SUMMIT 2016
Lisa Bates - Advisory Board
Vice President of Human Resources
Wente Family Estates
Lisa Bates joined Wente Family Estates as vice president of human resources in 2007. Bates is responsible for all facets of human resources including strategic planning, talent management, compensation and benefits, leadership development and HRIS.
Nicole Cummings - Speaker/Advisory Board
PHR Human Resources Manager
Cakebread Cellar
Nicole Cummings joined Cakebread Cellars in June 2014 as the human resources manager and is responsible for leading the activities of the HR department, which includes overseeing recruitment, selection, talent management, development and implementation of various employee and leadership training, compensation, benefits, employment compliance, safety and performance management. Prior to joining Cakebread Cellars, she worked for Securities America from 2007 to 2014 as the director of human resources and training. Cummings obtained her Bachelor's of Science in business administration with an emphasis in human resources from California State University, Chico and her Executive MBA from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 2013.
Ursula Donahue - Advisory Board
Talent Acquisition Manager
Duckhorn Wine Company
As the talent acquisition manager at Duckhorn Wine Company in Napa Valley, Ursula Donahue is the face of the company. She has been instrumental and taken great joy in building the national team that’s more than tripled sales over the past six years. With a PHR certification and 15 years of industry experience, Donahue has both the depth and breadth of experience to carefully screen each new employee for competency and fit.
Geraldine Flatt - Advisory Board
VP of Human Resources and Retail Operations
Freixenet USA/Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Geraldine Flatt is the vice president of human resources and retail operations for Freixenet USA at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma, overseeing the tasting room, events, wine club and e-commerce since 2011. Flatt has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, sales, marketing and accounting in the wine, technology and luxury wholesale distribution industries. She is a founding member of the HR Roundtable Committee for the wine country chapter of Women for WineSense, and served on the Board of PASCO (Personnel Association of Sonoma County—a 300-member non-profit organization) from 1997 until 2002, and was president in 2000. She has also been a steering committee board member since 2003 of the Western Management Compensation Group.
Linda Higueras - Advisory Board
Senior Bilingual HR Consultant
The Personnel Perspective
Linda Higueras is a human resources professional with 30 years of experience in employee relations, performance management, succession planning, outplacement, recruitment, training, diversity, employee engagement and conflict resolution. She is fluent in Spanish and has an in-depth understanding of cross-cultural issues in the workplace. Since 2003, Higueras has been employed in the wine industry for E&J Gallo, Jackson Family Wines, Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, and Williams Selyem. Her scope of responsibilities has included bilingual communications, union avoidance and negotiations, harassment prevention training, FLC liaison and compliance monitoring, and employee relations investigations.
Eric Jorgensen - Speaker
Wine Business Monthly
Eric Jorgensen, Publisher, has worked at Wine Business Monthly for more than 14 years. Prior to Wine Business Monthly he worked in the technology industry. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Messaging and Community for Excite@Home, where he joined in the company's infancy and remained through its IPO and merger. Before Excite, Jorgensen held management and finance positions at Taligent and Apple Computer. Jorgensen graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in economics and holds a MBA from Wharton.
Jennifer Kurkoski, Ph.D - Keynote Speaker
Head of People Innovation Lab,
Jennifer Kurkoski directs Google’s People & Innovation Lab (PiLab) which conducts research aimed at improving the company’s organizational practices. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Slate, as well as on the BBC and ABC’s Nightline. Previously, Kurkoski led community management for Excite@Home and consulted with nonprofit organizations on leadership development. Kurkoski holds a Ph.D. in business administration (organizational behavior) from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
Shanne Malilay - Advisory Board
Director of Talent Acquisition
Jackson Family Wines
Shanne Malilay is the director of talent acquisition at Jackson Family Wines. Malilay brings expertise in all areas of human resources, including strategic management, training and development support, performance management, employee relations and more.
Margaret O'Hanlon - Speaker
CCP, Speaker, Principal and Founder
reThink Compensation Consulting
Margaret O’Hanlon, CCP launched re:Think Consulting in 1999, focusing on turning great Human Resource ideas into valuable business results. The firm has developed total compensation, performance management, career development and Total Rewards solutions for Boards, executives and employees of clients like E. & J. Gallo, The Priceline Group, Toys “r” Us and the University of California. Previously, Margaret was a Principal with Willis Towers Watson.

Margaret has recently released the eBook, Everything You Do (in Compensation) Is Communication. She is a Board member of the Bay Area Compensation Association and a founding contributor to the award-winning blog, Compensation Café.
Kathy Reddick - Speaker/Advisory Board
Director of Talent Development
Jackson Family Wines
Kathy Reddick is the director of talent development at Jackson Family Wines. “Leadership is about pumping people up, making everyday about learning something new and helping others be successful,” Reddick says.
Marcel Rodrigue - Advisory Board
Director of Talent Acquisition
Delicato Family Vineyards
Marcel Rodrigue is the director of talent acquisition for Delicato Family Vineyards. He has been with Delicato for just over a year, and also has over 15 years in the human resources/talent acquisition world. He comes to Delicato by way of Safeway, one of the leading retail grocery stores in the nation, where he served as manager of retail and pharmacy recruitment. Like the wine industry, the pharmacy/grocery industry is a small community that is tight-knit. That, partnered with Rodrigue's passion for wine, makes him feel right at home in the wine world.
Steve Treder - Speaker
Senior Vice President for Strategic Development
Western Management Group
Prior to joining Western Management Group in 2000, Steve Treder was the worldwide sales compensation manager for Hewlett-Packard, and held senior compensation and human resources positions in the high technology industry for nearly 20 years. His particular expertise is in competitive market analysis and incentive compensation plan design. Treder holds a master’s degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University, both in the field of sociology.