The Finance Forum meets to enjoy networking with finance and accounting professionals in the wine industry and explore the ways in which we can expand our collective knowledge and leverage our relationships to enhance our careers.

Who may attend

  • Finance and accounting professionals connected to the wine industry with a focus on the CFO or Controller level employee.
  • Meetings are closed to WINE WOMEN finance and accounting members only. To be added to the invitation list, please contact Elizabeth Karbousky.

What you’ll learn

  • Listen from experts in the field and engage with your peers to share best practices on a wide variety of finance topics including budgeting, benchmarking, compliance, M&A, cost accounting, cash flow, software platforms, and much more.

Meet your forum chair

  • Elizabeth Karbousky, Finance Forum Chair – Vice President, Relationship Manager within Union Bank’s Wine Industry Services group in St. Helena. She has experience working with a wide range of wine industry clients, from smaller DTC brands to larger wineries focused on wholesale distribution.

About WINE WOMEN Forums

Our forums provide key components of career development. It is an opportunity for members to regularly discuss and learn about topics within their profession. Building upon one another’s knowledge elevates all forum members’ skills, credibility and value to employers.

Within the Forums, members develop deep and long-lasting business relationships. These peer-to-peer groups also provide tools, guidance, resources and support to achieve success.

  • Learn key networking skills to maximize your industry involvement.
  • Open doors to industry specific opportunities.
  • Develop speaking skills and presentations to demonstrate niche knowledge expertise.
  • If you’d like your career direction to be as crystal clear as a Riedel Bordeaux glass, join WINE WOMEN today to start building your career path tools with Forums! Members may join as many forums as they wish. [read more…]

Our Forums include:

  • Profession-Specific Knowledge
  • Training Seminars
  • Networking
  • Mentoring
  • Maintain Confidentiality
  • Relationship Building
  • Develop Credibility
  • Sales Referrals or Introductions
  • Speaking Opportunities

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Date/Time Event
02/22/2018
4:00-6:00pm
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Winemakers Forum Meeting
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards - American Canyon CA
This meeting's topic is "Financial Wellness for Women." Attendance is for women members and prospective members who work in the wine industry as enologists, assistant winemakers and winemakers (along the winemaker track). To attend, please contact [...]
02/27/2018
12:00-11:59pm
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Spirited International Spirits Trade Tasting & Show
Sonoma County Fairgrounds - Santa Rosa CA
WINE WOMEN members get FREE tickets to attend the Spirited International Spirits Trade Tasting & Show at the Sonoma Fairgrounds.
03/06/2018
6:00-8:00pm
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From Employee to Entrepreneur
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So you’re thinking about going out on your own? ...Navigating the transition from employee to entrepreneur. Many think the transition from employee to entrepreneur is a linear one, but it’s anything but that. If you’re in [...]
04/10/2018
9:30-11:30am
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Direct-to-Consumer Forum Meeting
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Stay tuned for news about the DTC Forum's upcoming meeting topic and speaker. Contact Chair Pamela Hiett for an invitation to attend the meeting.
04/24/2018
4:00-6:00pm
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Winemakers Forum Meeting
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This meeting's topic is "Optimizing Your Relationships with Your Suppliers." Attendance is for women members and prospective members who work in the wine industry as enologists, assistant winemakers and winemakers (along the winemaker track). To attend, [...]
05/09/2018
6:00-8:00pm
Advanced Wine Exploration
Inside Story of Buying for a Wine Shop
Sonoma’s Best - Sonoma CA
Our Advanced Wine Exploration series explores the wines of Sonoma's Best, and more specifically, the art of buying wines for Sonoma's Best's customer base and palates. How do you know which wines will sell? What factors [...]
05/31/2018
4:00-6:00pm
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Winemakers Forum Meeting
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This meeting's topic is "Finance:  A Deep Dive Focus on Wine Cost Accounting for Winemakers." Attendance is for women members and prospective members who work in the wine industry as enologists, assistant winemakers and winemakers (along [...]
07/24/2018
4:00-6:00pm
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Winemakers Forum Meeting
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This meeting's topic is "Sexual Harassment." Attendance is for women members and prospective members who work in the wine industry as enologists, assistant winemakers and winemakers (along the winemaker track). To attend, please contact forum chair [...]
08/14/2018
6:00-8:00pm
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Detecting Wine Faults
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Under our Advanced Wine Exploration series, "Detecting Wine Faults" will be lead by Debra Del Fiorentino, Sommelier, CWP, CSW, founder and president of Wine Competitions Management and Productions, and Bob Peak, author of WineMaker's "Techniques" column in [...]
10/10/2018
6:00-8:00pm
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Advanced Wine Exploration
Sonoma’s Best - Sonoma CA
Wine tasting at Sonoma's Best. We'll post details of the theme a bit later in the year.
11/15/2018
4:00-6:00pm
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Winemakers Forum Meeting
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This meeting's topic is "Coaching in Team Leadership / Management / Communication." Attendance is for women members and prospective members who work in the wine industry as enologists, assistant winemakers and winemakers (along the winemaker track). [...]