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Opus One’s Michael Silacci joins Wine Women’s panel discuss.

Submitted By: Marcia Macomber, March 14, 2018
Opus One’s Michael Silacci joins Wine Women’s panel discussion: These Men Want You to Succeed

Michael Silacci, winemaker at Opus One (, joins the WINE WOMEN panel discussion, “These Men Want You to Succeed,” on April 17th from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, in Sonoma, with panelists Brian Kelleher, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Pahlmeyer, and Larry Smith, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Jackson Family Wines.

Christine L. Mueller, Wine Women president, noted: “We’re delighted to have Michael join our panel discussion and contribute to the dialogue on advancing women’s careers in the wine industry.”

The event, featuring former President and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, Joan Toth, as the panel moderator, will explore how women can gain support from the men in their organizations as a critical component to success.

The evening’s festivities include a reception before the panel discussion begins. Guests will celebrate the inroads women have made towards narrowing the gender pay gap in addition to discussing how the gap can be closed. This event is open to members and non-members alike. Advance registration is required. Details and tickets are available at Guests will enjoy appetizers from Park Avenue Catering and may purchase a glass of the award-winning wines of Gloria Ferrer (over 400 gold medals and 50 outstanding 90+ ratings in the last five years).

Joan Toth, Moderator
Joan Toth is a purpose-and-performance-driven leader, with extensive background and demonstrated success in for-profit and non-profit services in consumer-packaged goods services and related retail industries. She leads the diversity and inclusion practice at Simpactful, a consulting firm that develops real-world, actionable strategies primarily for companies in consumer goods and services and retail. For 14 years, Joan led the Network of Executive Women, the retail/consumer goods and services industry’s most influential mission-driven organization. She has extensive experience in diversity & inclusion work, development of startup business operations, program and content development, and ensuring financial sustainability and long-term growth. She is adept at leading cross-functional teams and managing multiple stakeholders including boards of directors, Fortune 500 corporate partners, staff, and members, while ensuring delivery of innovation, member/customer value, strong P&L, financial stability and resources for growth.

Brian Kelleher, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Pahlmeyer Winery
In addition to supporting women to achieve their business goals, Brian develops sales and marketing organizational structure. He recruits, hires, trains, aligns, and manages the performance of sales and marketing personnel. He is proud to foster a motivating and competitive culture. Prior to his tenure as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Brian served as Director of Commercial Sales for Pahlmeyer Winery and Wayfarer Wines.

Michael Silacci, Winemaker, Opus One Winery
Michael was named Winemaker at Opus One in January 2004. He has been at Opus One since March of 2001, first serving as Director of Viticulture and Enology. Prior to his current appointment, Michael spent six years as winemaker at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, one year as winemaker at King Estate in Oregon, and six years at Beaulieu Vineyard as enologist and viticulturist. He has also made wine in France and Chile. He holds a master’s degree in viticulture from U.C. Davis in addition to under-graduate degrees in enology and viticulture from U.C. Davis and the Université de Bordeaux.

Larry Smith, Snior Vice President Human Resources, Jackson Family Wines
Larry has been the Senior Vice President Human Resources for Jackson Family Wines since 2014. Prior to his current role, he’s held executive HR and Operations roles internationally and domestically in B2B, Fashion, Branding and previously in the Wine Industry.
Prior to his corporate career, Larry served fifteen years as a U.S. Army officer with tours at the Pentagon, N.A.T.O Headquarters in Brussels and the Command & General Staff College.

Tickets for “These Men Want You to Succeed” range from $25 to $42 and are available on Eventbrite at: Early bird ticket sales will end on March 19th. Limited seating is available.

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: or call 707.721.1095. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at, or their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: