The Black Experience in the Food and Beverage Business

Panelists: Jomaree Pinkard - CEO & Co-Founder, Hella Cocktail Co. Edzra Gibson - VP, Brand Marketing, good2grow Denise Woodard - Founder & CEO, Partake Foods Austin Stevenson - Chief Innovation Officer, Vertosa The main stage began with a look at the food and beverage business from the perspective of Black entrepreneurs and employees. Designed as both a listening session and a way to point toward possible solutions to systemic racism within the industry, the panel drew from the participants’ varied professional backgrounds for a frank conversation intended to provoke thought, identify race-based challenges within the business environment, and begin the hard work of changing it for the better.