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SPEAKER:  Dominique Love, founder of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her most recent role leading the IWSC Group North America.

A passion for community and giving back, led Love to a career in philanthropy, which included work as a fundraising consultant generating more than $70M for nonprofit organizations, leading corporate contributions and employee engagement for The Coca-Cola Company, and creating Corporate Community Outsourcing (CCO), a philanthropic consultancy that helped corporations and nonprofits maximize their community impact. CCO counted, among others, American Express Publishing, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, NASCAR, Newell Rubbermaid, and Time Warner as clients.

Through the creation of the Grow for Good campaign to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Love was inspired by the idea of people coming together for a weekend to eat, drink and learn.

Inspiration turned into action when Love and her business partner, Elizabeth Feichter, founded the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The Festival debuted in 2011 as the first culinary weekend in the nation dedicated to shining an international spotlight on the rich food and beverage traditions of the South from Texas to D.C.

In March 2015, UK-based IWSC Group, owner of the illustrious International Wine & Spirit Competition, entered into a joint-venture with the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and acquired the operations of Corporate Community Outsourcing to establish a base for the group in North America. Following the acquisition, Love assumed the role of CEO of the newly formed IWSC Group North America. Love exited from IWSC Group in at the end of July 2018 and is currently focused on the launching her next endeavor scheduled for late October.

Love’s accolades include being named one of the top 40 Under 40 rising leaders in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and a YWCA Women of Achievement for The Coca-Cola Company. Passionate about the food, arts, architecture and the environment, Love has been involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations including the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta History Center, Wholesome Wave Foundation and Concrete Jungle.


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