Strength in Diversity: Achieving Meaningful Change for Business Success in the Wine Industry
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Strength in Diversity: Achieving Meaningful Change for Business Success in the Wine Industry

Welcome & Introductions

Leticia Chacón-Rodriguez and Mike Boer, Co-chairs, UW&GS Program Development Committee

Diversity in senior leadership, operations, sales, marketing and hospitality are keys to the success of the wine industry.  Learn from our panel of leaders who are using best practices and tools to achieve meaningful change and business success in their organizations and beyond.  Join us in this important conversation about achieving real business success with inclusion across all areas of the wine industry so we can build a stronger and more resilient future together.

*Applied For 1.5 Professional Development CCA CE Units

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Dorothy Gaiter
The Grape Collective, New York

Dorothy J. Gaiter, senior editor of The Grape Collective, conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal’s wine column, “Tastings,” from 1998 to 2010 with her husband, John Brecher. She has been tasting and studying wine since 1973, and with Brecher has written four wine books. They appeared regularly on TV and radio, including Martha Stewart, CBS Sunday, the Today Show and “Fresh Air.”

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Vinny Eng
SF New Deal, California

Vinny Eng is a community organizer and founding member of SF New Deal – a rapid relief nonprofit formed in response to COVID-19. The organization provides financial support for local small businesses who provide meals to San Francisco residents facing food insecurity. To date, SF New Deal efforts have delivered over 1.2 million meals and disbursed over $12 million. He is an award winning wine director and general manager and was named a Food and Wine Magazine Sommelier of the Year in 2019.


Theresa Heredia
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, California

Theresa brings extensive experience with cool-climate Pinot noir and Chardonnay as well as small lot, single-vineyard wines, to her position as winemaker for Gary Farrell Winery. She specializes in Pinot Noir
and Chardonnay from some of the top vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast and is guiding the evolution of the Gary Farrell Winery house style while maintaining the signature elegance, balance and bright natural acidity.


Carlton McCoy
Heitz Wine Cellars, California

Carlton McCoy Jr. earned the title of Master Sommelier in 2013 at just 28 years old, he was one of the youngest people and the second African American to earn this prestigious title. Carlton worked in revered institutions such as Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit, Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak in New York and most recently as Wine Director at The Little Nell in Aspen before being named President and CEO of Heitz Cellar in December 2018.


Dan Vu
E. & J. Gallo Winery, California

Dan is a marketing veteran currently serving as director of marketing on Barefoot Wine. He leads the new Diversity & Inclusion team on Barefoot, which invites Latina, LGBTQ+, and Black consumers to the wine category. His past experience includes working at Neutrogena and Gap Inc, as well as serving as an after-school teacher at a San Francisco-based not-for-profit. In his spare time, Dan volunteers with youth organizations in California.

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