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Founder, Beer Diversity
The importance of having representation in the industry. Bridging the gaps & creating an inclusive community.
About Ren Navarro:
You would be hard-pressed to find someone in the Ontario beer industry who doesn’t know and love Ren Navarro. For over six years she has been regarded as one of the most respected members in the industry, spending much of her 7+ years in the field as a sales representative for renowned and award-winning breweries. Working constantly as the face of breweries within her respective sales regions, Ren is no stranger to public speaking and has appeared frequently at workshops, conferences, and talks informing and entertaining people through her love of craft beer.
Alongside her fervent love of the craft beer world is her determination to bring it to a more diverse audience. Navarro is on the front-lines to initiate change both in and out of the industry. She is co-founder and former co-organizer of the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies, a Toronto-based monthly beer event that provides a safe and relaxing atmosphere for female-identified people. Additionally, using her perspective as a queer black woman within the industry, she has talked extensively about diversity in craft beer as a panelist at the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, CO along with constant appearances in various forms of media, from podcasts, television and radio shows to newspapers.
With her extensive knowledge in craft beer, passionate drive, and hilarious wit, Ren Navarro is here to educate, enlighten, and make craft beer approachable for a more diverse audience.
Assistant Cider Maker, Descendant Cider Co.
Fermentation Diversity. In- depth explanation of Gluten-free beer. Learn the myths, brewing gluten- free, learn other fermentation options.
About Michelle Pagano
Michelle is the Assistant Cider Maker at Descendant Cider Co. in New York City. She is also a gluten-free homebrewer and writer for TheOutcask.com (formerly Bier Magazine, Inc.), and a Social Media Influencer @TheBrewBabe — a page dedicated to sharing her educational experiences, cider & beer reviews, and information on living gluten-free with her followers.
In May 2019, she attended Cornell AgriTech and received a certification in Perry & Cider Production. In September 2019, she became a Certified Cider Professional, administered by the United States Association of Cider Makers.
She is also an award-winning homebrewer & cidermaker:
Finalist, 2019 American Homebrewers Association “National Homebrew Competition.”
Bronze in Spiced Cider, 2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition
1st Place in Specialty Cider, 2018 Mid-Atlantic Amateur Cider Contest
Silver in the Hopped Cider, 2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition
Silver in the Spiced Cider, 2018 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry CompetitionMichelle enjoys participating in group brew days, judging cider competitions, participating in craft beer/cider events, and offering gluten-free beer and cider at festivals on Long Island. She is currently an active member of the American Homebrewers Association, Handgrenades Homebrew Craft Beer Club, and Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts.
Stefanie Benjamin, PhD
Assistant professor in the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management Department at the University of Tennessee and Co Director for Tourism RESET
Carrie Stephens, PhD
Professor & Leadership educator in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at the University of Tennessee.
PhD Candidate in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Tennessee.
Self Advocacy & Workplace Safety Education for Women
About Stefanie Benjamin, PhD
Stefanie Benjamin, PhD, assistant professor in the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management Department at the University of Tennessee and Co Director for Tourism RESET . I’m interested in producing and promoting social equity and advocacy while amplifying underrepresented voices within the tourism landscape through practice, research, and education. I also research contents/film-induced tourism, implements improvisational theater games as innovative pedagogy, and a certified qualitative researcher.
About Carrie Stephens, PhD
Carrie Anne Stephens is a professor and leadership educator in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at the University of Tennessee. She teaches courses in leadership development and theory, women in leadership, supervisory leadership, and ethical leadership. Her research and teaching focus areas are women in leadership, teaching and learning (as it relates to leadership), and leadership development in higher education. Love IPA’s.
About Sarah Frankel
Sarah Frankel is a PhD candidate in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management at the University of Tennessee. My research focuses around consumer behavior, the tattooed community, and qualitative research methods. I live in Knoxville with my partner and three fur-babies. I enjoy Dunkel and Brown Ale!