Women of the Vine & Spirits Las Vegas Forum

22 Aug 2017
8:30am - 2:15pm PDT
Event Details

Women of the Vine & Spirits along with
MGM Resorts International
and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
hosts an exclusive forum in Las Vegas


Max of 140 attendees

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
8400 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
8:30 AM – 2:15 PM


The event is invitation only.


Women of the Vine & Spirits fills a void in the alcohol beverage industry, fostering collaboration and camaraderie by cultivating valuable relationships with partners and members that are committed to the advancement of women, diversity, and ensuring the next generation is being mentored to take leadership roles.


The day will be begin with Opening Remarks by Deborah BrennerFounder & President of Women of the Vine & Spirits, 
followed by a Keynote address from Gwen Chappell Director, Beverage Sourcing for Global Procurement of MGM Resorts International. Special Guests include atrice CointreauOwner & Chief Executive Officer of 

The forum includes three focused panels including Work/Life Balance,
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, and starting or maintaining a
Mentorship Program.

After the presentations, attendees will enjoy a catered lunch and tour of the Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Academy.

Participants include women and men from various Las Vegas casino resorts including Caesars, Wynn, Venetian, Hard Rock and others as well as employees of MGM Grand International and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits.





  8:30AM - 9:00AM


9:00AM – 9:15AM


Opening Remarks & Welcome

Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits

Ian Staller, Executive Vice President, GM, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

9:15AM – 9:45AM


Keynote Speaker

Gwen Chappell, Director, Beverage Sourcing for Global Procurement, MGM Resorts International

9:45AM – 10:30AM


Work/Life Balance: Sharing Best Practices


Kristina Kelley, CSW, Sr. Director of Public Relations, E. & J. Gallo Winery


Flor Bernal, President & COO, Back Bar USA

Beatrice Cointreau, Owner, ADMIRABLE Wines

Dionne ProperDirector of Training & Talent Management, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Chiara Soldati, Owner, Export Director, LA SCOLCA

10:30AM – 11:15AM


Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives


Terence GoodsDynamic Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits


Stacey Taylor, SVP & Chief Procurement Office, MGM Resorts International

Karen Hunt, President, DAOU Vineyards & Winery

Suzi PottsHR Director Talent Acquisition, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits


11:15AM – 11:30AM




11:30AM – 12:15PM

Mentorship Program


Sommer Walker, CSS, Bacardi National Accounts, Bacardi, U.S.A., Inc.


Ana Marie Mormando, General Manager, MGM Grand

Rachael Tharp, CSS, National Account Manager, Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.

Alaina Alexander, Executive Director - Cocktails & Beverage, Wynn

Kristi Smith, Director of High Image Accounts, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Rebecca RunningVice President National Accounts, Infinium Spirits


12:15PM – 1:15PM


1:15PM - 1:30PM





Closing Remarks

1:30PM – 2:15PM

Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits Academy Tour





22 Aug 2017
8:30am - 2:15pm PDT

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