Yountville CEO Says Be Patient, Kind to Self and Others; Listen to Gut Instincts on People

2024-2025 Board Chair Profile

Whitney Diver McEvoy, ACE

President and CEO, Yountville (CA) Chamber of Commerce

2024–2025 W.A.C.E. Board Chair

Background

Personal: Born in New Jersey; grew up in Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; and Sacramento, CA. Currently live in Napa, CA with husband. Matt, and two cats, Tiger and Shadow!

Education: B.A. in political science from Sonoma State University (CA).

Chamber Experience

• 2013–2015: Programs and Events Manager, Director of Programs and Events, and Vice President of Sponsorship, Programs and Events at the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.

• 2016–Present: President and CEO, Yountville (CA) Chamber of Commerce.

Business Philosophy

Guiding Principles: Be patient with yourself and others. Be kind to yourself and others. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

Yardstick of Success: Have we created an organization that people want to show up for? Have we helped someone this week? Is our team thriving?

Advice to Others: Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind. Have the courage to say what needs to be said clearly in a kind way; it will make all the difference.

Judgment Calls

Best Business Decision: Taking the time to rebuild the organizational structure and processes of the Yountville Chamber. After this was done, we were able to soar, ready to tackle important business and community issues.

Worst Business Decision: Not trusting my gut read on people, whether a board member, volunteer or staff member. Listen to what your gut says!

One-Word Description of You: Collaborative.

True Confessions

Like Best About Current Job: All the wonderful people we get to interact with daily, our members, volunteers, board members and our team.

Interests/Hobbies: 2024 goal: Make more time for these things — yoga, cooking, golf, hiking and spending time with friends.

Pet Peeve: People volunteering to lead or help on an initiative and not following through. And people not responding to emails; what’s up with that?!

Your No. 1 Strength: Building consensus.

Thing You Need to Work on: Being patient with others and myself — it’s a guiding principle for a reason!

First Choice for a New Career: Foreign ambassador (Have you watched “The Diplomat” on Netflix? Highly recommended.)

Predilections

Favorite Book: Just finished Fourth Wing and loved it; very entertaining.

Favorite Movie: Hard to pick just one, but if I must, “The American President.”

Favorite Quote: “The secret to success is doing common tasks uncommonly well.” —John D. Rockefeller

Favorite Song: Anything by Taylor Swift and no, I can’t pick just one!

Favorite Vacation: Cruising through the Mediterranean.

Favorite Way to Spend Free Time: Being outdoors, enjoying the beautiful Napa Valley with friends and family.