2015 Excellence in Education Award – Exemplary Educator Recipient 4 Year College Level. Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. August 17, 2015.
2015 Distinguished Professor of Wine – Awarded title for first Distinguished Professor of Wine at Sonoma State University, Wine Business Institute. Summer 2015.
2015 Special Mention – OIV Prize. Wine Business Management. Wrote chapter in book entitled: “Managing Human Resources in the Wine Industry.”
2014 Best Women in Wine Book in the US for Call of the Vine: Exploring Ten Famous Vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Awarded by Gourmand World Cookbooks Award. Author: Dr. Liz Thach, MW
2013 Best Book on Economy of Law of Viticulture & Wine. OIV – Organization International du Vin. The Business of Champagne – A Delicate Balance. Wrote Chapter in book entitled: “Exploding Bottles: Exploring the Work Culture and Human Resource Issues of Champagne.”
2009 Best New Wine Book for Professionals for How to Launch Your Wine Career. Awarded by Gourmand World Cookbooks Award. Authors: Liz Thach and Brian D’Emilio,
2007 Best Wine Marketing Book in the World for Wine Marketing & Sales. Awarded by Gourmand World Cookbooks. Authors: Paul Wagner, Janeen Olsen and Liz Thach
Fulbright Specialist Award – Awarded Fulbright scholarship to teach wine business in Mendoza, Argentina for 2 weeks in March of 2014.
Rising Star Award –National Women for Winesense for at least 12 years of excellent service and contribution in the wine industry. May 2012
Resolution from California Legislature No. 422 – for being the first woman in California to become a Master of Wine. From Noreen M. Evans, July 2011.
Recipient of the Korbel Professorship – a three-year research award of $18,000 per year to pursue research in wine business.
Recipient of the 2009 Andre Crispin Commanderie de Bordeaux Scholarship. This scholarship is worth $3500 to travel and study in Bordeaux, France for one week, including private meetings with winemakers at major Bordeaux chateaux. It is awarded once per year to an outstanding Master of Wine candidate.
Winner of the 2007 Reh Kendermann Bursary. This scholarship pays for travel for one week to visit wineries in Germany, including Reh Kendermann Winery and other important German wine producers. It is awarded once per year to an outstanding Master of Wine candidate.
Teacher Appreciation Award, SSU Order of Omega (2001 and 2002), in recognition of promoting academic excellence in and out of the classroom.
Leadership Award – for strong commitment to the environment, employee health and safety, and communities where Amoco operates. 1995, Amoco Corporation
Peer Award – in recognition of outstanding collaboration, teamwork, and willingness to share expertise, your peers want to thank you. 1996, Organizational Capability Group, Amoco Corp.
Chairman’s Award – in recognition of team excellence, 1996, Eurasia Safety Travelers Team, Amoco Corporation.
Diversity Award – for exceptional contribution and dedication in furthering employee understanding and appreciation of diversity as a key business issue, 1996, Amoco Corporation
Swarming Award – for outstanding results as a team member in creating value for our clients by rapidly delivering integrated consulting services, 1996, Organizational Capability Group, Amoco Corporation.
HR Award – in recognition of achievement of the Human Resources Strategy Workshop, 1994, Amoco Corporation
Professional Development Award – in recognition of completing the professional development series, 1989 to 1991, Compaq Computer Corporation.
Contribution Award – for outstanding contribution to the success of the Training & Development Certification Program, 1993, Texas A&M University.
Cost Effective Contribution – in recognition of making cost effective contributions for the increased productivity and quality of the business, 1988, Texas Instruments.
Orientation Design Contribution – in recognition of team leadership in the design & implementation of the New Employee Orientation Program, 1998, US West Media Group.
College Valedictorian – selected class Valedictorian for 1983 graduating class of College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California; based on GPA and winning graduation speech.
Summa Cum Laude – graduated summa cum laude with B.A. in English from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA 1983.