Actionable Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in Beverage

Chat with a panel of professionals impacting diversity in the beverage industry

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Join the CSU College of Business Beverage Business Institute and title sponsor Bell’s Brewery for a live Zoom event to talk with beverage industry professionals taking action to change the industry’s diversity landscape. Panelists will share their perspectives on where we are today in beer and wine as well as what their companies are doing to improve equity and inclusion in the industry. This will be an open discussion with idea sharing and Q&A encouraged.

Grab your favorite beverage, log on and learn how you can implement these practices and share how the practices that you have going on in your business are working!

Jay Maddock

Equity and Inclusion Specialist

Jay is the Equity and Inclusion Specialist at Bell’s Brewery. Prior to this role he was the Executive Director for OutFront Kalamazoo, the LGBTQ community center serving Southwest Michigan.

Bell’s Brewery

Patrice M. Palmer

(they/them/their pronouns)

Patrice calls both the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Detroit, Michigan home. Patrice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Master’s degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College. They are a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Baylor University where their work revolves around gender variance, workplace inclusion, intersectional leadership and social responsibility.

Their career centers equity, diversity and inclusion within higher education intentionally focusing on the concept of intersectional leadership within organizational structures. As an internationally recognized scholar, Patrice is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) of London. Patrice’s 2020 TEDx talk “Are you a Man or Woman…I’m BLACK” has been widely praised as an excellent cohesion of inclusionary social-cultural identity. They are the co-author of the 2019 ACPA (American College Personnel Association) highly celebrated book “Debunking the Myth of Job Fit in Higher Education and Student Affairs”, their co-authored chapter “Code Word Fit: Exploring the Systemic Exclusion of Professionals of Color in Predominately White Institutions” showcases their years of experience working in institutions of higher education as a Black, queer, non-binary, transmasculine person and the issues of race, gender inequity and exclusion that followed.

At Colorado State University, Patrice serves as the Director of Social and Cultural Inclusion in the College of Business as well as an adjunct faculty member in the College’s graduate program and executive leadership program. In 2019 Patrice joined New Belgium Brewing Company as their inaugural DEI subject-matter expert. That partnership marks the first U.S. craft beer position connected with an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited business administrator role. Currently Patrice serves as the only DEI Specialist in the U.S. craft beer industry with this joint designation. Patrice was recognized in 2020 by Hop Culture Magazine as one of The Most Important Voices in Craft Beer for their contribution to inclusion within the industry. Patrice’s DEI workplace inclusion expertise has been featured on several panels and podcasts such as The One Club for Creativity’s “Diversity is the Bare Minimum—What’s Next?”, NAVEX Global, Inc. “Beyond the Moment: Creating Sustainable Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Programs”, The Chicago BREWseum’s Beer Culture Summit ‘Putting in the Work’, ChooseInclusion Podcast “Black Voices Matter” series and “The LGBTQ Movement: Translating Progress into Corporate Action” hosted by Cornerstone Capital Group; just to name a few.

Maryam Ahmed


Maryam has spent over ten years in the hospitality industry. She owns a collaborative consulting firm, Maryam + Company, that specializes in project management, programs and experiences, and strategic planning for hospitality businesses with a focus on the world of food and wine.

Maryam + Company

Jennifer Valencia

Business Development Manager

Jennifer Valencia covers the state of Colorado as the Business Development Manager for the E & J Gallo Winery.  An active member and leadership position holder in Women of the Wine & Spirits and LA CASA employee resource groups, she actively promotes equity in the alcohol industry.

E & J Gallo Winery

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