Femmes du Vin
from Femmes du Vin
From the entire Board of Directors at Femmes du Vin, we would like to take this moment to reflect on 2020 and also to say thank you. Without all of you, this year’s Harvest Seminar Series would not have been possible. To all of our speakers and moderators; our sponsors, media and industry partners; and to anyone who has supported us by attending a seminar, donating, sharing or liking our content, or simply believing in our ethos. Thank you for supporting women in wine.
While this year has been hard for everyone, it has been particularly hard for our beloved hospitality industry and we would like to acknowledge all of you whose careers and livelihoods have been impacted.
We also know that our fellow women colleagues have struggled and suffered more than their male counterparts as a result of Covid-19 #shesession and we stand beside our brothers and sisters in the BIPOC community for taking a strong stand this year with #blacklivesmatter. Our hearts reach out to them during this important time and we agree that we need change.
This year our industry has experienced a defining moment with the heartbreaking, revealing article from the New York Times which told the stories of sexual harassment and assault of women at the hands of male members of the Court of Master Sommeliers. We continue to stand with these women and will remain active in preventing these experiences from affecting our colleagues and fellow professionals into the future. We remain committed to building platforms for conversation and change.
This year we’ve experienced and felt change – from small pivots to monumental waves, that may not have occurred without the collective “pause” presented by this pandemic. We have started to have deeper, more difficult but important conversations. We have opened up to one another and been vulnerable, both in confidence and in public. Women have banded together to fight back – to take action and stand in solidarity together. This is undoubtedly moving important women’s issues in our industry forward and this energy of change we carry with us into 2021.
With this, we would like to take a moment to sincerely thank you again for supporting Femmes du Vin and our goal of empowering women in wine through education, scholarships and mentorship. This year we held 10 thought-provoking and original seminars and have raised thousands of dollars for scholarships for women in wine. We are truly looking forward to rolling out a fully robust and exciting scholarship and mentorship program this year.
Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed to the change and who will continue to press forward to make this world a better, brighter, safer and happier place. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year when we unveil our 2021 programming.
We recognize that it’s been a tough year for many of us, however, we would like for you to please consider giving back to women in wine by contributing to our scholarship program if you are able to do so. Please click on our donate button on our website to easily donate.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and cheers to creating a better 2021 together!
Your Femmes du Vin Board of Directors:
Emily Pearce, Jen Huether MS, Angela Aiello, Renee Sferrazza, Suzanne Bartlett and Priya Rao