Career Path Self-Assessment

Navigating a Career in Wines and Spirits
With Pam Kindel Connors
Monday Mar 14 2022


The wine and spirits industry offers some of the most amazing opportunities in the job market. In fact, it has often been said that this particular career path is also a lifestyle. Do you have the personality and skill set to find success within this field? Find out!  

Join Pam Kindel Connors of Cuvée Consulting for a four-part series on choosing a path within this industry and the tools necessary to rise within its ranks.

This series will give you tips to strengthen your skill set whether you are new to the industry, trying to switch career tracks within it, or trying to enter the industry from another field of endeavour altogether. Join us!

Engage Your Career Compass

Whether you are a beginner, looking for that next promotion, or even changing careers, the wine & spirits industry offers some of the most diverse & exciting career opportunities available worldwide.  In this session, you will discover the many industry career paths from which to choose, and the core skill sets required.  You will gain valuable information on how to invest in yourself by gaining these skill sets through education, certification and on-the-job experience. 

  1. Career path self-assessment
  • Knowing yourself is key to choosing any career
  • The answers to your assessment will help to define your career path
  • The reality versus the perception
  1. Where do I begin?
  • Choosing a career path from so many choices
  • Understanding the core competencies & key skill sets required of your chosen path
  • Inventory your experience – what is in your skill set bank?
  1. Developing/enhancing your skill sets – “Invest in Yourself”
  • On-the-job experience
  • The power of professional certifications & education
  • Public speaking & presentation skills

Presenter: Pam Kindel Connors

Pam is the owner of “Cuvee Consulting LLC” a company designed to serve the needs of the hospitality and wine & spirits industry. Her mission is to help companies invest in their current talent within their organization through coaching and consulting in organizational development, leadership development, customized training, professional wine & spirits education, and certification programs.

Pam has over 30 years of wine & spirits distribution, cruise line, casino, country club, and restaurant operations experience. She has held various positions in sales, management, training & development, and human resources. Before opening her own company, Connors worked with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits as a Regional HR Business Partner Director specializing in learning and development, talent management, organizational development, and mentor coaching. For eight years before her HR role, she held the State Director of Training for the Glazer’s Diageo & Moet Hennessy division, leading all sales training programs and wine & spirits education, including the CSW, CSS, and FWS certification programs.

In addition she has also specialized as a wine & spirits heducator conducting professional certification courses and seminars for trade and consumer groups nationwide. She has earned certifications through professional organizations, including the Wine Scholar Guild, Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Bordeaux Wine School, “Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux,” Wine Academy of Spain, and Court of Master Sommeliers. She has served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Society of Wine Educators since 2017. In addition, she is an active member of the Society of Wine Educators, Wine Scholar Guild, Society for Human Resource Management, Association for Talent Development, and the Center for Executive Coaching.


  • Jeanie Hoepfel
    Jeanie Hoepfel Friday, 10 June 2022 14:20

    Is there a handout for webinar 4 on blogging careers?

  • Tom Zucconi
    Tom Zucconi Saturday, 14 May 2022 16:57

    Three sessions in and I have learned quite a bit. Thanks to Pamela for all the work she has put into this WSG offering!

  • Mike Dutch
    Mike Dutch Monday, 02 May 2022 18:26

    At the end of the second webinar Pam said she'd supply a list of certification recommendations. I'm not trying to promote my own website but I did write what I think is a useful overview of certifications that would be helpful to those watching this webinar:

  • Mary Kirk
    Mary Kirk Tuesday, 12 April 2022 08:28

    To view the webinar recordings you need to register for the series.

    Here is the link to register:

  • James Hindman
    James Hindman Monday, 11 April 2022 22:43

    how do you register for this series?

  • Rick Kan
    Rick Kan Monday, 11 April 2022 22:15

    I didn’t realise that I needed to register in order to view the recordings, is there still a way to view them even if I didn’t register for this series ?

  • Karrie Conboy
    Karrie Conboy Sunday, 10 April 2022 16:38

    How can I access the recording?

  • Kim Chadda
    Kim Chadda Saturday, 09 April 2022 15:19

    Hi Mary,
    Its 10:15am EST Saturday 9th April and I dont find the zoom link emailed yet to Pam Kindel's session starting very soon
    Where is the link to join?
    Kim Chadda

  • Danny
    Danny Wednesday, 30 March 2022 01:57

    Oh I am looking forward to this!

  • Mary Kirk
    Mary Kirk Monday, 21 March 2022 05:55

    Yes, these will be recorded and made available to members and non-members who have registered for the series.

  • Enrico Dow
    Enrico Dow Sunday, 20 March 2022 21:45

    Are these going to be recorded just like the other sessions?

  • Mary Kirk
    Mary Kirk Saturday, 19 March 2022 11:49

    Hi Margaret,

    Each webinar in this series is scheduled to last one hour.



  • Margaret Belsky Pumphrey
    Margaret Belsky Pumphrey Friday, 18 March 2022 20:43

    How long is each seminar? I saw a start time but no end time. This is for the Navigating a Career in Wine... series.

Navigating A Career in Wine and Spirits with Pam Kindel Connors: Engage Your Career Compass

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