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New Leadership Series Examines How Female Leaders Are Finding Success & Leading their Business Now and into the Future
The series takes you inside the minds of some of the most respected visionaries, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the alcohol beverage industry.
July 1, 2020 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, announced, today, the launch of a new online leadership series, called “C-Suite Insights” featuring global business leaders in the wine, beer and spirits industry. The first installment is taking place next week, July 9, featuring Stephanie Gallo, Chief Marketing Officer of E. & J. Gallo Winery.
A complement to the Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) C-Suite (the first-of-its-kind list of female leaders in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide), the new virtual series takes you inside the minds of some of the most respected visionaries, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the alcohol beverage industry. These live, one-on-one interviews, with interactive audience Q&A, will provide WOTVS members with insights on how to lead through uncertain times and take action for a better future, while diving deep into valuable lessons learned along the way.
“The headline of a recent article (“What Do Countries with the Best Coronavirus Responses Have in Common? Women Leaders”) struck me and this new leadership series was created,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Through this series, we aim to inspire others and shine a light on the qualities that make women great leaders, not only through times of crisis, but in their everyday lives.”
Upcoming “C-Suite Insights” interviews, highlighting those in the WOTVS C-Suite database, include a powerful lineup of well-known women in the industry, including:
Leading with Flexibility, Empathy and Compassion with Stephanie Gallo, Chief Marketing Officer, E. & J. Gallo Winery. Interviewed by Kristina Kelley, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, E. & J. Gallo Winery (July 9)
Lessons in Leadership & Life with Maggie Henriquez, President & Chief Executive Officer, Krug Maison de Champagne. Interviewed by Beatrice Cointreau, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, byBC Wines (July 29)
Reshaping History and Paving a New Future with Fawn Weaver, Chief Executive Officer, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Interviewed by Kate Jerkens, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey (August 12)
100 Years of La Scolca: Staying Positive & Looking Forward in Challenging and Uncertain Times with Chiara Soldati, President & Chief Executive Officer, La Scolca. Interviewed by Bruce Anthony Hunter, Managing Director, Shaw-Ross Intl. Importers (August 25)
Building Effective Teams through Inclusive Leadership with Kelly Soendker, Executive Vice President, Sales, Deutsch Family Wines & Spirits. Interviewed by Cindy Leonard, Senior Vice President, Supplier Management, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (September 15)
Bringing to Life a Values-Driven Culture with Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner & Chief Brand Officer, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. Interviewed by Kathleen DiBenedetto, Senior Director, Premium & Luxury Marketing, Beam Suntory (October 8)
Leading with Confidence at the Helm of a Rapidly Changing Industry with Michelle Korsmo, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. Interviewed by Cheryl Durzy, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, LibDib (November 10)
Leading through Uncertain Times with Mallika Monteiro, Executive Vice President, Chief Growth & Strategy Officer, Constellation Brands. Interviewed by Julie Kinch, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, JK Leadership Advisors (December 8)
Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Platinum Members: Beam Suntory; Breakthru Beverage Group; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Pernod Ricard; Republic National Distributing Company; Shaw Ross; 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 membership 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. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.
Women of the Vine & Spirits posted an articleWomen Of The Vine & Spirits Founder Deborah Brenner, On Gender Diversity And Talent Development In 2020Women Of The Vine & Spirits Founder Deborah Brenner, On Gender Diversity And Talent Development see more
Women Of The Vine & Spirits Founder Deborah Brenner, On Gender Diversity And Talent Development In 2020
Deborah Brenner, founder of Women of the Vine & Spirits, is committed to bringing the alcohol beverage industry into an era when every stakeholder feels empowered. When 750 of the group’s members meet next month for the annual symposium, they’ll discuss diversity initiatives, talent development, and transparency throughout every layer of the trade.
Brenner had been involved with the wine industry for several years when she conceived the idea for the gathering. Her work in wine was a second act after more than two decades in the male-dominated field of high-end technology. “I was ‘the only’ in management. My ideas weren’t being heard, my opinions weren’t being valued,” says Brenner. “My soul wasn’t shining because half of me couldn’t come to work.”
As Brenner shifted her career into the wine industry, she noticed other women having similar experiences, and that these impacted their economic performance and engagement: “If you don’t bring your full, authentic self to work, how can you bring your talents to life?”
After writing a collection of profiles on women in the wine industry, Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste and Enjoy Wine, Brenner founded the Women of the Vine wine brand, a collective of women winemakers from California, but none of this really pushed the needle to the degree she’d envisioned.
According to the Women in the Workplace 2019 report by McKinsey Insights, men occupy 62 percent of manager-level positions, while women hold just 38 percent, according to survey participants. While this isn’t a figure tied specifically to the alcohol beverage industry, Brenner wanted to raise awareness on this reality, but she says it’s “not something that’s necessarily talked about.”
Brenner regrouped and launched the inaugural Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium in March 2015, and at the time she didn’t know if it would take off. When 500 participants from five countries attended, the event was judged a success and has become a vital element of the industry landscape. It’s now in its sixth year and aimed at corporate members in a position to make industry change at the organizational level. Many of these companies send women and men in charge of relative initiatives while others select “emerging leaders” to learn from the experience.
Women of the Vine & Spirits isn’t only the symposium. Members—on individual and corporate levels— enjoy year-round support in career advancement that fosters “gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large,” according to the organization’s website. Ongoing events such as online networking chats, regional gatherings, and web-based training opportunities are constantly developed and made available to members.
Brenner and her team have placed a priority on relationships and connections. Networking chats are structured so that each participant introduces themselves by sharing “what they can give and what they want to get,” according Brenner. “It’s not asking for help.” Talking to Brenner, it becomes clear that Women of the Vine & Spirits forms a safe place, for women and men of all backgrounds, to understand where problems lie in order to eliminate unconscious bias.
The organization also places an emphasis on scholarship, through a charitable arm funded through donors to finance professional leadership, student work, and continuing education for women in the alcohol beverage industry. “Education is a key pillar,” says Brenner. “Not just for the opportunity to learn, but to boost confidence, and be more comfortable when challenged.”
The organization also places high value on engaging male counterparts. “From day one we invited senior male leaders to join us,” says Brenner. “If we are going to make change, we have to collaborate.” Women of the Vine & Spirits also emphasizes the need to have all sectors and tiers of the alcohol beverage industry involved. “How many people touch a product from ground to glass?” says Brenner. “That’s when diversity gets really exciting.”
The symposium event is sold out, but individual and corporate memberships are available and more information can be found on the Women of the Vine & Spirits website.
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WSET Forms Strategic Alliance with Women of the Vine & Spirits
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has formed a strategic alliance with Women of the Vine & Spirits, the membership organisation that promotes the empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide.
The mutual alliance aims to improve the visibility of progression paths and opportunities for women in the wine and spirits industry. This will be achieved primarily through the development of shared content for WSET alumni and Women of the Vine & Spirits members.
In recognition of the alliance, Women of the Vine & Spirits will become WSET’s 49th Corporate Patron, while WSET will support Women of the Vine & Spirits as one of its Corporate Members.
WSET’s Corporate Patron programme helps organisations add value to their business by maximising the benefits WSET education provides, whilst providing essential support to enable WSET to continue to develop its world-class qualifications and maintain its global alumni programme. It also offers businesses facilitated engagement with WSET’s network of over 700 Approved Programme Providers worldwide that reach thousands of wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. Similarly, Corporate Membership of Women of the Vine & Spirits provides a portfolio of benefits for businesses, and signals to employees, and the industry at large, that the organisation supports gender diverse leadership teams and talent development.
Women of the Vine & Spirits and WSET will generate opportunities for collaboration and education to benefit their members and alumni, respectively, including co-hosted webinars, resource downloads, Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships to contribute to WSET course fees, and more.
As a notable supporter, Ian Harris, WSET Chief Executive, will be speaking at the Women of the Vine & Spirits International Summit in London on 28 June 2018. The first-of-its-kind gathering of industry professionals is dedicated to collaborating, supporting and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals taking action to promote diversity and equality, raise awareness of unconscious bias, foster mentorship for future generations, and create a world-wide, all-inclusive industry. The Summit is open to all to attend and tickets are available on the Women of the Vine & Spirits website.
Ian Harris, WSET Chief Executive, comments, “WSET is a champion for equal opportunity in the industry, emphasising the value of education for all professionals and enthusiasts, men and women. 43% of WSET Diploma graduates are women and eight out of the past 10 highest scoring Diploma students have been female. We look forward to collaborating with Women of the Vine & Spirits to develop further opportunities together for the benefit of our students, our partner’s members and the industry at large.”
Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits, says, “Education is vital to empowering women. We value and recognise the benefit that higher knowledge gives to an individual seeking to progress their career. We are thrilled to be working with WSET as a leader in the field and are excited for the new prospects our alliance will create for a successful future.”
As an additional benefit in appreciation of WSET’s support, WSET Diploma students and alumni will be entitled to 20% off Women of the Vine & Spirits membership. In addition to membership benefits, members of Women of the Vine & Spirits are eligible to apply for scholarships through the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation 501(c)(3). For information on membership, email email@example.com.
Looking ahead, WSET has also confirmed participation at the fifth annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium in Napa Valley, CA, 11-13 March 2019.