Featured Daytime Talks

Moderated by Dr. Hollis Robbins, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Sonoma State University

4:30 – 4:45 pm Nicole Humber, owner, Bravo Restoration Construction
Rising up in a men's industry and overcoming the hurdles of a hectic business while maintaining balance in her home life.

4:45 – 5 pm Lisa Carreño, President/CEO, United Way of the Wine County
Talk Topic: Connectedness and creating change.

5-5:15 pm Brent Thomson, COO, Pacific Union International, Inc.
How to get to your authentic self.

5:15 – 5:30 pm Penny Gadd-Coster, Winemaker, Breathless Sparkling Wines
Woman in Wine—inspiring us with her decision to be a winemaker and the path she chose.

5:30 – 5:45 pm Jenny Webley, owner, Portobello Hats & The Hattery
The Art of millinery.

5:45 – 6 pm Kim Manley, owner, KM Herbals
Botanical & essential oil blends for fall & winter health/well-being.

A Conversation with the Experts, Presented by Summit State Bank
5:30 – 6 p.m. The Importance of Managing Your Finances and Planning for Retirement
Kate Wilusz, CEO, Wilusz and Associates and Renee Mengali, President, Mengali Accountancy


About the Daytime Speakers

Moderator: Dr. Hollis Robbins, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University has appointed Dr. Hollis Robbins as the new Dean of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Robbins has served as Chair of the Humanities Department in the Peabody Conservatory and Director for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Nicole Humber, owner, Bravo Restoration Construction
Nicole Humber has worked her way up in less than 10 years from a receptionist to the owner of Bravo Restoration & Construction, an industry once occupied only by men. She’s striving for Bravo to be recognized as the No. 1 emergency service company in the North Bay which you are grateful to have encountered after unexpected disasters have hit.

Lisa Carreño, President/CEO, United Way of the Wine Country
Lisa G. Carreño graduated from The Catholic University of America and practiced law in Maryland and California. She directed the Maryland Commission for Women, YWCA Sonoma County, and 10,000 Degrees before joining United Way of the Wine Country as President/CEO.

Brent Thomson, COO, Pacific Union International, Inc.
Although Brent has a proven track record of motivating top performers in a highly competitive industry, her real passion lies with inspiring women to be the best that they can be physically at any age. Thirty days prior to her 60th birthday, Brent ran the Everest Marathon at 19,000 feet in 8 hours and 12 minutes! As an “ultra” marathoner and an international skyrunner (high altitude endurance races) she takes the sport to the next level.

Penny Gadd-Coster, Winemaker, Breathless Sparkling Wines
Penny brings more than 35 years of experience to Rack & Riddle and Breathless wines. A highly acclaimed winemaker, Penny began her career at Jordan followed by J and has mentored under the likes of Rob Davis, André Tchelistcheff, Oded Shakked and Raphael Brisbois. Her talents have earned numerous medals, 90+ ratings and the distinction of “Winemaker of the Year”.

Jenny Webley, owner, Portobello Hats & The Hattery
Jennifer Webley, owner of Portobello Hats and The Hattery of Sonoma County, has loved hats as long as she can remember. Influenced by her love of film and theatre, Jennifer starting collecting vintage hats at the age of 17. The Hattery provides an opportunity to teach the art of hat making to others and collaborate with clients on the design of bespoke hats for men and women.

Kim Manley, owner, KM Herbals
Kim Manley is the founder of KM Herbals, Inc., a practicing herbalist, aromatherapist, massage therapist and celebrated educator who embodies a unique approach to mindfully-crafted aromatherapy and botanical personal care products.

Kate Wilusz, CEO, Wilusz and Associates
Kate Wilusz, CFP, CRPC is the president and CEO of Wilusz & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial. Kate started her firm in 2004, with offices in Santa Rosa and San Francisco, and is a practicing certified financial planner. Kate focuses in comprehensive financial planning and specializes in women’s financial planning, complex equity compensation and the issues faced by business owners.

Renee Mengali, President, Mengali Accountancy
Renee is the President of Mengali Accountancy, an accounting firm located in heart of Healdsburg. She is a licensed certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Pacific Union College as well as an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. Renee has 22 years of accounting experience and helps others better understand their business finance.

Event and Ticket Information

When: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Schedule: 4 – 6:30 pm The Experience (more than an Expo!
6:30 – 8:30 pm Women in Conversation Speakers
Where: Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA
Questions: Email Ginger Hopkins or 707-526-8604

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