BREW Leadership Forum

BREW Leadership Forum

The Building Relationships & Empowering Women (BREW) initiative will host a Leadership Forum on the last day of NBWA’s Legislative Conference, April 26, from 12 – 5:15 PM ET.


This event will inspire you to build relationships, connect to others with authenticity and become a positive change agent in your organization. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop career strategies and learn new skillsets.

As BREW embarks on our acting stronger phase, attendees can embrace their power to be a domino to ignite progress in their organizations and the beer industry. Expect engaging speakers, interactive programming and networking training. You will be an integral part of the learning process!

Note, you do not have to attend the Legislative Conference in order to attend the Leadership Forum. Space is limited for the event, so make sure to register as soon as possible. Below, you will find more information about speakers and activities throughout the day. Keep your eye out for additional announcements.

Program Sponsor

Keynote Speaker: Ruchi Desai

Ruchi Desai, Co-Founder and CEO of EIGHT

Ruchi Desai leads the company’s sales and operations teams. Ruchi has extensive experience scaling operations and teams at various e-commerce and fintech startups. Most notably, she led the 10x capacity expansion of a growing D2C brand’s primary production factory, building a team of over 300 people, and was VP of Strategy & Senior Counsel at interface rehab, one of the largest private healthcare services providers in California with $100 million in annual revenue. Ruchi holds degrees from Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Law School and the London School of Economics.

In 2022, Ruchi launched EIGHT, a new American beer brand alongside NFL Hall of Fame legend Troy Aikman. The beer brand is centered on its low-calorie, low carb and lower-alcohol approach. EIGHT’s mission is to encourage the pursuit of greatness, raising a glass to special moments along the way. The brand’s EIGHT Elite Light Lager is a fresh new player in the beer category and is the most successful independent beer rollout in Texas.

Hear Ruchi share her keys to success and thoughts on recently joining the male-dominated beer industry. Ruchi understands that willpower and confidence are not innate qualities; they are acquired with practice. And above all, believing in yourself is critical.

Keynote Speaker: Shannon Cassidy

The 5° Principle, Small Changes Lead to Big Results


Shannon Cassidy, Founder and CEO of Bridge Between, Inc.

Shannon is a certified Executive Performance Coach, Keynote Speaker, Facilitator and is an authority on behavioral changes and leadership. She believes that incorporating small, incremental changes is the key to revolutionizing the workplace.

This powerful interactive keynote packs valuable tools, practical insights and encouragement to make changes one step at a time. When you use The 5° Principle, the subtle shifts you make will add up to major advances in productivity and effectiveness. You cannot cross a room in a single step, nor can you change the industry by desire alone. The BREW network is designed to unify female leaders who seek growth, equity and change. Together, the small steps, including mindset and attitude, will produce industry changing results.

  • Discover the power of using small steps to make giant leaps
  • Realize what you control versus what you don’t
  • Quality Questions: How will I act stronger in 2023?
  • Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
  • Networking and Relationship Management
  • Scale down obstacles and challenges to manageable chunks
  • Learn how to shift perspective and rewrite your stories

Participants will learn to achieve greater results by making small, focused changes to increase productivity, improve energy levels and heightened sense of fulfillment and community. 

Be on the lookout for more speaker announcements!


Activities & Networking Opportunities

World Café 

  • The World Café is a structured conversational process intended to facilitate open and intimate discussion, and link ideas within a larger group to access the “collective intelligence” or collective wisdom in the room. We will do three rounds of World Café to talk about ideas linked to BREWing change for women in the beer distribution industry. This is an excellent networking opportunity. 

Trailblazer Award Announcement

  • You will hear details about this newly established award, and how companies will be considered to win.

Distributor Panel

  • This panel will feature distributors at every career level. They will give advice and tips on how to succeed and be an agent of change.

Optional Networking Dinner Event

  • More details to come.

A full schedule will be released soon!