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  • Cynthia Lohr Named Silicon Valley "Woman of Influence"

    Cynthia Lohr

    Women of Influ­ence”
    Sil­i­con Val­ley Busi­ness Jour­nal
    June 172021

    J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines’ Cyn­thia Lohr is one of the 2021 Women Influ­ence in Sil­i­con Valley 

    Cyn­thia Lohr

    Title/​position: Co-own­er and chief brand officer 

    Com­pa­ny: J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines 

    Loca­tion: San Jose

    How has the pan­dem­ic changed how you lead oth­ers? Com­pas­sion, cre­ativ­i­ty, col­lab­o­ra­tion are the renewed social and emo­tion­al cur­ren­cy that sup­ports the best in oth­ers and impacts the bot­tom line. 

    How has the pan­dem­ic changed your out­look on life and work? I like nar­row­ing my world and hav­ing greater impact while being more effi­cient, and sup­port oth­ers in find­ing their bal­ance. I do miss spon­ta­neous con­ver­sa­tions, in-per­son team meet­ings, and larg­er social gath­er­ings where momen­tum is palpable. 

    What’s your strat­e­gy for get­ting your busi­ness back to nor­mal after the pan­dem­ic? To gath­er every­one phys­i­cal­ly wher­ev­er and when­ev­er pos­si­ble, share grat­i­tude and learn­ings, and align our goals with our val­ues, mis­sion and vision. 

    What would you like to accom­plish in the next year? We have been look­ing for­ward to the reopen­ing of our J. Lohr Wine Cen­ters in Paso Rob­les and San Jose, with refreshed looks and new, ele­vat­ed, seat­ed tast­ing expe­ri­ences. There is much to enjoy and to look for­ward to with our vine­yard-dri­ven wines and excep­tion­al hospitality! 

    What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received? You don’t get what you don’t ask for. In busi­ness and in life, you must be bold and back up your asks with data and accountability. 

    What is the biggest chal­lenge fac­ing women who want to take on lead­er­ship roles? Oppor­tu­ni­ty. There are many tal­ent­ed women in the Val­ley and beyond who deserve the chance to assert and real­ize their poten­tial, and be reward­ed and acknowl­edged for doing so. 

    A female CEO or busi­ness icon you admire? There are many, but near­est and dear­est to my heart is social vision­ary Deb­o­rah Bren­ner, founder and CEO of Women of the Vine & Spir­its. A cold call in 2007 to fea­ture her book of sim­i­lar name has led to a trans­for­ma­tion in our indus­try to advance women in the wine and spir­its industries. 

    Equal­ly, the fear­less and stead­fast Janelle Hail, CEO of Nation­al Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion Inc., whose per­son­al sto­ry and vision has aid­ed count­less fam­i­lies and women in their can­cer journey. 

    Some­thing about you that would sur­prise oth­ers? I have sung and per­formed in 22 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, adore writ­ing poet­ry, and live to make my fam­i­ly happy. 

    A moment in your career you are most proud of? Any moment of suc­cess­ful advo­ca­cy to achieve a mer­it­ed win on behalf of our extend­ed fam­i­ly of col­leagues fills me with pride. 

    How many hours a week do you aver­age at work? How­ev­er many it takes to be a respon­si­ble and inspi­ra­tional col­league who sup­ports and appre­ci­ates her teams and family. 

    How do you unwind after work? Cre­ativ­i­ty and nur­tu­rance are my call­ing. Cook­ing, singing, writ­ing, read­ing, enter­tain­ing —prefer­ably with and for oth­ers — top my list. But I’m equal­ly at home and com­fort­able with my own company. 

    What was your first job? I was a sec­re­tary in a local law office in my teens, which ensured a cer­tain under­stand­ing of pro­fes­sion­al protocol. 

    What was your favorite pop-cul­ture dis­cov­ery dur­ing the pan­dem­ic? Does a return to the com­fort shows of my youth, includ­ing Gilli­gan’s Island,” count? 

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