FLOurish scholarships for emerging women leaders in the wine and spirits industry. LEARN MORE >

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for June 2021 FLOurish scholarships are now closed.
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rona millinger flourish scholarshipThe Millinger Group & Dream Big Darling have partnered to provide a collaborative scholarship opportunity for emerging women leaders in the wine and spirits industry.

A total of five “FLOurish Scholarships” will be awarded, with each recipient gaining full-ride access to FLOurish, a new professional development program that includes personalized coaching and personality assessments by Rona Millinger, founder and president of The Millinger Group.

“I wish I had access to a program like this when I started my career, which is why I’m so excited that we can provide FLOurish to the next generation of leaders in our industry,” said Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, founder of Dream Big Darling, noting that the value of each scholarship is $3,000. “It’s a really powerful program that will help our scholarship recipients identify their strengths and accelerate their professional success.”

Dream Big Darling is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the success of women in the wine and spirits industry through mentorship, education, life enhancement and professional retreats. The Millinger Group is a leading human resources consultancy providing personal, high-touch services to companies in the private and public sectors.

Both organizations share a mutual passion for paying it forward and providing up-and-coming women with a hand up in their careers—all of which ultimately resulted in this collaborative scholarship initiative.

Applications Currently Closed

Dream Big Darling logoThe deadline for applications is June 11, 2021. The program launches on June 30. The application process is open to any woman seeking to better her professional leadership skills in the wine and spirits industry.

* In order to be considered you MUST complete ALL aspects of the application process, including the 60 second video. All applicants must be willing to participate in the FULL program which consists of 6 meetings over the next 6 months.

6/30: Kick off with FLOurish Group

7/1 – 7/16: Take Caliper assessment on own time

7/27: 1:1 Caliper debrief session with Rona

8/11: 1:1 Turn your insights into action session with Rona

9/14: 1:1 Coaching session with Rona

10/12: 1:1 Coaching session with Rona

11/9: 1:1 Coaching session with Rona

12/7: 1:1 Coaching session with Rona

12/14: Closing session with FLOurish Group

Rona Millinger developed the FLOurish program in honor of her professional mentor, Florence Pramberger, a former human resources leader for Seagram’s, Beam and Mast-Jägermeister—where she was known as the “FLOmeister.”

“Florence left us too early after a fight with cancer,” Millinger said. “I want to continue to give what she can no longer: mentorship, coaching, development and guidance to women who are looking to grow, contribute, progress, and advance in work and life.”

In the spirit, the FLOurish program begins with a comprehensive Caliper Assessment, the most accurate and predictive personality assessment on the market. Next comes a debrief of assessment results and a review of focus items, followed by four “Insights into Actions” coaching sessions. Finally, it concludes with peer insights and mentoring by way of group cohort sessions.

Along the way, Millinger will work closely with each scholarship recipient and coach them through every step of the FLOurish program. Along the way, she will discern what comes naturally to each woman and highlight where their focus should be in matters pertaining to communication; interpersonal dynamics; problem solving and decision making; organization and time management; and handling adversity.

“I am thrilled to provide this opportunity to women early in their career—it’s the perfect time,” Millinger said, noting that this type of opportunity is typically reserved for those who are further along in their careers. “They will emerge more self-aware, more confident and ready to make an impact on the industry and the organizations they work with. This is a huge step forward in supporting our future leaders and helping them flourish in the industry we love.”

Rona and Amanda Discuss the Scholarship!

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