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What People are Saying about Women of the Vine & Spirits and the
Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium


"At Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, we’re honored to take the lead in supporting this groundbreaking organization in the wine and spirits world. As leaders in the wine and spirits industry, we are committed to growing diverse leadership teams and investing in talent development throughout the company. As Founding Members, we’ll continue to provide our ongoing support to Women of the Vine & Spirits and its overall mission in perpetuity.”

Mel Dick, President of the Wine Division and Senior Vice President, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

“Women of the Vine & Spirits fills a gap I wish existed when I started working in this industry, 30 years ago. Until now, there has never been a forum for women to strengthen ties through opportunities such as regional networking events, discussion boards, educational resources and the Annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium. See the success, the happiness of every one of us participating, the so many projects built already, and the so many friendships started from there. Women of the Vine & Spirits is the only trade organization to advance and support the careers of women in the alcohol beverage industry. I wish to support and advocate Women of the Vine & Spirits as an example in Europe with Deborah’s leading example.”

Beatrice Cointreau, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Champagne Tresor de France

“Women of the Vine & Spirits is truly making a great contribution to our industry. It's incredible in a few short years to have made such an impact and created an event that is in such high demand. The voices of the talented women of our industry are so important to hear, and this organization is truly setting a wonderful stage to ensure their contributions are visible and at the forefront of minds!”

Marc D. Taub, President & CEO, Palm Bay International 

“I am extremely proud to be a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits!  It’s an incredible venue for women to support and encourage each other to reach new heights professionally and personally.  I was lucky enough to be invited to a WOTVS lunch event last fall by one of the members, Gayle Piraino, as she wanted to support my business growth.  The moment I walked into the room I could feel the positive energy, enthusiasm and support the members bring to each other and the industry.  I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.   WOTVS is setting an industry example of what is possible!”

Christine Young, Founder & Executive Coach, Christine Young Consulting

“I'm so proud that Wine Warehouse is a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits. You've created an incredible community that can and will change the status quo of women in the beverage alcohol space and, by extension, help advance opportunities, equality and safe work environments for women in general. It's a movement and you're an important influencer. Congratulations and thank you!!”

Linda Myerson Dean, Senior Vice President & Co-Owner, Wine Warehouse

“Happy to participate in this amazing Symposium, rich in audience, speakers, subjects and especially objectives. Women of the Vine & Spirits is a brilliant initiative, bravo!

Maggie Henriquez, President & CEO, KRUG Champagne 

“Italy represents the old world of wine making and yet we are losing ground in trying to engage the younger generation to be more interested in wine. I look forward to working with Deborah Brenner and her organization to leverage their expertise to enhance our dialogue, research and mentoring of the female wine community, keeping in mind the younger generation, but also with support from the male contingency.”

Stevie Kim, Managing Director, Vinitaly International

“I can't get over the energy felt when sitting in a room with more than 500 other wine professionals being inspired by personal stories and talking about hard issues women face in this industry. Our strength and our numbers continue to grow.” 

Lisa Mattson, Director of Marketing & Communications, Jordan Vineyard & Winery

“Allied Beverage Group is proud to support Women of the Vine & Spirits and their commitment to empowering women in the Beverage Alcohol Industry.  We believe the accessibility of this organization's services to all levels of managers along with their commitment to making lasting change is fundamental to the ongoing success of Women of the Vine & Spirits. The greatest leadership teams represent diverse talents, perspectives, and skill sets with a keen understanding of the value of soft skills.  We are thrilled to be part of an organization that recognizes this and provides the support and guidance needed for women to confidently aspire to ascend ladder in this terrific industry.”

Donna Buoscio, Director Commercial Finance, Allied Beverage Group

“Now more than ever, it’s essential that we support women in our industry and empower them not only with big-picture philosophy, but real-life tools and support that will help them get ahead in a still-challenging environment. Women of the Vine & Spirits is a one-of-a-kind initiative making an active difference in the industry, and as a woman-forward business, Wine Enthusiast Media is extremely proud to help support the vision and enrichment
Women of the Vine & Spirits offers."

Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor, Wine Enthusiast Media

“As the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is dedicated to growing and developing our talent around the globe. We believe that what makes our leaders, teams, company and industry stronger is our ability to humbly embrace change. As women in a traditionally male-dominated industry, we are “change” – we are trailblazers – and we are part of what will make this industry and our companies stronger. This Symposium provides us with a platform to build our network and our bond of being more than women, but rather, leaders who are enabling the future foundation of growth.”

Rebecca Messina, Fmr. Chief Marketing Officer, Beam Suntory

“As a woman who joined the family business more than 30 years ago, I’m proud to support Women of the Vine & Spirits and its mission to empower women. It is important to acknowledge women’s achievements from previous generations and create opportunities for future generations to come.”

Carolyn Wente, Fourth Generation Winegrower & CEO, Wente Vineyards

“Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Women of the Vine & Spirits share a parallel vision of driving diversity and developing more women in leadership in the alcohol industry. Imagine when we, women and men, are all open to having uncomfortable but productive conversations about inclusion, vision and change.  It’s more important today than it ever has been.  Together, with all of our industry partners, we will make that vision a reality.”

Jan Barnes, Fmr. VP Group Brand Director, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

“In the U.S. wine market today, not only is 57% of wine consumed by women, but there are far more women working in the industry than ever before. In the past decade, I’ve seen attendance of women at Wine Enthusiast’s iconic annual industry event the Wine Star Awards grow from a mere 10% to an incredible 40% today. I sincerely applaud Women of the Vine & Spirits’ efforts to help continue to connect and inspire women to pursue careers in the wine and spirits world by fostering networks and further advocating for women in leadership roles.”

Adam Strum, Editor in Chief & Publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“Developing a group of women around yourself is key. We don’t just need mentors, we need supportive advocates. We are stronger together and Women of the Vine & Spirits provides these opportunities to connect and learn from one another in a community of like-minded and passionate women.”

Karen Hunt, President, DAOU Vineyards & Winery


“In such a short time Women of the Vine & Spirits has impacted our industry in a very positive way.  All companies should be growing diverse leadership teams by investing in talent. We are proud supporters of this great cause”.

Vincent Chiaramonte, President & CEO, Santa Margherita USA

“Deborah Brenner, with the faith of the wine and spirits industry behind her, has sparked a revolution with Women of the Vine & Spirits and the Global Symposium. We have the opportunity to continue the passionate dialogue that supports the advancement of women in the wine and spirits industries through networking, mentorship, by fostering leadership groups within companies and organizations, and by inviting all stakeholders to the table to seize and leverage the influence of female executives in alcohol beverage industry.”

Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner, Trade and Brand Advocate, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium is an inspirational event and re-energizes your creative spirit. This is a great venue for all of us at Costco to network and connect. We are able to spend quality time with our counterparts, along with our valued supplier and distributor partners. Cheers to Deborah Brenner for her extraordinary efforts to empower and advance women in the alcohol beverage industry.”

Annette Alvarez-Peters, Asst. Vice President/GMM, Beverage Alcohol, DipWSET, CWE, Costco Wholesale

“Since its inception, Women of the Vine and Spirits has been devoted to connecting, collaborating and committing to women throughout the alcohol beverage industry. This is very similar to the Women in Leadership initiative at Bacardi, which recognizes the value and importance of developing and promoting women (and men) within our organization. I appreciate this partnership that enables us to continue inspiring, celebrating, motivating and empowering each other (and those around us in spirits and hospitality) to be elevated to our highest potentials.”

Pete Carr, North American President, Bacardi USA

Look to your right, look to your left.  If there isn’t a woman in one of those seats, there is more work to be done. Women of the Vine & Spirits is bolstering this movement, giving us an opportunity to invite others to step up in the industry and fill the seat next to you.”

- Jennifer Engel, Vice President of Sales, Santa Margherita USA


“We are so proud to be a part of Women of the Vine & Spirits.  The progress of this organization has been astounding!  Why?  Because there is such a need out there for an organization that brings women in the wine and spirits world together — to learn from and provide opportunities to one another.  Together, we can all make a real difference in the Alcohol Beverage Industry.  As Gold Sponsors, WineShop At Home and its hundreds of wine consultants across the country are excited to play even a small role in helping other women rise, shine and be recognized in our direct to consumer channel of distribution in the world of wine.”

Jane Creed, President & CEO WineShop At Home 

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of Women of the Vine & Spirits. In order to grow, I firmly believe that women in our industry must support one another and the organization’s focus on areas like education, advocacy, training and mentorship, are key in building a strong network of female leaders across all fields. Year after year, I have personally seen how the Alliance has taken great strides in advancing and promoting women in our industry, and I look forward to seeing what 2017 will bring.”

Victoria MacRae-Samuels, Vice President, Operations, Maker’s Mark®

“Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has a strong commitment to the women leaders at our company. Since 2012, over 300 women have attended our professional development program, The RNDC Women’s Leadership Forum. Our focus is to improve key leadership attributes which empower women to be on an equal and respective platform with their male counterparts in the business. Best-in-class education on emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and influence with diplomacy is part of the curriculum to ensure our leaders are prepared for today and tomorrow’s industry challenges. Another important skill is networking, an area of opportunity for women in a business environment. The Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium provides an excellent venue for networking. The networking experience provides women leaders a chance to share stories of success and struggle. At RNDC, we believe there is tremendous value in supporting an industry-focused organization that amplifies our commitment to women’s professional development and career advancement.”

Lorraine Luke, Vice President, Human Resources, Republic National Distributing Company

“For organizations to drive long-term systemic change for women we must have the active engagement of male champions. Kudo's to Deborah Brenner for her fore-site and vision of bringing women (and some great men) together at this amazing event. I'm honored to have been chosen to be the opening keynote and help deliver this message." 

Jeffery Tobias Halter, President, YWomen

“Delicato Family Vineyards is pleased to continue our participation in the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium this year. Our ongoing involvement with the organization and the event supports the goals of the Delicato Women’s Leadership Initiative, to foster an environment that promotes the visibility of women leaders and supports the advancement of women. Women of the Vine & Spirits is helping to provide our entire industry with the information and inspiration to not only employ women but to empower, respect, and promote them.” 

Chris Indelicato, President & CEO, Delicato Family Vineyards

“Southern Wine & Spirits is dedicated to advancing women in the wine industry and I’m honored to take part in this one-of-a-kind organization. As the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor, we know the importance of supporting the continued development of the many very talented women in the wine and spirits business. We’re committed to the continued involvement with the organization for many years to come.”

Steve Slater, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Wine Division, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.