Schedule of Epic Events!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

DE.CO Women in Wine Happy Hour

4:30-5:30

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

6-7pm

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

7-7:30pm

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

7:30-9pm

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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

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.