In this episode, Kathy talks with Samara Kaufman-Waldman, sommelier and strategist with proven success in action and growth plans in both the non-profit and social impact business sectors. Since falling in love with winemaking in college, wine has been part of Samara’s life for more than 20 years. She’s a Certified Sommelier and her passion is organic, bio-dynamic and sustainable wines.
Samara’s journey is one where she finds her place between ambition and service to others. Samara had a calling to work in a field where she could help others. Where she could give more to the world than what she was taking from it. She eventually reached her end career goal of becoming an executive director but it wasn’t what she expected it would be. She struggled with the way she wanted to use her ambitious drive and skill set and fulfill her need to provide service to others. While working as a business professional, Samara never lost her calling and appreciation for wine. Samara and Kathy talk about the trials and tribulations Samara went through to get to where she is now.
Since launching Cinagro Wine in 2016, she’s been excited to take every opportunity to create a fun, energetic, approachable tasting experience and share her love of wine with others. Prior to launching Cinagro Wine Experience, she worked for 15 years in Strategy and Innovation. Samara lives in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, two children and rescue dog.
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About Kathy Guzmán Galloway:
Kathy Guzmán Galloway is a girl mom, entrepreneur, strategist and 20 year veteran of the CPG marketing world. She is the CEO at kgalloway consulting, where she helps small businesses to Fortune 500 organizations drive growth with strategy and innovation. She’s also the founder and CEO of Dual Language Family - a travel and language startup that helps families raising bilingual children connect language learning to real people and experiences. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas, proud daughter of Dominican Republic immigrants, who loves cooking, beaches and 90’s merengue.
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Fork in the Road Podcast shares the stories of women who have faced the choice between leaning into an invested career in Corporate America or daring to venture onto an unknown path. So many women in Corporate America today are facing a Fork in the Road: the choice between staying with what you know and working to transform it into what you want - or risking it all for the unknown and manifesting something better. Because not every road is right for every one, listen to these stories to inspire you to choose yours.