Women in Wine: Navigating Risks and Opportunities (March 16, 17, and 18)

Women in Wine: Navigating Risks and Opportunities

The U.S. Embassy in Paris, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of State’s program for Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise (POWER), presents a series of virtual events for participants from the United States and France to discuss best practices for success as a woman in the wine industry.

Download the program for virtual events (PDF 1 MB)
Download the bios of the speakers (PDF 2 MB)

Reserve your spot for any or all of the FREE events in this series today!
These events are open to all interested participants, but registration is mandatory.

Register for the panel discussion events on March 16, 17, or 18


Register for the interactive networking event on March 18

Simultaneous translation in English and French will be available.

MARCH 16, 2021, 16:00 – 17:30 CET
Welcome by Brian Aggeler, Chargé d’affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy Paris

Keynote: “Being a Woman in Wine: Self-Doubt and Risk as Opportunity” – Elaine Chukan Brown: American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com; Co-Founder of Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum; 2020 Wine Communicator of the Year, IWSC

Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment in Wine: Best Practices in Promoting One’s Business, One’s Brand, and One’s Self

Moderator: Lindsey Tramuta, Author, The New Paris and The New Parisienne

MARCH 17, 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
Panel Discussion followed by Q&A 

Navigating Climate Change: 
Risky Business or Opportunities for Innovation?

Moderator: Kate Snipes, Minister Counselor for Agriculture Affairs, U.S. Embassy Paris;

  • Anne Malassagne, Co-Owner, AR Lenoble (Champagne); Co-Founder, La Transmission Women in Champagne
  • Sandra Taylor, Founder Sustainable Business International; Author, The Business of Sustainable Wines
  • Diana Snowden Seysses, Winemaker, Snowden Family Vineyards (Napa) and Domaine Dujac (Burgundy, France)
  • Nicole Rolet, Co-Owner, Chêne Bleu (Rhône, France); Advisor to the Yale Sustainable Food Program

MARCH 18, 2021, 16:00-17:15 CET
Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
Managing Risk in a Changing Global Economy: Best Practices in Navigating Evolving Markets, Geopolitics, and Pandemics in the Wine Industry

Moderator:  Pauline Vicard, Executive Director, ARENI Institute or the Future of Fine Wine


  • Honore Comfort, Vice President International Marketing, California Wine Institute
  • Francesca Hansen, Export Director, Paris Wine Co.
  • Veronique Sanders, President and CEO, Chateau Haut Bailly (Bordeaux, France)
  • Cynthia Coutu, Founder and General Manager Delectabulles: Champagne Networking Club for Women

Closing Remarks by Matt Murray, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and  Negotiations, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

MARCH 18, 2021, 17:15 – 18:00 CET
Interactive Virtual Networking Opportunity and Workshop:
Networking in the Era of COVID and Beyond
Networking Facilitator: Cynthia Coutu, Founder and General Manager Delectabulles: Champagne Networking Club for Women

Please contact ParisWomenInWine@state.gov  with questions about this event.