Sonoma County Winegrowers’ President Embarks on Marshall Memorial Fellowship

Published on October 8, 2015

On September 29, SCW President Karissa Kruse embarked on her global adventure as a participant in the Marshal Memorial Fellowship program. Karissa was selected from more than 700 nominees across the globe and is one of only 34 fellows representing the United States. She is also the first Sonoma County resident to ever receive this prestigious fellowship.

The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) is the flagship leadership development program for German Marshall Fund of the United States, granting fellowship awards to the leaders from all sectors, including business, government, and civil society. Fellows, like Karissa, engage in 6 months of preparation designed to enhance their understanding of transatlantic relations before embarking on 24 days of immersion. Karissa will concentrate her focus on global issues that impact Sonoma County’s grape growing and farming businesses, including best practices in sustainable farming, agri-tourism and wine marketing.

Karissa will be posting updates throughout her fellowship journey, documenting what she’s learned, fascinating people she’s met along the way, and much more.  You can follow along on social media, including Twitter.

You can follow her at @KarissaLKruse

Make sure to check back on this page where she will be posting video blogs about her experiences.

Video #19: Champagne Meeting with Growers and Vignerons

Video #18: Paris Meeting with European Confederation of Independent Winegrowers

Video #17: Paris Overview

Video #16: Belgrade Visist to Aleksandrovic Winery

Video #15: Belgrade, Serbia Overview

Video #14: Visit to The Vatican and a Refugee Camp


Video #13: Rome Meeting with Federvini

Video #12: Italy’s Focus on Climate Change

Video #11: Rome Overview

Video #10: Reflection on Culture and Values

Video #9: Final Thoughts on Denmark


Video #8: Copenhagen State of Green

Video #7: Copenhagen Sustainable Food Systems

Video #6: Copenhagen Agriculture Overview

Video #5: Copenhagen Overview

Video #4: Brussels Wine


Video #3: Arrival in Brussels


Video #2: Observations from Day Two

Video #1: First Impressions of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program


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