Supplier Diversity & Women-Owned Businesses - Good for Everyone!

14 Nov 2019
6:00am - 7:00am PST
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Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for a live webinar: 

Supplier Diversity & Women-Owned Businesses - Good for Everyone!

Thursday, November 14

6:00AM PST/ 9:00AM EST/ 3:00PM CET

Free for WOTVS Members & Non-Members


Your company can reap many benefits by expanding its supplier network, or by becoming a diverse supplier to companies that see the value in diversity. 

Are you a Woman-Owned Company? 
Are you considering creating a Supplier Diversity Program at your company?
Then this webinar is for you!

Join Women of the Vine & Spirits Founder & CEO, Deborah Brenner, as she walks you through what Supplier Diversity Programs, being a Certified Women-Owned Business, and the Women of the Vine & Spirits Certified Women Owned Logo & Database can mean for your company’s bottom line! 
Women of the Vine & Spirits is committed to raising awareness for why, where and how to buy women-owned products and services to further women’s economic growth and gender equality on a global scale. 

“Women control over $20 trillion of annual consumer spending globally and trillions of dollars are spent worldwide annually on diverse suppliers, yet less than one percent goes to women-owned companies. Certification is key to getting visible. It is our goal to create a movement of support for women-owned businesses and be the go-to resource in the alcohol beverage industry.” – Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits

  • Women control over $20 trillion of annual consumer spending globally. 
  • In the United States, women influence or manage 85% of all consumer purchases. 
  • A study America’s largest retailer (Walmart) conducted of its shoppers found that 90% of female customers in the US would go out of their way to purchase products from women.
  • Walmart study showed products with the women-owned logo were perceived to have “high quality”. 
  • In the U.S., 71% of wine retail purchases are made by women and a recent study by Wine Intelligence and Women of the Vine & Spirits showed that women are more likely to purchase wines made by female winemakers when this fact is consciously pointed out to them in an explicit way.

There is a two part registration process

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), and Las Vegas Inc. “Woman to Watch” (2018).

14 Nov 2019
6:00am - 7:00am PST

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