Deborah Brenner

Founder and CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits

After more than 20 years in the male-dominated field of high-end technology and and as the owner of a marketing and public relations firm, Deborah Brenner discovered during a trip to Napa, California, that many women in the wine industry—as in her own—were underrecognized. Compelled to tell their stories, she wrote the best-selling Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste, and Enjoy Wine, which Wine Spectator named a Critical Read of 2007. In 2015, Brenner organized the inaugural Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium. Due to the overwhelming response to that event, Brenner and the Women of the Vine & Spirits Advisory Board went to work to develop a consortium to support female professionals in the beverage alcohol industry year-round: Women of the Vine & Spirits.