Friday, November 9 we are celebrating a pair of influential women leaders. Sandy Davis, Founder and Owner of Davis Estates, will be spending her birthday honoring Actor and Activist Geena Davis with the Davis Estates Visionary Tribute.
Sandy is a fan of Geena’s on-screen accomplishments, such as A League of Their Own and Thelma & Louise, and Friday will recognize her visionary achievements advocating for women in film.
Sandy is a visionary in her own right both in her own business ventures and as an proponent for women business leaders. After the sale of their information technology company ACS Mike and Sandy Davis were looking to invest in a different industry when they remembered their love of the Napa Valley.
“We have long been fascinated by wine, the Napa vineyards and the wineries we first visited early in our marriage,” said Sandy. Since purchasing the historic 155-acre property featuring a 102-year old barn, Mike and Sandy have utilized their tech background to combine tradition with innovation and create a top-of-the-line product.
“We embrace technology to make the best wines possible. Using the newest state of the art equipment for production and control benefits our winemakers and staff. It has increased efficiency from harvest and crush through the entire winemaking process. Our goal is to make memorable wines and for our guests to have an unforgettable experience from beginning to end.”
Sandy has also produced her own wine label, Hungry Blonde, as a tribute to her own “Hunger for life!”
“The term ‘Hungry Blonde’ was coined by my husband Mike to honor and recognize my passions and continued desire to learn, grow and experience this world and this life.”
In addition to being a pioneer of the tech industry, Sandy also serves as a leader in the business community. “As a founding member of the Orange County Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), I saw the value of joining with other professionals to support, mentor and network with other like minded women. WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) is the large national organization that among other things, certifies women-owned business as true entrepreneurs and owners. It’s purpose is to support, educate and provide opportunities for these female founders and business leaders to connect with major corporations. A nationally known Telecom customer suggested that this organization was both something I would enjoy and could greatly benefit our business.”
Sandy’s dedication to women’s empowerment through leadership in these groups has led her to recognize and admire visionary advocates for women like Geena Davis, who has tirelessly campaigned for women in the film industry.
“Geena recognized a void in her chosen industry and became an agent of change within it. She has stated that among other goals, today’s girls and young women need to see female role models and not be limited in anyway by their gender.” Geena has worked to accomplish this through her non-profit organization the Geena Davis Institute on Gender that in Media, which has brought about awareness in many ways including the new documentary, This Changes Everything. The documentary explores the film industry’s blatant gender bias through the experiences of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Geena herself.
“There have been blips on the radar for years but the #METOO movement has elevated it to a level we have not seen sustained in the past. I have long been a fan of diversity and ‘leveling’ the playing fields in all industries: empowering women to have the same opportunities as men. I think it sets a positive tone for the younger generation. There is a long way to go but at least there is open dialog.”
Join Sandy and Geena on Friday, November 9 at the Lincoln Theater for a screening of This Changes Everything and the Davis Estates Visionary Tribute to Geena Davis.