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Conference 2023

May 22-23, 2023
Austin, TX

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2023 Lift Collective Conference: Social Sustainability Inside & Out

Over the years Lift Collective has made it its mission to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive wine industry and escalate long-term, positive change. We’ve brought together thought leaders on topics ranging from self-care to systemic abuse. We’ve tasted wines side by side, learned to decolonize our palates, fostered networking opportunities and hosted job fairs. Each time we’ve gathered, virtually or otherwise, has been an act of tenacity. And each year we’ve learned from the power of collaboration. But how do we maintain that resilience through new, stark shifts in wine and hospitality culture? Through continued pandemic, financial uncertainty, hoarded resources, and the essential but also exhaustive processes of accountability? How do we pursue societal well-being in a world that is unwell? Come and join the discussion.

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THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT OUR 2023 CONFERENCE!

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OUR SPEAKERS

Tahiirah Habibi

Founder/CEO - The Hue Society

Tahiirah has long advocated for more Black, brown, and Indigenous representation in the wine industry. She is a globally recognized, award winning sommelier by trade and a creative entrepreneur by heart. Join us for her Keynote Presentation, "Do it Scared".

Keynote Speakers

Justine Belle

Co-Founder - Kalchē Wine Cooperative, Inc.

Justine Belle is a wine professional with over 15 years of hospitality experience. They are a Co-Founder and Director of External Business for Kalchē Wine Cooperative, Event Director at Anything But Vinifera, and Executive Consultant for newly established business ‘The Next World of Wine.’

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Miguel de Leon

Wine Director - Pinch Chinese, Soho

Our Emcee Miguel was named one of the 75 People Working to Build a Better Drinks World by Imbibe Magazine, and was named the inaugural recipient of the Michelin Guide Sommelier Award in New York City for his work with natural wine and hospitality advocacy.

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Emcee

Leaders & Moderators

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Alice Achayo

Founder

The Wine Linguist

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Maryam Ahmed

Founder

Maryam & Company

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Darwin Acosta

Founder

Co-Fermented

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Roxy Eve

Beverage Director

Chloe Hotel

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Rachel Adams

Founder & Director

Assemblage

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Tiara Abu

SHE CAN WORK, LLC

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Imane Hanine

Martha Stoumen Wines LLC

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Eric Fleming

Gay Wine Club, Pinch Chinese

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Dr. Kim Perkins

Dr. Kim Perkins & Associates

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Denise Silverman

Wine & Food Foundation

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Akeel Bernard

Melanin Minds

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LaGina Harris

The Us Space

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Kevin Lawler

Good Work Austin

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Christopher Renfro

280 Project

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Jessica Sanders

DrinkWell

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Peter Cook

Uncorked Access

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Eric Hsu

Coast & Valley

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Melissa Mel

Melanin Minds

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Bianca Sanon

Paradis Books & Bread

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Kamilah Thomas

Melanin Minds

Presenters & Speakers

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SPONSORS, CONTRIBUTORS, SUPPORTERS & PARTNERS

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