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See the full schedule and schedule your spot for the half-day conference on Nov. 10

For the first time in its history, SUMMIT, the forum dedicated to wine industry human resources professionals, will be held as a webcast. On Tuesday, November 10, join expert speakers offering guidance on today’s most salient topics: COVID-19 safety precautions, recruiting, building a diverse and inclusive workforce, salary and professional development, and more.

Don’t miss the chance to gain insights into how human resources has had to adapt their protocols, and what impact it has had on wine businesses. Connect virtually with peers and leading experts in the wine industry, and learn their tips and tricks for thriving with the times. 

Check out the full conference agenda:

Keynote - Reality-Based Resilience: A Simple Tool to Overcome Obstacles in Challenging Times
Ana Martos, Cy Wakeman
COVID and Disaster Compliance: Employee Communications, Safety Protocol and Planning
In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, wildfire or power outage, what are you, as the human resources representative, be responsible for? This session will dive into the best practices and policies surrounding preparation, communication when employees are working from home, outreach and resilience. Hear the results of the Strategic Preparedness Research Team from Sonoma State University’s latest study, and the practices you can implement to ensure a ready and happy team.
Judith Ford, Sonoma State University
New-Age Recruiting
The last 8 months have presented several new challenges in recruiting: from a stop to in-person interviews, to a workforce less eager to take on high-risk jobs. In this new age, how do you effectively screen candidates, promote and encourage diversity in applicants and encourage workers to make a move to the wine industry?
Constance Savage, L'Ecole No. 41
Mark Johnson, Treasury Wine Estates
Jennie Johnson, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Benefits Benchmarking: Offering Low-Cost, but Competitive Packages
As budgets are tightened, what can you do to ensure a fair and competitive benefits package? This short review of compensation and benefits trends, with a focus on how wineries can still provide employees appropriate benefits on a budget, will help you create targeted compensation/benefits packages with alternative benefits, like flexible time, to make up for other losses.
Emily Santanelli, USI
State of the Industry: How Market Forces Shape Your Business and Policies
As an HR representative, we tend to get bogged down in the day-to-day, people aspect of the job. But there are larger forces shaping the business environment which could have serious long-term implications for any HR team. What do the economic indicators show us about potential recessions, consumer trends and labor shortages and the threats they pose to business planning, compliance and retention? What should you keep an eye on in order to safeguard your policies and employees?
Jon Moramarco, bw166
Lee Ann Pearce, Wells Fargo
Julie Bensel, Sokol Blosser

This event is invitation-only, with registration opening in October 2020.

What is it? Summit is a forum for HR professionals to connect with their peers and discuss the hiring, retention and training of winery employees. Be sure to register early to secure your spot to learn from some of the great HR minds in the industry.

Who should attend? All wine industry HR professionals, as well as winery and vineyard employers looking to stay informed on industry current events. 

When is it? The conference will take place online over one half-day. 
Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST 

How to register? This is a free webinar open to qualified HR professionals and winery and vineyard employers only. Note that there is a vetting process for all registrants to ensure all attendees are actively working in an HR role.

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