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029: Frances Gonzalez On Being a Teen Mother, Resilience & Her Mission to Veganize The Wine Industry

In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Frances Gonzalez, the Founder and President of Vegan Wines, a vegan-friendly wine club, and Despacito Distributors, a plant-based wine distribution company.

Based between New York and Puerto Rico, Frances is an active member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, an organization that fosters a supportive environment for females in the alcoholic beverage industry.

She’s also the founder of VegFest Puerto Rico, a nonprofit established in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

In this interview Frances discusses:

• Growing up in the Bronx, New York, and how she became bilingual thanks to a kind teacher

• Running away from home, landing up in family court and group homes in her early teens

• How becoming pregnant at 16 and giving birth to twins changed her life – for the better

• Losing her home in New York 10 years ago after her property business failed and moving back to Puerto Rico to start again

• The devastating impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and how this inspired her to create Vegfest Puerto Rico

• Her mission with Vegan Wines

• The experience of women in the alcoholic beverage industry

• And more

Visit the Vegan Wines website

Learn more about Vegan Wines’ equity crowdfunder

Check out Vegfest Puerto Rico (Facebook page)

Find out about Women of the Vine & Spirits

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