The Napa|Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense (WWS) announced the formation of its capital development team, which will launch April 1, 2014. Shannon Zajec, a WWS member and a founding partner of Employers Select Insurance Services Inc. (eselectins.com), with offices in both Rocklin and Napa, California, has been appointed Business Development Director. Maria Cordova, a member of WWS and founder and president of HumanageHR (humanagehr.com) in Napa, has been appointed Fundraising Director. These new additions to the chapter’s board of directors have been tasked with generating event and program sponsors as well as donations for the chapter’s scholarship fund, respectively.
Chapter president Christine Mueller stated, “The team will be responsible for three main initiatives, all focused on expanding our chapter’s resources in order to bring additional funds into the chapter to (a) increase member satisfaction, primarily through the quality of events; (b) increase the monies in the scholarship fund and potentially expand the program to more than four scholarship awards per year; as well as (c) develop the strategic annual business development plan.”
Ms. Zajec’s firm provides employee benefits consulting and brokerage services for over fifty employer groups throughout the region. She explained her fundraising background, “having raised thousands of sponsorship dollars from vendors to our industry through relationship building and communication of value to key leaders,” making her a perfect fit to help grow the chapter’s resources.
Ms. Cordova’s company provides services and support to companies of all sizes in all industry segments with the intent to leverage human capital effectively, maximizing growth, stability and profitability. She stated: “I have served on the strategic executive team with several organizations and have contributed towards numerous programs, from goal-setting and inception to completion.” She added, “This experience has better positioned me to develop key relationships with the community and WWS that lead to donations to our educational endeavors.”
Ms. Mueller summed up the chapter’s plan for the team: “We’re excited to have Shannon and Maria join our board of directors to help build our resources. With their extensive backgrounds in business development, fundraising and community-building, we’re thrilled to have such well-qualified and enthusiastic leaders grow Women for WineSense in new directions.” Learn more about Ms. Zajec on the chapter’s website (http://WWSNapaSonoma.com/Shannon-Zajec/ and http://wwsnapasonoma.com/meet-our-new-business-development-director/) and Ms. Cordova as well (http://WWSNapaSonoma.com/Maria-Cordova/ and http://wwsnapasonoma.com/meet-our-new-fundraising-director/). Visit the chapter’s website to learn about available sponsorships (http://WWSNapaSonoma.com/sponsor-wws-event/) as well as about its scholarship fund (http://WWSNapaSonoma.com/scholarship-fund/).
Upcoming chapter events include “Sparkling Sips” on April 10 in Sonoma at Sigh (https://wws-sparklingsips.eventbrite.com), a Wednesday Wine Club tasting event at Back Room Wines on May 21 in Napa, as well as a professional members-only event at Chimney Rock Winery in Rutherford on June 12. These programs are just part of the networking, educational and fundraising events the chapter offers for wine industry professionals, wine enthusiasts and student members.
Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 to help promote women working in the wine industry. WWS is committed to being the premiere wine organization offering outstanding education programs, member benefits, and networking opportunities to industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 300 members of which 80% are professionals in the wine industry. To join or learn more about membership, please contact Ellen Reich Luchtel at Membership@WWSNapaSonoma.com or visit the WWS chapter’s website: WWSNapaSonoma.com.