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These sessions offer a full range of critical topics, including professional development and best practice strategies, for individuals and companies to better position themselves and their organizations as leaders in advancing and empowering women.



Building Honest Culture (Tuesday, March 10, 9:00-10:00 AM)

Laurie GerberEVP & Head Coach, Handel Group Life Coaching

In this keynote, Head Coach of Handel Group Life Coaching Laurie Gerber will offer a taste of HG’s proven methodology that helps people to address and resolve even the most toxic issues within organizations. The actual culture that informs the day-to-day functioning of any group often exists by default, not by design. Left unattended, a culture falls victim to the negative traits of individuals, groups and/or circumstances; gossip, fear, inertia and poor communication quickly become the norm. In her keynote, Laurie will teach you how to address, resolve, and replace these dynamics. 

As a result, a revived sense of community will emerge. People will begin to have authentic conversations and rally together to produce extraordinary results. By addressing the things that no one wants to talk about, with both grace and wisdom, Laurie will show you how to resolve long-standing issues and develop a new dynamic that is healthy, productive and self-sustaining.This all starts with Laurie teaching one of the cornerstones of The Handel Method, Personal Integrity: the alignment of your heart (desire), your mind (plan) and body (actions) with your highest ideals for yourself. From this foundation, you will learn how to manage your mind, identify your excuses, and have difficult conversations about issues you have likely been ignoring or wishing would disappear! The result? Better communication, a more efficient and creative working environment, and (lo and behold!) inspired leadership, success, and happiness that you can use as a blueprint across all areas of life.  

HANDEL GROUP is a renowned executive life coaching company dedicated to teaching people how to realize their personal and professional visions. HG’s straightforward and innovative method has changed the lives of thousands of private and corporate clients and has been taught in over 50 educational programs including MIT and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Learn more about their InnerU.Coach program.

Women, Wealth, & Power (Tuesday, March 10, 10:00-11:00 AM)

Barbara Huson, Author, Wealth Coach, Speaker & Owner, Barbara Huson, Inc.

In an eye-opening discussion, Barbara explores the concept of financial success with a groundbreaking paradigm shift, redefining power from a feminine perspective. An experienced financial therapist, wealth coach, speaker and author of six acclaimed financial books, Barbara immediately engages her audience with her own dramatic story, inspiring anecdotes, and grounded advice. For over 20 years, Barbara has been empowering women to take charge of their money and in turn, take charge of their life. But, the real reward goes far beyond money: The real payoff is the powerful woman you’ll become as a result.

Attendees will explore and come to understand:

  • How money and power are linked
  • The three levels of financial development (survival, stability, affluence)
  • The process of attaining wealth and power, as a woman

Top Skills for Aspiring C-Suite Execs (Tuesday, March 10, 1:40-2:40 PM)

There are four types of development and learning paths required for successful succession to the C-Suite – knowing that within each type, it can take years, even decades, to build out the needed knowledge and experience. But building them all out over time is what matters. Hear from leading women in the alcohol beverage industry what skills you need within these learning paths to break into the C-Suite in our male-dominated industry.

Attendees will understand the skills inherent in each of the four development and learning paths.

  • People Management/Leadership
  • Business Knowledge/Technical Skills
  • Strategic Thinking/Change-Agent
  • Relationship Building


Jan Jones Blackhurst, Board Member, Caesars Entertainment & Former Caesars Executive


Maggie Henriquez, President & CEO, Krug Maison de Champagne

Sarah Long, CMO, Remy Cointreau

Jane Morreau, CFO, Brown-Forman

MaryAnn Pisani, CRO, MHW

Engaging Senior Male Leaders to Drive Change (Wednesday, March 11, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM)

Women of the Vine & Spirits has partnered with McKinsey & Co. to present a panel of male leaders who have volunteered to participate in a "D&I Allies" pilot program facilitated by McKinsey. Panelists will discuss and provide tangible learnings from their program sessions. This discussion will help other attendees learn best practices to engage male leaders as allies of women in their companies. The discussion will also demonstrate how McKinsey’s Male Allies program can work for other Corporate Member companies to engage their leaders and strengthen their inclusion practices.


Ana Mendy, Partner, McKinsey & Co.


Joe Bruhin, CIO, Breakthru Beverage Group

Dan Heller, EVP, Sales, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Mark Huse, Vice President, Casino Operations, Harrah’s New Orleans

John Klein, EVP, GM, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Overcoming Being the "Only" (Wednesday, March 11, 2:00-3:00 PM)

According to the results of McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org‘s annual Women in the Workplace report, about 1 in 5 women says they are often an “Only,” and this experience is about twice as likely for senior-level women and women in technical roles This number increases to 45 percent for women of color. Furthermore, women who are “Onlys” are having a notably difficult experience at work. They are more than twice as likely to be asked to prove their competence, over three times more likely to be mistaken for someone more junior, and about twice as likely to be subjected to demeaning or disrespectful remarks. 

Hear from a panel of diverse risk-takers and disruptors who have been the “Only” in their careers in the alcohol beverage industry. The panelists will provide tips for how they handled difficult situations, share their experiences of how they have overcome challenges and what positive impact women can make for the future of the industry. 

Marbet Lewis, Partner, Alcohol Industry Group, Spiritus Law

Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, Co-Founder & CEO, Casa Dragones Tequila

Zelma Long, Winemaking Pioneer & Winemaking Partner, Vilafonté

Julie Meyers, Distillery Manager, Beam Suntory

Fawn Weaver, Co-Founder, Uncle Nearest

Work/Life Reality Check: "Superwoman" is a Myth (Wednesday, March 11, 3:00-4:00 PM)

Lee Woodruff, Speaker & Author

Life, marriage, family, work…and balance? Impossible. As a woman in today’s world, chances are you have become a multi-tasking maniac. And there is so much pressure on us all to do everything well. One small misstep, one crisis, one unexpected event and the whole apparatus can feel as if it’s spiraling downward. Lee Woodruff went through what she describes as a “year of hell” when her husband, ABC’s newly appointed co-anchor Bob Woodruff, was hit by a bomb while covering the war in Iraq. As the co-author of the New York Times best-selling book In an Instant, Woodruff has much to tell when it comes to speaking about parenting through a crisis, how to forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and how to put family and self above all else while keeping the important balls in the air. Speaking with anecdotes, humor and warmth, Woodruff delivers an interesting take on how we can all learn to check the “cape” at the door and still tap into our own superpowers.