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    Women of the Vine & Spirits Launches a New DE&I Leadership Series Engaging Senior Male Executives in Wine, Beer and Spirits
    The series will address diversity barriers through authentic and complex conversations

    April 22, 2021 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS), the leading membership organization, worldwide, dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era announced, today, the launch of a new ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) leadership series, called “Breaking Barriers” featuring senior male executives and DE&I leaders in the alcohol beverage industry. 

    This new series is in direct response to the requests received following our March 8th  WOTVS CONNECT! Male Allies Roundtable, where we realized this was a topic that needed to be a continuous conversation. To kick the series off, and honor the requests we received to do so, WOTVS invited the male leaders that were part of the March 8th panel to come back so we can have a deeper dive. 

    WOTVS is committed to making this a permanent series. Corporate Members that have Senior Male Executives or DE&I leaders that would like to participate in future segments are welcome to Contact Elizabeth, Director of Corporate Membership & Engagement.

    The first installment is taking place next week, April 29, and will include from Ste. Michelle Estates: David Dearie, President & CEO, Dan Heller, EVP of Sales and Melody Zhang, Chief Human Resources Officer.

    WOTVS Corporate Members will hear from senior male executives why they are committed to DE&I and what we can all be doing to break barriers and create a culture of inclusivity in our communities and companies. Joined by a DE&I leader, together, these unscripted live chats will dig into the topic through authentic conversation about why DE&I is important to them, who has influenced them along their life and career path, and their vision for the future of the alcohol beverage industry. Expect frank questions, honest answers and real-life lessons on how these senior male executives commit to taking action as an individual, a community member, and a corporate leader.

    “DE&I is not a ‘she’ thing or a ‘he’ thing, it is a ‘we’ thing, which is why since the inception of Women of the Vine & Spirits in 2015, we have engaged men to actively participate year-round in the organization,” said Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Deborah Brenner. “We know that change starts at the top and that the alcohol beverage industry is still primarily led by men. Together, we can accelerate the pace to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive industry for all to thrive.”

    Upcoming “Breaking Barriers” Live Chats will be facilitated by Deborah Brenner and include a powerful lineup of respected leaders in the industry, including:

    April 29
    David Dearie, President & CEO, Ste. Michelle Estates
    Dan Heller, EVP of Sales, Ste. Michelle Estates
    Melody Zhang, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ste. Michelle Estates

    June 16
    Terry Arnold, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
    Barkley J. Stuart, EVP, Director, Government Affairs, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
    Marbet Lewis, CEO & Partner, Spiritus Law

    August 18
    Carl Carlson, President, Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
    Bruce Hunter, Managing Director, Shaw-Ross International Importers
    Lauren Mutti, VP, Labor & Employment Counsel, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

    October 13
    Gus Bozzo, EVP, National Accounts, Breakthru Beverage Group
    Joseph Bruhin, CIO, Breakthru Beverage Group
    Kate Jerkens, SVP, Global Sales, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

    December 15
    Steven Billey, General Manager, Bronco Wine Company
    Marc Hirten, President, Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.
    Clarice Turner, President, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

    The series is open to Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members and their teams. To learn more, register for the events, or join as a member visit womenofthevine.com.

    Interested in Corporate Membership? Contact Director of Corporate Membership & Engagement, Elizabeth Campbell Boyd at elizabeth@womenofthevine.com.

    Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Diamond Members: Breakthru Beverage Group; Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.; Moët Hennessy USA; Republic National Distributing Company; Shaw-Ross International Importers, Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Platinum Members: Beam Suntory; Constellation Brands; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Pernod Ricard USA; 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.

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    About Women of the Vine & Spirits
    Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) is the leading membership organization, worldwide, dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive (DE&I) era that empowers all to succeed. WOTVS and its members recognize a diverse team leads to successful business development and innovation (BD&I). Our members connect through our global network and collaborate across all industry sectors. We provide our members with benefits that include education, training, mentorship, and networking as well as tools, services and resources toward DE&I, BD&I and personal development. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.

    Corporate Membership Contact:
    Elizabeth Campbell Boyd
    elizabeth@womenofthevine.com
    925-980-7791

    Media Contact:
    Olivia Campbell
    olivia@womenofthevine.com  
    (323) 610-2322

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    Inspiring Leadership Through Education: 24 Women Leaders Awarded Scholarships by E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund and the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation

     

    HEALDSBURG, Calif., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In an inspirational virtual ceremony that emphasized diversity, community and a dedication to the advancement of women, 24 women leaders were awarded $80,000 in educational scholarships from E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund in collaboration with the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation.

    The scholarships, which will empower and support the professional development of the next generation of women in the wine, food and beverage business, are supported by an annual donation by E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Women Behind the Wine platform. The scholarship winners include three who earned $10,000 grants for Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and university-level studies. The 21 Fuel Your Dreams Award winners received up to $3,000 each to help provide education, resources and opportunities to thrive in wine, spirits, food and related industries.

    “It is an honor to represent E. & J. Gallo Winery and the work that we are all doing to ensure that our industry attracts the next generation of women leaders,” said Stephanie Gallo, Chief Marketing Officer at E. & J. Gallo Winery. “The foundation of success is knowledge. These scholarships will help you focus on your talent and your education, not your funding. These awards will help support you and make you even more powerful leaders.”

    Winners, many with their families or friends alongside in support, were brought together on Thursday, October 15th for a virtual awards celebration. In a video played at the ceremony, many winners spoke of how earning the scholarships gave them the confidence and means to continue their educational path in a year that has been challenging for many in the wine and spirits industry.

    “From day one, we’ve put education, personal development and professional development at the forefront because these are critical to advancing women in this industry,” says Deborah Brenner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Gallo family and the Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund in giving both their expertise as well as financial support, we are able to take our scholarships to another level.”

     

    “I’m especially proud of the diversity among our scholarship winners,” says Gina Gallo, Vice President of Estate Winemaking at E. & J. Gallo Winery. “They represent the strong, thriving community of women at every level and in every discipline within the wine and spirits business and we are proud to help support them. Through these funds, we are helping to deepen their education and empower their unique voices. Education gives us power and every new voice makes our industry stronger and more dynamic.”

    The $10,000 Elizabeth Smyth Student Scholarship was earned by Martha Vicedomini CS, CSW, a student at Sonoma State University’s Global Wine Executive MBA Program as well as a Strategic Projects Manager at importer Empson USA, Inc. “The benefits are endless when everyone has the opportunity to live and work in an environment that values authenticity and diverse voices,” she says. “I am deeply encouraged by the dedication of individuals like Elizabeth, industry leading companies like E. & J. Gallo Winery, and advocacy groups like Women of the Vine & Spirits. I see every dollar in scholarship funding as a temporary loan — one which must get paid back by extending investment and opportunity to the women who come after me.”

    The $10,000 Master Sommelier Scholarship was awarded to Elli Benchimol. An Advanced Sommelier studying for Master Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is the Head Sommelier at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab in Washington, DC as well as the Owner-Partner-Sommelier of Apéro DC, which is slated to open in spring 2021. “I’m so honored to be part of such a talented and inspiring group of women,” she says. “It’s such an amazing piece of positivity and light during such incredibly dark times.”

    The $10,000 Master of Wine Scholarship was earned by Florencia Gomez. Originally from Mendoza, Argentina, Florencia earned her winemaking degree from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional before working harvests across the world. She then worked as an Export Sales Manager for Grupo Peñaflor before settling in London as a Master of Wine student and freelance brand strategist. “In today’s challenging context, it is a tremendous motivation not only to keep moving forward with my MW studies, but also an invitation to keep engaging with important topics such as gender equality, cultural diversity and sustainable practices within the wine industry,” she says.

    For more information about the scholarships or to learn the inspiring stories of each winner, contact Kristina Kelley at kristina.kelley@ejgallo.com.

    About E. & J. Gallo Winery
    Founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world’s largest family-owned winery with more than 7,000 global employees and is the acclaimed producer of award-winning wines and spirits featured in more than 100 countries around the globe. A pioneer in the art of grape growing, winemaking, sustainable practices, marketing and worldwide distribution, Gallo crafts and imports wines and spirits to suit a diverse range of tastes and occasions, from everyday offerings to boutique, luxury bottlings. The Gallo portfolio is comprised of more than 100 unique brands.

    About the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation
    The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3) is the charitable arm of Women of the Vine & Spirits. The Foundation provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance their careers in the food, wine, spirits, beer, or hospitality industries through education, leadership, and professional development as well as fosters gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation is “Crafting a Better World”™ for Women in Wine, Beer & Spirits. For more information and to donate, please visit womenofthevine.com/foundation.

    Media Contact: Kristina Kelley
    209-606-5020
    kristina.kelley@ejgallo.com

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    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)
    Register  Here

     

    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)

    Register Here

     

    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)

    Register Here

     

    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)

    Register Here

     

    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)

    Register Here

     

    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)

    Register Here

     

    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)
    Register Here

     

    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)

    Register Here

     

    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.

     

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

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    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.

     

    Jill Barth, Contributor for Forbes

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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 info@womenofthevine.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.