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These Business Development Live Chats are for Corporate Members to expand their knowledge and best practices on pitching, elevating their marketing, streamlining their sales efforts, growing their business, and leveraging their Corporate Membership benefits with WOTVS.
Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for a Live Chat:
How Suppliers Can Support Bartenders and Sommeliers Who Are In Need of Funds Today
Wednesday, August 26
9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST
Join Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, WOTVS and Elizabeth DeConti, Shareholder, Gray|Robinson, Morrison Nichols, Brand Associate, Brown-Forman, and Tim Cooper, Head of Brand Advocacy, Ford's Gin for a Live Chat and Q&A on how suppliers can legally support bartenders and sommeliers in great need of financial support now.
Learn more about how a supplier can hire unemployed bartenders, sommeliers and hospitality workers, pay them directly via Venmo or other method, tap into their social networks and consumer fans and continue to build your brand during the pandemic.
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Elizabeth A. DeConti is a member of GrayRobinson’s Litigation Department, focusing her practice in the firm’s Alcohol Beverage Practice. Based in the Tampa office, Elizabeth’s experience includes compliance review of the rules and regulations governing the marketing, sale, and consumption of distilled spirits, wine, beer, and other licensed beverages for licensed beverage manufacturers and suppliers; distributorship and industry relations contracts; and industry litigation including trade regulation, beer franchise and trademark litigation. Before joining GrayRobinson, Elizabeth was a partner in the Tampa office of Holland & Knight and clerked for the Honorable Antoinette L. Dupont, Chief Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Elizabeth is a member of The Florida Bar and The Connecticut Bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association and serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the ABA’s Committee on Alcohol Beverage Practice. Elizabeth earned her B.A. cum laude and With Distinction in Renaissance Studies from Yale University. She received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where she was a Harvey T. Reid Scholar. She is fluent in Italian and French.
As a Social Entrepreneur, Deborah Brenner expounds beyond the entrepreneurial focus of growing a business and measures performance on the positive impact the business makes on society. She has manifested her vision with Women of the Vine & Spirits, and inspired people to support a movement in the alcohol beverage industry. She has presented a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose, working with the power of intentionality and alignment with a higher purpose.
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 & 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), Las Vegas Inc. “Woman to Watch” (2018), and Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award “Social Visionary of the Year” Recipient (2018).
A Fort Collins, CO native, Morrison Nichols grew up quite literally in the New Belgium brewery, where his parents were early employees. You could say brand building has been a constant since birth. Growing older, Morrison began working in bars as soon he was legally able, and studied beer, wine and spirits extensively. Morrison kept a few weekly shifts behind the stick while studying marketing and brand building. After working for a creative agency and launching several brands from the ground up, Morrison took a job with a relatively small bartender owned company called The 86 Co in 2016, bringing both agency experience and bartending chops to the table. Morrison now lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Linda and their two cats Luna and Lilith.
Tim Cooper is a New York City Hospitality & Spirits Industry Professional with over 20 years of experience working in bars, consulting on beverage programs and building startup brands. He started his career in bartending, then branched into consulting in the beverage industry, aiding bars and restaurants such as; The Soho Grand Hotel, BED New York, Flatiron Lounge, Goldbar, Surf Lodge and Sweetwater Social, to name a few. Tim has also worked as a consultant and cocktail event producer for Hennessy, Bulleit, William Grant & Sons, and Pernod Ricard, and has been integral in the launching of several liquor brands, including Cabana Cachaca, Spring 44, and the 86 Co.
Currently, Cooper is the Head of Brand Advocacy for Ford’s Gin. When Cooper joined the company in 2015 he was tasked with spreading the gospel of the cocktail gin while supporting The 86 Co.’s other spirits. His time with the 86 Company provided a unique experience, as it was a company created by bartenders with an emphasis on speaking to bartenders.
Some of Cooper’s other roles were as event coordinator and partner of Contemporary Cocktails Inc., a NYC based global beverage consulting firm where he executed the beverage programs at numerous events including; The New York City Food & Wine Festival, Hennessy Artistry, Tales of the Cocktail and The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, to name a few. He then left to start his own company, In Good Spirits LLC., to continue his consulting services.
He has become a valuable resource in the industry having been featured on various television and radio programs while making and discussing cocktails including VH1’s “Morning Buzz,” Fox & Friends, PBS’s “Secrets of NY”, Martha Stewart Radio and the Tasted channel’s “Behind the Drink.” Print and online media outlets have tapped into his cocktail history knowledge and crafting skills for stories in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Beverage Media, and IMBIBE, among others.
Cooper is well versed in every aspect of cocktail and spirits education and has spent considerable time traveling to further his craft. He has lead comprehensive bartender trainings & education for both the trade and for consumers. He is also known to have the “ultimate bartender persona’ for his calm, cool and collected demeanor that blends seamlessly with his strict work ethic and “nice guy” attitude.
As a spirits professional, Cooper is a graduate of BAR 5 Day and is a judge for the annual Ultimate Spirits Challenge. For his work at Fords Gin, he was awarded “Best American Brand Ambassador” in 2019 at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards. During his days behind the bar, Cooper participated & claimed victory in several cocktail competitions, with a highlight in 2012 when he won the inaugural Louis Royer “Show Me the Proof!” High Proof Cognac Cocktail Competition.
Cooper currently lives on the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan with his wifey and 2 children. When not with his family, he can be found boxing in the morning or playing basketball in the afternoon before commuting around the five boroughs visiting the latest and favorite bars and restaurants.