Lifting one another up,
that’s what FAB is all about.
Since FAB began in 2017, our mission to connect, empower, and champion women in the hospitality industry remains true. Each year, 400+ women from across the country gather to share ideas and experiences, learn from one another, and leave with a new set of tools and a renewed sense of purpose to grow in their chosen career path.
FAB is a business workshop and will always offer opportunities to learn in areas of HR, Finance, Leadership, and more. That said, the bulk of the programming and session structure each year is reflective of feedback from the previous year’s attendees and speakers, as well as overarching industry themes or hot button issues that arise. We build FAB for you and encourage you to come with an open heart and mind, soak up the conversations, and take away what is valuable for your personal growth.
Native New Yorker and Charleston resident Randi Weinstein has worked in and around the hospitality industry her whole life. As past Director of Events for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival for seven years she helped elevate Charleston’s growing food and beverage scene. Randi founded her next gig, Bad Bitches, with two food and beverage pros with a mission to showcase women's rise, decade by decade, from the home kitchen to the hospitality industry. Through seven themed dining events, Bad Bitches raised more than $55,000 in scholarship money to help women in the hospitality industry advance in their chosen careers. That success deepened Randi’s passion for educating and empowering women in hospitality – and forged the path for the creation of FAB, which kicked oﬀ in June 2017. FAB is entering into year 8 and keeps pushing the ball forward in efforts to keep women educated, connected, inspired and even more empowered than ever.
Ashley is a natural at making connections and acting as a bridge between creative individuals. She’s most comfortable when she’s networking – one of many reasons she loves working with FAB. Much of Ashley's career has focused on marketing hospitality brands. After five years as a photographer for Down South Publishers on Hilton Head Island, Ashley moved to Charleston where she spent 10 years handling marketing and PR for luxury hotel and restaurant brands. Ashley has a passion for the stories behind food culture and loves the energy of a restaurant operation. In 2018, Ashley took the leap and opened her own firm, Haystack Media Co, a boutique creative content and public relations firm focusing on food and beverage and hospitality.
Jenny loves a good story and a good meal. There's nowhere she'd rather be than around a table with friends, or in Paris, Paris is good. Jenny has worked in advertising and marketing for more than 20 years. She got her start in NYC and has been working and eating her way through Charleston for the past 12 years. Her Sicilian family instilled in her a love of good food and what it means to gather around a table. Over the years, Jenny has helped many Charleston restaurants tell their story. She was the co-founder of Beer Social Club, an all-female beer education club (which sadly disbanded due to the pandemic in 2020). Jenny has served on past volunteer committees for Charleston Wine + Food and Spoleto Festival. She was the Director of Marketing at Obviouslee, a marketing and design agency in Charleston, before joining FAB. Jenny can’t wait to meet everyone in person at the workshop in June!
Jodi has worked in food and food education for 25 years with a career spanning from restaurants to teaching kitchens, food writing, and the kitchens of the Food Network. As the founder of San Francisco Cooking School, she played a pivotal role in establishing it as the west coast’s premier culinary education center from 2012 to 2022.
Jodi has written four cookbooks and developed recipes for Bon Appetit, Edible Magazine, Vogue, and more. Prior to her career in food, Jodi worked in tech recruiting and marketing. Her true love is connecting people in the culinary and hospitality world to help push careers forward.
Charleston, SC 29403
Charleston, SC 29403
Charleston, SC 29403