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Breaking Barriers: DE&I Leadership Series - CM Only

16 Jun 2021
10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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This Live Chat is for Corporate Members. Corporate Member only events are meant to expand company knowledge and best practices on pitching, elevating their marketing, streamlining their sales efforts, cultivating business development and innovation (BD&I), creating or improving DE&I programs, and leveraging their Corporate Membership benefits with WOTVS.


Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for a DE&I Leadership Series

Breaking Barriers

Wednesday, June 16
10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST


Marbet Lewis
CEO & Partner
Spiritus Law

Marcelo Aguero
EVP of Marketing and DTC
Jackson Family Wines

Facilitated by
Deborah Brenner
Founder & CEO
Women of the Vine & Spirits


WOTVS Corporate Members will hear from Executive Vice President of Marketing and DTC of Jackson Family Wines, Marcelo Aguero, on why he is committed to DE&I and what we can all be doing to break barriers and create a culture of inclusivity in our communities and companies. 

Joined by DE&I leader, WOTVS DE&I Committee Member, and CEO & Partner of Spiritus Law, Marbet Lewis, these unscripted live chats will dig into the topic through authentic conversation about why DE&I is important to them, who has influenced them along their life and career path, and their vision for the future of the alcohol beverage industry. 

Expect frank questions, honest answers and real-life lessons on how these senior leaders commit to taking action as an individual, a community member and a corporate leader.

Takeaways include:

  • Hear from Marcelo Aguero, a senior male executive and active ally, as he shares why he is passionate about the work he is doing.

  • Learn from Marbet Lewis, a managing partner of a law firm, why she is committed to DE&I and creating a culture of inclusivity. 

  • Discover best practices as well as actions you and your company can immediately activate, from the journey Jackson Family Wines is on in building intentional inclusion within their company.

  • Learn how Jackson Family Wines is tapping everyone to join in their learning journey from family members, executives through all levels of their team.

  • Explore how Spiritus Law rises by lifting others with their goal of facilitating collaboration between its diverse team members and building a foundation that supports the advancement and success of women, immigrants, first generation Americans, the LGBTQ+ community, and all People of Color. 

Who Should Attend
Company Owners, Executives and Family Members, DE&I Professionals, HR and Talent Professionals, ERG and BRG Leaders and Members, and anyone interested in learning more about how other companies are engaging in a more inclusive industry.

Once you register you will receive an email with the link to access the session.  If you need further assistance please Contact Olivia Campbell, Membership Coordinator, Women of the Vine & Spirits.

Marbet Lewis is an attorney at, and co-founder of, Spiritus Law. She focuses her practice on the laws governing the production, importation, and sale of alcohol beverages to consumers. She represents clients in all aspects of alcohol and business licensing, alcohol advertising regulations, and operational compliance guidance. Marbet serves as the firm’s Managing Partner and is a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits.

As a Social Entrepreneur, Deborah Brenner measures success on the positive impact a business makes on society. She has manifested her vision with Women of the Vine & Spirits, inspiring 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. 

After graduating from the University of Delaware with degrees in English and Journalism Deborah spent 20 years in the male-dominated television and film technology industry that required international travel to countries for whom wine is a part of everyday life. During a fortuitous trip to the Napa and Sonoma wine regions, Deborah discovered another male-dominated industry, where women were under-recognized. 

Compelled to tell their stories, and tapping into her love of research and journalism Deborah authored a bestselling collection of profiles, 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 championing these incredible women, Deborah was 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, CA. For the following seven years, Deborah learned the business inside and out. Ultimately, she could not foster women in the wine industry the way she had hoped, which led her to dissolve the wine brand and return to the drawing board.

A year later, in March 2015, Deborah organized the Inaugural Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium. It was a sold-out success. The attendees eagerly supported the opportunity to connect through a global network and seek ways to accelerate their business and professional development. This forum allowed for collaboration across all industry sectors and inspired attendees to do business with like-minded women and men. It was clear to Deborah that to make a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry, women needed a voice year-round. 

Membership to the organization opened September 2015. What started off as a one-off event and grass roots movement quickly expanded into a global organization with members engaged across 23 countries. Women of the Vine & Spirits has become a catalyst for creating a positive impact in the alcohol beverage industry by giving women worldwide a platform and a voice to thrive. 

Deborah resides in New York with her husband, Jack. Having been the spouse of a restaurateur who owned and operated an Italian restaurant for 24 years in Piermont, NY, Deborah is passionate about supporting hardworking hospitality professionals who are fundamental to the on-premise sector of the alcohol beverage industry.

In addition to Women of the Vine & Spirits, in 2021 Deborah launched another “sister company”called Badass Bartender™. This first-of-its-kind community for female bartenders aims to fill a void for female bartenders to unite, be empowered, support one another, explore career opportunities and network. For more information visit 

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), 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).

16 Jun 2021
10:00am - 11:00am PDT

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