Julia Jackson is a lady, who since her formative years has had a vested interest in the wine making industry. As a young girl, she got into the art of winemaking through her industrious father. During her school holidays, Julia took up work at many Jackson family wineries and happened to make friends with one French lady whose parent was an employee at Jackson’s family winery. Since then, these two women have nurtured their friendship, and it is the French woman that has been able to assist Julia to advance her knowledge on wines.
She presently works at Jackson Family Wines in conjunction with an international sales team. To this end, she has been able to introduce different wine blends that are unique in her family to the rest of the world. Julia Jackson currently works as a spokesperson for Cambria Estates. Julia has also been instrumental in the creation of the Cambria Seeds of Empowerment program, a non-profit organization meant to celebrate women who have survived and thrived through times of great hardship. Julia believes that she is the girl she is presently due to her mother who was a role model to her as she was growing up. Despite Julia’s passion for wine, she also has an impressive education record having studied at Scripps College, and at the Stanford Summer Institute of General Management.
The distinct taste from Jackson Family Wineries takes a lot of time and energy to prepare. However, the efforts pay off since their brands of wines are globally recognized. To get the best wine, they put much emphasis on a particular vineyard parcel. The parcel then undergoes careful preparation and its soils nurtured to provide the best grade of fruit for wine distilling. Some of the prominent brands of wines that in production by the Julia Jackson’s Wineries include La Crema, Freemark Abbey, Verite, Lokoya, and Hartford.
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Malini Saba is a force to be reckoned with in the entrepreneurial world. She started out as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley during the 1990’s, with an extensive investment career that included such technological giants as PayPal Inc., Netscreen Technologies, Sycamore Networks Inc., and many more. The founder of Saban, she seized the opportunity to start her own firm after not being able to join an already existing venture capitalist group. Saban has a variety of investments worldwide, including technology, energy, and real estate, with investments spread across the United States, China, Australia, and India. How did Malini accomplish this? By taking risks. She prides herself in exploring new frontiers, exploring business opportunities in places where most people will not go. Her advice to other entrepreneurs is the same: do your research and then go for whatever it is. She credits her own success with trusting her gut and tells others to take the same risks. And while not every risk pays off, Malini refuses to have regrets. Every step has taught her something and made her who she is today. Even when investments went wrong, when corruption forced a deal to fail, she has always fought for herself, for her business ventures, and in the end learned a great deal.
She is the founder of Stree: Global Investments in Women, an organization which hopes to change the way women and children in poverty view themselves and the roles available to them. It is no wonder that a visit to her website begins with the following quote: “Women have the power to make the world better if we stand togeter united, regardless of race, religion, size, or social status.” Malini has also donated directly to charities in need, including one million dollars towards the Heart Research Center for South Asians in California, at the El Camino Hospital in Mountainview, and ten million to victims in India and Sri Lanka who suffered from the tragic 2004 Tsunami.
You can learn more about Malini on her website, or connect with her on Linked In, Crunchbase, or Slideshare.