As a Social Entrepreneur, Deborah Brenner expounds beyond the entrepreneurial focus of growing a business and measures performance on the positive impact the business makes on society. She has manifested her vision with Women of the Vine & Spirits, and inspired people to support a movement in the alcohol beverage industry. She has presented a challenge that calls forth the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose, working with the power of intentionality and alignment with a higher purpose.
Deborah Brenner graduated from the University of Delaware with degrees in English and Journalism, and was soon hired by a television and film technology company that required international travel to countries for whom wine is a part of everyday life. After over 20 years in the male-dominated field of high-end technology and owning a marketing and public relations firm, Deborah discovered during a fortuitous trip to Napa and Sonoma that many women in the wine industry – like her own – were under-recognized.
Compelled to tell their stories, she authored a bestselling collection of profiles on women in the wine industry, Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste and Enjoy Wine, which Wine Spectator named a Critical Read of 2007.
Through the process of writing the book and championing its subjects, Deborah became inspired to enter the wine business herself, releasing wine from a first-of-its-kind collective of seven artisan women winemakers from Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles. For the following seven years, Deborah learned the business inside and out. Ultimately, however, all the money, blood, sweat and (a lot) of tears could not foster women in the wine industry the way she had hoped, which led her to shut down the Women of the Vine wine brand and return to the drawing board.
One year later, Deborah organized the inaugural Women of the Vine Global & Spirits Global Symposium, held in March of 2015, which quickly sold out to 500 women from five countries. Due to the overwhelming response, Deborah and the Women of the Vine & Spirits Advisory Board went to work developing a consortium that supports professionals in the alcohol beverage industry year-round. Thus, emerged Women of the Vine & Spirits, a membership-based organization, anchored by the annual Global Symposium, whose mission is to empower and equip women worldwide to advance their careers in the alcohol beverage industry, fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large.
Deborah belongs to the Culinary Institute of America’s Society of Fellows and has received a Rising Star Award from Women for WineSense (2008), a New York Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion Of The Year (2009), a New York City National Association of Women Business Owners Signature Award (2010), the Lillian Vernon Award for Outstanding Community Service by the Women's Enterprise Development Center (2011), a NY Women in Communications Rising Star Award (2013), the Rockland Business Women's Network Woman of the Year Award (2014), the Rockland Business Women's Network Woman of the Year Award (2014), American Cancer Society Dr. Louis Berger Award (2017), Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award Person of the Year Nominee (2017), Las Vegas Inc. “Woman to Watch” (2018), and Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award “Social Visionary of the Year” Recipient (2018).
Kyndal Korsgaden (née Kennedy) - Director of Operations
As Director of Operations at Women of the Vine & Spirits, Kyndal is responsible for not only the day-to-day operations of the organization, but works alongside Founder & CEO, Deborah Brenner, guiding strategy and direction, ensuring profitably, and innovation.
Kyndal began her career first with a focus on marketing, working as a Marketing Specialist at an advertising agency in her hometown of Visalia, CA, where she also served as the Assistant Editor of a regional style, art, and culture magazine published by the agency. She then followed her heart to wine country where she worked a number of years for a public relations and marketing firm in San Luis Obispo. There, she represented a variety of clients in the lifestyle and hospitality industry ranging from restaurants and wineries to resorts and large-scale consumer and trade events.
In her years as a marketing and PR professional, Kyndal led teams to produce notable large-scale events for media, trade and consumers alike while also managing various responsibilities including website management and content development, guiding brand messaging, budget management, administration of board agendas, social media marketing, media outreach and more. Her eye for design, creative copywriting skills, and finesse, paired with a positive outlook allows her to manage projects with assurance of satisfaction and success.
Kyndal is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, where she earned a B.A. in Communication and a Minor in Art History.
Diana has always been an artist. She started out small, working at local surf shops or guitar factories. But in every odd position she worked, she ended up in the design department working on ads or art directing a photoshoot. Born and raised on the beautiful central coast of California, Diana decided after receiving her associates in Liberal Arts that she would move up to her second home and design haven Portland, OR for college.
Diana was driven and determined, working a full-time job while attending school full time, working 40 hours a week as a billing specialist and administrative assistant at a mental health facility and tirelessly creating design projects at night. She graduated Portland State with a B.S. in Graphic Design in 2017, specializing in brand identity, packaging, and illustration.
Diana started her design career right out of college where she worked as an Executive Assistant and Production Designer for a Creative Agency in Portland, OR. There, she gained her chops not only on administrative duties and design, but art directing, event coordinating, and marketing. While working alongside a team of talented project managers on high profile marketing campaigns she realized her passion was in another direction.
After 6 years of the Pacific Northwest she decided to move back to sunny California to pursue her interest in project management and marketing. Back on the central coast, she found a position with Women of the Vine & Spirits where she couldn’t be happier working in an organization that is dedicated to women empowerment and advancement in the alcohol beverage industry.
On her days off she enjoys hanging out with her friends, wine tasting, fishing, mini road trips, and running on the beach.