Women of the Vine & Spirits to lead DE&I Talks at WSWA’s Access LIVE

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 that supports business development and innovation, announced its Premium sponsorship of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s (WSWA) Access LIVE event, April 2-5 in Orlando, FL. 

Through their sponsorship, WOTVS will be hosting events and networking opportunities, focused on furthering diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) across the three-tier system. 

“As countless statistics demonstrate, diversity, equity and inclusion is not only a moral imperative, but it makes good business sense; having diverse teams increases innovation, as well as return on investment,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Women of the Vine & Spirits is committed to bringing attention to DE&I where business is taking place, which is why we are thrilled to be sponsoring WSWA Access LIVE in 2023.”  

Join Women of the Vine & Spirits for the following opportunities:  

Women of the Vine & Spirits Hospitality Suite   

Monday, April 3 & Tuesday, April 4

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Stop by and meet the WOTVS team and learn about the initiatives WOTVS is spearheading to create positive change toward a more equitable beverage alcohol industry. 

Women of the Vine & Spirits Member Meet & Greet  

Monday, April 3, 3:00pm EST – 4:00pm EST 
HQ Connect 

Come by and introduce yourself, meet fellow WOTVS members and connect with one another. 

Not a member of WOTVS, but interested in learning more? Reach out to Elizabeth Boyd, VP of Women of the Vine & Spirits at [email protected] to set up an appointment to meet. 

Women of the Vine & Spirits DE&I Luncheon: Bold Actions for Equitable Outcomes   

Tuesday, April 4, 12:00pm EST – 1:00pm EST   
Main Stage – Osceola Ballroom  

Join Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits, in conversation with Kimberly Betts, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting for a discussion on Bold Actions for Equitable Outcomes   

Are businesses that focus on becoming diverse hitting the mark with actionable, data-based research in advancing equitable outcomes? The focus on equity has become increasingly critical. To achieve equity, organizations must be willing to transform their beliefs and values and then change their decisions and behaviors. That work should start inside the organization, but also extend to the full range of their external relationships in the marketplace and society. 

PLUS Diverse Powered Brands:™: The Premier B2B Centralized Marketplace for Diverse Suppliers in BevAlc 

 Monday, April 3, 1:00pm – 1:30pm EST 

Tuesday, April 4, 2:30pm – 3:00pm EST 

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Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits and Founder of Diverse Powered Brands™ will be presenting demonstrations of her new company, Diverse Powered Brands, launching this year. Diverse Powered Brands is the premier centralized B2B global marketplace connecting diverse-owned, diverse-led and diverse-made brands to buyers, wholesalers, importers, and supplier diversity procurement managers across the entire beverage alcohol and hospitality industry.  

Register to the attend WSWA’s Access LIVE at https://accesslive.wswa.org/registration 

For the very first time, retailers are provided with COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION. If you are interested in attending, reach out to [email protected]

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; Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.; Moët Hennessy USA; Republic National Distributing Company; Skrewball Whiskey; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; 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 


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

About WSWA Access LIVE 

WSWA’s Access LIVE, formally known as the WSWA Annual Convention & Exposition, is the largest U.S. event uniting all tiers of the beverage alcohol industry. Featuring buy-sell engagements, high-level information panels, wine and spirits competitions, and C-suite-level networking, this event has been a premier destination for beverage alcohol wholesalers, suppliers and now retailers since its inception in 1943. Distributor attendees represent more than 80% of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the United States, and exhibitors are comprised of some of the most exciting established and up-and-coming brands in the marketplace. There is no other event in the industry that rallies so much expertise and networking and so many solutions and opportunities under one roof. 

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