MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS – SUMMER HAPPENINGS
Through the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation, the Association contributes to the community through local charitable, art and educational and scholarship organizations with proceeds from its various events, such as Santa Barbara Wine Auction, held every other year and benefitting Direct Relief International, and silent auctions at all the Association’s festivals.
ABOUT MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN:
Morgen has been deeply involved in the wine and tourism industries since childhood through her family's various projects on the East Coast and Colorado. Wanting to follow her own path outside of wine, Morgen graduated from Boston College with degrees in English and Secondary Education. As she prepared to enroll in Graduate School, she was pulled back into the family wine business as the General Manager and eventual Co-owner of McLaughlin Vineyards. After twelve years at the winery and diversifying the business into special events, direct to consumer initiatives and ag-tourism projects, she left to become the President and CEO of Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association in Corning, New York. Morgen led the organization and region through six and a half years of tremendous growth and national and international visibility. Morgen lives in Santa Barbara County with her husband (a fellow wine professional) and three sons. She currently serves on the Visit Santa Barbara Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Board of Directors, Santa Barbara County Agriculture Advisory Committee, and the Santa Barbara County Right to Farm Committee.
PARENTING EXPERT AND CEO OF COOLMOMPICKS.COM, KRISTEN CHASE - HOW NOT TO LOSE YOUR COOL THIS BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON!
Parenting Expert and CEO of CoolMomPicks.com, Kristen Chase shares tips on shopping, scheduling and boosting kids’ creativity both in and out of the classroom
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over, and soon the kids will be boarding the bus to start a new school year! With the start of a new academic year also comes new schedules, subjects and supplies. Not sure where to start?
Parenting expert Kristen Chase will be available for interviews on July 29th to talk about how to transition your kids smoothly out of summer mode and get excited for reading, writing and arithmetic! From establishing a new morning routine to navigating the school supply aisle, Kristen will share tips, tricks, and cool products to get the entire family ready for back to school. Plus, viewers will get the first look at the Cool Mom Picks 2016 Back to School guide, a much-anticipated annual parent's helper that's become a resource for millions of parents every year.
She’ll also discuss the importance of getting back to basics in the digital age. While tablets and computers have become important educational tools, research shows that handwriting promotes critical thinking, reading comprehension, fine motor skills development, creativity and even self-confidence. Kristen can share her favorite ways to put pen to paper!
ABOUT KRISTEN CHASE
Kristen Chase is a mom of four and CEO/Co-Publisher of CoolMomPicks.com, which, for the last 10 years has published a widely-read Back to School Guide for parents, featuring everything from the coolest backpacks and lunchboxes, to must-have school supplies, and of course, ways to help parents survive the busy time with their sanity intact.
She's been seen on HLN, CNN, and The Today Show, as well as in myriad publications talking about parenting culture and sharing, practical down-to-earth parenting tips, and is the co-host of the popular Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcast, which has been named a top parenting podcast by Huffington Post and The Washington Post.
Based in Philly, when she's not driving around her four kids, she's reminding them to write those handwritten thank-you notes, something she feels very strongly about, especially in this age of tech-everything.
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