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Supporting our Alcohol Beverage Colleagues in Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities

07 Apr 2021
9:00am - 10:00am PDT
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Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for a Live Chat:

Supporting our Alcohol Beverage Colleagues in Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities

Wednesday, April 7
9:00AM PST / 12:00PM EST


Moderated by
Liem Le
Founder & CEO
Little Lion
Outreach Director
Goldman Sachs 10KSB 

Joyce Chen
Marketing Director
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Leadership Team Member of ASIA (Asian Society for Inclusion & Achievement ERG)

Cindy Chen
Associate General Counsel
Executive Sponsor of MOSAIC (Asian/Pacific Islander ERG)

Tammy Ackerman
VP Retail E-Commerce
Treasury Wine Estates
Executive Leadership Sponsor of AAPI (Asian American/Pacific Islander ERG)

Since the start of the pandemic, cities across the U.S. have reported an alarming surge in hate crimes against Asians, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI). We, in the Alcohol Beverage Industry, must do our part to speak out loudly and powerfully against acts of violence and all acts of racial discrimination. Together, we can build a healthy, safe and productive global industry where we can ALL thrive.

Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for a serious conversation with DEI Leaders who have first-hand knowledge and experiences in our industry to learn how to:

  1. Feel comfortable asking “How are you? How can I help?” from a thoughtful, approachable, safe, and inviting space with a willingness to listen, learn, empathize. How do we have the difficult and potentially awkward conversations?
  2. Ensure that we give our Asian & AAPI colleagues on-going & impactful opportunities to be heard, seen, and actively supported? What does execution look like regardless of your role – whether you are a leader managing people or not, have an ERG or don't, if you're an employee or other position such as a vendor?
  3. Be more intentionally aware of racial biases and discrimination that can exist all around us so we can proactively prevent and/or positively course-correct? What does allyship, that is a force for real change, look like?
  4. Unite collectively and collaborate to identify critical steps to address this hateful crisis head on? 

Liem is an inclusive community and people-focused leader. She brings a wealth of experience in marketing and analytics from both startup and corporate environments, including Fortune 500 companies. Her industry experience includes MillerCoors, Nielsen, and Vinventions. Her recent work as Founder/CEO of Little Lion has led her to the global stage to present as a thought leader, game changer, and purposeful leader. She was the Keynote speaker at the 2019 Heineken USA Women’s Leadership Forum and received the 2018 Best of Best Leader Award from the Network of Executive Women Chicago. Liem also serves on several committees including The Field Museum Board of Trustees’ Marketing Committee and DEI Taskforce of The Executives' Club of Chicago.

Liem is the Founder/CEO of Little Lion, which provides services that prioritize Community to keep people connected, engaged, and healthy through a variety of wellness and inclusion building activities. Little Lion was recognized by Built In Chicago as one of the Top 50 Startups to Watch 2020. She also recently joined Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses as their Outreach Director helping entrepreneurs get access to funding and other business resources.

Joyce Chen is the Marketing Director for E. & J. Gallo Winery's Luxury Lifestyle Brands and is the Business Development Director for the ASIA ERG at Gallo. Joyce is responsible for driving the strategic development of her brand portfolio, has an insatiable curiosity for understanding consumers and is passionate about fostering teamwork driven cultures & leaders. Joyce grew up in the Bay Area of California after moving from Taiwan to the U.S. and attended the University of California Berkeley studying Mass Communications & Public Policy. Outside of her work at the winery, Joyce is also a certified life coach focusing on helping purpose minded individuals find passion and empowerment through their life stories. In addition to coaching, Joyce is a coaching instructor, writes for blog publications and is a vounteer tutor for children in underprivileged communities. When Joyce isn't working, she enjoys cooking with her family, traveling the world & spoiling her Frenchie fur baby!

Cindy Chen is the Associate General Counsel and head of the Corporate & Transactions group within the Legal Department at Pernod Ricard USA, a premium spirits and wine company whose portfolio includes prestigious brands such as Absolut, Tequila Avión, The Glenlivet, Jameson, Malibu and Kahlúa.  Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, she served as Senior Counsel at Johnson & Johnson, where she focused on M&A transactions for the Medical Devices & Diagnostics group, as well as the Consumer Products group.  She also was appointed the board attorney for Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions.  Before joining Johnson & Johnson, she was an M&A associate at Skadden, Arps where she worked represented clients such as Citibank, Deutsch Bank, Shionogi & Co. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a variety of transactions.

Cindy is a graduate of Duke University where she received a B.A. in Public Policy.  She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she the Executive Comments Editor for the Journal of International Economic Law and President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.  

Proud mom to a dynamic 5yr old and cross-functional marketing leader with 17 years consumer packaged goods experience. Demonstrated ability to drive growth on iconic and emerging brands with commercially rounded experience in Strategy, Brand Management, Sales, Trade & Shopper Marketing.

07 Apr 2021
9:00am - 10:00am PDT

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