Human Resources Generalist
Sarah Foster is a human resources generalist based out of Constellation Brand’s Woodbridge Winery in Acampo, California. The Canandaigua, New York, native got her start in 2011 right after college and has grown with us ever since. Her first role was in our Customer Resource Center, and her Constellation journey has taken her across the company as well as the country, escaping the frigid winters of Upstate New York for the mellower climes of wine country.
Has your career grown in any unexpected ways at Constellation?
I began as a temporary employee in the Customer Resource Center (CRC) at the Canandaigua office and was soon offered a full-time position as a customer service representative. After a few years, I transitioned into a similar role on my department’s International team.
When I eventually started looking outside the CRC for what was next, someone suggested Human Resources. I started an individual development plan to lay out what formal steps I would take to keep learning and advancing. After talking to several people, I realized being an HR Generalist would be a great next step. I had been thinking I wanted to move away to another part of the country, experience a new place and have some adventures, so when I saw an opening for an HR Generalist in the Lodi region, I knew this could be the perfect opportunity for me. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to see what’s in store for my future with Constellation.
What is most rewarding about working for Constellation?
I’m proud of the way we give back and care for the communities where we live and work. I’m grateful to participate in Nourishing Neighbors, and I’ve seen the program carried out with success on both coasts now. On our most recent Employee Match Day, I was impressed to see how many amazing causes our employees donate to around the world. Also, I understand that sustainability is crucial for not only our business, but for our future as humans on this planet, so I love learning about all of the innovative solutions we’ve implemented for renewable energy use, reducing our carbon footprint, water conservation and more.
What does “To elevate life with every glass raised” mean to you?
With the wide variety of products in our portfolio, it makes it very easy to be a brand ambassador at every occasion with almost any group of people. Whether it’s a beer on a Friday after a long work week, a glass of wine catching up with an old friend, or cocktails to enhance a special occasion, we always find a way to enjoy our products in some way. In my opinion, taking the time to relax and have fun with family and friends is what life is all about.