Meet the Panelists

Blanca QuinteroAssistant Manager at Highland Park Brewery
Blanca Quintero has been in the beer industry since 2012, when her love of beer led to a beertender job at Stone Brewing. She is currently the Assistant General Manager at Highland Park Brewery. A Certified Cicerone and avid beer nerd, she is also extremely passionate about supporting women in the beer industry.  In 2018, she restarted and led the Pink Boots Society LA chapter and was recently elected to the National Board of Directors.
Alex NowellHead Brewer at Three Weavers Brewing Company

Alexandra Nowell is a Brewmaster and Director of Brewery Operations at Three Weavers in Inglewood, California. Alexandra’s love of beer and inspiration for brewing is found in the roots of the recipe, where she strikes a balance between science, art, and intention. She is a self-professed born and raised California brewer, and is known for creating balanced beers with bright and harmonious flavors and aromas. Over the course of her career, Alexandra has taken a special interest in the raw ingredient supply chain, with a focus on the crucial relationships linking brewers, growers, brokers, and all facets in between.

 

Franny MichelleExecutive Director at L.A. County Brewer’s Guild & L.A. Beer Week

Frances Michelle Cannon (aka Franny) is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild. She is also an Associate Editor at The Full Pint, where she first broke into the beer industry nearly a decade ago. Franny has taken the Guild from primarily an event & marketing vehicle to a small business advocacy group to address the needs of craft brewers navigating the challenges of the pandemic. She likes coffee and video games.

 

Ting TsuCo-Owner of Eagle Rock Brewery & Women’s Beer Forum

Ting co-founded Eagle Rock Brewery in northeast L.A. in 2009, along with her husband Jeremy and father-in-law Steve. Ting is a graduate of Emory University with a B.S. in biology and holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from USC. She practiced pediatric physical therapy for 10 years before fully investing her time managing operations for Eagle Rock Brewery. In 2011, Ting set out with a mission to create more space for women in beer culture, both professionally and as consumers, starting with the Women’s Beer Forum! Currently, the forum creates space for those underrepresented in the beer community to gather, enjoy, and learn about beer. More importantly, though, the forum has cultivated a welcoming community of humans who once were on the outside and now are in the very center of it.

Corissa HernandezCo-Owner of Xelas & Nativo
Corissa Hernandez is the co-founder and co-owner of Legacy Full Circle Financial & Insurance Services, The Empire Tavern, House of Xelas, and Nativo in Highland Park. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Corissa began her career as a teacher after attending Cal Poly and UCLA. Working in a public school during the recession inspired Corissa to launch her first mission-driven company. In 2007, Corissa and partners opened Legacy, to educate low to middle-income families on financial literacy. Inspired to fill gaps for her community, she opened three craft beer businesses over the next four years, establishing herself as one of the few females in a predominantly male industry. Her bars have been prominently featured in print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, ABC VistaLA, LA Magazine, EaterLA, and UCLA Magazine.