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    Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation receives $10,000 Donation from Edrington

     

    October 25, 2018 (New York, NY) – The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. is pleased to announce it has received a generous donation of $10,000 from Edrington. The funds will support women in the alcohol beverage industry with scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping them to advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development. 

     

    “This is the second donation the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation has received from Edrington, and we are incredibly thankful for their generosity and support of our mission to provide women with the education, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive in the alcohol beverage industry,” said Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits Deborah Brenner

     

    The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation offers scholarships each year. Scholarship opportunities include: The Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship, which awards two recipients with attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium; Student Scholarship for applicants already enrolled in an accredited food, wine, hospitality, viticulture, or other alcohol beverage industry related postsecondary program; Continuing Education Scholarship for applicants towards the cost of professional advancement courses regarding the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries, and new this year, scholarships for those attaining their Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualifications.

     

    “Edrington is pleased to be a corporate member of Women of the Vine & Spirits and support the Foundation with this donation,” said Director of Corporate Affairs & Social Responsibility, Marc Bromfeld. “Our ethos is steeped in a culture of Giving More Together and we are committed to fostering gender diverse teams and talent development.”

     

    For more information about the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation and the Edward H. Brenner Scholarship Fund, visit womenofthevine.com.

     

    Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman Corporation; Caesars Entertainment; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Platinum Corporate Members: Brown-Forman; Delicato Family Vineyards; Frederik Wildman & Sons; J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery; Palm Bay International; Pernod-Ricard; Shaw Ross; Trinchero Family Estates; William Grant & Sons. For a full list of Corporate Members including those at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Associate level, visit the Corporate Members tab at womenofthevine.com.

     

    To become a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, please visit womenofthevine.com. For those interested in Corporate Membership opportunities, please email info@womenofthevine.com or call 888.750.1863.

     

    About Women of the Vine & Spirits
    Women of the Vine & Spirits is dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. Women of the Vine & Spirits is an organization for members to connect through our global and diverse network and collaborate across all industry sectors. Providing members with resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success. We offer steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership benefits that include: education, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and resources for personal and business development. Together, we are a committed community taking action and making a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. Save the date for the Fifth Annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, March 11- 13, 2019 in Napa, California. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.

     

    About Edrington

    Edrington’s ambition is to become the world’s leading premium spirits company. Edrington owns some of the leading Scotch whisky and rum brands in the world, including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Highland Park, Cutty Sark, The Glenrothes, Brugal and Snow Leopard vodka. Edrington Americas added Tequila Partida to its portfolio in 2016 and Wyoming Whiskey in 2018. Edrington is headquartered in Scotland and employs around 3,000 people in its companies and joint venture operations worldwide, with over 70% employed overseas. The company owns its route to market in 13 countries, and operates the remainder through joint venture and third party agreements. Edrington Americas is headquartered in New York, NY with regional offices in Chicago, Miami and Orange County. Edrington’s principal shareholder is The Robertson Trust, which has donated over £252 million to a variety of charitable causes since 1961.

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    Kyndal Korsgaden
    kyndal@womenofthevine.com
    (805) 779-0301

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    Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

    Foundation to provide scholarships and awards for women in alcohol beverage industry

     

    August 1, 2018 (New York) – Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to giving women globally a platform and voice to thrive in the alcohol beverage industry, has announced it is accepting scholarship applications to be awarded this summer through the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd.

    The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development.

    “Education is vital to empowering women and is a pillar of our organization,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits“We value and recognize the benefit that higher knowledge gives to an individual seeking to progress their career, which is why we are passionate about our Foundation and providing scholarships to deserving women looking to thrive in this industry.” 

    The Foundation offers scholarships each calendar year to recipients of either a Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship or an Educational Scholarship.

    New this year, Women of the Vine & Spirits has formed a strategic alliance with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), providing scholarships toward WSET course fees. The mutual alliance aims to improve the visibility of progression paths and opportunities for women in the wine and spirits industry. WSET Scholarships is a subset of the Continuing Education Scholarship. Applicants should specify which WSET Level they would like to apply their Scholarship toward on the application where indicated. 

    “WSET is a champion for equal opportunity in the industry, emphasizing the value of education for all professionals and enthusiasts, men and women,” said Ian Harris, Chief Executive, WSET. “43% of WSET Diploma graduates are women and eight out of the past 10 highest scoring Diploma students have been female. We are pleased to be working with Women of the Vine & Spirits to develop further opportunities for the benefit of our students, our partner’s members and the industry at large.”

    Applications are now being accepted with the deadline to submit, August 15, 2018; recipients will be selected September 15, 2018.

    For more information about the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, to view the current scholarship opportunities, to apply, or to donate visit womenofthevine.com/foundation.

    About Women of the Vine & Spirits
    Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to giving women globally a platform and voice to thrive in the alcohol beverage industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits is an organization for members to connect through our global and diverse network and collaborate across all industry sectors. Providing members with resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success. We offer steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership benefits that include: education, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and resources for personal and business development. Together, we are a committed community taking action and making a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. Save the date for the Fifth Annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, March 11- 13, 2019 in Napa, California. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.

     

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    Women of the Vine & Spirits™ Announces Foundation & Scholarship Fund

    Foundation to provide scholarships and awards for women in alcohol beverage industry

     

    Women of the Vine & Spirits™, the world’s leading organization dedicating to the support and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, has officially launched the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation and is now accepting scholarship applications to be awarded this summer.

     

    The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development, as well as fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. 

     

    “Selling out this year’s Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium to 700 attendees in only 24 hours was a telling sign that women in our industry are thirsty for education, advancement and support,” said Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits Deborah Brenner. “We are proud to announce the formation of this Foundation which will continue to advance and bolster women in our industry for years to come.”

     

    The Foundation offers scholarships each calendar year to recipients of either a Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship or an Educational Scholarship as described below. Applications are now being accepted with the deadline to submit, June 1, 2017; recipients will be selected July 15, 2017.

    Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship: This scholarship awards recipients with attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships for recipients’ attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, March 12-14, 2018.  The Foundation will award each recipient with a symposium ticket, lodging for the duration of the symposium, and transportation to and from the San Francisco airport.  The Foundation will also reimburse recipients for airfare up to $500 upon proof of the recipients’ purchase of the airline ticket.

    Educational Scholarship: This scholarship awards recipients with either a student scholarship or a continuing education scholarship as described below. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships to recipients to assist with their tuition, course materials, lodging, and related educational expense.  The dollar amount of each Educational Scholarship will range from $500.00 up to $2,500.00, and will fall under either one of the following categories:

    Student Scholarship – Award for applicants already enrolled in an accredited food, wine, hospitality, viticulture, or other alcohol beverage industry related postsecondary program.

    Continuing Education Scholarship – Award for applicants towards the cost of professional advancement courses regarding the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries.  Courses awarded may include, but shall not be limited to, the California Wine Appellation Specialist course, WSET Wine Certification course, Somm Essentials, Court of Master Sommeliers’ courses, Advanced Tasting programs, public speaking courses, and career development courses.

     

    Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund in Honor of Edward H. Brenner

    “When I started my entrepreneurial endeavor, I enticed my dad out of retirement to work with me. We worked together for seven years and I was blessed to have him lend his expertise and share his wisdom to guide me. Unfortunately, my dad passed away in 2014, just four weeks before we held the first ever Women of the Vine Grand Tasting in Napa. His unwavering support gave me the courage to step up and step out. As a father of three daughters and grandfather of three granddaughters, I am honored to name the scholarship fund after my Man of the Vine, Edward H. Brenner!” said Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits Deborah Brenner.

    In addition to being the Founding Partner of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the Founding Partner of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund.

    “We are proud to be a part of this group that is dedicated to celebrating achievements and advancement of women in the business,” said Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Wine Division, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Steve Slater.

    For more information about the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, to apply, or to donate to the Edward H. Brenner Scholarship Fund, visit womenofthevine.com.

     

    About Women of the Vine & Spirits™
    Women of the Vine & Spirits is a membership-based alliance that empowers and equips women worldwide to advance their careers in the alcohol beverage industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits offers extensive education, advocacy, training, mentorship, networking and steadfast support for women at every position in the field, particularly through the annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium which will be held March 12 – 14, 2018 in Napa, California. For more information or corporate partnership inquiries, please visit womenofthevine.com or email info@womenofthevine.com