s culture but, through the development of leadership programs, you can ensure that all employees are performing at their best. Inspiring employees to recognize their own strength and potential to be a future leader in the wine industry can be achieved with a well-thought out initiative. Turner will discuss how she implemented these programs in her former positions, as well as at Delicato Family Vineyards.

Daniel Sonsino, founder of Guia Consulting on How to Hire in the Most Challenging Market in 17 Years
With low unemployment and multiple opportunities for talent across the state, many of our current recruiting practices could be out of step with the market. We will explore the market challenges and how you can address them to satisfy the talent needs in your company. Daniel Sonsino is a passionate human resources leader with a focus on talent, recruiting, organizational development and culture. He has a proven track record of success in executive roles at Grocery Outlet, Hewlett-Packard and Bank of America.

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. A full agenda can be found at

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