These Men Want You to Succeed

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Date(s) - 04/17/2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards


Women’s leadership is not just an opportunity for women. Support from the men in your organization is a critical component to success. Men also lose out when workplaces are gender-biased. How do we leverage the unique insights men offer about career experiences, engage one another as full partners in creating gender-inclusive workplaces, and create solutions rooted in a holistic understanding of how gender affects men’s and women’s behaviors and outcomes in the workplace? We aim to find out at this event.

We’ve invited Brian Kelleher, VP of Sales and Marketing at Pahlmeyer; and Larry Smith, SVP of Human Resources at Jackson Family Wines—both of whom actively support and encourage women’s success in this industry—to answer some burning questions on our panel discussion. Additional panelists to be announced. Leading the discussion: Member Joan Toth will serve as our panel moderator. Previously the President and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, Joan now leads diversity and inclusion practice at Simpactful.

Join us for an enlightening evening of lively discussion, education, and (of course) celebration for the progress women have made in their wine careers with the fabulous sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards.


  • How other women in business have affected the male panelists’ careers and how they influenced them
  • Some of the “unwritten” rules of success that women need to know about
  • Essential things women need to focus on to advance to senior levels
  • What communications techniques women can adopt to make themselves better understood in what continues to be a male-dominated workplace


  • 6-6:30p | Sparkling wine reception and networking (bring a stack of your cards!)
  • 6:30-8p | These Men Want You to Succeed, panel discussion
  • 8-8:30p | Q&A, Closing remarks and wine purchases


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

How did we know Brian would make an excellent panelist? Nearly all of his testimonials on LinkedIn were from women colleagues and clients. Jennifer Graycheck said “…he inspired me to reach beyond my comfort zone and helped me develop into a productive member of his team…He works with his team and leads by example.” In addition to supporting women 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 VP of Sales and Marketing, Brian served as Director of Commercial Sales for Pahlmeyer Winery and Wayfarer Wines.

Larry Smith, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Jackson Family Wines

Larry was recommended to serve on this panel by a number of folks participating in a lively Facebook thread on this very topic. Many said Larry would be ideal to speak to women about leadership and advancement of their wine careers. He was gracious enough to accept our invitation. He’s been the Senior Vice President Human Resources for Jackson Family Wines since 2014.  Prior to his current role, he’s held executive HR and Operation’s 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.