Schedule of Epic Events!


DE.CO Women in Wine Happy Hour


Michelle Souza of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits will host a private Women in Wine educational (and experiential) Happy Hour at DE.CO Food Hall in Wilmington. Meet us there!

Sponsor & VIP Reception


Catered by the female chefs of Platinum Dining Group, sponsors, VIP's and legislators are welcome to attend this private reception with Lt. Governor Hall-Long, Mayor Purzycki and many more.

Screening Reception


All are welcome to the 30 minute reception prior to the screening, where we will raise our bubbly and make a toast to the women of the industry, as well as the female ProStart girls who will hand bake your movie snacks!

'A Fine Line' Screening


Bring your bubbly, munch on your gourmet popcorn, kick back and watch the inspiring story of perspectives and experiences from world-renowned female chefs, followed by a live Q&A with filmmaker, Joanna James.


Mindfulness Yoga @ The Riverfront Hyatt

7-8 AM

Katie Podralski, CEO of Functional Nutrition Fitness will guide a free, empowering and aligning yoga session to help open your body and mind for an exciting day ahead. (Don't worry, it will be a no judgment zone!!) Attendees will also receive an exclusive gift.

Power Up: Breakfast Bowls & Juices

9-10 AM

What better way to kick off the morning (especially after yoga) than with some refreshing juice shots, gourmet crustini and yogurt bar? Check in for the day, explore the edgy & historic venue of The Queen, and check out the awesome exhibitor tables!

"Telling the Story: Women of Hospitality"

10:15-11 AM

Panelists Denny Post, Dawn Sweeney and Joanna James will lead a conversation facilitated by Jenna Telesca, sharing a history of women in restaurants & hospitality, current issues of gender parity and challenges facing women in the industry, and how we are working to move forward.

Breakout Sessions

11:15-1 PM

Attendees will choose 2 of 3 sessions to attend: "Overcoming Superwoman Syndrome," "Finding Your True Grit: Stories of Resiliency & The Will to Succeed," or "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Leadership Hacks to Get You To The C-Suite." Find more details about sessions on our Sessions page.

Networking Lunch

1-1:45 PM

Explore more of The Queen, while we provide a female-catered lunch featuring Vegan Mac & Cheese Bowl bars, artisan grilled cheeses and hearty tomato soups, eclectic salmon or chicken salads and a variety of beautiful ciabatta sandwiches.

"The Power of Mentorship"

9-10 AM

Stay tuned for more details on this empowering group session discussing the importance of mentorship in our industry and among women.

Fuel Up!

2:45-3 PM

Sit tight! You don't want to miss what's coming! We will briefly break for local rockstar baristas to whip up some espresso latte's and provide you with a few afternoon sweet treats before we introduce our keynote speaker.

Keynote Speaker: Kara DioGuardi

3-4 PM

The conference will conclude with a main stage inspirational and musical keynote address by former American Idol judge, Grammy-nominated songwriter, mother & restaurateur, Kara DioGuardi moderated by Carrie Leishman.