From New Orleans to Napa Valley to Sarasota, women in the spirits industry have been taking center stage this year. A vocal advocate on the subject long before founding Bourbon Women in 2011, Peggy Noe Stevens led panel discussions to packed houses at the New Orleans Bourbon Festival in March and Sarasota’s Whiskey Obsession Festival in April, both on the topic of women in whiskey. These panels gave insiders’ points of view from female master distillers, production managers and owners. They spoke frankly about their career paths, how they overcame challenges in a male-dominated industry, their successes and the encouragement and support of peers to follow their desires.
A trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without food and Peggy’s workshop “Bourbon and Food Pairings” was a feast for the senses. Accentuating their individual flavor notes, she perfectly matched bourbons with a three-course tasting of green apple, blue cheese and prosciutto appetizer, short rib and cheese grits entrée, and bread pudding for dessert.
On the west coast, Peggy spoke to a capacity crowd about the power of networking for personal and professional growth at the March 2019 Women of the Vine and Spirits Global Symposium. Covering everything from how to enter a room to making powerful introductions to business card protocol, Peggy provided invaluable instructions and tips for making the most of making connections, whether personal or professional.
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