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Wonder Woman in Business -- and Wine -- Christine Clair of Willamette Valley Vineyards

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Christine Clair, Winery Director

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Christine's love for Oregon wine began at an early age looking up at Willamette Valley Vineyards out the window of her room as the vineyard and winery took shape on the slope of the Salem hills. Christine has always been a familiar face at the winery; as a young girl she would sell her friendship bracelets in the tasting room and run through the vine rows as training for her school’s soccer team.

Christine worked at the winery as a college intern and started making wine while she was a senior to launch her own brand based in Southern Oregon. She also worked as the Director of Troon Vineyard, which earned the accolade Top 10 Hottest Small Brands by Wine Business Monthly under her leadership.

Her life-long connection and passion to fulfill the founders' dream of making world-class Pinot Noir led her back to the winery where she now leads winemaking and vineyard operations, as well as direct sales and marketing. She is training to replace the Founder/CEO upon his retirement.

Christine's effort to establish a national presence for the winery's Pinot Noir was featured in the article "America's Best Value Pinot Noirs" by Wine Enthusiast (November, 2015).

Christine was also honored with Portland Business Journal's 2017 Forty Under 40 Award.

In 2015, Christine co-founded a new company division, Oregon Estate Vineyards, with Jim Bernau, dedicated to building boutique wineries on some of Oregon's most intriguing vineyard sites to continue to create and share the Oregon wine story. The wineries include Elton in the Eola-Amity Hills focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Pambrun in the Walla Walla Valley with Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-based varietals, Maison Bleue in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater with Syrah and Rhone-based varietals and Bernau Estate in the Dundee Hills focused on producing méthode champenoise sparkling wine from biodynamically-grown grapes.

In 2018, Christine helped coordinate the Oregon Solidarity wines to help Southern Oregon winegrowers who had their contracts canceled just days before harvest. We team up with other Oregon wineries to collaboratively make and sell the wines with the net proceeds benefiting the  Rogue Valley Vintners to support vineyards in the region.

Christine is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds numerous wine certifications from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust. 

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Christine Clair, Winery Director

My conversation with Christine was quite robust and all that was missing was a goblet of the good grape in hand. You too will certainly enjoy the conversation we had in the podcast below:

Christine Clair, Winery Director

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Contact Christine

Email: christine.clair@wvv.com

LinkedIn: in/christine-collier-clair-5b378b15

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What a Dynamic Wonder Woman in Business, Julie Stapel of Morgan Lewis in Chicago!

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Julie Stapel

Employee Benefits Attorney Extraordinaire

About Julie…

Julie helps clients negotiate investment-related agreements of virtually every type, including investment management, trust, securities lending and transition management agreements, as well as many different types of trading agreements. She represents employee benefit plan investors in all types of private fund investments, negotiating fund documentation and side letters to address ERISA and other risk management issues. She also counsels financial services and investment management clients on ERISA compliance. 

Co-leader of the firm’s Fiduciary Duty Task Force, Julie also advises on fiduciary governance, including the formation and operation of benefit plan fiduciary committees.

She works with plan fiduciaries to implement ERISA compliance best practices and manage fiduciary risks. She also helps clients remain in compliance with ERISA’s ever-changing reporting and disclosure obligations.

Julie speaks frequently on ERISA-related topics. She has spoken before the Committee on the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA), the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), the John Marshall School of Law, and at various events sponsored by Pension and Investments magazine. In addition to these speaking engagements, she regularly addresses client fiduciary committees and investment staff, performing fiduciary training and presenting updates on changes in the law. She is also president of the Chicago Chapter of Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB).

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, she was a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation departments of an international law firm, resident in Chicago. Before that, she served as general counsel to a registered investment adviser, gaining experience with ERISA and its impact on investment managers and collective investment funds.

For the Fun Part…

Americans began listening to game shows on the radio and were immediately hooked on the excitement and thrill of competition. As television came of age in the 1940s and ’50s, game shows made a natural transition to the new medium. There’s something about watching contestants match wits onscreen: We love to play along, shouting answers at the television.

“We play games at home, we play games at parties, we go to clubs and play games. Americans love games,” says Bob Barker, host of the long-running “The Price Is Right.” Some game shows were edgy, such as “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” or they could be educational, such as “Jeopardy.”

Having fun with celebrities became a staple for Julie Stapel. She is bright, dynamic, witty, and has a lot of grit. Just as she tells stories of her lifelong love of game shows, I can bet the celebrities tell stories of Julie Stapel.

Here is her latest great moment on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”?

Julie Stapel

Contact Julie…

Julie K. Stapel
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
77 West Wacker Drive, Sixth Floor | Chicago, IL 60601
Direct: +1.312.324.1113 | Main: +1.312.324.1000 | Fax: +1.312.324.1001
julie.stapel@morganlewis.com | www.morganlewis.com

Connect with Julie…

LinkedIn:

in/juliestapel/

Twitter:

@JulieStapel


Wonder Woman in Business, Cheryl Aufdemberge

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Cheryl Aufdemberge

CEO, Big Red Tech Works, LLC

I always say a woman alone has power; collectively we have impact. Traditionally we have been taught to be competitive with one another, because there was such a scarcity of jobs at the top. It’s so clear that strategy doesn’t work. The truth is that raising each other up and channeling the power of collaboration is truly how we’ll change the equation—and have a lot more fun along the way.

There is a boys’ club where women never felt comfortable, so we decided to create a Girls’ Lounge more than six years ago where everyone feels like they belong. We discovered two things:

1. There is power in the pack.

2. You realize your strengths make the table better.

~ Shelley Zalis

About Cheryl

Cheryl is passionate about helping lawyers reach their digital marketing goals. She always wanted to practice law but the opportunity never arose so she chose to become a marketing tech serving the legal community.

Cheryl loves all things tech and social. Her years of experience reside in the realm of websites, blogs, e-marketing, CRM, social media and online research. Cheryl is a member of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City (FXofKC), International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA), Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC), and International Legal Technology Association (ILTA).

When she isn't working, you can find Cheryl planning/managing events for local nonprofit organizations.

There is so much about Cheryl that is special, different than most women. As the world tries to pit one woman against another — and many take the bait — Cheryl shows kind support for other women in business. She is a tech genius, understanding SEO and other social media strategies that help businesses and law firms succeed in raising their profiles and building their reputations.

Cheryl understand the art and science of lifting others. That, and she is a very funny woman. I love that about her. I am grateful to have Cheryl in my posse.

Cheryl Aufdemberge

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Contact Cheryl



Wonder Woman in Business, Michelle Tillis Lederman and "The Connector's Advantage"

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Michelle Tillis Lederman

CEO, Executive Essentials

Michelle Tillis Lederman, one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of four books including the internationally known, The 11 Laws of Likability, and the #1 new release The Connectors Advantage. Michelle is a connection creator and CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership programs for fortune 500, non-profit, university and government clients. A former finance executive and NYU Professor, Michelle is a regular in the media appearing on NBC, CBS, Fox, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, CNBC, and others. Michelle is known for helping people work better together and advance their individual impact.

Check out her new book The Connector’s Advantage!

Michelle and I had quite a robust yet warm conversation about so many powerful topics. You will enjoy the podcast, I am sure.

Michelle Tillis Lederman

Downloads:

Book images: https://michelletillislederman.com/resources-page/#photos

FREE GIFT Link: http://michelletillislederman.com/giftpack/

Book Bonuses: www.TheConnectorsAdvantage.com  

 

Social Media:

Website: http://www.michelletillislederman.com/  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleTillisLederman

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/communicationexpertspeaker

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mtlederman

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MichelleLederman

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtlederman/

Contact Michelle:

Michelle Tillis LedermanCSP, Connection Creator

www.MichelleTillisLederman.com

Author, The 11 Laws of Likability and The Connector’s Advantage

CEO, Executive Essentials, www.ExecutiveEssentials.org

Connect on  LinkedIn         

Phone: 973-531-7663

Helping People Work Better Together


Wonder Woman in Business, Badass Lady Legal Marketer, Katie Barnard

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Katherine Hollar Barnard

CEO, Firesign Marketing

Katherine (Katie) Hollar Barnard, Chief Executive Officer

Firesign | Enlightened Legal Marketing

Katie started Firesign to help legal industry clients attract, win and retain business. She draws upon more than 10 years of experience at two of the nation’s largest law firms to build brands that connect and business plans that deliver.

As the chief marketing officer at Lathrop & Gage, and then Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Katie led all business development and marketing communications for the national Am Law 200 firms. She started the client feedback program at Lathrop, now in its ninth year, and launched the award-winning agribusiness practice. Her full-scale rebrand of Shook earned “Best Identity” from the Legal Marketing Association’s Midwest chapter. During her Shook tenure, she also created a business development dashboard to show pitches and wins in real time, and most relevant to Firesign clients, her department brought in eight figures of new work.

Katie’s in-house marketing teams won recognition for branding, websites, internal programs and other tactics, but she may be more proud that she outlawed stock photos of gavels, law books and the scales of justice at both organizations.

Her experience extends beyond the discipline of marketing into the business of law; she is adept at marshalling resources, staff and technology. She has advised on leadership transitions, mergers and acquisitions, and office openings and closings.

A former journalist, Katie previously covered legal issues for the Associated Press and three newspapers. As a reporter, she learned to deliver under deadline, simplify complex ideas and wield a ruthless grammar standard.

Presentations

  • Young Lawyer Essentials: Biographies and Social Media, Johnson County (Kan.) Bar Association - May 2018

  • Professional Development Workshop, Hispanic National Bar Association LGBT Leadership Summit - September 2017

  • Artificial Intelligence: Harnessing the Power of AI and Selling It Internally, Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference - March 2017

  • The Power of Brands, International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting - February 2016

  • Keeping it Legal on Social Media, Social Media Club of Kansas City - January 2016

  • CMO Roundtable, Legal Marketing Association - Kansas City Chapter - October 2015

  • Avoiding Public Humiliation on Social Media, Public Relations Student Society of America Summit, Kansas City - September 2014

  • Taking a Traditional Business into the Social Era, Social Media Club of Kansas City - April 2014

  • Law Firm Technology and What Clients Want: IT as a Catalyst, LEGALTECH - February 2014

  • Social Media for Law Firms, Association of Legal Administrators – Greater Kansas City Chapter - October 2013

  • Why the CMO is the CIO’s Best Friend, International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference - August 2013

  • Yikes! We’re a Meme, Public Relations Society of America – Greater Kansas City Chapter - January 2013

  • Career 2020: Take Control of Your Destiny, International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference - August 2012

  • The Next Sanjay Gupta? Expertise, Content and Engaging with the Media, Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference - March 2012

  • Client Feedback: The Essential First Steps, Legal Marketing Association’s Client Feedback Webinar Series - September 2010

Katherine Hollar Barnard, CEO, Firesign Marketing

Picapalooza Just For Fun

Connect with Katie

T: 913.225.7707

E: khb@firesignmarketing.com

LinkedIn: in/katherinehollar

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Wonder Woman in Business, Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.

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Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.

Pat Gillette is one of the country’s leading experts and most sought-after speakers on gender diversity and equality.  She speaks regularly at law firm retreats, conferences, ABA meetings, State Bar meetings and industry events. 

For  most of the 40 years over which Pat practiced law, she was rated as a top employment litigator and trial lawyer by Chambers and other organizations and was a leader and rainmaker in her firms, At the end of 2015 she resigned as a partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, LLP to pursue her passion for empowering women through keynote speaking and writing.  She was also invited to join JAMS to mediate employment cases and now has a successful mediation practice. 

Pat’s newest book, ”Rainmakers:  Born or Bred” is filled with practical tactics and strategies that can be easily implemented to enhance business development skills and books of business.  The book highlights the nationally acclaimed Rainmaker Study and includes helpful tips from rainmakers and clients across the country. This groundbreaking study, coupled with Ms. Gillette’s insights from her own experiences, brings a fresh perspective and approach to business development.

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Rainmakers: Born or Bred

Stripping back the negative associations many lawyers have with the ‘S’ word – selling – is a crucial step in redefining a lawyers approach to business development. This book explores the benefits to stepping out of the safety net of simply being a great lawyer – which, in today’s market, is a given. Successful rainmakers know how to truly engage with clients, to understand their business needs and challenges, and how to make their lives easier. These are the skills that attract and build sustainable, rewarding client relationships.

Rainmakers: Born or Bred helps you to identify those seemingly intangible aspects of selling that many lawyers think are unachievable, and provides you with practical ideas to implement as you set out on your journey to improve your business development skills. Packed with opinions and advice from actual clients and rainmakers alike, it will help you to make the most of the business development opportunities that present themselves every day – while staying true to your own personality.

Pat has been widely recognized for her work to advance women in the profession. Most recently, she was chosen as the 2018 recipient of the ABA Margaret Brent Award, the highest honor given to women lawyers for professional achievements and advancing the interests of women in the profession.  She has also received the ABA Golden Hammer Award, the California Women Lawyers Association’s Fay Stender Award, the Transformational Leadership Award as one of the Top Women Rainmakers, and the Barristers Association of San Francisco Award of Merit. 

Pat is the co-founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women. Her team at the 2016 Diversity Lab Hackathon created the Mansfield Rule, requiring that 30% of all candidates for leadership positions be women or minorities.  The Mansfield Rule has been adopted by over 60 firms nationwide and is increasing the visibility and pipeline of women and minorities for leadership positions in firms and organizations.

Pat has been a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a member of ABA’s Gender Equity Task Force, Co-Chair of the BASF No Glass Ceiling Initiative, a member of the National Women Lawyers Association Board and Foundation, and she serves on several non-profit boards dedicated to protecting and promoting women, including Equal Rights Advocates and DirectWomen,

Pat is the proud mother of two successful and enlightened sons and lives in Kensington, California with her husband of 40+ years.  She was an elected official in her town and is active in political and community organizations and activities. We had a fantastic and quite robust conversation on our recent podcast. Enjoy the conversation here…

Patricia K. Gillette, Esq.

Pat is available for engagements ranging from Keynote Addresses to Boardroom Consultations. She has delivered talks to premiere institutions and organizations throughout the country.  

To Connect with Pat:

Visit Pat’s website: patriciagillette.com
Visit Pat’s LinkedIn page: in/patriciagillette