Related Reading: Gender Diversity in Coffee

Curated by Melissa Pugash and Margaret Swallow


Photo: IWCA

Join experts Jane Marvin, Senior Vice President, People and Culture at Peet’s Coffee and Tea; and Henriette Kolb, Head Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation for an in-depth in the break-out session titled, “The Business Case for Gender Diversity in the Coffee Sector – Actionable Steps Your Business Can Implement Now” at the NCA 2016 Annual Convention in San Diego, on Friday, March 18, 3 p.m. PDT.

Bring your questions and get the answers you need to foster diversity and inclusion in your company’s workforce. You’ll come away with tips for building the right team, with the right talent for your company’s needs, now and in the future.

For those interested in learning more, here is a curated list of resources on a variety of diversity related topics:

Diversity & Millennials

The Radical Transformation of Diversity and Inclusion The Millennial Influence
Christie Smith, Managing Principal, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, Deloitte LLP Stephanie Turner, PhD, Deloitte Consulting LLP, 2015

The Weakening Definition of Diversity
Gillian White, The Atlantic, May 13, 2015

Gender Equality & Opportunities in the Coffee Sector

The Role of Women in the Coffee Industry
Robério Oliveira Silva, Executive Director of the ICO, at the  International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Convention, Bogotá, Colombia
, Oct. 15, 2015

The Power of Parity – The Importance of Women in the Coffee Sector
Melissa Pugash and Margaret Swallow, The First Pull, January 2016

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA): A nonprofit organization founded in 2003, dedicated to empowering women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize women in all aspects of the coffee industry.

Gender & Leadership

What Will it Take to Achieve Gender Equity in Leadership?
James Haskett, Working Knowledge Harvard Business School, December 2, 2015

Gender Inclusion & Profitability

Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey
Marcus Noland, Tyler Moran, and Barbara Kotschwar – February 2016

Books on Gender-Related Issues

Talking from 9 to 5 – Men and Women at Work
Deborah Tannen, Harper Collins, 1995

Half the Sky – Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, 2010


Two-time SCAA Award winner, Melissa Pugash is a marketing communications and strategic planning consultant with 28 years experience in the global coffee sector. She is a co-founder of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and serves on the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Advisory Board. Melissa holds a BA from Tufts University and prefers filter drip coffee, served black.

Margaret Swallow is a marketing, high-performing teamwork, and personal leadership consultant. She has +30 years experience working in both the private and public sectors. She is a co-founder of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. Margaret has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland. She starts every day including Sundays with at least three cups of strong coffee.

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