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Bold Service.

Causing A Stir empowers and uplifts marginalized members of the hospitality industry by equipping underrepresented individuals with educational tools, insight and access that create viable pathways for career advancement.

We invest in under-resourced communities, such as Chicago’s South Side, by providing equitable educational systems and industry-focused opportunities that support upward mobility and community revitalization.

Learn more about our programs here.


Recognizing a need for radical inclusion, equal representation and accessibility to educational opportunities within the bar community, the founders of the Chicago-based Causing A Stir organization talk about their vision to nurture better working environments in hospitality. Panelists: Alexis Brown (Causing a Stir; Chicago) and Ariel Neal (Causing a Stir; Chicago) Moderated by: Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi; New York) Presented by: Chandon Video by: Le JIT Productions


Our Team

Causing A Stir is a collaborative effort made possible by the hard work and dedication of many.


Causing A Stir Co-Founder/Director


Alexis brown // co-founder/Director

Alexis Brown hails from Chicago’s South Side and travels the globe creating memorable cocktail experiences for clients worldwide. With an eye for design and a background in events management, Brown is well-versed in experiential event planning and execution. “Life is to be lived, and I love helping people do just that, through imagination and creating memories that illuminate the wonder of life, says Brown.” As the co-founder of Causing A Stir, Alexis leads with her passion for the hospitality industry by educating individuals on beverage culture, history and technique while also shining a light on the underrepresented members of the hospitality industry.


Causing A Stir

Board Members

(Tentative Announcement June 1, 2019)


Our Partners

We are grateful for the support of our partner organizations. We commend each of them for recognizing the importance of inclusion and diversity in the hospitality industry.