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Women of the Vine & Spirits Announces Agenda & Speakers for Highly Anticipated 2020 Global Symposium


November 25, 2019 (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 has announced the action-packed agenda and speakers for the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium 2020.

This sought-after event will be held March 9-11, during Women’s History Month, at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, CA and continues to make history as the largest conference providing collaboration, motivation, networking, inspiration and best practice resources for women in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. Registration opens on December 2, 2019.

Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members are set to gather for the two and a half days to hear from powerful speakers, network with the top names and companies in alcohol beverage, share best practices and be recognized for their actions in supporting gender equality in their own workplaces.

Now in its sixth year, and after sell-out attendance each year prior, the Global Symposium features an incredible lineup of notable industry professionals, keynote speakers, panelists and moderators who will share their expertise on critical topics including gender diversity and inclusion, professional development, career advancement and best practice strategies for individuals and companies to better position themselves and their organizations as leaders in advancing and empowering women.

Topics include:

  • Building Honest Culture
  • Women, Wealth, & Power
  • Top Skills for Aspiring C-Suite Execs
  • Engaging Male Senior Leaders to Drive Change
  • Overcoming Being the “Only” 
  • Work/Life Reality Check: “Superwoman” is a Myth
  • Confident Mindset: Why Your Internal Script Matters
  • Delegation
  • The Art of Being Honest
  • Caregiving & Work: How Do We Manage Both? 
  • Moving Past the Broken Rung: The Next Generation of Leaders
  • Proven Strategies for Interrupting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
  • The Power of Women in Sales: How to Succeed in a Male-Dominated Field
  • Best Practices to Demonstrate Your Company’s Values: Communicating to the Industry, Employees & Consumers
  • Developing Your Leadership Pipeline: Succession & Management Planning

Confirmed Speakers to Date Include:

Keynote: Laurie Gerber, EVP & Head Coach, Handel Group Life Coaching
Keynote: Barbara Huson, Author, Wealth Coach, Speaker, Owner, Barbara Huson, Inc.
Keynote: Lee Woodruff, Speaker & Author

Sarah Bettman, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Constellation; Alison Gavin, VP, Total Talent, Diversity & Enterprise Development, Pernod Ricard; Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, Co-Founder & CEO, Casa Dragones Tequila; Maggie Henriquez, President & CEO, Krug Maison de Champagne; Ingrid Hobbs, D&I Champion, William Grant & Sons; Jan Jones Blackhurst, Board Member, Caesars Entertainment & Former Caesars Executive; Vanessa Kay, EVP Brands, Chief Marketing Officer, Moët Hennessy USA; Kristina Kelley, Senior Director, Corporate Public Relations, E. & J. Gallo Winery; Julie Kinch, Founder & CEO, JK Leadership Advisors; Kari Leitch, SVP, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Marbet Lewis, Partner, Alcohol Industry Group, Spiritus Law; Zelma Long, Winemaking Pioneer; Lorraine Luke, VP, Human Resources, Republic National Distributing Co.; Rhonda Motil, VP, Marketing, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Stacy Nadeau, Professional Speaker & Coach, Stacy Speaks; Olga Osminkina-Jones, Chief Innovation, R&D and RTD Officer, Beam Suntory; Kristi Rible Scobie, Founder, The Huuman GroupÔ; Brenae Royal, Vineyard Manager, E. & J. Gallo Winery; Tet Salva, Founder, MW Media; Fawn Weaver, Co-Founder, Uncle Nearest. More speakers will be added.

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium 2020 is the anchor event of Women of the Vine & Spirits which is a year-round organization supporting its members and advocating for gender equality in the industry as a whole.

“Thanks to all the support of our corporate members, individual members and committee members, we have sparked a movement in the industry that is now moving from awareness to action,” said Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits, Deborah Brenner. “The annual Global Symposium brings leading minds and companies together to connect, collaborate, and commit to taking action to change the face of the alcohol beverage industry.”

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, brewmasters, sommeliers, importers/exporters, owners, public relations, media, viticulturists, hospitality, operations, and more.

The Global Symposium is open only to employees of Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members. To become a Corporate Member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, please visit womenofthevine.com. Event sponsorships are currently available on a first-come first-served basis; for those interested in Corporate Membership/ Sponsorship opportunities, please email Elizabeth Campbell Boyd at [email protected].

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: Breakthru Beverage Group; Caesars Entertainment; 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 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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