Kindred spirits raise bar for women
Ladies of Libations Association (LOLA) supports women in the industry, whether they’re just starting as a hostess or have a career that already spans decades.
Megan Briseño-Morgan, president of LOLA, Tulsa-area fine wine specialist at Republic National Distributing Co.; Johnna Hayes, vice president of LOLA, general manager at Tallgrass Tulsa and Bramble Breakfast and Bar; Kristen Roelofsen, vice president of LOLA, wine and spirits sales representative at Republic National Distributing Co.; Shanna Postoak, secretary LOLA, bar manager at Tallgrass Tulsa
As new restaurants and swanky cocktail joints pop up all over Tulsa, positions like servers, bartenders and management are added. A group of female leaders in the food and beverage industry formed the Ladies of Libations Association (LOLA) in April to lend support to women in the industry, whether they’re just starting as a hostess or have a career that already spans decades.
Megan Briseño-Morgan, fine wine specialist in Tulsa for Republic National Distributing Co., is president of LOLA and has encountered challenges unique to women in her 22 years in the business. “Even though our common language is the beverage business, women seem to have a harder time marketing and promoting themselves,” Briseño-Morgan says. “Our group is more about changing our own internal dialogue and lets us explore how we can better support each other.”
The group will meet quarterly and provide networking opportunities, but it also plans to connect young women with mentors in their areas of interest. Briseño-Morgan hopes the group will also give women the confidence they need to succeed.
“Many times, I feel like women hold back because we are fearful of not being good enough, deserving enough,” she says. “We want you to know how to ask for that raise or promotion with confidence, without questioning yourself.”