Women of the Vine & Spirits

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    Powerful Line-up of Keynote Speakers Announced see more

    Powerful Line-up of Keynote Speakers Announced for Fifth Anniversary Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium


    Industry leaders gather at alcohol beverage’s most sought-after conference to empower and advance women

    November 15, 2018 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry has announced its lineup of keynote speakers for its Fifth Anniversary Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, held March 11-13, in Napa, CA.

     

    The event, held during Women’s History Month, is a gathering of industry professionals dedicated to fostering, celebrating, and inspiring women's leadership in the alcohol beverage industry and will feature speakers and topics focused on the unique issues and opportunities women in the alcohol beverage industry face. Keynote Speakers include a line-up of notable women across all sectors of alcohol beverage, as well as diversity and inclusion corporate consultants.
     

    Keynote Speakers Include:
    Jennifer Brown, Founder, President & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting
    “Finding Your Voice in the Workplace”

    Ana Ines Mendy, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc
    “The Business Imperative for Gender Diversity”
    (Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members participated in the 2018 Women in the Workplace Study published by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org which included analysis of the Alcohol Beverage industry for the first time.)

    Mary Kelly, Ph.D., CSP, CDR, US Navy (ret), Leadership Speaker/Author
    “A.R.M.E.D.: How to Attract, Recruit, Mentor, Evolve and Develop the Next Generation of Leaders”

    Danica Patrick, Proprietor, Somnium Wine & Retired Race Car Driver
    “Dream Big: Crushing Gender Barriers at High Speed”

     

    Other confirmed speakers taking the stage during General Session include industry leaders such as: Greg Akins, President & COO, Wine Warehouse; Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association; Heather Cox, Co-Founder & President, Certify My Company; Joe Essa, President, Wolfgang Puck & Chair of National Restaurant Association; Stephanie Gallo, Vice President of Marketing, E.& J. Gallo Winery; Dan Heller, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Jan Jones Blackhurst, EVP, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment; Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO, Boston Harbor Distillery, LLC; Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor, Wine Enthusiast Media; Steve Sprinkle, Vice President, U.S. Sales, E. & J. Gallo Winery; Adam Strum, Chairman, Wine Enthusiast Companies & Editor and Publisher, Wine Enthusiast Magazine; and Barkley Stuart, Executive Vice President, Director, Government Affairs, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Chairman of the Board, WSWA; among others still to be announced.

     

    “Thanks to the support of our corporate members, individual members and the leadership of our Advisory Board, we anticipate yet another sold-out event,” said Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Deborah Brenner. “The annual symposium is our flagship event but we have activities all year-round working hard to achieve our mission and make a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry worldwide.”

     

    Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, and after sell-out attendance each year prior, the Global Symposium promises to feature an incredible lineup of notable speakers and panelists. The event also offers attendees multiple networking opportunities with the industry’s top professionals and influencers, including executive management, human resource professionals, directors of sales and marketing, on- and off-premise buyers, distributors, educators, winemakers, distillers, sommeliers, mixologists, importers/exporters, owners, public relations, media, viticulturists, hospitality operations, and more.

     

    The Global Symposium is open only to members of Women of the Vine & Spirits. To become a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, please visit womenofthevine.com. Event sponsorships are currently available on a first-come first basis; For those interested in Corporate Membership/Sponsorship opportunities, please email info@womenofthevine.com or call 888.750.1863.

     

    Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; Caesars Entertainment; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Platinum Members: Delicato Family Vineyards; Frederik Wildman & Sons; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Palm Bay International; Pernod-Ricard; Shaw Ross; Trinchero Family Estates; and 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.

     

    About Women of the Vine & Spirits
    Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women 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.

     

    CONTACT:
    Kyndal Korsgaden
    Kyndal@womenofthevine.com
    805-779-0301

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    WEConnect International & Women of the Vine & Spirits Collaborate to Champion Women-Owned Businesses see more

    WEConnect International & Women of the Vine & Spirits Collaborate to Champion Women-Owned Businesses


    New alliance to create pathways for supplier diversity and increased market-share for women-owned businesses in alcohol beverage industry

    November 5, 2018 (New York) - Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, has formed a Strategic Alliance with WEConnect International, the corporate-led, global non-profit that helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains, worldwide. The two organizations recognize the common interest to cooperatively pursue activities that enhance the business opportunities and professional development of women’s business enterprises.

     

    The Strategic Alliance is aimed at promoting the visibility and value of working with women-owned businesses in alcohol beverage, expand market opportunities for women-owned businesses to connect with corporate buyers and other women-owned businesses around the world, and to educate and create awareness about certification and supplier diversity programs.

     

    To achieve these objectives, the organizations will collaborate on educational tools and resources, webinars, consultations, and events focused on educating women about certification, expanding and scaling their businesses, and more. Furthermore, Women of the Vine & Spirits will be offering a new Women Owned & Certified membership package targeting women-owned business in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. The new membership will be formally announced, November 19 on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

     

    “It is our goal at Women of the Vine & Spirits to provide women-owned companies in the alcohol beverage industry a pathway to supplier diversity programs,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Purchasing products from a woman-owned company is an investment in women’s economic empowerment which sets a direct path towards gender equality and economic growth globally.”

     

    “Across the globe, women continue to earn, on average, less than one percent of the trillions of dollars spent on suppliers by large corporations and governments,” said Elizabeth A. Vazquez, International CEO & Co- Founder, WEConnect. “WEConnect International’s new partnership with Women of the Vine & Spirits helps to bridge this gap, connecting more women-owned businesses, in more industries, to the resources, education, and networks needed to succeed in global value chains.”

     

    Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; Caesars Entertainment; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Platinum Corporate Members: 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.

     

    About Women of the Vine & Spirits

    Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women 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.

     

    About WEConnect International

    WEConnect International is a 501(c)(3) organization that identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers. WEConnect International members represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and a deep commitment to supplier development and inclusive sourcing. The result is a network of corporate buyers working with women business owners based in over 100 countries that are learning, collaborating and winning billions of dollars in new business. For more information, please visit the website here.

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    Dream Big with Danica Patrick: Crushing Gender Barriers at High Speed


    Live interview with groundbreaking retired race car driver and one of the most popular and well-recognized athletes in America at Fifth Anniversary Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium.

    October 30, 2018 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits (womenofthevine.com), the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, announced today Danica Patrick will be interviewed live on stage at its Fifth Anniversary Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, to be held March 11-13, 2019 at the Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, California.

     

    One of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world, Danica Patrick joined the mainstream ranks by going against the current, immersing herself and succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports. As she broke barriers and set records on the track, including a win at the Indy Japan 300 in 2008 that made her the first woman ever to win a major-league, open-wheel race in a North American series, Patrick made a name for herself off the track as well. She was named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list, has graced the cover of ESPN: The Magazine, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide, in addition to other various recognitions.

     

    Women of the Vine & Spirits has invited Patrick to share her story on thriving in a male dominated industry to their audience of women working in the alcohol beverage industry. Patrick is a role model to young girls and women worldwide and is sure to inspire the attendees that anything is achievable if you dream big and put your mind to it.

     

    “One of my earliest life lessons was that the most powerful tool you own is your mind,” said Patrick. “I am happy to share my experiences throughout my racing career with the women of Women of the Vine & Spirits and remind them to look at the openings, not the obstacles.”

     

    “Danica has long been an inspiration to me and I am thrilled to have her join us and share her story of passion, perseverance, and drive for success with our members,” said Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits, Deborah Brenner. “As a role model, Danica instills courage and confidence to women of all ages and in all industries.” 

     

    In 2017, Patrick announced that she would be retiring from racing. Having now closed out this part of her professional life, Patrick’s focus has shifted to her next chapter as an entrepreneur and business owner. She has already forged into new career territory. She launched a clothing line – Warrior by Danica Patrick – in 2017, authored the fitness book Pretty Intense and is the sole proprietor of a vineyard in California that produces Somnium Wine.

     

    At Somnium, Patrick has employed a female General Manager, Tracy Smith. “Danica is a firm believer in supporting women,” said Smith. “She has let me know that she recognizes all that I do and helps empower me to achieve all that she knows I can.”

     

    “At the end of the day its always about pushing people to succeed and do their best and we all have strengths to do this. It’s about wanting to do it … for the greater good,” said Patrick.

     

    Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, and after sell-out attendance each year prior, the Global Symposium promises to feature an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists. The Global Symposium also offers attendees multiple networking opportunities with the industry’s top professionals and influencers, including executive management, human resource professionals, directors of sales and marketing, on- and off-premise buyers, distributors, educators, winemakers, distillers, sommeliers, mixologists, importers/exporters, owners, public relations, media, viticulturists, hospitality operations, and more.

     

    The Global Symposium is open only to members of Women of the Vine & Spirits. 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.

     

    Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.  Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; Caesars Entertainment; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Platinum Members: Delicato Family Vineyards; Frederik Wildman & Sons; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Palm Bay International; Pernod-Ricard; Shaw Ross; Trinchero Family Estates; and 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.

     

    About Women of the Vine & Spirits
    Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women 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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    CONTACT:
    Kyndal Korsgaden          
    Kyndal@womenofthevine.com
    805-779-0301

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    Wine Intelligence and Women of the Vine & Spirits form strategic alliance, starting with a collaboration to produce a new report “The truth behind gender and global wine consumption: Do women really approach wine in a different way to men?”

    For Immediate Release: Thursday 28 June 2018

    Wine Intelligence and Women of the Vine & Spirits form strategic alliance, starting with a collaboration to produce a new report “The truth behind gender and global wine consumption: Do women really approach wine in a different way to men?”

    Wine Intelligence, the global wine insights and research company, and Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading women’s organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, are delighted to announce a new strategic alliance between the organisations.

    The two companies will kick off their collaboration by working together to research and publish a new report “The truth behind gender and global wine consumption: Do women really approach wine in a different way to men?” Drawing on feedback from over 10,000 wine consumers in key wine markets

    around the world, this will be the first report to be published that investigates in depth the impact of gender on consumers’ relationship with wine across multiple markets. Publication is planned for September 2018 and information on price and discounts for Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members will be revealed in due course.

    The alliance was announced at Women of the Vine & Spirits' International Summit held in London on the 28th of June 2018 where Wine Intelligence CEO Lulie Halstead was a panellist.

    Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits Deborah Brenner stated: “Women of the Vine & Spirits is focused on education, empowerment and providing tools and resources for our members to advance in their careers and to demonstrate to businesses that diversity and inclusion is good for the bottom line. We look forward to working with Lulie and Wine Intelligence to collaborate on this first-of-its-kind report, so the data can be best utilized to make informed decisions regarding strategies in marketing and business development.”

    In addition, Lulie Halstead commented: “We are extremely excited to be working with Women of the Vine & Spirits. It is a fantastic opportunity for both our organisations to combine our skills and networks for the benefit of our members and clients, and to share our knowledge and experience. In an era where the role of gender is very much front of mind, an independent study, which is statistically reliable and valid, is essential for our industry.”

     

    About Wine Intelligence Ltd:

    Wine Intelligence was founded in 2001 to support the global wine industry in understanding customers better. The company conducts insights and consultancy projects with trade and consumer respondents around the world and is now established as the world’s leading research-led insights, branding and marketing strategy consultancy for the wine sector. Our active clients, who include some of the largest wine businesses in the world, now number over 100 companies and organisations.

    Please contact Courtney Abernathy, Wine Intelligence UK, for more information

    About Women of the Vine & Spirits:

    Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. Women of the Vine & Spirits offers steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership privileges that include: education, advocacy, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and opportunities for personal and business development. 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

    Please contact Kyndal Korsgaden, Women of the Vine & Spirits, for more information