Jackie Summers: Experiencing Racism in the Alcohol Industry
What’s it like to be the first (and only) black person in America with a license to make liquor, and how the hell do you become that person, anyway? Join Laura Gassner Otting on this episode of LGOtv: Big Talk with special guest Jackie Summers – maker of Sorel. Jackie Summers is a New York-based food writer, a speaker, a distiller, and the author of a soon-to-be-published illustrated book about social justice.
He’s been sharing this story about his experiences with racism in the drinks industry for a decade, though since the nationwide protests for Black Lives Matter, it seems like people might actually be listening. “It feels like I have been saying, ‘UFOs are real,’ and people just saw their first UFO,” he told me when we talked a couple weeks ago. So, he’s sharing it once again.
Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing and mentoring others.