Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for
our NEW Leadership Series:
Reshaping History and Paving
a New Future
Wednesday, August 12
9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST
Fawn Weaver, CEO, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
Interviewed by Kate Jerkens,
SVP Global Sales, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, toward
s the achievement of a goal. Each of us can be a leader and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.
This series takes you inside the minds of some of the most respected visionaries, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the alcohol beverage industry.
These live, one-on-one interviews, with Q&A open to attendees, will provide you with tangible tools on how to lead through uncertain times and inspire you to take action.
Here are some questions to ask yourselves as you lead through a crisis:
- Am I defining reality and creating hope in this unprecedented time?
- Am I helping my team become the change makers we need so they can be successful in difficult times?
- What are the key relationships I need to maintain in order to emerge from the current crisis?
- Do our decisions mirror our company values?
- Is our organization’s culture being maintained through our responses during the crisis?
Introducing the First-of-its-Kind List of Female Leaders in the
Alcohol Beverage Industry, Worldwide
The Women of the Vine & Spirits C-Suite honors and recognizes leaders that are change-makers, co-creators and curators
in the alcohol beverage industry.
Visibility of women in traditionally male-dominated roles and industries cannot be underestimated.
These women have earned their place at the top as forward-thinkers, disruptors, innovators and icons using their voice and position
to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
Qualifying Corporate Members that would like to be included in our C-Suite need to complete this form.
Fawn Weaver is the founder of Grant Sidney, Inc., an investment firm that has silently participated in real estate and privately-owned tech and lifestyle brands for the past 24 years. Weaver is often active in her investments, serving in leadership capacities behind the scenes, as well as publicly when it serves the company well to do so. She’s the co-founder of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, serving as CEO and chief historian. She is a TED speaker, as well as a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author who has appeared on popular radio, morning and talk television shows around the world, including CBS This Morning and NPR. She’s been featured over a hundred times in publications from the Los Angeles Times to the USA Today to Chicago Tribune and New York Times.
Weaver has served on the executive boards of Slavery No More, MEND Poverty, and is the founder of the Nearest Green Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to shining a spotlight on the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green. This story, lost in time, was uncovered by Weaver and a team she brought together consisting of 20 archaeologist, genealogist, historians, archivist and conservators. She is currently overseeing 12 projects all related to honoring Green, with her favorite among them being the Nearest Green Legacy scholarship which provides full tuition and books for all Green descendants in college. Currently, there are ten Legacy scholarship recipients attending universities across the U.S.─from Texas A&M to the University of Missouri to Auburn University─with that number expected to increase exponentially in the years ahead. The Legacy Scholarship extends to not only each recipient’s undergraduate but also their graduate degrees. The first scholarship recipient graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in May 2018 and is headed to the University of Louisiana to pursue her graduate studies in the fall. The Nearest Green Foundation is funded by proceeds from sales of Uncle Nearest Whiskey.
Katharine (Kate) Jerkens is the SVP of Global Sales & Marketing for Uncle Nearest Inc. With over 15 years of experience in hotel and lifestyle sales & marketing, Kate joined the Uncle Nearest team in late 2016, as team member number one. Throughout her 15+ years in hotels, Kate took on prominent leadership roles in both emerging and established hotel brands, as well as becoming a brand immersion trainer. With Uncle Nearest, Kate was responsible for finding and rolling out distribution in 50 states in under 2 years, while also supporting the roll-out of more than 12 countries. Through the growth of this company, Kate has been able to hire and establish one of the most dedicated, proud, and dynamic group of sales professionals in the business.
Kate received her degree in History, Spanish, and Business Administration from UCLA, and spent time in Sevilla studying Spanish at the Universidad de Sevilla. When not jet-setting around the country (or on Zoom calls), Kate enjoys coaching soccer, working out, drinking whiskey (and wine) and spending time with her family in Los Angeles.