The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington is proud to present Oregon wine pioneer, industry icon and author Susan Sokol Blosser. Susan will share highlights and lessons learned from her amazing entrepreneurial journey as documented in her new book, Letting Go: How One Entrepreneur Energized Her Business, Empowered the Next Generation and Embraced a Bold New Vision.
This meeting will also feature two member spotlight presentations.
WHO: Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington (WEO)
WHAT: monthly meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662
HOW MUCH: $39.50 advance reservations for members/$49.50 visitors includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip
Meredith McKell Graff, McKell Graff, PLLC
Julienne Valois, Ameriprise Financial
Susan Sokol Blosser
About the speaker:
When women were rarely decision makers in business or agriculture, Susan Sokol Blosser, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry, distinguished herself in both. For over three decades, Susan managed every aspect of the Sokol Blosser Winery operation. As vineyard manager from 1980-1990, she drove the tractor, did hand work (pruning, suckering, pulling leaves, and thinning the crop), and used a forklift to load grapes onto flatbed trucks. As president from 1991-2007, she saw Sokol Blosser grow to become one of the largest and most innovative Oregon wineries, with national and international distribution.
Susan was a forerunner in instituting environmentally friendly business practices at Sokol Blosser and practicing the triple bottom line concept of people, planet, profit. With its certified organic vineyard, the first LEED (US Green Building Council’s certification) certified winery building in the US, and business practices based on the Natural Step model of sustainability, the winery made social responsibility and its environmental ethic priorities, while still pursuing its vision of producing remarkable wines.
Then, at the height of her career, she did something rare in family businesses — she chose to transition control of the winery to her children. Not one to go quietly into retirement, Susan focused her energies on the local community, founding the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) in 2011. It was created, says Susan, “to enrich Yamhill County with projects in education and the arts, food and agriculture, history and community. YES strives to find innovation, creativity, collaboration and efficiency in all of its endeavors.” Susan holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a M.A.T. from Reed College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Portland, citing her entrepreneurship within the context of environmental and social responsibility. She’s received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Women for WineSense and the Oregon Wine Board and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Marylhurst University.
She and her husband, Russ Rosner, Sokol Blosser’s Winemaker Emeritus, live in a home at the vineyard with three cats, eight chickens and a Tibetan Terrier.
Networking begins at 5:30
Dinner at 6
Spotlight speakers at 7
Keynote from 7:15-8
Meeting ends at 8:15
Sherry Creamed Potatoes
Spinach Salad w/ Sliced Red Onion, Mushrooms & Bacon Vinaigrette
Roasted Zucchini & Yellow Squash with Cherry Tomatoes & Mushrooms
Chocolate Chunk Brownies
Reservations are required; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register here: http://weowa.org/Jun-17-2015
The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Southwest Washington is an association of women business owners who meet the third Wednesday of each month at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington to share knowledge, to network and to support one another in business endeavors.