Join Women of the Vine & Spirits
for the live webinar:
3 Key Ways to Perfect Your Pitch
Wednesday, February 13
1:00PM PST / 4:00PM EST
Entrepreneurs must continually craft the perfect pitch. The problem is, not all business owners have the tools they need to pitch their company or themselves successfully. Join hosts Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Karen Hoskin, President/CEO and Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Montanya Distillers, and Jennifer Evans, Vice President, Constellation Ventures at Constellation Brands as they discuss key ways to present the perfect pitch.
As the leader of Constellation Ventures, Jen is leading Constellation’s "Focus on Female Founders" initiative – a pledge to invest $100 million in female-founded or female-led businesses by 2028. Check out www.cbrands.com/story/ventures to learn more.
Karen recently pitched as a women owned and led company. Learn from Karen’s experience and share tips of your own! E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss them on air!
Free for all Women of the Vine & Spirits Members
Karen began bartending at age eighteen in 1986. It didn’t take her long to realize that the dive bar cocktail scene wasn’t her calling. Even before she could drink legally in bars, she was mixing cocktails for friends using fresh ingredients like infusions, citrus, spices, and herbs.
In 2008, Karen opened her own craft rum distillery, Montanya Distillers, in the high mountains of Colorado. From the first day, every offering defied what consumers were expecting. Since that day, Karen has designed and launched four craft rums, created thousands of unique rum cocktails for her rum bar, and written two books about craft rum and cocktails. Karen is also known for leading the charge on environmental sustainability and gender diversity in craft distilling.
Deborah Brenner graduated from the University of Delaware with degrees in English and Journalism, and was soon hired by a television and film technology company that required international travel to countries for whom wine is a part of everyday life. After over 20 years in the male-dominated field of high-end technology and owning a marketing and public relations firm, Deborah discovered during a fortuitous trip to Napa and Sonoma that many women in the wine industry – like her own – were under-recognized
Compelled to tell their stories, she authored a bestselling collection of profiles on women in the wine industry, Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste and Enjoy Wine, which Wine Spectator named a Critical Read of 2007.
Through the process of writing the book and championing its subjects, Deborah became inspired to enter the wine business herself, releasing wine from a first-of-its-kind collective of seven artisan women winemakers from Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles. For the following seven years, Deborah learned the business inside and out. Ultimately, however, all the money, blood, sweat and (a lot) of tears could not foster women in the wine industry the way she had hoped, which led her to shut down the Women of the Vine wine brand and return to the drawing board.
One year later, Deborah organized the inaugural Women of the Vine Global & Spirits Global Symposium, held in March of 2015, which quickly sold out to 500 women from five countries. Due to the overwhelming response, Deborah and the Women of the Vine & Spirits Advisory Board went to work developing a consortium that supports professionals in the alcohol beverage industry year-round. Thus, emerged Women of the Vine & Spirits, a membership-based organization, anchored by the annual Global Symposium, whose mission is to empower and equip women worldwide to advance their careers in the alcohol beverage industry, fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large.
Deborah has received a Rising Star Award from Women for WineSense (2008), a New York Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion Of The Year (2009), a New York City National Association of Women Business Owners Signature Award (2010), the Lillian Vernon Award for Outstanding Community Service by the Women's Enterprise Development Center (2011), a NY Women in Communications Rising Star Award (2013), the Rockland Business Women's Network Woman of the Year Award (2014), the Rockland Business Women's Network Woman of the Year Award (2014), American Cancer Society Dr. Louis Berger Award (2017), Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award Person of the Year Nominee (2017), and Las Vegas Inc.“Woman to Watch” (2018).
Jennifer Evans is the Vice President of Constellation Ventures, a corporate venture capital group within Constellation Brands. She has previously held a number of other leadership roles within Constellation, including revenue management, finance, and strategy. As the leader of Constellation Ventures, Jen is also leading Constellation’s Focus on Female Founders initiative – a pledge to invest $100 million in female-founded or female-led businesses by 2028. (Check out www.cbrands.com/story/ventures to learn more.) Jen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.