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Women of the Vine Announces Second Annual Global Symposium : History-making lineup of keynote speakers and moderators includes alcohol beverage industry’s top influencers

October 21, 2015 (New York, NY) – The Women of the Vine Alliance (, which empowers and equips women worldwide to advance their careers in the alcohol beverage industry, announced today the keynote speakers and moderators for its second annual Women of the Vine Global Symposium, April 4-6, 2016 at the Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa. Women of the Vine Alliance members and symposium sponsors may register for the symposium in advance at a discounted rate starting mid-November; open to all non-members and non-company sponsors mid-December.

  The symposium’s powerhouse lineup of keynote speakers so far includes Vice President of Marketing, E&J Gallo Winery, Stephanie Gallo; President & CEO, Krug, Maggie Henriquez; and Founder of South Africa’s House of Mandela Wines, Dr. Maki Mandela. Additionally, moderators scheduled for panels so far include Wine Critic for the New York Times, Eric Asimov; Executive Editor, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Susan Kostrzewa; and Founder and Motivator in Chief, Force Brands (FoodForce, BevForce), Josh Wand.

  This year’s theme is “Step Up, Step Out,” with session topics that cover effective negotiation, strategies for navigating the career jungle, work/life balance, taking the reins in a family business, public speaking, starting a women’s initiative within an organization, and more. The symposium also offers multiple networking opportunities with the alcohol beverage industry’s top professionals and influencers, including executive management, human resource professionals, directors of sales and marketing, on- and off-premise wine and spirits buyers, distributors, wine educators, winemakers, sommeliers, mixologists, importers/exporters, winery owners, public relations, media, viticulturists, hospitality operations, and more.

  “The inaugural symposium last March was a sellout event, and we look forward to an even bigger and better one for 2016,” said Founder and President of Women of the Vine, Deborah Brenner. “Guided by an outstanding Advisory Board of industry professionals, our goal is to provide an experience that transforms individual careers, corporations, and the industry as a whole.”

  For more information or to become a member of the Women of the Vine Alliance and receive early registration privileges and discounts, visit, call 888.750.1863 x2 or email For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Deborah Brenner at

About The Women of the Vine Alliance

  The Women of the Vine Alliance is a membership-based alliance that empowers and equips women worldwide to advance their careers in the alcohol beverage industry, fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. Guided by an advisory board of top international executives in the alcohol beverage industry, Women of the Vine offers extensive education, advocacy, training, mentorship, networking and steadfast support for women at every position in the field, particularly through the annual Women of the Vine Global Symposium, April 4-6, 2016 in Napa, California. Women of the Vine: Raising the Bar. For more information, please visit or call 888.750.1863.

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