Women of the Vine & Spirits Launches University and College Membership at Florida International University (FIU)


New York, New York- During this Women’s History Month, Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) announces its new university and college membership with its first member, the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU). WOTVS University and College Membership, the newest addition to the organization’s current membership offerings, supports WOTVS’ mission by cultivating the next generation of leaders in beverage alcohol, presenting career opportunities within the industry and by nurturing the talent pool of their corporate members with diverse candidates. .

University and college membership gives students of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, FIU Bacardi Center of Excellence access to the wealth of WOTVS content and resources, including educational and pathway programs career paths focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), business development and innovation (BD&I), and personal and professional development, while expanding students’ knowledge of broad career paths across the within the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industry. WOTVS invites other universities and colleges around the world to join and grow the membership category.

“This is a brilliant and unique opportunity for all of our students, women and men, to participate in Women of the Vine & Spirits programs and understand why DEI is a business imperative for economic empowerment and achieving equity. in the workplace,” said Brian Connors, Director of FIU’s Bacardi Center of Excellence and FIU Hospitality Professor. “Being a WOTVS member greatly enhances our program to prepare students for success as ‘they embark on their professional journey.”

University and college membership gives students year-round access to unique educational opportunities, networking, and mentorship. This includes access to the organization’s membership directory with opportunities to connect with industry leaders; an event calendar packed with engaging content from industry professionals and outside experts; a resource library filled with relevant articles and training materials; Scholarship opportunities through the WOTVS Foundation; and a Job Board with vacancies and direct contact with member companies that are hiring.

“Our university and college membership provides students with first-hand knowledge from industry professionals and access to actively working professionals in positions they can choose to explore, while introducing them to the opportunities the industry has to offer,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder and CEO of Women of Vine & Spirits. “In turn, our corporate members can tap into the student’s innovative ideas and visions for the future.

In addition, active students of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management will be able to include their WOTVS University and College affiliation on their CV as well as the completion of any training taken under the program. These training programs include training in sexual misconduct prevention and response, delivered by RAINN, the nation’s largest sexual violence organization. WOTVS offers these RAINN trainings in partnership with the Corporate Member? Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) as part of an ongoing initiative to support stakeholders in the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industry.

After graduation, participants will receive a free one-year individual membership (a value of $150/year) to continue networking and further their personal and professional development as they begin their careers in the industry. hotels and alcoholic beverages.

Corporate members of Women of the Vine & Spirits include founding member: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Diamond Members: Breakthru Beverage Group; Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; E. & J. Gallo wine estate; Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd. ; Moet Hennessy USA; National Distribution Company of the Republic; Shaw-Ross International Importers, Skrewball Whiskey and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Platinum members: Beam Suntory; Constellation brands; Vineyards and wines J. Lohr; O’Neill Vintners and Distillers, Pernod Ricard USA; and William Grant & Sons.

About Women of Vine & Spirits

Women of the Vine & Spirits is a global membership organization dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era that supports business development and innovation , allowing all to prosper. Members connect through our global network and collaborate across all industry sectors. We offer our members benefits that include education, training, mentoring and networking, supporting them personally and professionally as well as tools, services and resources towards diversity, equity and inclusion ( DE&I), and Business Development and Innovation (BD&I).

About FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University is one of the top 10 hospitality schools among US public universities and ranked 35th in the world. Nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations in Miami, expert faculty, rich curriculum, and real career opportunities in the international hospitality, restaurant, beverage management, travel, tourism, revenue management, entertainment and large-scale, large-scale event industries. As the leading diverse hospitality program with over 70% women and students from 74 countries represented, The Chaplin School educates more Black and Hispanic undergraduate students than any other school. In August 2006, FIU opened the first American School of Hospitality and Tourism in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China program, ranked #1 in China, is CRF’s largest international program, with a capacity of up to 1,000 students.

About Florida International University

Florida International University is a top 50 public university that drives talent and innovation in Miami and around the world. High research activity (R1) and high social mobility combine at CRF to elevate and accelerate learner success in a global city by focusing on the areas of environment, health, innovation and of Justice. Today, the CRF has two campuses and several centers. FIU serves a diverse student body of over 58,000 and 270,000 Panther alumni. U.S. News and World Report ranks dozens of CRF’s programs among the best in the nation, including International Business at No. 2. Washington Monthly Magazine ranks CRF among the top 20 public universities contributing to the public good.

For more information:


Comments are closed.