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Women’s Tax Network Wine Tasting

The Women’s Tax Network was launched in 2005 by Kathleen M. Pakenham and Danielle M. Smith of the Tax Litigation and Controversy Practice to create a forum where female tax professionals could share experiences and form new professional and personal relationships.

In November, the network hosted a wine tasting at the Harvard Club of New York. Wine gurus Josh Cohen (and husband of Litigation/IP Associate Stephanie L.Cohen) and Jeff Patten of Blanc & Rouge, a local wine boutique, entertained guests with descriptions and tastings of European and American wines, and explained what to look for on a wine list when dining with colleagues and clients. Bountiful themed gift baskets adorned with fine wines, accessories, a wine guide and gourmet chocolates were raffled off to two lucky winners of the more than 50 women in attendance. Based on attendees’ responses, the networking event was a success.

“Because we are a diverse group working in so many different environments, it is difficult to keep in touch. Events like this one help to keep us all connected.”

  • Cecile Gyles, Senior Manager, International Tax Practice, Ernst & Young

“It gave women tax professionals the opportunity to network and share insights with our peers.“

  • Tammy Samuel, CPA, Tax Director, Forbes, Inc.

“The wine tasting was a great way for me to catch up with old friends and make new ones. I would definitely attend the next event.”

  • Marni K. Rosenblatt, Director Tax Planning and International Tax Counsel, Merck & Co., Inc.

“Hats off to Danielle and Kathleen for a top-notch event. It was great to get some useful information on tasting and appreciating wine, and I did some real networking!”

  • Lesli Laffie, J.D. Editor, The Tax Advisor American Institute of Certified Public

Accountants, Jersey City

Danielle Smith, Jeff Patten (Blanc & Rouge), Kathleen Pakenham

Kathleen Pakenham announces winners of the wine-themed gift baskets

Josh Cohen (Blanc & Rouge) describes gift basket contents to raffle winner Tammy Samuel of Forbes, Inc.


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