411: How Julia Coney Pivoted Careers to Pioneer a New Era in the Food & Wine Industry

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411: How Julia Coney Pivoted Careers to Pioneer a New Era in the Food & Wine Industry

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This week in the guest chair we have Julia Coney, award winning wine writer, speaker, & consultant. Julia wears many hats, including being the Wine Consultant for American Airlines in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the Founder of Black Wine Professionals, a resource for the wine industry whose goal is to lift up the multifaceted Black professionals in the world of wine. 

In this episode she shares about:

  • Being multi-passionate: how exploring a range of interests, from starting at a law firm to writing a beauty blog, has elevated her career 
  • Paving the way for diversity: how starting honest conversations about racism, equity, and inclusion in the wine industry led to being the recipient of Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 Social Visionary Award Winner 
  • The power of putting yourself out there on social media: How she has created opportunities for herself like being the first Black woman to run a wine program for American Airlines

Highlights include: 

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 04:42 Original career path and intro to wine
  • 13:00 Navigating a switch in careers
  • 21:39 Transition from beauty blogging to wine writing
  • 27:06 Addressing racism in the wine industry
  • 29:40 Sustaining financially as a freelance writer
  • 35:00 Providing a niche wine service 
  • 41:30 Unlocking networking opportunities 
  • 45:07 Running a wine program for American Airlines 
  • 54:16 Tips for entrepreneurs 

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Nicaila Matthews-Okome

Hi! I’m Nicaila, the Creator and Host of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast. I started Side Hustle Pro when I was a side hustler myself. I was a digital marketer at NPR by day, side hustler by night. Through the powerful stories shared on this show and the courage to launch my own initiatives, I was able to quit my own job and go full time with Side Hustle Pro.

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