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The Vibrant: Stacy Jed

Co-Owner, Bluestem Brasserie

“Almost across the board, most female leaders in this industry are badass, tough-as-nails with passionate hearts of gold. The duality between these two characteristics is what sets women apart with their pioneer-minds.”

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The Vibrant: Stacy Jed
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The Determined: Lori Baker

Pastry Consultant, Bluestem Brasserie

“I’m thankful to have worked with so many talented women and hope we’ll continue to see more females work in our kitchens and restaurants.”

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The Determined: Lori Baker
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The Dedicated: Sharon Nahm

Executive Chef, E&O

“Don’t wait for things to come your way.  Ask lots of questions and be willing to work longer and harder than everyone else.”

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The Dedicated: Sharon Nahm
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The Supreme: Joanne Weir

Co-Owner, Copita

“Women have tremendous palates and work ethics.  We don’t play with food, we cook to nurture and feed.”

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The Supreme: Joanne Weir
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The Effervescent: Amy Svendberg

Managing Partner, Poggio

“Our industry is ever evolving, more so now than ever.  Don’t be afraid to try something new, but don’t ever stray away from the basics: great food and outstanding hospitality.”

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The Effervescent: Amy Svendberg
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The New Guard: Caitlin Mackey

General Manager, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

“I knew that I moved out here for a reason and I knew what I wanted from my career and my life, and somebody else’s opinion wasn’t going to deter me from that.”

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The New Guard: Caitlin Mackey
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The Aficionado: Kayleigh Guyon  

Executive Pastry Chef, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

“I’ve been really fortunate in that I’ve worked in a lot of kitchens that have been very gender neutral, where we have equality. It’s been pretty amazing because I know that’s not the norm.”

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The Aficionado: Kayleigh Guyon  
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The Mentor: Jen Nurse

Owner, Co-Founder and Lead Cooking Instructor, The Civic Kitchen

"I think each woman is different, as is each man. We each have our own gifts and challenges; our job in life is to maximize the gifts and overcome the challenges."

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The Mentor: Jen Nurse
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The Timeless: Diane Dovholuk

Master Gardener, Wente Vineyards

“There are times I’ve really had to dig my heels in and say, this is the way I think, and this is what I think, and this is what I want. And they will respect you for that. You have to really, sometimes, just stand your ground.”

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The Timeless: Diane Dovholuk
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The Classic: Jordan Wente

5th Generation Winegrower/Project Manager, Wente Vineyards

“Really it was when I had children that I thought, this is just such an amazing legacy that my family has built over five generations and I want to dive in and build that legacy even more to give it to my kids.”

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The Classic: Jordan Wente
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The Connoisseur: Zoe Hankins

Sommelier and Beverage Manager, Acacia House at Las Alcobas

“Women don’t have to be overbearing in their position or bossy in that regard, but rather they have a sense of ownership in what they’re doing and can be very proud of that.”

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The Connoisseur: Zoe Hankins