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Wine Women launches Finance Forum on September 8th at WALT

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Wine Women launches Finance Forum on September 8th at WALT

Submitted By: Marcia Macomber, August 29, 2016
WINE WOMEN, a new, nonprofit professional trade organization focused on advancing women’s careers in the wine industry by fostering and nurturing talent, providing networking and training opportunities, as well as advocating for better opportunities for women in this industry, will launch its Finance Forum on Thursday, September 8th, at WALT Wines, in Sonoma at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is open to women and men, finance and accounting professionals connected to the wine industry with a focus on the CFO or Controller level employee.

ABOUT THE MEETING
Attendees will have an opportunity to network with finance and accounting professionals in the wine industry and explore ways in which they can expand their collective knowledge and leverage their relationships to enhance their careers.

At this first meeting, attendees will discuss why a focused networking group can be the stepping stone to something greater and/or more fulfilling for their career. They will also explore which finance and accounting topics are of greatest importance to them and their colleagues as well as determine the parameters for future meetings. Topics for consideration include: budgeting and benchmarking, compliance, the finance of M&A, financing growth, measuring ROI and more.

The WINE WOMEN Finance Forum strives to foster members’ professional growth while providing the opportunity to share skills within the group. They will explore interactive case studies, speaking opportunities and more throughout the year.

“We’re excited to get our Finance Forum underway since many of our members work in this field of the wine industry. Given the array of finance topics, from budgeting to inventory, and nuanced topics such as LIFO, the group will have endless possibilities for focused, valuable meetings,” explained Forums Director, Jackie Egidio. She continued, “This first meeting is designed to determine what are members’ top priorities for future meeting discussions, as well as mapping out when to tackle each issue.” In addition, guests will have the opportunity to network with attendees.

The meeting is open to members and non-members alike. Advance registration is required. Details and registration: http://wine-women-finance-forum-launch.eventbrite.com.

ABOUT WINE WOMEN FORUMS
WINE WOMEN Forums are career development tools for women (and men) in the wine industry. Each forum is profession- or topic-driven, such as finance and accounting, human resources, winemaking, marketing, and other facets of the business. Additional forums are in the planning stages for other peer groups, such as management and operations. Eligibility to join a forum is established by each forum’s membership. Forums are open to both women and men (unless otherwise stated). Advance registration is required.

“We have had great success in launching WINE WOMEN forums,” stated Linda Higueras, chair of the Founding Human Resources Forum and chair of the Forums Advisory Council. “All our forums that have launched so far have gotten strong starts, and I’m delighted to assist the other forums, including the Winemakers Forum, get underway with this new trade group,” she explained. “We have numerous tools to aid forum chairs in launching and managing their groups so that each meeting can be the most productive and fruitful for members.”

ABOUT WINE WOMEN
WINE WOMEN’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.

For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit: http://winewomen.net/about/ or call 707.996.8740. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at WineWomen.net, or their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For membership information, email Ellen Reich Luchtel, Membership Director, at Ellen@WineWomen.net. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: WineWomen.net/Events