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Executive Leadership Program Scholarships to Attend DISCUS Academy


Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) Foundation 501(c)3 is pleased to offer three (3) Executive Leadership Program Scholarships to attend the 2023 DISCUS Academy.

The Leadership Certificate Program is an eight-month commitment consisting of virtual and in-person elements.


The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation is able to provide these DISCUS scholarship opportunities thanks to the generous support of Beam Suntory.




Applications are currently closed.


Scholarships open September 2024

Scholarships close November 2024

Recipients notified January 2025

 


The Executive Leadership Program is designed for experienced professionals with at least 5+ years of experience, during which they have demonstrated responsibility for cross-functional leadership and/or strategy-level decision-making in the distilled spirits industry. The certificate will build upon your leadership skills and develop your ability to communicate strategy, negotiate skillfully, influence team behaviors, and deliver results. The program will ensure you have the right blend of soft skills and a strategic mindset to achieve performance outcomes at your company. Participation in this program is not contingent upon completing the Developing Leadership Program.


These scholarships are open to members and non-members of WOTVS as well as members and non-members of DISCUS. The DISCUS Academy Leadership Programs are open only to U.S. residents, therefore our scholarships are also open only to U.S residents. DISCUS Academy has set the criteria for selection of recipients and selection of the recipients will be made by DISCUS Academy. Applicants will be chosen based on their demonstrated leadership potential, initiative and commitment to the industry. Participants should be prepared to engage in self-reflection and introspective work required by this course and be prepared to put their leadership commitment into action following the program. The Leadership Certificate will use a selection process that maximizes diversity of the participant cohort.


Applicants will be chosen based on the following criteria:


  • 5+ years of managment experience

  • Demonstrated leadership potential, initiative, and commitment to the industry.  

  • Demonstrated responsibility for cross-functional leadership and/or strategy-level decision-making. 

  • Applicants should be prepared to engage in self-reflection and introspective work required by this course and be prepared to put their leadership commitment into action following the program.  

  • Only candidates who commit to the involvement and participation in the entire program will be considered. 

  • In selection, we seek diversity in all aspects to enrich the cohort with diverse opinions and experiences.


DISCUS Academy is committed to upholding the principles of diversity and equality in all areas of its work, seeking to ensure that all participants and other stakeholders are treated fairly and equally at all times. In accordance with this policy, minorities, people with disabilities, people of all genders, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


2024 Program Deliverables


  • University of Kentucky Leadership Program Certificate

  • DISCUS Academy Leadership Certificate

  • Predictive Index Report & Content

  • Leading with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program

  • DISCUS Conference/Women of the Vine & Spirits Global CONNECT! (registration, hotel and meals included in program fee)

  • Leadership Retreat (hotel and meals included in program fee)

  • Connected and engaged cohort

  • Better understanding of the self

  • Tools to develop skilled leadership

 

2024 Required Program Components

 

March 3-6, 2024

Introductory Session (At DISCUS Conference/Women of the Vine & Spirits Global CONNECT! in-person)

 

March 29, 2024

Type Indicator Workshop + University of Kentucky Intro Call (3.5 hrs)

 

April 2024

University of Kentucky Class #1 – Strategic Planning

 

April 26, 2024

Self-Motivation, Accountability, & Self-Help + University of Kentucky Cohort Call #1 (3.5 hrs)

 

May 2024

University of Kentucky Class 2: Competitor Analysis

 

May 17, 2024

Cultivating Intrapreneurship & Innovation + University of Kentucky Cohort Call #2 (3.5 hrs)

 

June 2024

University of Kentucky Class 3: M&A/ Change Management

 

June 7, 2024

Conversations of Race & Allyship in the Workplace (4 hrs)

 

June 28, 2024

University of Kentucky Cohort Call for class #3 (1.5 hrs)

 

July 2024

University of Kentucky Class 4: Managing Organizational Culture

 

July 26, 2024

University of Kentucky Cohort Call for class #4 (1.5 hrs)

 

August 2024

University of Kentucky Class 5: Motivation at Work

 

August 23, 2024

University of Kentucky Class Cohort Call for class #5 (1.5 hrs)

 

September 13, 2024

Giving & Receiving Feedback (4 hrs)

 

Late September or early October

In-person Leadership Retreat and Graduation (mandatory)




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