Event moves online to share stories and encourage conversations about equality, diversity, and recovery of the hospitality industry
Submitted by Bacardi Limited
The Spirit Forward Womxn’s Empowerment Series powered by Bacardi Women in Leadership is back for its third consecutive year of conversation, education, and inspiration – this time online and for free. The series takes place online on Tuesday, June 23, from 1- 5 p.m. ET. The Spirit Forward Womxn’s Empowerment Series is part of efforts by family-owned Bacardi to champion the industry, while bringing forth thought-provoking speakers and topics that are top of mind and instrumental in creating change, beginning with the womxn that keep it all together and who are often underrepresented. This year, the series is adopting “womxn” to establish that all, including non-cisgender women, are part of the community and important to the conversations.
This series will be online because of COVID-19 safety and health restrictions. The upside? Now more people can join virtually, and, in support of a recovering hospitality industry, Bacardi is offering the event free of charge for the first time.
“At Bacardi, we are about being a part of moments that matter and we want to be part of the conversations and change to create more inclusive environments that will help the bar and restaurant industry evolve and succeed,” says Heidi Vargas, Co-Chair of the Bacardi Women in Leadership for Bacardi North America. “While we will miss being together in person, we want to keep the conversations moving and provide this resource to our extended family across the hospitality world.”
Speakers and panelists will focus on timely topics amidst the current landscape, including managing finances during a global pandemic, what to expect as bars begin to re-open across the world with lessons learned from China, along with moments to honor the LGBTQ+ community. Returning to Spirit Forward for a third time is activist and educator, Ashtin Berry, hosting an eye-opening session on Black History within hospitality. Ashtin will also co-host a segment called “Treacherous Waters” alongside industry leader and Head Distiller for Privateer Rum Maggie Campbell. Together, they will explore the power dynamics of white women in relation to women of color.
Bacardi will also shine the spotlight on organizations providing relief for bars and restaurants during COVID-19 recovery, including Another Round, Another Rally and PUNCH’s Tip Your Bartender program.
Access the full agenda and registration link for the FREE event. Registration is required.
The event is open to adults of legal drinking age only.
About Bacardi Women in Leadership
Family owned Bacardi, believes in building a business that reflects and supports the communities it serves. Bacardi believes that globally reflective teams are good for business; they make innovation possible, outperform the competition and enable organizations to be more impactful. The Bacardi Women in Leadership initiative was founded with the mission of unleashing the potential of current and future female leaders. The Bacardi Spirit Forward Series, created as part of the Bacardi Women in Leadership initiative, was established to provide the tools, solutions, relationships, and know-how needed to help inspire and unleash the potential and advancement of women in hospitality.
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