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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), Nneka M. Okona (Freelance Journalist)

Broadening Our Community’s Hiring Practices: Welcoming Formerly Incarcerated Folks to Hospitality
1:15pm - 2:15pm

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?

Moderated by: Syrita Steib-Martin (Operation Restoration)
Panelists: Stephanie Simbo (Beyond Bars Akademia), Cleve Dixon (Safer Foundation), and Claude Bobo (Quari)

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)

It’s Okay not to be Okay: An Introductory Exploration of Mental Health Issues in the Hospitality Community
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Through her work with Small Talk Hospitality, Mony Bunni has gathered questions from our community about mental health, and will explore the issue with a panel of experts. What are the best practices for preserving and improving our own mental health? How do we recognize and assist our peers when they are struggling? How do we include our personal wellness in the movement toward sustainability?

Moderated by: Mony Bunni (Small Talk Hospitality)
Panelists: Jonny Boucher (Hope for the Day), Jacqueline Carmody LCPC ATR-BC