"Path To Parity"

 QEII Centre


Thursday, June 28, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Opening Remarks - "Path to Parity"
Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM Gender Equality Survey Results - Overview
Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Why Gender Diversity & Inclusion is Good for Business

Organizations that embrace diversity and inclusion will be more competitive in the coming decades and outperform the companies that fall behind. A recent study on business and diversity by McKinsey & Company found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 21 percent more likely to experience above-average profitability.

Additionally, the study found a positive correlation between gender diversity on executive teams and two key measures of financial performance: operating margin and longer-term value creation, as measured using an economic-profit margin. This is likely why measuring diversity is now becoming a key financial metric that investors and analysts assess when making investment decisions.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

A Road Map to Gender Equality
Jan Jones Blackhurst, EVP, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment has committed  to achieving Gender Equality in management by 2025. Caesars is undertaking a number of initiatives focused on enhancing the Company's commitment to creating an environment in which all employees are treated fairly and are part of a company that values them and their contribution to this organization. Among the new initiatives Caesars will be implementing is the creation of the Equality Council – a Taskforce including employees and external experts, implementing unconscious bias-training across all management teams and conducting surveys broadly across the company about diversity and inclusion.

Jan Jones Blackhurst shares her insight and experience in how to achieve gender parity in your own company, and what it could mean for the success of your organization.

About Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment is the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and its portfolio of subsidiaries now operate 47 casinos in 13 U.S. states and five countries. Caesars Entertainment's resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah's® and Horseshoe® brand names.  Caesars Entertainment's portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Mentoring to Empower the Next Generation of Leaders
What role does mentorship play in building a successful career in the alcohol beverage industry? Learn from industry leaders how mentorship programs have aided them in guiding their career path, the difference and benefits of mentors vs. sponsors, and how mentorship plays an important role in ongoing learning opportunities and the development of a sustainable and rewarding career.

Amy Englehardt, Vice President of International Strategy & Marketing, E. & J. Gallo Winery


Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association

Stephanie MacLeod, Master Blender, John Dewar & Sons

Sue Knowles, Marketing & Admin Director, Costco UK & UK Chair LEAD (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity)

Cristina Mariani-May, President & CEO, Banfi Vintners

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Understanding Unconscious Bias

Your background, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context can have an impact on your decisions and actions without you realizing. Implicit or unconscious bias happens by our brains making incredibly quick judgments and assessments. Discover your own bias and how it impacts your interactions in the workplace.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

30 Years & Counting
Margareth (Maggie) Henriquez
, President, LVMH Estates & Wines & President & CEO, KRUG Maison de Champagne

Maggie Henriquez, who has just been appointed president of Estates & Wines at luxury company LVMH, is current president and CEO of the Champagne House Krug. Born in Venezuela, she studied engineering at Harvard, to which she returned in 1995 to undertake the advanced management programme, paving the way for her successful career as a corporate executive. Renowned for her ability to steer companies through difficult circumstances, Henriquez has spent more than two decades as president of multinational companies in Central and South America. Her achievements include a stint as president of Seagram in Venezuela, and in Mexico with Nabisco, which at the time was reportedly losing $24m a year, but which she returned to profitability. She was then asked to run Bodegas Chandon Argentina in 2001. Subsequently, Henriquez was head-hunted by Moët-Hennessy to lead the House of Krug.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Break
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Looking Backwards and Forwards in the Wine Business
Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW, Wine Critic, Journalist and Wine Writer

Described by Decanter magazine as 'the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world', Jancis went from someone who couldn't type but somehow wangled their way on to a wine trade magazine to running a website with members from more than 80 countries. 

1984 Master of Wine, first person outside the trade to pass these demanding exams
2003 Made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen
2004 Member of the Royal Household Wine Committee advising on the Queen’s cellar
2012 Honorary President of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust 

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM Closing Remarks
Deborah Brenner with European Advisory Board Members
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Closing Reception