Diversity in Wine & Spirits Advocating for Black Women and Creating Accessible Spaces on an Episode of Wonder Women of Wine's A.L.L.I.E.S Partnership Webinar Series
July 20, 2020
(Monday, July 20th, 4 pm PDT / 7 pm EDT) - A.L.L.I.E.S., an ongoing series will feature Lia Jones, Executive Director of Diversity in Wine & Spirits (DWS), an organization with a mission to transform the international hospitality community by implementing global diversity and inclusion initiatives that give everyone the opportunity to participate, achieve their highest potential and contribute to our industry. In this particular episode, Lia will include an ASL interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing professionals in our community.
In the United States alone, there are nearly 30 million people who have reported some form of hearing impairment. As the world continues to shift towards online platforms to stream information, there has been an implicit disregard for accessibility. There are a staggering number of pre-recorded webinars without available captions nor onsite sign language interpreters. Much work remains to be done in providing equity not only to BIPOC but also to other marginalized groups.
“We are leaders advocating for all facets of Diversity within the Food & Beverage industries,” says Lia Jones, Executive Director of Diversity in Wine and Spirits. “Whenever the opportunity presents itself, we would like to make the webinars we are involved with accessible to all, irrespective of disability. We hope this initiative will encourage other online presentations in the industry to do the same.”
In this third episode of A.L.L.I.E.S., Lia will discuss what it means to celebrate diversity, how to maintain initiatives representing and promoting Black voices right now, bringing down barriers to access, increasing accountability, and the continued growing wage gap between Black and White women .
"We believe in amplifying the voices of Black women in wine as a necessary step to advocating for full equality for women in the wine industry. Women have been marginalized in wine and many other industries for far too long, and the professional and economic impact for Black women has been particularly devastating,” says Rania Zayyat founder of Wonder Women of Wine. “We intend to use our platform to create learning opportunities, meaningful conversations, and real opportunities to support Black women today, tomorrow, and always."
100% of proceeds will go directly to the Diversity in Wine & Spirits organization.
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About the Wonder Women of Wine:
"Wonder Women of Wine (WWOW) is a non-profit organization (non-profit under state law, intending to apply for IRS tax-exempt status) advocating gender equality in the wine industry. Our efforts are achieved through solution-based discussions, networking, and scholarship opportunities. We empower women to adopt leadership roles in all facets of the wine industry and advocate men to be equal voices for, and activators of, gender equality in wine in both professional and social settings. We foster mentorship between men and women alike in order to change the status quo.
About the Diversity in Wine and Spirits:
Diversity in Wine and Spirits is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advocate, support, and promote diversity and inclusion within the international hospitality industry. Their consulting services are aimed towards helping businesses and organizations create cultures that value, respect, and support diversity and inclusion. They assist with creating diversity plans and help you to implement diversity initiatives. Recently, the organization has launched a new website seeking pledges from leaders within the hospitality industry.