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Mental Health Matters in the Drinks Industry

22 May 2024
10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for

Mental Health Matters in

the Drinks Industry

Hosted by the Wellness Business Resource Group


Wednesday, May 22
10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST

Jenifer Vogt
Wellness BRG Co-Lead
Marketing Professional & Writer
JMV Media Group

Dave Rudman
Global Business Development Director, WSET; Executive Director, WSET Americas

Lisa Belczyk
USBG National Board


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we're addressing the topic with the understanding that it can stir up feelings of shame, anger, and sadness for many people.  We hope to help destigmatize mental health and provide helpful information and resources.  This discussion won't be recorded and you're welcome to keep your camera off or attend anonymously.


Whether you've battled mental illness or worked alongside someone who has, there's no doubt that it's an aspect of wellness that impacts our community and should be better understood.  Join us for an engaging conversation on the importance of mental health awareness. 


This Live Chat will foster a safe space to discuss our experiences in the context of helping fellow members find professional tools & resources and personal stress management strategies that may help during tough times. That said, we'd like to focus less on sharing what's best discussed with a professional and more on how you overcame or helped another overcome a difficult mental health challenge and the resources and endeavors that have helped. Let’s share best practices to support individual wellness and personal sustainability. 


Some topics we may cover, and welcome your sharing on, include:

  • Industry-specific resources
  • Self-care practices
  • Creating a supportive professional circle
  • Therapy and medication
  • Exercise
  • The impact of food on mental health
  • Using Mindfulness/meditation practices to thwart burnout
  • Speaking openly about mental illness to destigmatize shame


We realize some topics are personal. Our Business Resource Group Live Chats are not recorded as to encourage participation and networking. These conversations are strategically structured to be group conversations rather than traditional Live Chats or webinars. We encourage all to speak up and share


Who Should Attend: All Members Welcome.


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Jenifer Vogt is a digital marketing professional and writer. She first fell in love with the culture of the W/S industry because her grandfather was a bartender with a local following who appreciated his dry wit and empathic listening. Later, she became even more enamored when she harvested grapes as a day laborer at a local Hudson Valley winery. She's been a student of Mindfulness since 2007, but in 2021 obtained her MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) certification and serves as a Meditation Facilitator for Mindful Leader's Meditation Together program and is the Wellness Business Resource Group Co-Lead.  She's worked with, and written about, wineries and distilleries, and about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. She's also consulted on marketing to doctors, medical practices, home health care agencies, dentists, therapists, wellness practitioners and the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School. Jenifer has her WSET2 in Wine with distinction and the American Wine Expert certification from NVWA, and is currently pursuing her WSET2 in Spirits and the Whiskey Specialist certification with the Council of Whiskey Masters.

Dave is responsible for WSET Americas, an independent subsidiary of WSET headquartered in West Hartford, CT, USA, which is responsible for managing WSET’s business in North and South America.  The Americas are a diverse set of growth markets for WSET and demand for wines, spirits, sake, and beer education is high.

 As Executive Director, Dave is responsible for ensuring that the best-in-class business development and operations WSET is known for is extended to our Approved Program Providers in the region.  Dave spent over 10 years previously working in the U.S. hospitality and distribution trades, holds the WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits, is a WSET Certified Educator and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Yale School of Management.


Lisa Belczyk is the founder of The Fizzy Coupe, a boutique firm offering bespoke cocktail experiences through the lens of arts, culture, history, and aesthetics - sparking joy, curiosity, and delight in clients as they explore beautifully crafted cocktails through a unique context. Lisa is also a member of the team at Lucky Sign Spirits, managing the beverage and bar program, designing innovative food and beverage pairings, instructing engaging classes and workshops, and immersing herself in all manner of experimental spirits and cocktail explorations! Additionally, Lisa serves as a Director and member of the Executive Committee on the United States Bartenders’ Guild National Board. Lisa is the immediate past-president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, which was named 2023 Chapter of the Year under her leadership.


Lisa has also served as a Program Director at LUMA Institute + MURAL, where she delivered delightful and engaging experiences for those seeking to transform their ecosystems with design thinking. She was the Program Manager of Digital Engagement Initiatives in a new joint position between the University of Pittsburgh’s Academic Innovation team and the Pitt Alumni Association, where she oversaw Pitt Commons, a platform allowing students and alumni to develop purposeful professional connections, mentoring relationships, and meaningful networks.  


Lisa also served as the Director of Learning & Community Engagement at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where she planned, implemented, produced, and evaluated the PSO's learning and community programs serving over 65,000 people annually.  Lisa held the position of Assistant Director of the City Music Center of Duquesne University, where she developed arts education programming and curricula, as well as managed organizational administration.  


Lisa co-founded Draper & Dots, an educational consulting organization, where she advised formal and informal learning spaces, school districts, and nonprofit organizations in implementing aesthetic education, inquiry-based learning, and culturally relevant music technologies. She has presented at a variety of local, regional, and national conferences on these topics, including SXSW.


Lisa is a certified practitioner, facilitator, and instructor in Human-Centered Design and has received advanced certification in Lincoln Center Education’s Aesthetic Education methodology.

22 May 2024
10:00am - 11:00am PDT

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