WOMEN OF THE VINE & SPIRITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
 GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

BREAKOUT SESSION TOPICS

 

The Breakout Sessions for the Fifth Anniversary Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium feature a mix of topics and speakers geared toward leadership, career advancement, emerging professionals and overall personal and professional development.

 

Topics include:

  • Networking Skills
  • Become a Breakthrough Communicator
  • Navigating Career Paths
  • How to Even the Playing Field for Woman-Owned Companies in Alcohol Beverage
  • Leveraging Beverage Alcohol Gender Data for Success
  • Collaboration for Change: Creating a Responsible Drinking Culture
  • Stop Being Indispensable
  • Women in Sales: Thriving in a Man’s World and Paving the Way for Women
  • Women in Wholesale: Taking Charge of your Future

 

Read more on confirmed topics below. More details to be announced. Topics are subject to change.

Session Type:

Workshop: Interactive sessions that include exercises, role-plays and other activities which offer practical advice.

Panel of Experts: Led by a thought leader in the space, these sessions will offer a brief “state of the climate” followed by a sharing of best practices and lessons learned from experts.

Life Perspective: These sessions offer a mix of advice and inspiration by sharing real life stories to offer a perspective on managing life experiences.

 

Session Tracks:

LEADERSHIP: Designed for a seasoned or aspiring leader looking to climb the ladder and shatter the glass ceiling.

CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Designed for the mid/senior level professional with significant experience looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement.

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Designed for Millennials and newer professionals entering or re-entering the workforce.

TOPIC SPECIFIC: Designed for those looking to learn more information on the specific session topic.

 

Collection A
Tuesday, March 12
3:00 - 3:45 PM

 

Networking Skills

Workshop / ALL TRACKS 

Presented by: Peggy Noe Stevens, Author, Global Speaker, Media Spokesperson and Prominent Experiential Brand Strategist, Peggy Noe Stevens & Associates

Networking skills are an integral part of your career success. Building relationships is not only important to your professional life, but also your personal life and those two often intersect. This seminar arms you with the confidence to build the relationships you need to grow.

This workshop offers practical takeaways including the following:

  • Setting personal goals for events
  • Arrival, entrance and posture
  • Greetings, handshakes and departures
  • Mingling, eye contact and signals
  • Host and guest of honor duties
  • Distinguishing yourself
  • Introductions, business card presentation, remembering names
  • Conversation skills

Become a Breakthrough Communicator (Part 1*)

Workshop / LEADERSHIP

Presented by: Brad Holst, Principal & Executive Director, Communications Strategy & Innovation, Mandel Communications

Leading organizations have begun to realize the competitive advantage of promoting gender equity in the workforce. In order to seize this opportunity and meet their goals, organizations must empower women to lead with confidence. Being seen as a successful leader can be determined their ability to communicate with clarity, credibility, and conviction, to move others to make the “right” decision.  

The good news? The ability to communicate with executive presence is a skill that can be developed. And, organizations can back their commitment to gender equity by offering training and coaching to strengthen this skill.

What to expect during this interactive session

We believe that when communicating, what you say is every bit as important as how you say it. In order to engage listeners and move them to action, you must ensure that they clearly understand what it is you’re proposing, see the value in it, and trust you as the messenger.

During this highly interactive keynote-style session, you’ll learn and practice the skills needed to communicate confidently with influence and impact. 

UNDERSTAND how leaders prefer to receive recommendations and ideas.

LEARN a simple method for organizing  your message in a clear and compelling way.

USE the Mandel Blueprint®to streamline your own high-stakes communication situations.

PRACTICE behaviors essential to establishing executive presence when communicating. 

*Note, this is a two-part session broken up over Collection A and Collection B sessions. It is advised you participate in both Part 1 and Part 2 to get the full takeaways and skill learnings.


Women in Wholesale: Taking Charge of your Future

Workshop / CAREER ADVANCEMENT

This interactive workshop, hosted by the Women's Leadership Council of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, will provide an opportunity to meet women leaders in the wholesale tier and work in peer groups to discuss wholesaler challenges, discuss best practices to encourage cross functionality in the work place, and inspire you to make the business case for having a “seat at the table.” Speakers to be announced.

Moderator:

Philana Bouvier, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, Young's Market Company / Chair, WSWA Women’s Leadership Council

Panelists:

Jessica Cyr, Assistant Vice President Sales Operations, Martignetti Companies

Barbara Marti, Director, Supply Chain Customer Service, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Hillary Wirtz, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Breakthru Beverage Group

 

 

Collection B
Tuesday, March 12
4:00 - 4:45 PM

 

Navigating Career Paths

Life Perspective / EMERGING PROFESSIONALS

Not sure where you want to go in the industry or if you are meant to be where you are now? The alcohol beverage industry allows for various career on-ramps in a range of roles and sectors. Our network ranges from those in production, marketing, operations, finance, on-premise, off-premise, at a supplier or a distributor company, etc.  Join us and hear from speakers with various roles and responsibilities in the alcohol beverage industry, demonstrating the various career paths one can take in the industry. Learn from them how they overcame challenges, celebrated successes, and broke through barriers leading them to where they are today.

Moderator:

David Rudman, Executive Director, Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) America

Panelists:

Nova Cadamatre, MW, Senior Director of Winemaking, Constellation Brands

Kelly Hendriksen, Senior Manager of Brand Development, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Maeve Pesquera, Senior Vice President, DAOU Vineyards & Winery

Sharon O'Hara, Human Resources Business Partner, BevMo!


Become a Breakthrough Communicator (Part 2*)

Workshop / LEADERSHIP

Presented by: Brad Holst, Principal & Executive Director, Communications Strategy & Innovation, Mandel Communications

Leading organizations have begun to realize the competitive advantage of promoting gender equity in the workforce. In order to seize this opportunity and meet their goals, organizations must empower women to lead with confidence. Being seen as a successful leader can be determined their ability to communicate with clarity, credibility, and conviction, to move others to make the “right” decision.  

The good news? The ability to communicate with executive presence is a skill that can be developed. And, organizations can back their commitment to gender equity by offering training and coaching to strengthen this skill.

What to expect during this interactive session

We believe that when communicating, what you say is every bit as important as how you say it. In order to engage listeners and move them to action, you must ensure that they clearly understand what it is you’re proposing, see the value in it, and trust you as the messenger.

During this highly interactive keynote-style session, you’ll learn and practice the skills needed to communicate confidently with influence and impact. 

UNDERSTAND how leaders prefer to receive recommendations and ideas.

LEARN a simple method for organizing  your message in a clear and compelling way.

USE the Mandel Blueprint®to streamline your own high-stakes communication situations.

PRACTICE behaviors essential to establishing executive presence when communicating. 

*Note, this is a two-part session broken up over Collection A and Collection B sessions. It is advised you participate in both Part 1 and Part 2 to get the full takeaways and skill learnings.


Stop Being Indispensable

Workshop / CAREER ADVANCEMENT 

Presented by: Sarah Bettman, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Constellation Brands

Have you heard any of these phrases: “it would take three people to replace you” or “I can’t imagine how we could do this without you” or “you’re indispensable”? If so, you could be at risk of being blocked in your career.

For many women, those phrases feel like compliments; we keep our head down, we work hard, we take on more, and we wait to get tapped for that next promotion; these phrases feel like acknowledgement of our good work. Unfortunately, once you become indispensable you’re at risk of being blocked from a career move that would allow you to achieve your highest potential.

During this interactive workshop you’ll explore:

  • What it means to be indispensable and the potential consequences
  • The impact on us when we work this way
  • Actions to keep our career on track

 

Collection C
Wednesday, March 13
9:00 - 9:45 AM

 

Collaboration for Change: Creating a Responsible Drinking Culture

Workshop / TOPIC SPECIFIC

Presented by: Taylor Amerman, Global Alcohol Responsibility Manager, Brown-Forman

The goal of this session is to share best practices of how Brown-Forman helps to create a responsible drinking culture both inside and outside of the company. However, they cannot do this work alone. The session will provide tangible ways everyone can contribute and lead by example.

The session will outline:

  • Why alcohol responsibility is important
  • The business case
  • Creating a responsible drinking culture
  • What does “please drink responsibly” mean?
  • Leading by example
  • Talking about the elephant in the room
  • Taking care of our business partners and consumers
  • How we can collaborate for change

Women in Sales: Thriving in a Man’s World and Paving the Way for Women

Life Perspective / CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Commercial sales, like so many other industries, has the perception of being a “boy’s club.” This is no more apparent than the spirits industry, where men outnumber women by greater than 10:1. In many senior commercial leadership meetings, the balance is more like 20:1, if they exist at all at the conference room table. This, despite the fact that women in sales achieve higher quotas, they remain in their role longer, and companies with gender parity at the front line see above-average revenue, market share, and profitability. Please join an exciting panel of commercial leaders as we explore their paths to success and how they harnessed a passion for sales to make a positive difference for their company and pave the way for women. Learn how they harnessed “passion for winning” as an invisible, unquenchable power source for positive change and balance in life and on the front line.   

Moderator:

Kathleen DiBenedetto, Sr. Director, Luxury and On-Premise, Beam Suntory & Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Member

Panelists:

Rachael Ellas, Consultant, Ellas & Associates, LLC.

Kristin Frei, Director of Chains, Republic National Distributing Company

Carol Kelley, On-Premise Sales Manager So. CA, Beam Suntory 

Rita Di Lello, CSW, V.P. National Accounts On-Premise, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines


Leveraging Beverage Alcohol Gender Data For Success

Panel of Experts / TOPIC SPECIFIC

This educational panel discussion led by the Nielsen company, will describe the availability of hard facts including those that distinguish gender purchasing and attitudes in the Beverage Alcohol industry, and how those can be put to use in the real world to support the growth of purchasing by women.  

Moderators:

Danny Brager, Senior Vice-President, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen

Danelle Kosmal, Vice President, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen

Panelists:

Debby Wang, Commercial Director of Analytics & Insights, Breakthru Beverage Group

Others TBA 


Become a Breakthrough Communicator (Repeat from Tues -Part 1*)

Workshop / LEADERSHIP

Presented by: Brad Holst, Principal & Executive Director, Communications Strategy & Innovation, Mandel Communications

Leading organizations have begun to realize the competitive advantage of promoting gender equity in the workforce. In order to seize this opportunity and meet their goals, organizations must empower women to lead with confidence. Being seen as a successful leader can be determined their ability to communicate with clarity, credibility, and conviction, to move others to make the “right” decision.  

The good news? The ability to communicate with executive presence is a skill that can be developed. And, organizations can back their commitment to gender equity by offering training and coaching to strengthen this skill.

What to expect during this interactive session

We believe that when communicating, what you say is every bit as important as how you say it. In order to engage listeners and move them to action, you must ensure that they clearly understand what it is you’re proposing, see the value in it, and trust you as the messenger.

During this highly interactive keynote-style session, you’ll learn and practice the skills needed to communicate confidently with influence and impact. 

UNDERSTAND how leaders prefer to receive recommendations and ideas.

LEARN a simple method for organizing  your message in a clear and compelling way.

USE the Mandel Blueprint®to streamline your own high-stakes communication situations.

PRACTICE behaviors essential to establishing executive presence when communicating. 

*Note, this is a two-part session broken up over Collection A and Collection B sessions. It is advised you participate in both Part 1 and Part 2 to get the full takeaways and skill learnings.

 

 

Collection D
Wednesday, March 13
10:00 - 10:45 AM

 

How to Even the Playing Field for Woman-Owned Companies in Alcohol Beverage

Panel of Experts / TOPIC SPECIFIC

Are you a woman-owned company? Is your company considering instituting a supplier diversity program? Then, this panel is your opportunity to learn from experts and those in our industry actively participating and reaping the benefits of supplier diversity and women-owned certification. 

This workshop will cover the following, and more:

  • What is Supplier Diversity?
  • What is a Diverse Supplier?
  • How do companies find suppliers?
  • How can suppliers submit their products?
  • What are the benefits of Certification?

Moderator:

Heather Cox, Co-Founder & President, Certify My Company

Panelists:

Kenyatta Lewis, Executive Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainable Procurement, Global Procurement, MGM Resorts International

Amy Bourne, Senior Manager, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International

Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits

TBA


Become a Breakthrough Communicator (Repeat from Tues - Part 2*)

Workshop / LEADERSHIP

Presented by: Brad Holst, Principal & Executive Director, Communications Strategy & Innovation, Mandel Communications

Leading organizations have begun to realize the competitive advantage of promoting gender equity in the workforce. In order to seize this opportunity and meet their goals, organizations must empower women to lead with confidence. Being seen as a successful leader can be determined their ability to communicate with clarity, credibility, and conviction, to move others to make the “right” decision.  

The good news? The ability to communicate with executive presence is a skill that can be developed. And, organizations can back their commitment to gender equity by offering training and coaching to strengthen this skill.

What to expect during this interactive session

We believe that when communicating, what you say is every bit as important as how you say it. In order to engage listeners and move them to action, you must ensure that they clearly understand what it is you’re proposing, see the value in it, and trust you as the messenger.

During this highly interactive keynote-style session, you’ll learn and practice the skills needed to communicate confidently with influence and impact. 

UNDERSTAND how leaders prefer to receive recommendations and ideas.

LEARN a simple method for organizing  your message in a clear and compelling way.

USE the Mandel Blueprint®to streamline your own high-stakes communication situations.

PRACTICE behaviors essential to establishing executive presence when communicating. 

*Note, this is a two-part session broken up over Collection A and Collection B sessions. It is advised you participate in both Part 1 and Part 2 to get the full takeaways and skill learnings.


Networking Skills (Repeat from Tues)

Workshop / ALL TRACKS 

Presented by: Peggy Noe Stevens, Author, Global Speaker, Media Spokesperson and Prominent Experiential Brand Strategist, Peggy Noe Stevens & Associates

Networking skills are an integral part of your career success. Building relationships is not only important to your professional life, but also your personal life and those two often intersect. This seminar arms you with the confidence to build the relationships you need to grow.

This workshop offers practical takeaways including the following:

  • Setting personal goals for events
  • Arrival, entrance and posture
  • Greetings, handshakes and departures
  • Mingling, eye contact and signals
  • Host and guest of honor duties
  • Distinguishing yourself
  • Introductions, business card presentation, remembering names
  • Conversation skills

Stop Being Indispensable (Repeat from Tues)

Workshop / CAREER ADVANCEMENT 

Presented by: Sarah Bettman, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Constellation Brands

Have you heard any of these phrases: “it would take three people to replace you” or “I can’t imagine how we could do this without you” or “you’re indispensable”? If so, you could be at risk of being blocked in your career.

For many women, those phrases feel like compliments; we keep our head down, we work hard, we take on more, and we wait to get tapped for that next promotion; these phrases feel like acknowledgement of our good work. Unfortunately, once you become indispensable you’re at risk of being blocked from a career move that would allow you to achieve your highest potential.

During this interactive workshop you’ll explore:

  • What it means to be indispensable and the potential consequences
  • The impact on us when we work this way
  • Actions to keep our career on track