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Fifth Annual Martignetti Companies Women’s Beverage Alcohol Symposium

(Taunton, MA) – February 12, 2018 – Martignetti Companies, the leading distributor of alcoholic beverages in New England, is excited to announce that the fifth annual Martignetti Companies Women’s Beverage Alcohol Symposium will be held on April 4, 2018 at Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business in Waltham, MA.

The Women’s Symposium brings together women working in the beverage alcohol industry, including those working in restaurants and retail stores, as well as employees of distributors, wineries and distillers. It is a day dedicated to enhancing professional skills, learning to achieve work-life balance and networking with peers.

This year’s theme is “Charting Your Course”.  For the second year, Martignetti Companies has partnered with The Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. CWB will take the lead in two breakout sessions, Negotiating/Advocating for Yourself led by Professor, Dr. Donna Blancero and Mentoring, Sponsorship and Networking led by Executive Director Deb Pine and Senior Program Director, Trish Foster.

We are happy to welcome guest speaker Deirdre Mahlan, President of Diageo North America. Deirdre is responsible for the company’s largest market in terms of sales and operating profit. In this role, she oversees Diageo’s U.S. and Canadian spirits and beer businesses, which include brands such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Crown Royal, Ketel One, Captain Morgan, Baileys and Guinness. Deirdre has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer goods sector in a number of senior roles, primarily in the US with Diageo and Seagram.  

This year’s keynote speaker, Jeffery Tobias Halter, author of bestselling book “Why Women” and leading male expert on advancing women, will provide valuable insight on creating inclusive workplace cultures that positively impact both the bottom line and employee engagement.  Jeffery’s clients and best practice research includes companies such as McDonald’s, Deloitte, GE, Mercedes-Benz, American Express, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Altria and dozens of other companies. Combining 30+ years in corporate America – from the sales front line to the corporate headquarters and his passion for integrated leadership strategies, Jeffery connects with leaders at all-levels of the organization to create sustainable change and impact the bottom line. 

To begin the journey, on April 3 some of the Symposium attendees will gather at the Greater Boston Food Bank to help feed our neighbors in need across Eastern Massachusetts. The Greater Boston Food Bank plays a critical role in helping end hunger in our community. 

The only symposium of its kind in New England, Martignetti Companies and its suppliers provide this access to inspiring speakers, relevant skills training and resources free of charge to women in the beverage alcohol industry.

Special thanks to the founding Board Members; Freddy Cicerchia, Laurel Conrad, Jessica Cyr, Carol Francolini, Tricia Murphy, Nicole Olivier & Alex Stack, as well as our supportive Subcommittee Members; Maureen Candito Jillian Capone, Jessica Cioci, Jen Costa, Janell Dubsky, Nicole Sobel, Caitlin Steiger who take time out of their busy schedules to make this day a success!

For more information about the Martignetti Companies Women’s Beverage Alcohol Symposium or to register, contact #WBAS2018, @MartignettiWine.

About Martignetti Companies

Established in 1908, Martignetti Companies has grown to become the leading distributor of wine and spirits in New England and the 7th largest in the country. Martignetti Companies currently has sales operations in five New England markets: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Based in Taunton, Massachusetts, the company operates in Massachusetts as United Liquors, Carolina Wine & Spirits, Classic Wine Imports and Commonwealth Wine & Spirits and in other New England states as Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, and Rhode Island Distributing Company through a joint venture. For more information, visit or contact Tricia Murphy, Marketing Manager, at 781-278-2040 or

About The Center for Women and Business at Bentley University

The Center for women and business is dedicated to advancing women, from the classroom to the boardroom.  We identify and leverage best-in-class policies and practices and provide tools and training to apply them to the workplace.  For business, we provide thought leadership and programs to meet the unique needs of early career professionals, front-line manager and senior executives, including the C-Suite and boardroom. To learn more about the program, please contact Trish Foster, Senior Program Director, CWB (

About Jeffery Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter is a corporate gender strategist. The country’s leading expert on engaging men to advance women, Jeffery is the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company. The former Director of Diversity Strategy of The Coca-Cola Company, Jeffery has consulted with leading brands including McDonald’s, Deloitte, Citigroup, GE and more. Jeffery’s latest book WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men, is the first business book written by a man on how companies can advance women to enhance the company. A highly sought-after speaker, Jeffery is a two-time TEDx speaker and frequently speaks at industry and corporate events.   To learn more about Jeffrey you can visit or view his Fortune article “It's Time for Men to Call Out Manterrupters” at