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Wine Business Monthly and Dream Big Darling are excited to announce a partnership to offer a scholarship opportunity to two qualified up-and-coming women interested in pursuing further education on the business of wine.

The scholarship includes a full-access pass to Central Coast Insights, an economics, finance and strategy minded conference, and to WiVi Central Coast, the industry’s largest conference and tradeshow south of San Francisco.

Those interested in applying for the Wine Business Executive Scholarship must fill out a questionnaire and submit a resume by March 8, 2020 to be considered. Those eligible for the scholarship include women who are interested in pursuing a business- or finance-minded career track within the wine industry and are eager to further their wine educations. Click here to apply. Scholarship winners will be announced on March 13, 2020.

"Central Coast Insights and WiVi are two of the most informative and educational events offered on the Central Coast for wine industry executives; This is an incredible opportunity for any emerging professional and we are grateful to Wine Business Monthly for extending this scholarship," Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, president and founder of Dream Big Darling and vice president of operations of Ancient Peaks Winery.

 “We’re delighted to partner with Dream Big Darling to ensure that the next generation of industry leaders have more opportunities to pursue further education, meet and learn from experienced veterans and broaden their approaches to the business of wine,” said Erin Kirschenmann, managing editor of Wine Business Monthly. “Our goal has always been to provide informative, reliable resources to all members of the industry, and we hope that by offering these scholarships we’re helping more young women reach their career goals.”  

All applicants will receive complimentary passes to the tradeshow at WiVi Central Coast on March 25, 2020. The ticket includes access to more than 200 exhibitors, lunch and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Applicants are invited to attend Bottle Bash: Central Coast the night of March 24, 2020. All members of the Central Coast wine industry are welcome to attend (tickets to Central Coast Insights and WiVi Central Coast are not required). Join Wine Business Monthly for the Central Coast edition of its infamous Bottle Bash; a night of networking, collaboration and celebration. For the second time, hundreds of local winemakers, growers, speakers and sponsors will gather at the Paso Robles Events Center, following the Central Coast Insights conference. Wines from this year’s Hot Brands list will be poured.

About the Conferences

Central Coast Insights

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Central Coast Insights is an annual educational seminar addressing the economic and financial issues, challenges and trends that affect the vintners, wineries and grape growers of the Central Coast wine industry. This year, sessions will focus on shopper behavior, the state of the wine business, methods for dealing with a grape glut, mergers and acquisitions best practices and how to keep a business afloat through recession or disaster. For the full schedule CLICK HERE.

WiVi Central Coast Wine Symposium

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

WiVi Central Coast is the premier wine and viticulture symposium and trade show in Central California. Now the largest wine industry event south of San Francisco, WiVi boasts 45,000 square feet of exhibit space with nearly 200 exhibits and hundreds of new products, product demonstrations, educational seminars and networking opportunities for winemakers, grape growers, winery owners and managers.

This one-day conference and tradeshow features sessions by top industry leaders on regional viticulture, enology and DTC topics and gives attendees the opportunity to understand and experience new trends and technology. For the full schedule CLICK HERE.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: We are seeking applications from qualified up and coming women who are on an "Executive Tract" (or one day hope to be an executive) in the wine industry. 

DETAILS: The opportunity includes 2 FULL days of learning, networking, tasting and more on California's Central Coast.  Scholarship include attendance to  Central Coast Insights and WiVi Central Coast Wine Symposium on March 24th and 25th.  One night of hotel accommodations will be provided to winners who live outside the area (75 miles or greater from venue).   

Those interested in applying MUST complete the following:

1. Questionnaire

2. Resume (upload on next screen where is says attach additional files)



Location: Paso Robles, CA
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