Pivot To Your Passion Virtual Wine Tasting and Panel Discussion


Pivot To Your Passion Virtual Wine Tasting and Panel Discussion

June 8th, 2021 playback available

Pivot To Your Passion is a virtual wine tasting and panel discussion with women who have pivoted their career path toward their passions, offering encouragement to attendees who may be facing or considering a change in their career path, whether forced or voluntarily. You’ll enjoy the fruits of panelist Denise Gough’s personal pivot through our virtual wine tasting. In addition, the panelists will discuss what precipitated their career transitions, how they arrived at their passion and path, and how they actually made the changes.

Featuring Denise Gough, Jerilyn Bliss, Samantha Lane and Jill Johnson, four former executive-level professionals who have themselves pivoted toward their passions. They’ll share their stories and wine suggestions over a virtual happy hour, offering inspiration for attendees who may be contemplating a pivot in their own lives. 

Wine recommendations

Borrasca Cava (Freixenet Cava)
Conte Fini Pinot Grigio (Ecco Domani)
Carson Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (J. Lohr Cab)

Note: For Knoxville area attendees, the first choice will be featured at Total Wine. The alternate (in parentheses) is for attendees in other areas throughout the Southeast.
Samantha Lane

After a childhood spent on Army posts and the outskirts of Chicago, Samantha found her calling in helping others. She began her career in the creative field, holding jobs in video production, advertising, and public relations. It was only a matter of time before the pull to serve was too great and she moved into higher education, helping non-traditional students and business connect with accessible degrees. 

Throughout her career, Samantha developed a reputation for connecting needs to solutions and leaving a wake of results. She has served on various non-profit and professional boards and committees, including local chapters of the American Marketing Association, Executive Women International, and Junior Achievement. 

After years of juggling full-time careers and passion-based side-hustles, Samantha experienced a life-changing surgery that shifted her perspective on time. She started Origami Day to help others bring balance to their busy lives. As a reformed workaholic, Samantha now empowers others to create a lifestyle of balance and provides the tools to maintain it through prioritization, planning and time management training.

Samantha holds a BS degree in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from King University. She has proven that every person can be both present and productive in their lives, if they simply choose to be. When she is not helping individuals and progressive companies shape their time, Samantha spends her days enjoying life with her loved ones.

Denise Gough

Denise Gough is a recovering lawyer. After practicing law for more than 20 years, she retired in 2018 from Scripps Networks Interactive (now Discovery Communications) and is now fortunate enough to “work” pursuing her passion: wine. Denise is currently the Wine Educator and a Wine Team Member at Total Wine & More, Knoxville. She has traveled to California wine country more than a dozen times and also spent time in Italy on a wine tasting tour. Denise also has her Cicerone beer server certification and has taught classes on spirits and beer. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new wines, beers, and spirits, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs, Mikey and Emma.

Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson is an Integrative Health Coach, with a passion for living with vitality… lover of dark chocolate, coffee and wine! She loves feeling her best in mind, body, and soul. Jill’s passion for preventive care and living with vitality is one she has fostered, personally, her entire life. She has always been fascinated by the human body and believes we truly are what we eat, breathe, sleep, and think. This recent career reinvention, in the burgeoning field of health coaching, leverages her experience of 28 years as a results-driven marketer, motivating individuals and teams, as well as working with diverse challenges within a fortune 100 and other brands across several consumer categories. Integrative Health Coaching combines Jill’s talents as a gifted public speaker and leader to motivate individuals to be their best, putting life in their years. Jill recently wrote a book about living with vitality and has thoroughly enjoyed the entire process of reinventing herself.

Jill has a BA in Communications from Oakland University, in her hometown of Rochester, MI. She procured an MA in Advertising from Michigan State University and recently completed the Duke Integrative Medicine Integrative Health Coaching program, and was certified, with National Board Certification pending. Among her many interests, she enjoys playing golf and cooking with her husband, spending time with her dog and cat, walking and working out daily, reading, and a great glass of a bold cabernet at the end of each day! She is in private practice and resides in Knoxville, TN.

Jerilyn Bliss

Jerilyn Bliss aka JB has dedicated her life to helping others achieve their dreams. Whether in her corporate roles heading internal communications for global organizations where she connects employees with the information and resources they need to succeed, or through her passion for mentoring and sharing tools like vision boards, mediation and the power of accountability groups with others, she is always cheering others on to reach their goals. JB has worked with international brands and icons including Oprah Winfrey, TBS, HGTV, Food Network, Kraft Foods and now Kellogg. She also spent time helping the non-profit organization Random Acts of Flowers reorganize to be built for continued success. When she isn’t working, JB spends her time with her two pittie-basset mix pups Annie Belle and Lola Bean. You can find the three of them hiking parks or mountains, playing endless games of fetch, grabbing pup-cups at Starbucks or taking a rest in the hammock listening to the Cubs game.

And she likes to grab a glass of wine with any of these ladies when she can! 😊 #truth!