Full Name
Jolene Yee
Job Title
General Counsel & VP Govt Affairs
Delicato Family Wines
Speaker Bio
Jolene Yee, Vice President and General Counsel of Delicato Family Vineyards, leads a small but fierce Legal Department, including alcohol beverage trade practices compliance. Her practice encompasses all aspects of winery operations, including legal strategy, M&A, domestic and cross-border commercial transactions, trademark, employment counseling, policy analysis and development, and general corporate representation. Prior to joining Delicato, she spent over a decade advising E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest winery, following a short stint with a tech firm in the Silicon Valley and a slightly longer stint as a Foreign Legal Consultant representing American and European clients in general business matters and acquisitions of financially distressed companies with a large law firm in Seoul, Korea.

Jolene is a member of the Professional Faculty for the Sonoma State University Global Executive MBA in Wine Business, and is a member of the team who developed the innovative and experiential curriculum that includes a hybrid of online learning and residential intensives.

Jolene holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal and more recently served on the Hastings Employer Advisory Counsel. She was previously an adjunct instructor at Hastings.

Jolene has a history of supporting women in education and in business, and in building programs at work that help support, mentor, and advance women in the workplace. She strongly believes that a more diverse leadership means a more successful company, and is a founding member and Chair Emeritus of the Delicato Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Jolene lives in Napa, California with her husband John, two children, large lab Moonshine, and a couple chickens. When she’s not working, teaching, or chasing her two kids, you’ll likely find her having a glass of rose with her husband or writing music with her band The Sirens.
Jolene Yee