THIS MONTH'S SPEAKER: Ren Navarro from Beer. Diversity
For our February "From Talk to Walk" session, we are very pleased to welcome Ren Navarro!
The craft beer scene is overwhelmingly young, white, and male. How can we make it more inclusive of everyone? Lack of representation isn't an issue only confined to the beer industry, of course, and in examining this example our discussion will spark useful thoughts for other businesses & organizations as well as rethinking "who makes & drinks craft beer?"
An outspoken critic of the old notion that beer is a drink primarily for white dudes, Ren Navarro is on the frontlines to initiate change both in and out of the industry. She is a co-founder of the famous Society of Beer Drinking Ladies, a Toronto-based monthly beer event that provides a safe and relaxing atmosphere for female-identified people. From her perspective as a queer black woman within the industry, she has talked extensively about diversity in craft beer as a regular speaker at the annual Queen of Craft events in Guelph along with constant appearances in various forms of media, from podcasts, television and radio shows to newspapers.