Shannon Donnell
Grower Relations and Vineyard Operations Manager
Brown-Forman Corporation - Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

“Working in vineyard production, I have the opportunity to lead and develop a diverse team of employees, whom are focused on continuous improvement every day, with the result being the creation of a tangible product that enhances the lives of our consumers, Wine!”

As Grower Relations and Vineyard Operations Manager of Brown-Forman Corporation’s Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Shannon Donnell’s passionate curiosity has served her well as a female in Science and Agriculture. Her deep interest in science, viticulture and winemaking began during her studies at UC Davis, where she researched the resistance of grapevines to Pierce's Disease, and worked on various grapevine genetic research projects. She has also worked as a pest control adviser for both Napa and Sonoma counties, later moving on as viticulturist for Duckhorn Vineyards. Shannon's thirst for knowledge and interest in increasing the quality of grapes in the winemaking business is evident in her ongoing pursuit of education, research and excellence.

As one of the first people to complete the Executive MBA program in Wine Business at Sonoma State University, Shannon is a strong and humble leader within Brown-Forman and Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. Her role on Sonoma-Cutrer’s leadership team has been integral to the organization’s long-term strategy, as well as the growth of team members and partnerships. Thanks to her mentoring, on-the-spot coaching and ongoing support, colleagues look to Shannon for guidance on business, operations, work-life balance and more. Described as accessible, approachable and visible to her colleagues on a daily basis, she is an excellent role model who balances her professional and family life incredibly well.

Focused on sharing her knowledge and leadership with others, Shannon has served on industry boards such as Russian River Valley Winegrowers and the Sonoma State University Mentor Program. She was also recognized as the 2016 Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. She’s committed to the growth and development of women and Latinos in the workplace, as evidenced by her involvement in internal employee resource groups such as GROW (Growing Remarkable Outstanding Women) and COPA. By founding GROW, Shannon encourages women to unlock their full potential, communicate with impact, build a career, and more. With COPA, she focuses on Spanish as a second language to ensure effective communication with everyone in her professional sphere.  

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