Women of the Vine & Spirits Hosts First-of-its-Kind International Summit in London
Leaders to gather to collaborate and accelerate gender parity in the alcohol
beverage industry


April 12, 2018 (New York, NY) – As part of its international expansion, Women of the Vine & Spirits will host the International Summit – London on June 28, 2018 at the QEII Center in Westminster, London. The one-day event will feature speakers and topics focused on the unique issues and opportunities women in the alcohol beverage industry face.

Headlining the Summit will be Maggie Henriquez, President, LVMH Estates & Wine Division and President & CEO, KRUG Maison de Champagne and Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW, Wine Critic, Journalist and Wine Writer, both also European Advisory Board members of Women of the Vine & Spirits.

Confirmed speakers also include an industry line-up of leading professional women: Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association; Jan Jones Blackhurst, EVP, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment; Sue Knowles, Marketing & Admin Director, Costco UK & UK Chair LEAD (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity); and Stephanie Macleod, Master Blender, John Dewar & Sons Ltd. Additional Speakers to be announced next month.

Panels and speakers will focus on topics ranging from a roadmap to closing the gender pay gap, the business incentive for why gender diversity and inclusion is good for the bottom line, best practices for starting or maintaining a mentorship program and succession planning, professional and personal development, how to navigate a career in the alcohol beverage industry and a look at what is to come for women in the industry.

“Bringing together the top women and men in the industry to talk best practices and align goals for gender diversity and equality is something we have done in the United States and will continue to do so, but it is equally as important to extend this dialogue to our colleagues in Europe,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Women of the Vine & Spirits is international in scope, and it is more important than ever that women across the globe have a collective voice in the alcohol beverage industry in order to create change.”

The International Summit – London is open to members and non-members of Women of the Vine & Spirits across the globe. Those who purchase a ticket to the Summit and are not currently members of Women of the Vine & Spirits will automatically receive a complimentary 90-day Membership Trial to the organization, so they may experience the benefits of membership and network with other attendees before and after the event.

Tickets to go on sale at the end of the month. For more information about the International Summit – London, visit

Limited Sponsorship Opportunities at various levels are available. For more information and to become a sponsor, contact Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, at


International Summit – London Sponsors include Advocate Sponsor: E. & J. Gallo Winery. For a full list of sponsors, including those at the Influencer and Supporter levels, visit the International Summit tab at


Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members, who are aligned with the mission of the organization year-round include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Caesars Entertainment; Constellation Brands; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. For a full list of Corporate Members including those at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Associate level, visit the Corporate Members tab at


To become an individual member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, please visit For those interested in Corporate Membership opportunities, please email or call 888.750.1863.


About Women of the Vine & Spirits®
Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. Guided by an advisory board of top executives in the alcohol beverage industry, Women of the Vine & Spirits 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 & Spirits Global Symposium, March 11-13, 2019 in Napa, California. For more information, please visit




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