Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum launches DCI “Do the Work” series


Interactive workshops on alliance, power and privilege and anti-racism designed to educate wine industry leaders and facilitate meaningful discussion, change and community

Dr Akilah Cadet

January 7 – Napa, CA The Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum, a biannual summit for leaders of organizations dedicated to diversity and equity in the wine industry, as well as a central resource for the wine community to connect and work with organizations with a fundamental commitment to of diversity and equity, announced today open registration for To do work, a new DEI educational series for wine professionals. The three-part series of virtual workshops addresses topics such as privilege, alliance and anti-racism; it has been specially designed for leaders working on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives in the wine industry who wish to become allies and learn to integrate anti-racism work into all aspects of their personal and professional life. The workshops will be facilitated by Maryam Ahmed, Forum co-founder and food and wine entrepreneur, and Dr Akilah Cadet, Forum co-leader and founder and CEO of Change Cadet, a consultancy focused on promoting equity and belonging at work.

“In 2020, we created the Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum as a space for initiative leaders to collectively solve problems and collaborate, because this work takes us all,” said Maryam Ahmed, co-founder of the organization. “We quickly realized that there was also a need to provide continuing DCI education to leaders in the wine industry and workplaces who want to do the job of creating and sustaining meaningful change. As the Forum expands its offerings, I am delighted to partner with Dr Cadet, a renowned leader specializing in managing change and diversity, not only to facilitate these important conversations about race, justice and equity, but also to provide measurable solutions and practical tools. for advocates and leaders of the wine industry.

Do the working series (part 1):

  • Authority and privilege: Monday, April 11, 2022 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Become an accomplice: Monday, May 9, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • The Anti-Racism Journey: Monday, June 6, 2022 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST

The investment for this three-part workshop series is $ 150 per person. Subsidized payment options are available upon request as well as sponsorship of someone else’s registration.

As a follow-up series, the Forum offers Doing the Work (Part 2) for those who attended the Forum’s three-part introductory workshop. Over the course of two 90-minute workshops, participants engage in a more interactive conversation with their peers about what works and what doesn’t, tangible tools and resources, and building a support network.

The investment for this two-part workshop series is $ 100 per person. Subsidized payment options are also available upon request as well as sponsorship of someone else’s registration.

Register here for the series Do the job.

“Diversity is more than the variety of grapes,” said Dr Akilah Cadet, co-lead of the Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum. “It’s time for leaders, from vineyards to businesses, to realize that they have the power to diversify their teams to bring about the change needed in the white-dominated wine industry. “

For more information on the Diversity in Wine Leadership Forum and its programs, visit www.diversityinwineforum.com.


the Forum on diversity in wine leadership was co-founded by Maryam Ahmed and Elaine Chukan Brown in 2020 to help connect inclusive initiatives in the wine industry to foster collaborative efforts and problem solving between advocates and leaders. The Forum offers a biannual summit to leaders of organizations dedicated to diversity and equity in the wine industry; a central location for information on organizations performing the work; and educational series focusing on DEI training for wine professionals. Member organizations include Ahivoy, Symposium on assembly, Batonnage Forum, Black wine professionals, Lift Collective, The Veraison Project, Hue society, The Roots Fund, Vinequity, Vinica Education Society, Responsible wine, Wine on Wheels and Unify Wine.


Maryam ahmed is a wine and food entrepreneur based in Napa, California. She specializes in community activation, strategic programs and project management for food and wine brands with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and sustainability. Most often, her work takes place at the intersection of chefs, sommeliers, activists, sustainability experts, creatives and organizations focused on diversity and equitable access within their communities. In addition to his consulting firm, Maryam + Company, she is the creator of the biennale Forum on diversity in wine leadership (co-founded with Elaine Chukan Brown), an actor on SOMM TV, and partner of PLAYTE Kitchen.

Maryam is a graduate of Cornell’s Hotel School (2011) and the Walla Walla Enology & Viticulture program (2015). She earned the eCornell Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion. Maryam is an active member of the San Francisco chapter of Dames d’Escoffier and a board member of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.


Dr Akilah Cadet is the Founder and CEO of Change Cadet and an organizational development consultancy that happens to be known for its diversity efforts. Dr Cadet has over 15 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She is a 2021 Forbes Next 1000 Honoree and was honored as one of the 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Analysts in the Staffing Industry. She has been featured in Elle, Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Dr. Cadet holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education in Community Public Health, a Masters in Public Health and a Doctorate of Health Sciences in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. She is a lululemon Ambassador, is disabled, lives in Oakland, Calif., And is a proud supporter of Beyoncé.


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