The Universal Language of Food and Wine
Amelia Morán Ceja
President and CEO
The holiday season is here again, and our thoughts turn to feasting with family and friends. In the convivial spirit of food and wine, Dialogue brings you Amelia Ceja, President an CEO of Ceja Vineyards, to discuss her cross-border passions: wine, family and food.
Amelia’s family-owned business, Ceja Vineyards, is an ultra-premium winery founded in 1999 by Amelia, her husband, Pedro, and their family. Located in the Carneros region of Sonoma County, Ceja Vineyards is dedicated to sustainable agriculture in producing a diverse portfolio of award-winning varietal and blended wines from Napa and Sonoma estate-grown grapes.
Not surprisingly, food is another of Amelia’s passions. She began cooking on her own at age eight in the kitchen of her grandmother, who taught her about fresh ingredients and the flavors of Mexican cuisine. She has produced more than 140 video blogs demonstrating how to cook Mexican cuisine and pair it with wines.
Amelia grew up in Jalisco, Mexico and Napa Valley. Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1967 and settled in Napa Valley as vineyard workers. Twelve-year-old Amelia often worked right beside her mother picking grapes and tending the vines. After studying history and literature at UC San Diego, she returned to Napa Valley to take up her career in the wine business.
And what a career it is! Amelia and her Ceja wines have garnered many awards over the years. Notably, the California legislature recognized Amelia as “Woman of the Year” in 2005 for “breaking the glass ceiling in a very competitive business,” the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery.
Amelia knows how to give back, too. She and her family maintain community involvement through their leadership, volunteerism and fundraising. Amelia has lobbied in D.C. for legislation to improve farm worker safety and works to educate our youth about the importance of leaders like Cesar Chavez to the cause of farm workers. Local targets for fundraising include early education and healthcare access.
Please join us on November 13 to kick off the 2019 holiday season with Dialogue and Amelia Ceja, winemaker, leader, ceiling-breaker and chef extraordinaire.
The Future Will Be Wetter:
Planning for Sea Level Rise in Marin County
Chris Choo, Principal Watershed Planner
County of Marin Department of Public Works
We all have seen the flooding around Tam Valley and Highway 37 that occurs with high tides and storms, so we know it’s real. What is Marin County doing to anticipate rising sea levels in our communities? A lot, it turns out.
At our meeting in September, Chris Choo will address the County’s efforts to assess the expected impacts of sea level rise on our bay shoreline and to plan for adaptation strategies with local cities and towns. Ms. Choo manages BayWAVE, Marin Bay Waterfront Adaptation Vulnerability Evaluation, which is a focused vulnerability assessment of the eastern Marin shoreline. The goal of BayWAVE is to increase awareness and preparation for future sea level rise impacts in coordination with multiple Marin jurisdictions.
Do join us on September 11 to hear Ms. Choo’s assessment of our vulnerabilities to sea level rise, and what coordination the County of Marin and our towns and cities are doing to adapt.
Chris Choo, principal watershed planner for Marin County Department of Public Works, supports Marin communities with sea level rise, flood protection, and watershed restoration. She manages BayWAVE, the sea level rise planning and adaptation program for the bay shoreline in Marin. Since starting with the County’s Watershed Program in 2008, she works to bring science and technical information to the public to make good decisions for better communities. She was involved in launching the www.MarinWatersheds.org and www.MarinSLR.org websites; identifies project and funding options to reduce flooding and increase habitat; and supports regional planning for water resources through the North Bay Watershed Association and the Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management planning process. With sea level rise, Chris works with communities and local and regional governments to plan for a wetter future.
Racial Justice with the YWCA
Director of Social Change
YWCA San Francisco & Marin
It isn’t nice to think that we aren’t very nice. But researchers in the growing field of implicit bias say that all of us have prejudices - even racial and sexual ones - that are subconscious, hidden even to ourselves.
Simply put, our brains notice patterns and make generalizations, or form stereotypes. That useful tendency of our brains to perceive patterns sets us up to overgeneralize, sometimes leading to discrimination even when we think we are being fair. In other words, we are blind to our own brain’s biases.
Laura Eberly will be our Wednesday Morning Dialogue speaker on July 10. She will help us illuminate our own implicit biases and therefore enable us to more effectively discuss prejudice in ourselves and inequality in our community.
Laura serves as the Director of Social Change at YWCA San Francisco and Marin. YWCA is an international organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. Laura leads YWCA’s Inclusion Inventory DEI consulting program as well as the organization’s legislative and coalition advocacy. She comes to this work from extensive community organizing and leadership development experience. Laura holds degrees in Public Policy (BA) and Social Service Administration (MA) from the University of Chicago and has trained with Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training, as well as the Catalyst Project’s Anne Braden Fellowship.
For slides of the program, click here.
"Let our first care today be the re-establishment of our physical strength, the reconstruction of our national organism, so that in future, where the respect due to us cannot be won by entreaty, it may be commanded, and where it cannot be commanded, it may be enforced."
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
Gloria Steinem, journalist and activist