Upcoming NBBJ conferences and events

North Bay Business Journal Business Symposium

Tuesday, March 28th 2023 Registration and Check in opens at 9:30


Topic: “Building an effective multi-generational workplace,” with renowned speaker Jeff Butler

Modern day workplace has four generations working under one roof. Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials and soon Generation Z all work together to accomplish common organizational goals. But with differences in each of these generation’s viewpoints, upbringings, culture, ideas, beliefs and experiences, it is likely to see some tiffs or clashes within the organization. This makes managing four different generations in the workplace an extremely difficult task to accomplish, though not impossible. With right guidance, support and advice, the task of managing these four generations under one roof is achievable. That support may come in various forms, one of which is this program.

  • Discover potential points of generational conflict and tactics to handle them.
  • Learn how to strengthen cross-generational communication.
  • Obtain specific strategies to leverage multi-generational opportunities.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Location: Flamingo Resort, Santa Rosa

  • 9:30 a.m.: Networking and check-in
  • 10:30: Presentation by Jeff Butler (“Building an effective multi-generational workplace”), followed by Q&A

We expect this event to SELL OUT! Purchase TICKETS HERE

Influential Women Awards Nominations

Nominations opened March 1: NOMINATE HERE

Nominations for outstanding women in the North Bay who are making a difference in the business world with their accomplishments and contributions.

Eligibility requirements:

  • North Bay women business leaders who are making a difference in the business world.
  • North Bay women business leaders whose work has had sustained positive social impact.
  • North Bay women business leader that consistently goes above and beyond in advancing in their workplaces and in the community.
  • Nominees must live or work in the North Bay Area: Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Lake or Mendocino counties.

Only one nomination is needed. Judging is based on the quality of the individual, not the quantity of nominations.

Nominations end March 31st, 2023

Wine Industry Conference

When: Thursday, April 20th, 2023


  • 8–9 a.m.: Registration and networking
  • 9–11 a.m.: Wine conference

Where: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa

KEYNOTE: Rick Tigner-Jackson Family Wines

TOPIC: Cultivating Diversity and a Culture of Belonging-Successful approaches to cultivating a culture of belonging among employees and the greater wine industry

Introduction: Lorez Bailey


Understanding the motivation of the younger wine consumer. Addressing the looming demand problem

Andrea Smalling, Wine Direct

Ed Feuchuk-Tank, Garage Winery

Ali Wente, Wente Winery (Still not confirmed meeting 3/17)

Moderator: William Vyenielo, Senior Business Consultant, Moss Adams


How has the pandemic changed DTC? Post Pandemic, what is your go to market strategy?

Alex Jones, Gary Farrell Winery

Remi Cohen, Domain Carneros

Cathy Huyghe, Enolytics

Moderator: Farella Braun Attorney


Thanks to our sponsors:

Best Places to Work Nominations Open

Nominate your company March 13 - April 10


Nominate an outstanding place to work in the North Bay!

Eligibility Requirements

Companies and/or organizations must have a location in the North Bay Area: Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Lake or Mendocino Counties with a minimum of 15 employees.

Only one nomination is needed. Nominated companies will be contacted once nominations are closed and asked to complete a more detailed Company Profile and have to ask their employees to complete an anonymous employee survey.

Judging is based on the quality of the company and its survey scores, not the quantity of nominations.

Forty Under 40 Awards celebration

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Where: Saralee and Richards Barn at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa

Questions? Email our events team HERE

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! We expect this event to SELL OUT!

Women in the Wine Business — SOLD OUT!

The North Bay Business Journal is pleased to welcome inspiring female innovators in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County wine industry to speak at our first-ever Women in the Wine Business Conference.

Thursday, March 16, 9–11 a.m.

Freemark Abbey Winery, St. Helena

Purchase tickets HERE. SOLD OUT!


Economic Outlook Conference in Partnership with Sonoma State University

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Sonoma State University Ballroom, Rohnert Park

Presenting partner: Exchange Bank and Sonoma State University

Influential Women Awards

May 2023 — Date and location TBD

Pride Business Leadership Awards

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Carston Cabaret Room at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa

Impact Marin Conference

September 2023

Best Places to Work Awards

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts outdoor pavilion, Santa Rosa

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023

Presenting partner: Exchange Bank

North Bay Business Journal Leadership Conference

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023

Hyatt Vineyard Creek, Santa Rosa

Diversity in Leadership Awards

October 2023

Gold partner: Exchange Bank

Excellence in Construction Awards

November 2023

Gold partner: Exchange Bank

CEO Spotlight Reception

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023

Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa

Book of Lists 2024

January 2024

Book sponsor: Exchange Bank