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Tales of the Cocktail Announces Diversity Council Members

Diversity Council
The Diversity Council is the first step of a larger initiative to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment in the cocktail and spirits industries.

NEW ORLEANS, LA–In its efforts to continue fostering inclusivity and diversity in the spirits and cocktail industries, Tales of the Cocktail® is pleased to announce the members of the inaugural Diversity Council. This Council composed of professionals from across the industry and outside of the industry, will work towards implementing progressive initiatives and monitoring their progress over time. This process will be completely transparent, and each initiative will be documented and made viewable to the public.

"I love our community and there are positive changes happening. It is really encouraging to see so many people giving up their precious time to get involved and push for considerate practices." -Colin Asare-Appiah, Co-chair of the Diversity Council, Senior Portfolio Ambassador for Bacardi

The mission statement of the Diversity Council is to make sure that both the external and internal aspects of Tales of the Cocktail® are designed to reflect diversity and progressive attitudes in regards to race, sexuality and gender. The council members will examine the current recruitment process for all of Tales’ programs, including the Cocktail Apprentice Program, the Spirited Awards committee and judges, the Education Fellowship Program, the Internship Program, the Seminar Selection Committee, the Media Application Review Committee, the editorial solicitation process and the Preferred Vendors Program. After reviewing the process for each program, the members will then propose changes for each and discuss the best ways to implement them.

“This next year we have a lot of work ahead of us as the Diversity Council takes on the critical task of identifying the inclusion issues our industry faces and coming up with solutions to address them. Before all this work begins, I would like to invite you to a reception at the New Orleans Jazz Market during Tales of the Cocktail 2017. We are bringing together a small group of industry thought leaders to begin a conversation while honoring you and the rest of the council for your service to this important cause.” -Jasmine Haralson, Co-chair of the Diversity Council

The members of the 2017 Diversity Council are listed below:

Ken Baranda

Pernod Ricard, NBV Brand Ambassador/Craft Spirits Specialist

Tiffanie Barriere

Avion, Atlanta Manager/Ambassador

Drinking with the Girls

Alexis Brown

Causing a Stir, Serving Life Behind Bars, Mixologist

Jordan Bushell

Moet Hennessy, National Ambassador

Kevin J. Davis

Bar Manager

Je’Wesley Day

Cocktail Chronicles, Founder

Ran Duan

The Baldwin Bar, Owner

Erica Dudas

New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation, Managing Director

Rhonda Jenkins-Dunning

High Limit, Mixologist

Andrew Friedman

Liberty/Scout Spirits, Owner

Patrik Gallineaux

Stoli Group, North American LGBT Manager and Ambassador

Cameron George

USBG Heavy Restaurant Group, Washington President

Barrio Latin Spirits Bar, Bar Manager

Manny Gonzales

Moet Hennessy USA, Senior Multicultural Director

Chris Hannah

French 75, Bartender

Charles Hardwick

drinkmärkt, Owner

Aaron Joseph

R. Bar, Beverage Director

Thayer Abaigael Lund

Cocktail Enthusiast

Ms. Franky Marshall

Le Boudoir, Bartender/Beverage Director

Douglass Miller

Cornell University, Lecturer

Joe Periera

Herbs and Rye, Bartender

Jonathan Peterson

Brand Ambassador

Samara Rivers

Black Bourbon Society, CEO

Kelli Saluny

Style & Taste, CEO/founder

Joseph D. Solis

Sol Hospitality Group, CEO/Founder

Moet Hennessy, Senior Consultant

Jackie Summers

JackFromBrooklyn Incorporated, Founder

Duane Sylvestre

Brand Ambassador

Joshua Wagner

Miami Beach Edition, Director of Culture & Entertainment

Tracey Wiley

Citizen Education, Blogging Manager

Drive Sports Performance, Trainer

Amanda Victoria

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Communication and Business Development Director

Aperitif Hour, Founder

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