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Dream Big with Danica Patrick: Crushing Gender Barriers at High Speed

Posted on October 30, 2018

October 30, 2018 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits (, the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, announced today Danica Patrick will be interviewed live on stage at its Fifth Anniversary Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, to be held March 11-13, 2019 at the Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, California.

One of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world, Danica Patrick joined the mainstream ranks by going against the current, immersing herself and succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports. As she broke barriers and set records on the track, including a win at the Indy Japan 300 in 2008 that made her the first woman ever to win a major-league, open-wheel race in a North American series, Patrick made a name for herself off the track as well. She was named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list, has graced the cover of ESPN: The Magazine, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide, in addition to other various recognitions.

Women of the Vine & Spirits has invited Patrick to share her story on thriving in a male dominated industry to their audience of women working in the alcohol beverage industry. Patrick is a role model to young girls and women worldwide and is sure to inspire the attendees that anything is achievable if you dream big and put your mind to it.

“One of my earliest life lessons was that the most powerful tool you own is your mind,” said Patrick. “I am happy to share my experiences throughout my racing career with the women of Women of the Vine & Spirits and remind them to look at the openings, not the obstacles.”

“Danica has long been an inspiration to me and I am thrilled to have her join us and share her story of passion, perseverance, and drive for success with our members,” said Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits, Deborah Brenner. “As a role model, Danica instills courage and confidence to women of all ages and in all industries.”

In 2017, Patrick announced that she would be retiring from racing. Having now closed out this part of her professional life, Patrick’s focus has shifted to her next chapter as an entrepreneur and business owner. She has already forged into new career territory. She launched a clothing line – Warrior by Danica Patrick – in 2017, authored the fitness book Pretty Intense and is the sole proprietor of a vineyard in California that produces Somnium Wine.

At Somnium, Patrick has employed a female General Manager, Tracy Smith. “Danica is a firm believer in supporting women,” said Smith. “She has let me know that she recognizes all that I do and helps empower me to achieve all that she knows I can.”

“At the end of the day its always about pushing people to succeed and do their best and we all have strengths to do this. It’s about wanting to do it … for the greater good,” said Patrick.

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, and after sell-out attendance each year prior, the Global Symposium promises to feature an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists. The Global Symposium also offers attendees multiple networking opportunities with the industry’s top professionals and influencers, including executive management, human resource professionals, directors of sales and marketing, on- and off-premise buyers, distributors, educators, winemakers, distillers, sommeliers, mixologists, importers/exporters, owners, public relations, media, viticulturists, hospitality operations, and more.

The Global Symposium is open only to members of Women of the Vine & Spirits. To become a member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, please visit For those interested in Corporate Membership opportunities, please email or call 888.750.1863.

Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; Caesars Entertainment; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Platinum Members: Delicato Family Vineyards; Frederik Wildman & Sons; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Palm Bay International; Pernod-Ricard; Shaw Ross; Trinchero Family Estates; 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

About Women of the Vine & Spirits
Women of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits is an organization for members to connect through our global and diverse network and collaborate across all industry sectors. Providing members with resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success. We offer steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership benefits that include: education, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and resources for personal and business development. Together, we are a committed community taking action and making a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. Save the date for the Fifth Annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, March 11- 13, 2019 in Napa, California. For more information, please visit

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