“STEPUP” FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL INTERNS, MENTORS, PARTICIPATING DISTILLERIES & NEW DONOR PARTNERS
STEPUP Foundation is a diversity initiative that aims to provide underserved and underrepresented individuals with training, encouragement, and opportunities to enter the craft spirits community through a comprehensive year-long, immersive internship program. ACSA has long recognized a lack of diversity in the alcoholic beverage industry and has been working behind the scenes for some time now to develop a comprehensive program aimed at increasing talent through facilitation of workplace diversity. In its inaugural year and beyond, STEPUP will engage diverse applicants with an interest in the beverage sector and help those of different races, color, national origins, genders, and sexual orientations to acquire the skills and experience they need to succeed in the industry.
2022 STEPUP MENTORS:
2022 PARTICIPATING DISTILLERIES:
Westward Whiskey, OR
Eight Oaks Distillery, PA
2022 PARTICIPATING DISTRIBUTOR:
Margie A.S. Lehrman, CEO, ACSA and President, STEPUP Foundation stated, “We are thrilled to recognize this incredible talent pool of internship candidates and are truly honored that so many of you, our community of craft distillers, ‘stepped up’ to join this effort as hosting distilleries and mentors. We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for two years now on this comprehensive initiative, so it was truly a surreal moment to formally kick off our program and honor our very first class in person and on stage this week in Louisville.”