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Wednesday, July 20 • 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Crafted Conversation

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Jordan Bushell, Hennessy’s National Ambassador will moderate a diverse panel of the industries top minds, Charles Hardwick, Don Lee, Maria Pribble and Lauren Mote. The conversation will revolve around the current state of the bar industry.  The industry is in a malaise of sorts with regards to inclusion of diverse backgrounds.  This represents a lost opportunity for all involved, bars, brands and consumers.

This solution oriented talk will address the past, where these paradigms started in our industry.  The present day look at the problems and how they developed along with the needs for the future and what we all can do to help solve the complicated issues we all face.

Moderator: Jordan Bushell


  • Charles Hardwick

  • Don Lee

  • Maria Pribble

  • Lauren Mote

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Don Lee

designer • technologist • philosopher • educator, cocktailkingdom.com
Don Lee is a Southern California expatriate now residing in NewYork City. He left his respectable career in IT to pursue his passion for food and cocktails. He opened PDT (Please Don’t tell) as the Beverage Director in 2007 and started the hard spirits program for Momofuku. Don... Read More →

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Jordan Bushell

Head of Mixology and Brand Education, Hennessy
In his constant pursuit for the perfect cocktail, Jordan Bushell joined the Hennessy team in 2010 as the US Ambassador of Mixology and Brand Education. Travelling all around the globe to discover new flavors and techniques, he brings his knowledge, experience and passion when crafting... Read More →
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Lauren Mote

Co-Proprietor, Bittered Sling Bitters
Mixologist. Sommelier. Architect of potions, tonics and elixirs. Accomplished emcee, writer and cocktail judge. International spirits diplomat. Award-winning bar personality Lauren Mote wears many hats, but she’s perhaps best known as the co-proprietor of Bittered Sling— a... Read More →
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Maria Pribble

Independent Consultant
Maria Pribble has over 20 years experience in the wine and spirits industry and has worked for many major spirits suppliers in her career. She has helped to build mass and small brands across numerous categories and and has also led the innovation of new to market brands. She is... Read More →


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