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What are you doing Friday, October 19th?

Take a look at your calendar on Friday 19 October. Where are your meetings taking place? Who are you in conversations with? What will your view look like? The most successful executives ruthlessly look ahead at their calendar and delete, decline, and dump meetings and commitments that don’t inspire them or improve the probability of them hitting their goals. So, for Friday October 19, are you having conversations in a vineyard overlooking acres of beautiful Sonoma County? Are you planning to get out of your usual networking bubble and meet executives from different industries and functions? If you would like to join an innovation field trip…

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HARVEST INNOVATION

Harvest is in full swing here in Sonoma County wine country. You bump into tractors and follow trucks stacked sky high with bins full of harvested fruit. It’s an exciting time. The promise of a whole new vintage. We intentionally hold Harvest Summit in Sonoma County this time of year because it is not only exciting and beautiful as the leaves on the vineyards turn but farming and harvesting is a metaphor for what is required in business. We must plant the seeds of progress, seek new practices, test new tools, cultivate ecosystems and be mindful of the impact we…

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5 Reasons to tell your friend what a Blockchain is

Blockchain is one of the most talked about, buzz worthy and often misunderstood technology developments of the year. Which is exactly the reason why we programmed a 75 min session for our cross-industry delegates to learn more and talk about the transformative potential of this open and distributed ledger system. Blockchain challenges our need for institutional systems potentially disintermediating everything from banks to insurance brokers. Trust of a third party to conduct and verify a transaction no longer has to be placed in the hands of a third party. Instead it’s directly into the hands of those transacting on the…

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HARVEST SUMMIT ANNOUNCES 2018 SPEAKERS AND PARTNERS

Third Annual Innovation Field Trip Attracts Business Leaders and Influencers to Sonoma County Wine Country to Spark Change and Drive Innovation HEALDSBURG, California – August 28, 2018 – Harvest Summit, the outdoor invitation-only Innovation Field Trip in Sonoma County wine country, announced today its speaker and sponsor partner line up. The third annual Harvest Summit will bring together 250 cross-industry innovators, influencers and tastemakers joined by award-winning chefs, winemakers and artisans for a reception Thursday, October 18 and a full day summit on Friday, October 19 at an undisclosed estate in Sonoma County’s premium wine country. The Summit will feature more than…

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Content is Still King

When, where, how, how often and the volume of content we consume is evolving. #dematerialisation Every major content industry (music, video, books, video games and the press), individual company, personality and marketer is leveraging the opportunity to serve up more engaging content faster. #trending Original programming is no different. Just this week, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ‘NewTV’ startup with Meg Whitman as the CEO closed $1 Billion in funding aimed at the creation of bite-size original programming designed for smartphones. #consumeonthego Investors included the major studios: Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCU, Viacom, WarnerMedia, Alibaba, Liberty Global and Madrone Capital. The creation,…

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How will you preserve summer?

Sharing the incredibley fresh artistry of food and living is just one of the things that makes Harvest Summit unique. Enjoy flower power and more from our friends at James Beard award winning Healdsburg SHED. We love to gather, share and learn with them. #moderngrange #umeboshi #nocino #plumsalad #lemonkosho The seasons inform every aspect of Healdsburg SHED. As the weather warms up and we begin to harvest summer produce, SHED turns its attention to the flavors of early summer. We feature the freshness of edible flowers and the richness of our preserved harvest. Summer at SHED aims to balance these…

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Dear executive leader, I dare you to take a vacation

Summer is here. June arrives with graduations, moving on ceremonies and the first days of camp. The days are long, the sun’s out and you have work to do – leading your company, managing budgets, setting KPIs, measuring progress. Taking a summer vacation should be one of your KPIs. You set the tone. While you may pride yourself on your hard work and dedication, research suggests you will actually work harder, perform better and have better health, stamina and happiness for your work if you take time off. As executives you likely feel the pressure to always be on. It’s…

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Moms Who Lead

This Mother’s Day we celebrate the working moms across the globe who juggle the demands of career and family, and let’s be real, it isn’t glamorous or for the faint of heart. The art of prioritizing, multitasking and mindfulness requires daily practice and fine tuning. We reached out to two powerful working moms to get their real perspective. Carolyn Rodz has helped raise billions of dollars of capital for innovative organizations, created a luxury retail line that sold in over 400 stores worldwide, and later launched a global marketing firm that supported specialty product launches within Fortune 500 enterprises and startups positioning…

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Sustainability: How one of the largest wine companies in the U.S. measures impact

As we join the world in celebrating earth day, it seemed fitting to look at a company in our own backyard who has been leading innovation in the wine industry for decades and fosters a culture of land stewardship now paired with a measurable commitment to sustainability across it’s portfolio. Jackson Family Wines is one of the largest U.S. wine companies and includes the iconic Kendall-Jackson label. Started in 1982 by the late Jess Jackson, the family-owned company, now run by wife Barbara Banke, produces upward of 6 million cases for 50 brands from vineyards and wineries across California, Oregon,…

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Spark Innovation – Why your network should be more diverse

Often when we hear the word “networking,” our gut reaction is to roll our eyes or perhaps even cringe. Networking has become associated with an aggressive, take-what-you-can-get mentality that prioritizes selfish gains over real connections.   It doesn’t have to be so. Seek opportunities that are different. Fight the urge to let your calendar fill up with big domain-specific conferences, events and networking pre-parties where you end up seeing the same faces because you’re on the same circuit. Get out of your industry swim lane. There’s tremendous strategic value in seeking insights from people outside your industry. They will look…

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