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Why Roundtables?

Women for WineSense has long been dedicated to supporting professionals in the wine industry, and a key element of our support strategy is our network of roundtables. These currently 8 intimate groups offer wine professionals a safe and dynamic environment to discuss some of the more confidential or difficult questions and challenges that arise in all areas of the business.

Some of the groups such as finance and HR offer wine professionals a safe and dynamic environment to discuss some of the more confidential or difficult questions and challenges that arise in all areas of the business.

The Winemaking & Viticulture, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting Roundtables are all long-standing valuable resources for members.  Women for WineSense is excited to announce more new opportunities.  In January 2018 we will be adding a GM group and new chairs for the Marketing & DTC roundtables.

Even if you do not see a roundtable for your specific role, Women for WineSense is always open to creating new Roundtables wherever members may see a need.  If you have any suggestions or requests for a new Roundtable please click HERE to send an Email to Lisa Forbes, Roundtables Director, who is already working on more opportunities to reach the varying needs of our members.

Not only are the Roundtables a great source of career help, but they are also a place to make friends, have fun and grow connections. For example, every Holiday season our Winemaking & Viticultural Roundtables meet at a sponsoring winery location for their own Holiday Wine Exchange. This year, Winemaking & Viticultural  Roundtable Chair Julie Lumgair, has partnered with Raymond Vineyards in St Helena for the 4th annual festive event.  Other 2017 programs included meeting with Wine Spectator's senior editor, dynamic panels on GM leadership, entrepreneurial skills and more.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Forbes or check out our current Roundtables HERE.

Professional Development:

Women for Wine Sense Roundtables

    The Napa/Sonoma chapter’s eight current professional roundtables serve to provide a welcoming and confidential meeting environment for their members. Meetings offer professional development, networking and educational opportunities, as well as a forum for sharing ideas and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work. The current slate of roundtables includes finance and accounting, human resources, winemaking and viticulture, and marketing and direct-to-consumer sales. Each roundtable sets its own meeting schedule and agenda for the year, as well as membership requirements. For open roundtables, guests may attend two meetings before joining Women for Winesense. Click on the Membership tab for member benefits and rates, and to sign up.

    As about 70% of the Napa/Sonoma chapter’s members are wine industry professionals, the roundtables are key to our success. We love input, whether it’s a new roundtable proposal, guest speaker referrals, or offer of a meeting location.

    Contact Lisa Bishop Forbes, Roundtables Director, at:, for information about joining an existing roundtable or creating a new one. Our gifted and accomplished roundtable chairs can also be reached directly. Please click on the Roundtables tab and find the group you are interested in for contact information.