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UPDATED: USBG Foundation's Social Responsibility Symposium

August 2-4, 2021 | 10AM 2PM PT

$25 per person/day

$50 for the entire three-day symposium


August 1 UPDATE:

We are all set to kick off the Inaugural Social Responsibility Symposium on Monday, August 2nd! There is still time to Register for the live sessions and for On-Demand if you re not able to attend the sessions the day of. Click the registration link above to sign up!

The graphic above will let you know who is speaking on each day from 10am -2pm PT and we look forward to seeing you there!

July 27 UPDATE:

We hope that you will join us!

Sessions will run 10:00am PT - 2:00pm PT each day.

Exhibit Hall will be open 9:30am PT - 2:30pm each day.

July 8, 2021 UPDATE:

Seminar List Released! Check it out here.

July 6, 2021 UPDATE:

The USBG Foundation is thrilled to welcome the following speakers into our community for the Social Responsibility Symposium:

Allan Kehler

Having persevered through his own mental health issues and substance use, Allan Kehler has learned valuable life lessons that have guided him on an incredible path of success with extensive professional experience working in the mental health field. He has instructed various mental health related courses at the college level, and spent years working as an addiction counselor and clinical case manager. Drawing from both professional and personal experiences, Allan confidently conveys how to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment that proactively addresses issues of mental wellness and offers a unique style to effectively speak to these very sensitive issues using humor, compassion, and authenticity. Allan is a best-selling author of four books, and currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here, he shares his life with his beautiful wife, four boys, four dogs, and a tank of fish.

Calista Phair Tucker

Calista (Phair) Tucker, known as the Talent Fairy Godmother, is the CEO & Founder of Calista Phair, LLC. Calista is a graduate from Bennett College one of the only two all women Historically Black Colleges in the world with Bachelor’s in Political Science and Global Studies. Her passion lies in the visibility for underrepresented talent and has been successful at increasing highly qualified minority candidates by over 70% for companies while increasing inclusiveness and retention by over 50%. Calista is an active member of the Pregnancy Collaborative apart the Pittsburgh Study providing women of color within Allegheny County better access to health and wellness with a mission to combat infant mortality. She lives in Pittsburgh with her lovely husband and 1-year-old son Dillon.

Keka DasGupta

TEDx and international professional speaker, Keka DasGupta has dedicated her entire working life – first as tenured, award-winning PR/marketing veteran and now as an entrepreneur – to studying the emotional undercurrents that connect people to people and people to brands. Today, as founder of the Art of Life-ing, Keka helps people DO life on their own terms, and she helps businesses and schools create happier and healthier cultures, through her transformative mental health strategies. She is the author of a soon-to-be-released book: Embraced: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Love Oneself.

Alberto Lorenzo & Melissa Emmal

Alberto is an Assistant Director, Trainer Development. Alberto has worked on violence prevention initiatives, alcohol and drug education and outreach as well as crises response on college campuses for many years. Alberto also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature with a concentration in Latino studies and literacy from Georgetown University. He is a proud immigrant from Cuba; he was born on the island and raised in the U.S.

Melissa is the Director of Training at Alteristic. She provides training and technical assistance in power-based personal violence prevention and contributes to curriculum development. A native Alaskan with 14+ years of experience working to prevent and intervene against interpersonal violence, she was previously the Deputy Director at Alaska’s largest provider of domestic violence intervention and prevention services, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis. From 2012 to 2015, Melissa took a leadership role in Alaska’s statewide implementation of the Green Dot initiative.

Jessica Rector

Jessica’s vision is simple: Transform Lives. Because her brother died, her mission is to help others truly live. As the top burnout and mind wellness expert, Jessica Rector, MBA is the authority on breaking through burnout and tackling your inner game and turning it into outer success and positive action! As a former TV talk show host and award winning #1 sales performer at a Fortune 100 company, Jessica uses her company’s research to help organizations, leaders, and teams to fire up their thinking and extinguish burnout. When she’s not traveling around the world for work, Jessica spends her time learning about the exciting world of Transformers, so she can carry on real conversations with her eight-year-old son, Blaise, who is a #1 best-seller author and the youngest published author in the United States.

June 29, 2021 UPDATE:

The USBG Foundation is thrilled to welcome the following speakers into our community for the Social Responsibility Symposium:

Alison Anne

Alison is the founder of Alison Anne Coaching and Restaurant Revolution, where she works as an Ontological Leadership Coach and Restaurant Consultant. She came to coaching through her 18 years of experience working FOH in restaurants. Basically, she thinks that by working smarter and treating each other more compassionately, we can actually work less and still have thriving businesses. Alison is a member in good standing with the International Coaching Federation and a Program Coach & Trainer for the Accomplishment Coaching Coach Training Program. She lives in Rockville, MD with her husband, Paul, and her dog, Nano, who regularly reminds her what it’s like to choose to relate to a creature as his best self.

Colby Jones

Colby Jones is a native of Washington, PA and Board-Certified Executive Leadership Coach/Owner of Live2Lead Professional Coaching, LLC. Colby also currently serves as a Behavioral Health Community Based/Outpatient Director for Allegheny and Beaver Counties at a local non-profit, human services organization. She is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2007 and became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, she obtained her Master of Health Administration in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Health Administration with expected graduation in 2023. Colby’s passion for women empowerment, diversity, equity, & inclusion, leadership development, and career advancement for women has led her to invest time and resources into developing training, coaching, and mentorship initiatives to support those who are dedicated to making a positive change.

Elaine Pasqua

A 6’5″ 250-pound man once looked at Elaine Pasqua standing at 5’3″ and said: “You are the biggest little thing I’ve ever seen!” For 25 years this funny, passionate, and energetic woman has been traversing the country, helping her clients obtain peak performance through positive relationships and choices. She has worked with countless businesses and associations, 31 professional sports teams across the NFL, NBA, and MLB, hundreds of college campuses, our military leaders, and high schools and parent groups. Elaine has been featured in USA Today, NY 1 News, Time Warner TV, NPR, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports, and Knight Ridder News Service. She is an author, columnist, and producer and director of public service videos. Her passion lies in transforming people to create stronger, more innovative teams. When Elaine is not traveling for fun, or singing with friends, you can find her home in her gardens with plenty of dirt under her fingernails!

Lindsay Lapaquette

As a former Speech-Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work. As a recently diagnosed Neurodivergent individual and mom to two neurodivergent children, she has spent much of her career advocating for social justice and challenging her own internalized beliefs and biases that contribute to ongoing social inequities in the world. With a thirst to learn that can never quite seem to be quenched, Lindsay brings extensive experience in emotional regulation, cultural proficiency, trauma- informed de-escalation, collaborative problem-solving, mindfulness and nonviolent communication to her work today, to help others foster a deeper connection to both themselves and others.

More speakers to be added soon!


June 15, 2021 UPDATE:

The USBG Foundation is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the Inaugural Social Responsibility Symposium presented by the USBG Foundation. You have from now until the first day of the symposium to register to attend.

Our speakers will be bringing to you dynamic, educational, and engaging seminars and workshops on topics including interpersonal violence & intervention, generosity, stress recognition & management, breaking down groupthink, and interpersonal relationships.

The USBG Foundation is working with our speakers so that they are prepared to deliver focused, relevant, and tailored information to our attendees. An agenda will be posted as speakers are confirmed, you will be able to find the agenda on this page as it is updated.


June 1, 2021:

The USBG Foundation recognizes the interest in, and need for, a dedicated symposium to address diversity and inclusion, interpersonal violence, stress recognition and management, and many other personal development related topics that may be applicable to people who work in the hospitality industry. Along with education sessions, this symposium will provide interactive workshop sessions, and local community organization resources. The symposium will be presented in a safe and engaging online environment that participants can plan to attend no matter what the public health situation brings in August of 2021. Our goal is to bring together topic experts and participants from all parts of the hospitality industry for three days of learning, engagement, and knowledge building.

The United States Bartenders’ Guild focuses on professional growth during their conferences, and now the USBG Foundation is bringing people together to focus on personal and team growth opportunities during this symposium. Topics to be presented include stress recognition & management, intervention, breaking down groupthink, interpersonal violence, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships, and generosity.

Following the guidance of the United States Bartenders’ Guild’s Belonging, Representation, Inclusion, Diversity, Generosity, and Encouragement (BRIDGE) initiative, the USBG Foundation is committed to including presenters from diverse social and other identities, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color), experts, speakers, and trainers.

We will be welcoming participants to our new online conference platform. If you are registered, you will have the opportunity to mingle in the conference hall with other participants, engage with speakers during live Q&A sessions, as well as visit virtual sponsor lounges. We are thrilled to be able to enhance and upgrade your symposium experience with this new platform. We look forward to you joining us August 2-4, 2021.

More information can be found here. Regular programming updates will be available on this blog as well as on social media @usbgncf.

For questions regarding program sponsorship, please reach out to Sheila Rosario at For questions about registration please contact Tiffany Soles at, and for anything else program related, please reach out to Genevieve Porter at


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