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Dream Big Darling Announces 2022 ‘FLOurish’ Program

PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- Dream Big Darling and The Millinger Group today announced, "FLOurish 2022," a personalized assessment program for emerging women leaders in the wine and spirits industry. Qualified individuals are now invited to apply for one of 17 FLOurish scholarships that provide full-ride access to this innovative coaching and mentorship experience.

The FLOurish program was launched last year and proved to be an immediate success. "We saw amazing results in our first year of this innovative program," said Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, founder of Dream Big Darling. "It was such a joy to see our scholarship participants come out of this experience with so much hope and momentum."

The FLOurish scholarships were created by Wittstrom-Higgins and Rona Millinger, founder and president of The Millinger Group. Millinger originally developed the FLOurish program in honor of her professional mentor, Florence Pramberger, a former human resources leader for Seagram's, Beam and Mast-Jägermeister-where she was known as the "FLOmeister."

"I believe that personalized coaching and development programs are one of the most effective ways to develop the leaders of tomorrow," Millinger said. "The FLOurish program not only accelerates professional success - it fosters personal growth in a way that's as personal and unique as each participant."

Scholarships Now Open:

A minimum of 17 full-ride scholarships to FLOurish 2022 are available, providing access to 10 virtual coaching and assessment sessions. The program kicks off on July 12 and concludes with graduation in February 2023.

Applications can be made here -

A full program outline can be viewed here (PDF) -

The value of each scholarship is $4,000.

Applications are open to women in the wine and spirits industry who are eager to learn, grow and make meaningful contributions to the industry. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2022.

The graduates of last year's inaugural FLOurish program speak to the profound impact of the experience.

"I learned so many things about myself as a professional and how to apply those attributes to better myself and my career," said Caitlin Burdick, one of last year's FLOurish graduates. "The tools and insights I learned and developed are extremely valuable and are things that I will carry with me for years to come."

Added Marlena Blitz, another graduate, "The FLOurish scholarship was an invaluable growth tool that will teach me for years to come. I was able to feel confident in my potential, refine my processes and identify areas to become a more formidable leader in the industry."

A Winning Team:

This year also marks the second year of Mast-Jägermeister US's six-year investment totaling $340,000 to support FLOurish, another mark of Florence Pramberger's enduring legacy. "Florence left us too early after a fight with cancer," Millinger said. "I want to continue giving what Florence no longer can: coaching, development and guidance for women looking to contribute and advance in their work and personal lives."

Added Wittstrom-Higgins, "I wish that I had access to a program like this when I began my career, which is why I'm so excited that Mast-Jägermeister stepped up in such a big way to help us mentor the next generation of leaders in our industry."

About Dream Big Darling:

Our mission is to engage, inspire and mentor the next generation of leaders in the wine and spirits industry. Visit

About The Millinger Group:

The Millinger Group is a full-service woman-owned human resources consulting firm. Visit

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St. Louis Firm Mentoring Complete, Associated Colleges of Illinois Partner, Offer Career Mentoring Program for College Seniors

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A St. Louis firm, Mentoring Complete (, has partnered with Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) (, a Chicago nonprofit, to offer a Career Mentoring Program to match Illinois college seniors with business mentors. The mentors help guide the seniors as they launch careers.

Funded in part through a National Venture Fund grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (, Washington, D.C., the new mentoring program will be available through career services offices at ACI's 27 member colleges and universities (

ACI provides scholarships and emergency financial aid to first-generation, low-income students attending private colleges and universities in Illinois, plus career services and peer mentoring for students. Mentoring Complete has considerable experience in successful business and corporate mentoring programs. Clients include Enterprise Holdings, New York Power Authority, OhioHealth and Reach International.

"The design of the program creates consistent interactions, so the mentor and mentee have opportunities to assess how things are progressing, and make adjustments along the way," said Aaron Adams, partner and mentoring expert with Mentoring Complete. The students and their career mentors can also discuss areas of development most important to the student, and the seniors develop a better understanding of how to translate what they have learned in the classroom into the workplace, he added. In some cases, mentors can help mentees find future career opportunities.

"The Career Mentoring Program helps get college seniors engaged at a high level with mentors in their chosen career fields, and helps them begin successful careers and be productive citizens," said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. Career mentoring complements other components of ACI's College-to-Career program offerings, he said. They include Work and Life Skills Boot Camps, and ACI's Career Development Conference and Career Expo, which help students prepare for careers; micro-internships through Parker Dewey, which help students get valuable work experience while in college; and ACI's job-postings page (, which announces positions available for alumni of ACI-affiliated schools.

For the fall term, career mentoring dates are Sept. 15, 2020 to Dec. 15, 2020. Spring program dates are Jan. 15, 2021 to April 30, 2021. ACI will work with career services teams at member colleges and universities to publicize the new program and recruit mentees, who will be placed with potential mentors as available.

ACI will also reach out to corporate sponsors and strategic partners to recruit experienced mentors. People interested in becoming mentors should apply though the career mentoring website ( Mentors will be paired with mentees for one semester based on availability.

About ACI:

Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) is a collaboration of 27 private, independent colleges and universities, representing more than 70,000 students. Established in 1952, ACI supports member colleges and universities by advancing independent liberal arts and sciences education and helping underserved students succeed in college, career and life. The organization raises funds for scholarships, peer mentoring and emergency financial aid, and it provides member services such as professional development conferences and college-to-career seminars and events. Visit ACI's website ( for more information.

Media Contact:
John R. Brooks, APR
Director of Communication
312-263-2391, ext. 3

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