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WSET Women to Watch: Lia Jones

10 Sep 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
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Join Women of Vine & Spirits for our “Women to Watch” Live Chat in Collaboration with
Corporate Member, WSET 
featuring Lia Jones


Thursday, September 10
1:00PM PST / 4:00PM EST

Lia Jones
Executive Director
Diversity in Wine and Spirits

Have you ever looked at a successful woman working in the
alcohol beverage industry and wondered
“How did they get there?”


Our “Women to Watch” webinars will bring these role models to your screens where you will get the opportunity to hear from their experiences navigating their career paths, the insights they have gained, best practices they can share, and how they used their WSET qualifications to their advantage.


Role models and mentors are extremely important as we navigate our own career paths and it is a cornerstone of Women of the Vine & Spirits to provide access to these role models! By learning from one another and sharing of best practices and advice, we can all thrive!

Lia Jones is a Belizean American, born in New York City, with two decades of hospitality industry experience. During the early part of her career she worked in the front of the house at restaurants such as Charlie Palmer’s Kitchen 22 and Michael White’s Ristorante Morini.

Lia has always had a passion for culinary arts and eventually found herself attending what is currently known as the International Culinary Center receiving a diploma in French Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management.

Upon graduating culinary school, Lia interned and worked as a line cook until starting her own private dining company called Dining Endeavors. Entrepreneurship has lended her the opportunity to travel to over 30 different countries to write about and explore food and beverage culture.

Lia has completed courses with Bar Smarts, the Sommelier Society of America and went on to become a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is completing the WSET Level 4 diploma program.

Most recently Lia worked at Eleven Madison Park in NYC, but left to become the founder and Executive Director of Diversity in Wine and Spirits. She is a wine and spirits educator and is actively pursuing a professional certification with Cornell University in Diversity and Inclusion to help find solutions within the international hospitality community.

Lia Jones has been featured in VinePair, The Zoe Report, Wine Enthusiast, Imbibe, NeatPour, The Somm Journal, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Along with features in Wine Enthusiast, Ms Jones was honored to be named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 Tastemakers of 2020.


WSET provides best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower the world’s wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. We offer a comprehensive suite of qualifications covering wines, spirits and sake. 

WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.

10 Sep 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

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