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GET OUT AND GET REAL

It’s been said doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. So why keep going to the same old conferences and expect a different result? The model is broken. Hotel ballroom + panels + rubber chicken lunch + grin and grab = lame experience and marginal results at best. We believe there’s a better way. Get out and get real. For executive leaders in particular, conferences are more of a PR strategy than an authentic learning and networking experience. It’s a speaking opp. Executives arrive and have a handler escort…

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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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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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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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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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A Taste of True Farm-to-Table

As a chef and restaurateur, I’m often asked about the next trend, the next big innovation in food – whether it’s cooking techniques, flavor combinations, new ingredients – even food/epicurean apps (and watch this space, I have a few ideas marinating there!). In my career, I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go – from the explosive big concepts that quickly crashed and burned, to the good ideas that you wish could have lasted but fizzled. But, hey, that’s what trends are: a steady roll of what’s next. I’m always open to new techniques and ingredients: anything that will…

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Epic Wine blogger by Night: Alder Yarrow’s Perspective

INTERESTED IN JOINING US THIS NOVEMBER?  NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE.  WHO WILL BE THERE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS.   Alder Yarrow embodies the cross pollination mindset of Harvest Summit, a tech executive by day at Cibo where he is CXO and a prominent wine blogger by night and weekends at Vinography.  Alder was an early adopter of using tech to share his wine passion and become one of the first wine blogs with a prominent following, starting Vinography in 2004.  Today Alder has achieved success in both realms, in 2013 he was nominated for a James Beard Award and…

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Belden Barns: Wine, Farming & Innovation

INTERESTED IN JOINING US THIS NOVEMBER?  NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE.  WHO WILL BE THERE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS.   Sonoma County is home to many weekend warriors who enjoy the farm fresh food, bucolic landscape, relaxed style, cycling, rugged coast, artist culture and fine wines. Aside from owning second homes, a growing number of weekend warriors are drawn to the vineyards and become winegrowers. A brave few set out to make their own wines and create experiences. Nate and Lauren Belden did just that. In 2004, while still toiling away at his city job, Nate spent…

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