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the Diversity & Inclusion of jobs and ownereship in Craft Beer

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Danii Oliver, owner of Island to Island Brewery & Navy Daughter: Danii’s brewery taproom was named the most welcoming taproom in all of New York after years of grinding it out in the big city proving she could build a business on the pioneering concept of serving American diversity with a side of family. Danii is now expanding Island to Island into the Friendly state of Texas as an estate brewery with its own permaculture farm making this farm brewery better able to build on its mission – following the seasons & honoring family tradition – while crafting Indigenous American craft beer alongside non-alcoholic fermented beverages.

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01/14/2020

BEERSGIVING 2020 LAUNCH

“.... MILITARY FAMILIES HAVE SUCH A GREAT IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITIES. DIVERSITY IS SYNONYMOUS WITH MILITARY FAMILIES. THROUGHOUT THE U.S. MILITARY SERVICES, MILITARY FAMILIES ARE COMPOSED OF A RICH AND DIVERSE MYRIAD OF PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD -- DIFFERENT RACES, RELIGIONS, AND CULTURES JUST TO NAME A FEW. *

Southwest United States: January 2020 - It’s been mentioned repeatedly, people of diverse backgrounds are being overlooked for open and available jobs positions. It’s also been noted the difficulty in finding experienced talent with the hard skills needed to succeed in needed roles. Danii Oliver has been touring America having conversations with military family members like herself from all walks of life to better understand experiences with cross-cultural communications, the needs of people seeking roles in leadership, ownership and S.T.E.M jobs in the agricultural and industrial industries. To overcome both the hurdles that are repeatedly mentioned Danii in partnership with craft beer enthusiasts and craft beer professionals like Eric Jackson and members from various local Pink Boots chapters are bringing together both sides over a pint of beer, with their families in tow to not to seek, but rather, implement a solution once and for all.

“I am working on a campaign honoring military families, their diversity and the contributions to communities they provide which is a formula all American industries can strive to achieve in 2020. I am sharing the stories of honored military families throughout 2020 while creating opportunities for employment and legacy planning with business decision makers in various employment fields to help reach Veteran employment goals in various industries in need of the unique cross cultural expertise military families possess.” --Danii Oliver

Hard skills are important, but soft skills go along way when there’s already training being provided to unskilled friends and family members. The same SOP, manuals and impromptu lessons can be shared with those who are eager to learn more while being dedicated to working on something bigger than self. Yet the lack of attendance to a beer college or business school remains a factor hindering more women and minorities from breaking into the ultra fast growing business of brewpub, brewery and mobile vendor ownership and leadership roles. Roles that are currently being headed by many who are in fact self taught home brewers and never attended a formal institution or graduated with a degree in corporate something or the other.

It’s gonna take more than stamina to tour 13 cities or more in 13 months hosting a series of events designed to activate business owners, job seekers, community organizations and grassroots funding agencies who are as irate about statistics that state only up to 7.5% of the craft beer businesses popping up left and right are woman or minority lead. Danii as a brewery founder and brewer herself knows all too well the scores of assumptions made when she walks into any male dominated place of business but chooses to ignore ignorance in place of education and conversation in order to create space for herself and others.

What Danii Oliver is proposing is no small task. BEERSGIVING will require a team of diverse individuals nationwide to help achieve the goal of no longer needing diversity and inclusion panels which only offer storytelling without action steps. Along with the assistance of sponsors and breweries Danii is in collaboration with local clinics dedicated to working with underserved families such as the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare.

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare provides quality, accessible, and comprehensive mental health care to veterans and their families. Services are available to any person who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of role or discharge status. The Military Family Clinic will also help connect veteran families to community resources and services, as necessary. The Military Family Clinic uses evidenced-based practices with a holistic approach to improving the quality of life for our veterans and their families. Services are provided by trained and credentialed staff. Veterans and their family members are able to receive services individually and as a family unit at the same place with the same treatment team. BEERSGIVING team members believe that in honoring our military families through the “Family Afternoons Out” series they can showcase the welcoming nature of local breweries as communal family bonding spaces leading to reduced vice consumption and increased attention to mental health. They want to draw the distinction that Breweries are not Bars. Breweries are manufacturing facilities which utilize all areas of S.T.E.M and the Arts day to day. Many times you’ll find guests exploring craft beer as a culinary journey, playing games, unwinding to the beat of live bands or meeting up with local organizations under no pressure, all as enzymes break down starch molecules and yeast cells multiply after being fed sweet aromatic wort in the background.

Following up the “Family Afternoons Out” effort to open up the public mind set about breweries as S.T.E.M facilities the BEERSGIVING team will host the “Barrel Aged Conversations” series around the nation to give curious women, minorities and transitioning military spouses and veterans insider tips on how to get their foot in the door to a S.T.E.M career or even ownership in supporting sectors. The one-on-one pairings featuring Veterans & Novices in S.T.E.M industries, like craft beer, will open access for professionals and sponsors looking to meet and build an eager new team.

*https://www.warren.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Article/332660/the-diversity-of-military-families/

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Mel Aaron

American XP Agency

info {at} beersgiving.info

917-664-5446

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The mission always comes first and we have a mission to complete by any means neccessary. Our mission: to end the need for diversity and inclusion panels. End Veteran post discharge neglect with career tranisition and mental health support. Provide resources to underrepresented Military Spouses and Children with resources for mental health, S.T.E.M. career, leadership and ownership opportunites.


The Statistics are Sad!

20K

Open Positions

7.5%

Woman Lead

4%

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