A B O U T
The idea of Fermenting Change in Oregon began in 2015 following Susan Sokol Blosser’s participation in a conference filled with 500 men and women in the wine industry from around the country. Susan sat on a panel bringing insight to Oregon wine through the lens of family business and generational planning. Following Susan’s time there was a serious moment of reflection, we sat over breakfast and thought, this fills a gap in the Oregon industry. There are many collaborative events in Oregon but none that specifically focus on women.
Oregon has long been known for forging new paths; from planting varieties on a new frontier to putting wine in a can. With that is a beautiful history of women; their stories thread through the Oregon story seamlessly. As we move forward in Oregon, we see more and more women at the table. Through Women in Wine, we hope to bring those voices forward in a more balanced way. To create a platform of inclusion for all. Diversity is the key to the future of all business and the Oregon wine industry is no different. Women in Wine seeks to be a part of the change. As Oregon has shown for decades, a rising tide lifts all boats. Women in Wine seeks to support the next chapter of the Oregon story. We see an opportunity for personal and professional development for all people in the wine industry, vineyard to front-line sales.
Women in Wine: Oregon is a nonprofit 510(c)(6) trade association.
Founded in 2019, Women in Wine: Fermenting Change was Oregon’s first event dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the wine industry.
The 2019 event sold out with 200 guests at Willamette Valley Vineyards for an event featuring esteemed speakers including Cheryl Strayed.
Women in Wine Oregon provides a platform of inclusion for the advancement of female leadership in the wine and beverage industry. We provide opportunities for personal and professional development through an annual conference, community engagement events, and a mentorship program. As a membership-based nonprofit, we serve as a catalyst for “fermenting change” through empowerment, engagement, diversity, and accountability.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Women in Wine: Oregon was founded on a platform of inclusion with the intention of fermenting positive change through empowerment, engagement, diversity, and accountability. Through both our words and actions, we are dedicated to recognizing the rich diversity of voices in our community, with a focus on opening doors for the many individuals who have been historically underrepresented or excluded. By embracing differences, actively seeking diverse perspectives, and advocating for the values of equity and inclusion, we strive to create a more vibrant and diverse Oregon wine community that champions equality, while treating all individuals with dignity and respect.
B O A R D
Julie Dalrymple - President & Marketing Committee Chair
Membership & Sponsorship Manager, Willamette Valley Wineries Association
Meredith McGough - Past President & Secretary
Production Winemaker, Union Wine Co
Ocean Yap-Powell - Vice President & Community Relations Committee Co-Chair
Founder, Rootstock PDX; West Coast Wine Specialist, E&R Wine Shop
Jennifer Clark - Treasurer
Controller, Sokol Blosser Winery
Carrie Anderson - Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair
On-Premise Sales Representative, Republic National Distributing Company
VP, Finance; A to Z Wineworks
Ashley Bradfield - Community Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Vineyard Manager & Winemaker, Applegate Alliance
President, Compris Winery
Winery Director, Willamette Valley Vineyards
Partner, Park Avenue Wines
Stephanie Hofmann - Mentorship Committee Co-Chair
Marketing Manager, Stoller Family Estate
The Four Graces Winery
VP National Accounts - On Premise, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Kate Payne Brown - Programming Committee Chair
Winemaker, Stoller Family Estate
Executive Director, Willamette Valley Wineries Association
Briana Seeley - Mentorship Committee Co-Chair
Director of Sales & Marketing, Argyle Winery
Owner, Telford Brown Studio Architecture
Co-Chair: Ocean Yap-Powell
Co-Chair: Ashley Bradfield
Athena Pappas, Boedecker Cellars
Chelsea Janzen, Raptor Ridge Winery
Stacey Gibson, Park Avenue Wines
Erin Nielsen, Trader Joe's
Co-Chair: Briana Seeley
Co-Chair: Stephanie Hofmann
Chair: Kate Payne-Brown
Co-Chair: Carrie Anderson
Co-Chair: Meredith McGough
Chair: Julie Dalrymple
2019 - Briana Seeley
2020 - Briana Seeley
2021 - Meredith McGough