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Who We Are

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. 

When we got discouraged by the lack of diversity we saw in the industry we turned our frustration into action and created Causing a Stir. Created in 2016, Causing a Stir provides access to educational opportunities, fosters a sense of community among its members and their advocates, and provides access to professional development and career advancement opportunities.

In the 2½ years since its creation, CAS have received a grant from Tales of the Cocktail, earned a place on Imbibe magazine’s list of 75 people, places and flavors that will shape the way we drink in 2018, and have attracted more than 3,000 members.


Since creating CAS 21 months ago, we've participated in over 30 events across 3 continents, 7 countries, and 18 cities. We've partnered with nearly 50 spirit brands, one- third of which reside within the global top 15 largest alcoholic beverages companies. And we've gained over 2,500 members in 50 different cities.