The Cincinnati chapter of the Pink Boots Society is partnering with Women Helping Women and the Cincinnati State Brewing Science Program to host a conversation about sexual violence in the restaurant, bar and brewing industries.
The event is set for 6 p.m. March 20 in the auditorium in the ATLC Building at Cincinnati State. Maria Cole, a prevention specialist from Women Helping Women, will lead the discussion.
“After many years working in human resources and also working in the food and beverage industries, I felt it was important for our chapter to offer support and resources for women to help us build a stronger and more confident industry-wide network to rise against gender-based violence in Cincinnati and surrounding communities," chapter leader and Fibonacci Brewing Co. co-owner Betty Bollas said in a prepared statement.
The discussion follows two recent high-profile cases in the craft brewing industry. Actual Brewing co-founder Fred Lee stepped down as CEO of the Columbus brewery after several women accused him of sexual assault. He has called the allegations false. Meanwhile, Great Lakes Brewing News editor Bill Metzger came under fire and agreed to leave his position after penning a misogynistic column in a recent issue. The publication has said the column was a parody and should have been labeled as such.
Carla Gesell Streeter, chair of the Cincinnati State brewing program at the college, said the college wants to help "make the brewing industry more diverse. Part of that transformation is making the industry welcoming and safe for everyone. We are proud to be hosting this very important conversation to help empower women in the hospitality industries."
The Pink Boots Society is an advocacy and networking group made up of women in the brewing industry.