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Dream Big Darling Launches Free Online Mentorship Series for Wine & Spirits Professionals


Seven-Week “Ready, Set, Grow” Series to Feature Keynote Speakers, Timely Topics and Q&A Sessions Starting June 3

Paso Robles, CA—Dream Big Darling today announced the upcoming launch of a new seven-week mentorship series aimed at maximizing career growth for up-and-coming women in the wine and spirits industry.

Under the banner of “Ready, Set, Grow,” the free series will be broadcast live via Zoom every Wednesday at 4 p.m. PST for the next seven weeks starting on June 3. Each session will feature a 30-minute topical presentation by a keynote speaker, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

“This is a pivotal time for so many young professionals because the world is changing right before our eyes,” said Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, founder of Dream Big Darling, a nonprofit whose mission is to engage, inspire and mentor the next generation of female leaders in the wine and spirits industry. “We want to help them sharpen their skills and put their best foot forward.”

Dream Big Darling’s “Ready, Set, Grow” series is accordingly designed to provide practical and timely insights for professional development, personal success and career advancement. Each session features luminaries who will share their expertise across a variety of topics pertaining to the wine and spirits industry. Collectively, these sessions aim to impart a fully rounded set of insights and skills.

Anyone interested in joining one or more of the sessions may find more information at www.dreambigdarling.org/events


June 3, 2020 @ 4 p.m. PST
Building a Better Future: Mastering the Hiring Process

  • Featuring Erin Kirschenmann, managing editor at Wine Business Monthly
  • Steered by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, founder of Dream Big Darling and executive vice president at Ancient Peaks Winery

In an employer’s market, how do you make yourself irresistible to any hiring manager? Learn how to effectively market yourself and ensure a position that matches your values and moves you forward.

June 10, 2020 @ 4 p.m. PST
Lights, Camera, Action: Tips for Being Your Best Self on Camera

  • Featuring Regine Rousseau, CEO of Shall We Wine; and Christine Curtis, creative director at Dream Big Darling
  • Steered by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

In the digital world it is nearly impossible to build a professional brand without the use of video. Learn how to be comfortable, engaging and powerful when the lights are on and the camera is rolling.    

June 17, 2020 @ 4 p.m. PST
The Ultimate Pivot: A Distiller’s Story

  • Featuring Becky Harris, founder and chief distiller at Catoctin Creek
  • Steered by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

Pivoting in life and business has never been more important. Learn how one artisan whisky producer transformed her company overnight in response to COVID-19—and gain insights into how you can be ready for your own pivot.  

June 24, 2020 @ 4 p.m. PST
An Insider’s Look into The Vineyards and Cellar

  • Featuring Jordan Fiorentini, vice president of winemaking and vineyards at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Steered by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

Staying connected to your craft is critical. Learn how one leading winemaker stays fresh with new ideas in the vineyard and cellar—and why intentional curiosity is essential to future success.  

July 1, 2020 @ 4 p.m. PST-
Changing with the Times

  • Featuring Chuck Furuya, M.S., partner at DK Restaurants and co-founder of Wine Speak Paso Robles
  • Steered by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

Being passionate is essential to your quality of life, both personally and professionally. Learn how one master sommelier stokes his passion for paying it forward—and how to preserve your own passions amid changing and challenging environments.

July 8, 2020 @ 4 p.m. PST-
Writing for Self-Discovery

  • Featuring Cathy Huyghe, columnist at Forbes.com and Inc.com and co-founder at Enolytics; and Rachel Collier, chief strategic officer at Dream Big Darling
  • Steered by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

Do you enjoy writing as a tool for gaining personal insight and self-knowledge? Our two experts will walk you through a writing session that will help explore and clarify your strengths and leave you energized for the next step in your career.

July 15, 2020 @ 4 p.m. PST-
Looking at the Long Game

  • Featuring Amy Hoopes, president at Wente Family Estates
  • Steered by Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins

Looking toward the future and creating a winning plan for each day is the secret to success. Learn from a leading wine executive how she implements her “long game” approach to life and business.

About Dream Big Darling
Our mission is to engage, inspire and mentor the next generation of leaders in the wine and spirits industry. Visit DreamBigDarling.org.

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