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2019 Bi-Annual Pink Boots Conference Scholarship Recipient Announced
Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Cassidy VanWarmerdam of Payette Brewing Company is the recipient of the 2019 Bi-Annual Pink Boots Conference scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Cassidy to receive this scholarship as she “expressly conveyed the value of the conference in terms of learning new things and different approaches to methods and concepts from what she is regularly exposed to.”

Cassidy has been employed by Payette Brewing Company since 2016, originally being hired as a beertender but through her hard work and willingness to learn has progressed to hold the position of Lead Quality Control. She says, “Being relatively new to the industry, I’ve found that my greatest weakness so far is my lack of resources for knowledge from other people in the brewing business.” By attending the conference she anticipates gaining knowledge that will make her a more valuable employee.

The 2019 Bi-Annual Pink Boots Conference embodies the organization’s mission to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education by instilling attendees with hard takeaways and valuable knowledge along with invaluable networking with women working in all facets of the global beer industry. The conference will kick off with an inspiring and substantive industry keynote from the Brewers Association’s Julia Herz, followed by additional panels and presentations that will touch on: Beer Quality, Sensory, Raw Ingredients, Hot Side/Cold Side Processes, Diversity in the Beer Industry, Personal Goal Setting/Leadership, Advanced Social Media, Tasting Room Experience, Strengthening PBS Chapters, HR and more.

In addition to attending the course, Cassidy will receive a Pink Boots embroidered shirt when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

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