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TESTIMONIALS

What People are Saying about Women of the Vine & Spirits

 

"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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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