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People of Color Alliance Group Live Chat

24 Feb 2021
10:00am - 11:00am PST
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Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for People of Color Alliance Group Live Chat

Wednesday, February 24
10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST


Sarah Bettman
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Constellation Brands

Erika Hopkins
Corporate Vice President,
Culture & Corporate Social Responsibility,
Republic National
Distributing Company

Our People of Color Alliance Group is a space for members who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, and their allies can connect on unique issues that are important to the group. As co-leads for this group, Sarah & Erika, believe it’s important to model the partnership between women of color and their allies, since traditionally the spaces for women have been predominantly white. 

During this Live Chat, we will facilitate a conversation with group members on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Black history is American history- honoring Black history 365 days a year.
  • White feminism and it’s impact on BIPOC communities. 
  • Community defined and how the WOTVS People of Color alliance can better support you, our members.
  • What is one specific way that allies have challenged themselves to be better?
  • Are there any industry specific landmines that are especially tricky to navigate for POC?
  • What do you non-white people want to know, see, or feel to comfortably advocate or sponsor a person from a racially underrepresented group?
  • In your estimation, have you seen meaningful traction since the social unrest earlier this year?
  • With women’s history month approaching, how can we make it about more than white women?


Have you joined our People of Color Alliance Group?

Sign up Here to post topics, start discussions, share resources, links, and articles, and connect with others. The WOTVS People of Color Alliance Group is for members who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color and their allies. Members of this group are encouraged to use this platform to have conversations around unique issues to the community and experiences in order to support each other and further inclusion in the alcohol beverage industry. We believe that it is only together that we are able to overcome issues and evolve. This is a learning space where we recognize not everyone is going to get it right and not everyone is in the same place in their journey, but we are committed to growing together. In this spirit we will be administrating this space to promote a community of learning. 

Sarah Bettman is Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Constellation Brands. She has two decades of experience designing and implementing organizational and leadership development solutions in a variety of industries. She is passionate about and known for her work in the areas of leadership development, advancing women leaders, and inclusive leadership with clients from around the world.

Sarah has dedicated much of her time to championing Constellations Diversity and Inclusion efforts including the launch of the Women’s Leadership Development Program, expansion of the Women’s Leadership Network, and introduction of Unconscious Bias and Creating Inclusive Culture Programs, to name just a few.

Prior to joining Constellation Brands, Sarah served as a Principal Consultant with Linkage, Inc. where she created customized solutions by collaborating with multiple stakeholders on large scale projects to ensure that her clients ultimately achieve their strategic objectives. Sarah effectively blends facilitation, team development, and executive coaching to create engagements that have impact and get results.

Sarah also has experience as an executive coach and consultant, serving a variety of clients in the healthcare and emergency medical fields. Her experience as a firefighter and paramedic taught her first- hand about the power of effective leadership and high-performing teams—and shaped her passion for leadership development and management. She has worked extensively in a variety of industries including healthcare, energy, technology and finance.

Sarah holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California. She is certified in individual coaching through the Coaches Training Institute, in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching from CRR Global, and in the MBTI.

Constellation Brands, a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No.3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S., and Funky Buddha Brewery. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Black Box, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.


Erika Hopkins is the Corporate Vice President, Culture and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for RNDC where she is responsible for leading the strategic human capital practices related to Culture, CSR, and Inclusion & Diversity. Her thought leadership and guidance has been instrumental in the development of RNDC’s Root Out Racism strategic action plan and the launching of enterprise-wide Associate Resource Groups (ARGs). Erika has had a progressive career spanning multiple industries and positions driving impactful and sustainable people practices. Before joining RNDC in July 2018, she 16 years with Staples, where she leveraged her passion for equal representation and inclusive excellence as the Head of Global Inclusion and Diversity. Erika is a Certified Diversity Executive, a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Co-Lead for the Women of the Vine & Spirits People of Color Alliance, and a member of the WOTVS DEI Committee. Originally from Los Angeles, she now resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her husband, Thomas.

24 Feb 2021
10:00am - 11:00am PST

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