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Wednesday, March 1 • 8:30am - 9:15am
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: How are We Doing?

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As the National Restaurant Association noted in its most recent study, “There’s a big gap between how hospitality enterprises view their diversity and inclusion policies and how their employees actually experience them.” Obviously, while companies can aim for diversity in their hiring, no organization can simply legislate inclusion. How are we retaining those employees we attract and providing positive experiences? There's still a lot of work to do and success is different for every company. Join this panel for DEI best practices and policies that will help ensure promised corporate culture is fully realized and employees remain engaged.

Moderators
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Larissa Dubose

National Director Beverages- Dining Division, Paradies Lagardère
Larissa C Dubose is a Wine Educator and business-savvy wine and spirits professional with a unique background in business development in wholesale wine and hospitality. She is the National Director of Beverages for airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardère’s Dining Division, including... Read More →

Speakers
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Cynthia Lohr

Co-Owner, Chief Brand Officer, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
As the daughter of California wine pioneer Jerry Lohr, Cynthia Lohr spent part of her youth in the vineyards and cellars, absorbing aspects of the wine industry firsthand. As an adult, she chose her own path, establishing a reputation for excellence in strategic marketing communications... Read More →
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Elizabeth Boyd

Vice President, Women of the Vine & Spirits
In her role as Vice President, Elizabeth works with Women of the Vine & Spirits Founder & CEO, Deborah Brenner, on creating innovative content and programming aimed at driving change toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive beverage alcohol industry.Elizabeth’s career has... Read More →
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Gerry Fernandez

President & Founder, Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance
Gerry Fernandez is President and Founder of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), which he formed in 1995 while an executive at General Mills to advance diversity leadership in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Today, MFHA has grown to become a Diversity... Read More →
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Derek Epps

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Collaborator, Saterman Connect
With over 20 years of experience within the Wine and Spirits industry, Derek is a thought leader, seasoned marketing professional and change agent. His expertise is developing growth strategies and identifying opportunities to authentically connect consumers with brands. Derek is... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2023 8:30am - 9:15am PST
Silver Pearl Ballroom 1
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