A celebration of women who have made unique and lasting contributions to the global drinks industry.

The Dame Hall of Fame is a celebration of women who have made unique and lasting contributions to the global hospitality industry. Established in 2012, it serves to acknowledge female leaders and encourage mentorship throughout the beverage and hospitality industries.


Dame Hall of Fame® serves to acknowledge outstanding leaders and encourage mentorship throughout the drinks industry. In 2019, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation® and Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) recognized the work of three outstanding industry individuals by inducting them as the newest members of the Dame Hall of Fame®. In addition to the celebratory luncheon, in 2020 we look to expand recognition in our industry by introducing a keynote speaker.


The title of Dame originated in Great Britain as the feminine form of an honored Knight. As their namesake suggests, our Dames are champions in their fields. Past Dames’ groundbreaking accomplishments have shaped the beverage landscape and provide visible models of achievement for tomorrow’s leaders. Our Dames helm award-winning cocktail programs, run worldwide non-profit organizations, create hundreds of jobs through business ownership, own and represent category-defining spirits brands, mentor and educate, and lead the vanguard of beverage and social innovation in the global beverage community. To us, a Dame is an inspiring, accomplished woman whose story deserves to be told and toasted, someone others aspire to be.

Dame Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Robin Nance, Pioneer Award Winner, Portfolio Trade Engagement Manager Beam Suntory
  • Carmen Alicia Villarreal Trevino, Pioneer Award Winner, Owner and CEO Casa San Matías
  • Joy Spence, Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner, Master Blender Appleton Estate® Jamaica Rum, Jamaica
  • Audrey Saunders, Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner
  • Melanie Asher, Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner, Distiller and Master Blender Macchu Pisco
  • Lisa Laird Dunn – Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner, Vice President and World Ambassador Laird & Company
  • Julie Reiner – Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner
  • Charlotte Voisey – Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner, Portfolio Ambassador William Grant & Sons
  • Anu Apte, Owner/Bartender Rob Roy, Seattle
  • Kate Gerwin, World Champion/Global Brand Ambassador Lucas Bols
  • Claire Smith Warner, Head of Spirit Creation Belvedere Vodka
  • Pamela Wiznitzer, Creative Director Seamstress, New York
  • Elayne Duff, Head Mixologist Diageo Wine & Spirits
  • Francine Cohen, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Inside F&B
  • Ivy Mix, Co-Owner of Leyenda, NYC Co-Founder of Speedrack
  • Hollis Bulleit, Global Ambassador for Bulleit Bourbon The First Lady of Bourbon
  • Bridget Albert, USBG National Charity Foundation President and SWS Regional Director of Mixology IL,KY,MN
  • Gina Chersevani, Mixtress and Partner, Hanks Oyster Bar and the Eddy on Capital Hill and at Buffalo and Bergen Soda Bar
  • Meaghan Dorman, Head Bartender The Raines Law Room
  • Eryn Reece, Bartender Mayahuel and Death & Company
  • Lynn House, National Brand Educator Heaven Hill Brands
  • Alba Huerta, Owner Julep
  • Misty Kalkofen, East Coast Juez Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal
  • Lynnette Marrero – Co-Founder SpeedRack, Mixologist Llama Inn
  • Laura Cullen, VP Sales Manager of Pacific Wine and Spirits, San Francisco
  • Cris Delhavi, Head Bartender at M Restaurant and Bar & Cocktail Apprentice Manager, Columbus, Ohio
  • Lauren Mote, Co-Owner & Operator at Bittered Sling, Vancouver
  • Angie Fetherston, CEO of Drink Company, Washington DC
  • Kitty Amann, Consultant Eat. Drink. Move, Boston
  • Sharon Bronstein, Vice President of Marketing with The 86 Company, New York City
  • Katy Casbarian, Co-proprietor of Arnaud’s Restaurant, French 75 Bar and Remoulade Restaurant, New Orleans
  • Dorothy Elizabeth, Bartender at Standby, Detroit
  • Franky Marshall, Bartender & Beverage Director of Le Boudoir, Brooklyn
  • Brooke Arthur, Partner & Vice President, Global Education and Advocacy, House Spirits Distillery
  • Paige Aubort, Group Operations Manager, Mary’s Group
  • Monica Berg, Founder, P(our) Foundation
  • Abigail Gullo, Bar Director, The State Hotel
  • Ezra Star, DRINK Director
  • Carina Soto Velasquez, Partner at Quixotics Projects

Dame Hall of Fame Inductees by Year










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