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Executive Director

As WFFT’s Executive Director, Denise is responsible for the day to day operations of the Foundation – promoting its mission to cultivate the wine & food community in Austin, and ensuring high program value for its membership and stakeholders. Denise has 20+ years’ experience in events/hospitality, team management, business development, marketing, philanthropy, and day to day business operations.

Denise began her career in journalism and public relations in NYC – where’s she’s originally from. After getting married, Denise and her husband moved to Austin where she launched her own event production company focusing on social events including weddings and non-profit galas. Several years later, she strategically merged the company with its chief competitor and grew that business into one of the most revered corporate event production and Destination Management Companies in Central Texas. She successfully sold the company in 2018, and then took on the role of Director of Sales & Marketing for Marquee Event Group, where she expanded her responsibilities in event sales,...


Senior Director of Events


Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Hillary Welde moved to San Francisco, CA, in 2001 to pursue a career in the arts and enjoy the celebrated food and wine of the region. As the gallery director for Kathleen Avery Fine Art, she participated in art fairs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and traveled internationally to expand the gallery’s collections. In 2007, Hillary moved on to the Academy of Art University as the director of the University’s three galleries and coordinator of two annual fine art fundraising auctions.

After several visits to Austin, Hillary and her husband fell in love with the energy of the city and the beauty of Hill Country. In 2011, they made the move to Austin to take advantage of new opportunities and raise their family.

As the Senior Director of Events, Hillary is responsible for organizing and executing all of the Foundation’s premier events.

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Executive Assistant

Hailing from WV where she attended Marshall University, Megan later moved to Charleston, SC where she spent over 10 years managing and leading customer experiences in retail as well as building numerous teams.

Following an opportunity to move to Austin in early 2019, Megan enjoys exploring the city with her husband and 6 yr old Golden retriever. Coming from a city with a large culinary scene, she is looking forward to experiencing the wine and food of Austin.

As Executive Assistant, Megan will assist the Executive Director and Senior Director of Events by providing administrative support and assistance in the planning of all events.