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Women of the Vine & Spirits Announces Global CONNECT! Event Is Going Live and In-Person

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Industry leaders across all three-tiers of beverage alcohol to gather in San Diego

November 29, 2023 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS), the all-encompassing global membership organization, dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era has announced its Global CONNECT! event, held virtually last year, will take place live and in-person in San Diego, March 4-6, 2024.

In alignment with WOTVS’ mission of bringing diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) and business development and innovation (BD&I) to the table where business is happening, Women of the Vine & Spirits will host their 2024 WOTVS Global CONNECT! Event, for their Corporate Members, in spirited collaboration with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States’ (DISCUS) 2024 Conference, bringing two conferences under one roof.

Industry practitioners from both the WOTVS DE&I Committee and the DISCUS DE&I Committee are collaborating in the development of general sessions, breakouts, workshops, and panelist selection. 

This joint endeavor between DISCUS and WOTVS will provide an opportunity to interweave the four pillars of WOTVS across the event – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Business Development & Innovation, Leadership Development, and Community Building, which will complement DISCUS’ robust conference programming. 

Corporate Member attendees of WOTVS Global CONNECT! will have the unique opportunity to network with fellow WOTVS Corporate Members, as well as with attendees of the DISCUS Conference participating in key business conversations for the beverage alcohol industry.

“We are so thrilled to bring our WOTVS Global CONNECT! event in-person,” said Deborah BrennerFounder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits. “This collaboration between WOTVS and DISCUS is rooted in a mission to bring conversations focused on diversity, equity and inclusion to the forefront, uniting goals and initiatives for 2024 and beyond.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available to WOTVS Corporate Members, providing companies the chance to spotlight their internal DE&I initiatives, share best practices and celebrate their leadership. 

“Aligning these two leading industry conferences in San Diego next March taps into the combined synergy of both organizations and expands our program offerings and networking opportunities for all participants,” said Chris Swonger, DISCUS President and CEO

Registration is now open! Secure your tickets today at https://web.cvent.com/event/4eb5a6bc-3f48-4e78-8a41-73e2033c5dab/summary

About The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is the leading voice and advocate for the distilled spirits industry and adult spirits consumers in the United States. For 50 years, DISCUS has effectively advocated on behalf of its members on legislative, regulatory and public affairs issues at the local, state, federal and international levels. DISCUS members are committed to responsibility and encourage adults who drink to do so in moderation.

About Women of the Vine & Spirits 

Women of the Vine & Spirits is an all-encompassing global organization, dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era that supports business development and innovation, empowering all to thrive. 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, and personal and business development. For more information, please visit 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; Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.; Moët Hennessy USA; Republic National Distributing Company; and Skrewball Whiskey; Platinum Members: Beam Suntory; Constellation Brands; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; O’Neill Vintners & Distillers; Pernod Ricard USA; Shaw-Ross International Importers; 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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