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Women of the Vine & Spirits Launches University & College Membership with Florida International University (FIU) 


University & College Membership provides students in the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism  Management, FIU Bacardi Center of Excellence access to global network, resources to support their career paths 

March 15, 2022 (New York, NY) – During this Women’s History Month, Women of the Vine &  Spirits (WOTVS) announces its new University & College Membership with its first member, the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU). The WOTVS University & College Membership, the newest addition to the organization’s current membership offerings, supports WOTVS’ mission by cultivating the next generation of leaders in beverage alcohol, showcasing career opportunities within the industry, and feeding their Corporate Members’ talent pipeline with diverse candidates.  

University & College Membership provides students in the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism  Management, FIU Bacardi Center of Excellence access to WOTVS’ wealth of content and resources, including educational and career pathing programs focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), business development and innovation (BD&I), and personal and professional development, all while expanding students’ knowledge of the vast career paths within the hospitality and beverage alcohol industry. WOTVS welcomes other universities and colleges, worldwide, to join and grow the membership category. 

“This is a brilliant and unique opportunity for all our students, female and male, to take part in Women of the Vine & Spirits’ programs and to understand why DEI is a business imperative to economic empowerment and the achievement of equity in the workplace,” said Brian Connors, Director of FIU’s Bacardi Center of Excellence and FIU hospitality professor. “Being a member of WOTVS enhances our program tremendously to set students up for success as they embark on  their career journey.”  

University & College Membership gives students year-round access to unique educational  opportunities, networking, and mentorship. This includes access to the organization’s Membership  Directory with opportunities to connect with industry leaders; a Calendar of Events rich in thought provoking content from industry professionals and outside experts; a Resource Library full of  pertinent articles and training documents; Scholarship Opportunities through the WOTVS  Foundation; and a Job Board with open positions and direct contacts to Corporate Member  companies who are hiring. 

“Our University & College Membership offers students first-hand knowledge from industry  professionals and access to professionals actively working in positions they may choose to explore,  while introducing them to the opportunities the industry has to offer,” said Deborah Brenner,  Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits. “In turn our Corporate Members can tap into the  student’s unencumbered innovative ideas and visions for the future.” 

Additionally, active Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management students will be able to  include their WOTVS University & College Membership affiliation on their resumes as well as  completion of any trainings undertaken through the program. Such training programs include Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response Trainings, provided by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti sexual violence organization. WOTVS offers these RAINN trainings in partnership with Corporate  Member Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) as part of an ongoing initiative to  support those in the hospitality and beverage alcohol industry. 

Upon graduation, participants will receive a complimentary one-year Individual Membership (a  $150/year value) to continue networking and furthering their personal and professional  development as they embark on their career paths into the hospitality and beverage alcohol  industry. 

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 Whiskey, and Ste.  Michelle Wine Estates; Platinum Members: Beam Suntory; Constellation Brands; J. Lohr Vineyards  & Wines; O’Neill Vintners and Distillers, 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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