The Mosaic State Brewers Collective inspires and empowers underrepresented people to build careers in the beer industry. Go Far, Go Together.
In order to develop future leaders in the brewing industry reflective of the nation’s diversity, MSBC has developed a mentorship program with 3 levels of educational programs:
Do I have a place in this industry?
This level focuses on networking and general communication with industry leaders and veterans. The goal is to create an inviting space where candidates can simply ask questions about the industry, and explore possible career paths if they are looking for direction. Mentors and mentees will interact in 1-3 sessions of about 1 hour each. See below for information about potential mentors.
Level 1 participation is on a rolling basis. You can begin anytime it suits you.
Where is my place in this industry?
Participants in this level will focus each week on a different sector of the beer / brewing industry under the guidance of a mentor. Mentors are selected from each sector of the beer community and adjacent retail and manufacturing business based on their expertise and their passion for improving representation within the industry. There will be a combination of study, discussion, and hands on experience to help fellows develop an understanding and appreciation for the various roles in the industry.
Hands on experience will include a small batch collaboration brew that follows a beer through its entire lifecycle – from ideation and recipe design to brewing, cellaring, packaging, marketing and sales. Fellows will spend 10-20 hours per week with each mentor, including a job shadowing day. Participation is limited to 4 people.
The next cohort of Level 2 will begin in September 2024.
How can I become a leader in this industry?
Participants will focus on business planning and management skills for those looking to take the next step in their own career or business development. We have partnered with the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to offer access to a consulting program and management course. The six-week consulting program begins in January with a student group that could help mentees build a business plan, launch a new product line, develop a marketing plan, conduct market research, pricing strategy, or improve operating efficiencies. The six-week management course begins in March and will help participants learn proven business fundamentals in the areas of leadership, corporate social responsibility, finance, and marketing. Participation is limited to 10 people.
The next cohort of Level 3 will begin in January 2024.