Gretchen Carlson Announced as Keynote Speaker for Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium

Gretchen Carlson Announced as Keynote Speaker
for Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium

Acclaimed TV journalist and women's empowerment advocate to deliver keynote at alcohol beverage industry’s largest gathering of women, world-wide

Women of the Vine & Spirits® (womenofthevine.com), the world’s leading membership alliance dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, announced today Gretchen Carlson will be a keynote speaker at its fourth annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, to be held March 12-14, 2018 at the Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, California.

Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women. Gretchen has been named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2017. She’s also graced the cover of TIME and Good Housekeeping magazines and is a marquee columnist for TIME's Motto. Since making the decision to speak up against sexual harassment, she sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the issue and in doing so discovered every woman has a story.

Carlson will speak on topics from her new book, being released today, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power BackHer book gives a voice to women around the world who have been silenced by harassment and intimidation, inspiring them to reclaim their power against injustice.

“Having a woman of Gretchen’s caliber speak about sexual harassment in the workplace and share with our attendees’ advice from her 12-point ‘playbook’ of what to do and how to handle harassment is something many women need to hear, especially today in light of what has been happening in Hollywood and Silicon Valley,” said Founder & President of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Deborah Brenner.

All attendees of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium will receive a copy ofBe Fierce as a gift from the alliance. For those not attending, books are available for purchase from the Women of the Vine & Spirits Book Club where 10% of all purchases benefit the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation. The Foundation provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development, as well as fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large.

Now in its fourth year, and after sell-out attendance each year prior, the Annual Global Symposium promises to feature an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists. The Global Symposium also offers attendees multiple networking opportunities with the industry’s top professionals and influencers, including executive management, human resource professionals, directors of sales and marketing, on- and off-premise wine and spirits buyers, distributors, wine educators, winemakers, sommeliers, mixologists, importers/exporters, winery owners, public relations, media, viticulturists, hospitality operations, and more.

Women of the Vine & Spirits corporate members and individual members may register for the symposium in advance at a discounted rate beginning early December through their website, womenofthevine.com.

Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Caesars Entertainment; Constellation Brands; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; and Wine Enthusiast. For a full list of Corporate Members including those at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Associate level, visit the Corporate Members tab at womenofthevine.com.

To become an individual member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, please visitwomenofthevine.com. For those interested in Corporate Membership opportunities, please email info@womenofthevine.com or call 888.750.1863.

About Women of the Vine & Spirits®
Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. Guided by an advisory board of top executives in the alcohol beverage industry, Women of the Vine & Spirits offers extensive education, advocacy, training, mentorship, networking and steadfast support for women at every position in the field, particularly through the annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, March 12-14, 2018 in Napa, California. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com