The Napa | Sonoma Chapter of Women for WineSense (WWS) will launch a new group, Human Resources Roundtable IV, on August 5th. The inaugural meeting will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at La Crema Winery, 235 Healdsburg Avenue, in Healdsburg. The roundtable will be limited to 25 pre-approved human resources professionals in the wine industry. This newest addition highlights the chapter’s geographic expansion with its second Santa Rosa/Sonoma County-based roundtable.
The mission of the Human Resources Roundtable IV is to provide networking opportunities and professional development for HR professionals. Roundtable meetings serve as friendly, supportive and confidential forums for members to meet, exchange ideas, learn new skills, and network. This human resources roundtable’s bi-monthly meetings will feature experts and guest speakers on the specific topics and challenges pertaining to the wine industry. Members may partake in confidential “open forum” discussions during the course of the meetings.
This newest roundtable will be co-chaired by Traci Moranda and Shanne Malilay, professionals with expertise in HR and recruiting within the wine industry. Traci has been a professional recruiter for nearly twenty years in the greater North Bay area. In early 2014, she founded The Moranda Search Group, continuing to provide recruiting expertise in the wine industry, identifying and recruiting the very best talent.
Shanne Malilay is the Director of Talent Acquisition with Jackson Family Wines. Shanne has held key HR Business Partner and recruiting management roles with Fireman’s Fund, Restoration Hardware, Autodesk and PG & E. Shanne brings expertise in all areas of human resources including strategic management, training and development support, multi-state and international labor law and regulations, performance management, employee relations, policy development and interpretation, safety, benefits, compensation, and recruitment.
Traci explained the roundtable’s launch, "Our Sonoma County-based finance roundtable that launched in late-2014 has been well received and extremely successful. The group is highly engaged and we have great attendance at the meetings. We’re discussing challenges, exchanging ideas and helping each other. I see a need for the same with the HR professionals and hope by having a roundtable that is Santa Rosa/Sonoma County-based, the locality is convenient and more professionals can participate. Our goal is to create the same synergy and bring value to our members as we have with the finance roundtable.”
This roundtable is closed to the general public; you must apply to the co-chairs and be pre-qualified to join and attend meetings. The bi-monthly meetings are free, only a small annual membership fee to the organization is required. For details, please contact Traci Moranda at Traci@MorandaSearch.com or 707.473.2338.
To learn more about Women for WineSense, please visit the chapter’s website, http://wwsnapasonoma.com. And for more details about this roundtable, please visit http://wwsnapasonoma.com/human-resources-roundtable-4/.
ABOUT WWS ROUNDTABLES: WWS will have nine professional roundtables with this new addition, to provide safe and confidential environments for meeting in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. According to WWS’ Professional Development Director Susan Kornblatt Idell, “Members network, provide advice and support for one another, as well as foster educational occasions by inviting guest speakers in their fields and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work.” She added, “Multiple Roundtables have developed for our members in finance, accounting and human resources fields in the wine industry. We also have roundtables in winemaking and the marketing and direct-to-consumer sales fields.”
ABOUT WWS: 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 serves to help its members advance their careers in the wine industry by providing educational events, as well as aid wine enthusiasts in developing their wine knowledge. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 350 members of which 80% are professionals in the wine industry. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, contact Susan Kornblatt Idell at ProDevDirector@WWSNapaSonoma.com, and for membership, please contact Ellen Reich Luchtel at Membership@WWSNapaSonoma.com or visit the WWS chapter’s website: WWSNapaSonoma.com.