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Seminar Day 3: Presented by Breakthru Beverage Group

  • Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space 311 North Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60607 (map)

Presented by Breakthru Beverage Group: Herradura, Jack Daniels, Woodford, Hendrick's Orbium

Media Responsibility within Hospitality
12:00pm - 1:00pm

A panel discussion to directly address the media’s specific role as “the voice” of the industry. Many members of the media are either afraid to speak up in the face of injustices, either on their own behalf or on the behalf of other members of the bar/spirits worlds; this conversation aims to examine why, and determine a course of action to improve the current climate of silence.

Moderated by: Celine Bossart (Freelance Journalist)
Panelists: Meredith Heil (Freelance Journalist), Joseph Hernandez (Thrillist)

Broadening Our Community’s Hiring Practices: Welcoming Formerly Incarcerated Folks to Hospitality
1:45pm - 2:45pm

Folks recently released from prison often have difficulty finding adequate employment — oftentimes hindered by cultural bias and moral assumptions — which can contribute to recidivism. What are the steps toward, as well as benefits and challenges of, working with prison release programs and job placement organizations when hiring at your bar?

Panelists: Stephanie Simbo (Beyond Bars Akademia), Cleve Dixon (Safer Foundation), additional panelists forthcoming!

Progressive Sustainability: You Can Do It, Too!
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Not all bars can start over with eco-conscious equipment and supplies. Claire Sprouse leads a seminar to advise folks on ways any old bar can be adapted to conduct more sustainable business practices.

Led by: Claire Sprouse (Hunky Dory Brooklyn and Tin Roof Drink Community)

Opportunity and Innovation on Chicago’s Black Belt
4:00pm - 5:00pm

In the mid-20th century, Chicago was considered the capital of Black America. The Black Belt was the chain of neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago where three-quarters of the city's African American population lived, and where black residents sought to create more economic opportunity in their community through the encouragement of local black businesses and entrepreneurs. Through photographs and anecdotes, this seminar explores the once flourishing hospitality establishments that thrived during times of depression and oppression and have since been erased — including The Palm Tavern, which will be celebrated at Thursday evening’s closing party — and uncover the innovation and opportunity hospitality can offer.

Led by: Alexis Brown (Causing a Stir)