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Sunday, March 26
 

2:00pm PDT

Registration
Reminder! Bring your registration confirmation and I.D. when picking up your badge.



Sunday March 26, 2023 2:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

4:00pm PDT

Meet & Greet - Open to All!
We started the Sunday night Meet & Greet as a way for everyone to say hello and catch up after a year apart. It seems to keep getting larger and more fun each year. In 2023 we are adding a new tea competition centered around our tea culture which will allow you to win some great prizes. More details to follow shortly.
We will ensure that any speakers arriving early will drop by to say hello and that any of the Questex crew or the World Tea Expo Prep crew join us for fun! We will be there to answer any questions and chat about the conference or show floor.

Everyone is welcome so drop by and say Hello!

Speakers
avatar for FaithAnn Bailes

FaithAnn Bailes

Content & Conference Mgr., Questex/World Tea Expo
FaithAnn Bailes is the Co-Founder of Take Me 2 Tea in 2003 and later rebranded as World Tea Expo.  Her current role is Content and Conference Mgr. for World Tea Expo & Questex.She has been involved in the tea industry for over 20 years.
avatar for Jeni Dodd

Jeni Dodd

Owner, Jeni Dodd Tea
Born and raised in America’s heartland, Jeni Dodd has journeyed far afield from the plains of Kansas to remote tea-growing regions throughout the world in search of the perfect cup of tea.  She has visited all of the major, as well as many of the up-and-coming, tea-producing countries... Read More →



Sunday March 26, 2023 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room S224/ S225
 
Monday, March 27
 

7:00am PDT

Registration
Reminder! Bring your registration confirmation and I.D. when picking up your badge.



Monday March 27, 2023 7:00am - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

7:30am PDT

Tea Business Incubator

Please be aware that no one will be admitted 10 minutes after each session starts.  If you are late you will have to wait until the next session starts.  It is just too disruptive otherwise. 

Tea Business Incubator, formally Tea Business Boot Camp, has launched so tea businesses that it makes me proud to be part of the ongoing effort to support all the startups relating to tea. Once someone attends a day of presentations by talented speakers who truly want them to succeed, they seem to become stronger and even more determined to push forward and turn their dream into a reality.
The schedule this year is as follows:
7:30 am to 5:00 pm --- Tea Incubator Business (Guru Pass)
7:30 am to 8:00 am – Getting settled and having a cup of tea and muffin. Emcee Sherolyn Sellers
8:00 am to 9:00 am - Stacie Robertson (Bringing Your Passion to Fruition)
Being your authentic self in your expression of tea makes all the hard things you have to do worth it.
9:15 am to 10:15 am – Jeni Dodd- Objection! Hear Say-- Prevent potential legal pitfalls with your tea business and protect yourself from avoidable fines and penalties.
10:30 am to 11:30 am – Brooklynn Krul – (Using Social Media to Grow a Successful Business.)
There are so many ways to reach your future customers, so let’s narrow it down! Social media in this day and age demands a lot from brands, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We are going to look at what makes a tea-based brand “worth a follow”, and how you can eliminate barriers to entry and start posting! Plus, this session will give you tips on creating content calendars, staying on top of trends, and which type of social media to use for your business.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm - Lunch Break (There will be coupons given out for the food court downstairs )
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Cody Wade - (Banking on Tea: Establishing a relationship with your banker, everything you need to know to get started.)
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm – Kevin Gascoyne - (The Realities of Buying Tea-Sourcing your product is the core of your business. Kevin discusses the romance and realities of buying tea.)
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm – Sherolyn Sellers (Disruptive Thinking Exercises)
The goal here is to present participants with a task (such as designing a new product or marketing strategy for your company), and then hit them with various disruptions (Covid-19 surges, labor shortages, etc.). Ask attendees to rethink their strategic approach on the fly and push them to be more flexible in their thinking.
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Wrap-Up with all 6 Speakers present to answer questions as a panel


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Gascoyne

Kevin Gascoyne

Co-Owner, Camellia-sinensis
Kevin first bought tea in Asia in 1989 and has since spent every Spring there as for almost 25 years. Aside from his obsessive quest for Darjeeling’s finest leaf, his interest in the teas of Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the African continent have added these regions to his repertoire.Born... Read More →
avatar for Jeni Dodd

Jeni Dodd

Owner, Jeni Dodd Tea
Born and raised in America’s heartland, Jeni Dodd has journeyed far afield from the plains of Kansas to remote tea-growing regions throughout the world in search of the perfect cup of tea.  She has visited all of the major, as well as many of the up-and-coming, tea-producing countries... Read More →
avatar for Brooklynn Krul

Brooklynn Krul

Marketing and Operations Director, Cornelia Bean
Brooklynn Krul was only eight years old when her parents started Cornelia Bean, a tea and coffee retail business in Winnipeg, Canada, which focuses on quality, sustainability, and wellness. She spent the next fourteen years lending a hand in the business and developing a rich love... Read More →
avatar for Sherolyn Sellers

Sherolyn Sellers

Founder/Owner, Urban Tea Party
Since 2006, Sherolyn Sellers has served as the TEO of the Urban Tea Party located in Atlanta, GA.  Her mission as TEO is to normalize the daily tea experience, especially for black women.  The Urban Tea Party is the essence of Sisterhood, Spirituality, and Soul.  In today's session... Read More →
avatar for Stacie Robertson

Stacie Robertson

Owner, Tea Market
Stacie RobertsonTea Market Founder and Owner * STI Certified Tea SpecialistCertified Holistic Health Coach * Wellness Lifestyle EducatorTeacher, Speaker, Master Blender
avatar for Cody Wade

Cody Wade

Blogger & Banker, The Oolong Drunk
Cody Wade has been involved in tea as an influencer and writer for 7+ years. He writes on his blog TheOolongDrunk.com, and is also a regular contributor for World Tea News. Cody has even shifted into making tea accessible by making it entertaining, by hosting a LIVE tea-talk show... Read More →



Monday March 27, 2023 7:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Room S219

1:30pm PDT

RiRa Tea Experience with Henrietta Lovell and Chef Richard Hart
Fall in Love with Tea at the RiRa Irish Pub at the Mandalay Place. Henrietta Lovell, the Rare Tea Lady, and Chef Richard Hart will delight you with fine teas and food pairings. Together they will turn this unique tea experience into an afternoon to remember. Henrietta is highly regarded in the fine dining community and her passion for tea is contiguous. Chef & Baker Richard Hart will also host and be there to answer questions.
Round Trip Transportation will be included in the ticket price from the convention center to the RiRa.

Speakers
avatar for Henrietta Lovell

Henrietta Lovell

Owner, Rare Tea Company
Henrietta Lovell is known around the world as the Rare Tea Lady. She is the founder and master blender of the award-winning, global brand, Rare Tea Company. Since 2000 Henrietta has been traveling the world, working directly with small independent tea gardens, from the Shire Highlands... Read More →
avatar for Richard Hart

Richard Hart

Baker
Richard started his career as a chef, working through the ranks of fine dining kitchens in London. He moved to California to work with Jeremy Fox. In San Francisco, he fell deeply in love with sourdough bread and has since dedicated his life to baking the elusive perfect loaf (something... Read More →



Monday March 27, 2023 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Mandalay Place

5:30pm PDT

Opening Night Reception - Open to All!
Come celebrate the 21st year of the World Tea Expo, the most influential gathering for the tea industry! Don’t forget, the fun and networking doesn’t stop when the Show Floor and Conferences end, join us on Monday, March 27th for our Opening Night Reception!  
 
This year’s Reception is included with your badge and also features: 
  • Attendance by our World Tea Advisory Board, Conference Speakers, and Exhibitors
  • Announcement of our Best of Award Winners!  
  • Charity Fundraiser hosted by Shabnam Weber of the Tea & Herbal Association of Canada
  • Drinks for all to enjoy and NEW THIS YEAR: Your World Tea Expo badge not only gets you into the World Tea Reception, PLUS the Bar & Restaurant Kick-Off Party! Join 2,000+ colleagues and influencers while enjoying complimentary beverages from sponsors + live entertainment as we kick off the event in style!


Monday March 27, 2023 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Empire by Zouk at Resorts World
 
Tuesday, March 28
 

7:30am PDT

Registration
Reminder! Bring your registration confirmation and I.D. when picking up your badge.



Tuesday March 28, 2023 7:30am - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

8:00am PDT

A Future Where Everyone Wins-Translating a Living Wage into Reality
“Representing different points in the supply chain, industry experts will discuss contributing factors which suppress tea workers’ wages and  potential solutions to ensure a living wage in tea production.”
Panelists will cover:
What is a living wage
Overproduction within the global tea industry
Supply chain structure - “it’s not the middleman”
Specialty v Commodity - differences and similarities
General issues facing agriculture around the world

This will be a lively debate and well worth your time.

Speakers
avatar for Will Battle

Will Battle

Owner, Fine Tea Merchants
Fine tea & botanical import, export, and wholesale. Tea consultancy. Author of "The World Tea Encyclopaedia"​ which was awarded "Best in the World" (Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2018). The second edition published Nov 2020.
avatar for Jeni Dodd

Jeni Dodd

Owner, Jeni Dodd Tea
Born and raised in America’s heartland, Jeni Dodd has journeyed far afield from the plains of Kansas to remote tea-growing regions throughout the world in search of the perfect cup of tea.  She has visited all of the major, as well as many of the up-and-coming, tea-producing countries... Read More →
avatar for Jem McDowall

Jem McDowall

Vice President, Universal Commodities (Tea) Trading, Inc.
Jem McDowall is Vice-President at Universal Commodities, New York. Jem started his career in 1984 joining Lipton in London. After six years in Sri Lanka and Malawi as a buyer-exporter, he moved to a development role for markets as diverse as Morocco and Uzbekistan, finally managing... Read More →
avatar for Henrietta Lovell

Henrietta Lovell

Owner, Rare Tea Company
Henrietta Lovell is known around the world as the Rare Tea Lady. She is the founder and master blender of the award-winning, global brand, Rare Tea Company. Since 2000 Henrietta has been traveling the world, working directly with small independent tea gardens, from the Shire Highlands... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Room S220

8:00am PDT

Boba Bootcamp
Join Thomas Liu and Stacey Kwong, the founders of Loose Leaf Boba Company and MILK+T in an immersive boot camp experience, detailing the ins and outs of the boba industry and its cultural significance.
Whether you've never heard of boba or you're someone interested in opening their very own shop, Thomas and Stacey will walk you through their story of beating the odds, surviving a pandemic, and coming out on top. From menu development to building a healthy team and workplace, they will walk you through how they opened up their combined 12 nationwide stores and counting.

The boba industry was considered a fad when it first debuted in the US in the 1990s. 30 years later, they're here to tell you that it's not and that this $4B industry is here to stay. So join us for Boba Bootcamp at the World Tea Conference and let's get #bobawasted!

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Kwong

Stacey Kwong

Co-Owner, MILK+T
Stacey Kwong was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, to immigrant Chinese parents. From reselling phones in high school, to starting a failed clothing line in college, it was as if she was wired to start her own business.She and her business partner found success through boba... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Liu

Thomas Liu

Co-Owner, Loose Leaf Boba
Thomas Liu is the founder of Loose Leaf Boba Company. He started selling boba in a Swap Meet with his Co-Founder/Wife in 2012 after high school. While attending college full time, in 2014, he opened his first brick-and-mortar boba shop in West Covina, CA called BYOB Boba Company... Read More →



Tuesday March 28, 2023 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
S224

8:00am PDT

The 10 Most Important Blending Herbs that you Need to Stock and How to Use Them
There are hundreds of different herbs and botanicals on the marketplace today and thousands of different ways to combine them. Which ones should you buy and where should you start? What if you only need to carry 10 herbs and we provide you with the tips and tricks to create up to 30 different products? Sharyn will teach you how to create effective innovative herbal blends to support your tea range which use simple herbs which are easy for you to source. This class will also teach you to how to source your support ingredients from your local wholefoods or grocery, so you don’t have to spend big to start your business.

Speakers
avatar for Sharyn Johnston

Sharyn Johnston

Owner, Australian Tea Masters
Sharyn has a long corporate career and has worked in over 20 different countries. She founded Australian Tea Masters in 2011 with a primary focus on education and consultancy and later launched Australian Tea Masters Wholesale and Blending in 2017. Australian Tea Masters expanded... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Room S226/ S227

8:00am PDT

Thriving for 200 years. A Success Story that Started in 1823 to Present
Jan will cover online business, retail business, and food service. He will include a how-to guide to being successful as a tea company in different markets, channels, and communities. He will show you how to reinvent yourself as a company and how to survive two world wars, covid, and supply challenges. 

Speakers
avatar for Jan-Berend Holzapfel

Jan-Berend Holzapfel

Inhaber / Proprietor, Teehaus Ronnefeldt
Jan-Berend Holzapfel is the General Manager and owner of the J. T. Ronnefeldt KG. In this function, he concentrates on both the company’s overall direction and the development of its international business. He oversees the strategic development of new products and service concepts... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Room S221

8:00am PDT

Tea Incubator Skills Breakout
Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get into the skills of running a tea business.  Chris MacNitt will share his wealth of knowledge on Sensory/Cupping & Blending.  If you want to have fun and experience some great hands-on education be sure to join Chris for the first time ever Incubator Skills Session.
8:00 am to 12:00 pm Tea Incubator Skills Breakout
8:00 am to 9:30 amSensory Evaluation
9:45 am to 10:15 am Cupping
10:30 am to 12:00 Noon Blending

Speakers
avatar for Chris MacNitt

Chris MacNitt

Tea Development Lead, Starbucks
Chris Johnston/MacnittChris Johnston started his tea journey at eight years old and grew up in his family’s tea business. Steeped in passion, he joined Teas Etc. at nineteen to develop their tea blends and manage their raw material quality. While working for Teas Etc. In 2016, he... Read More →



Tuesday March 28, 2023 8:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S219

9:45am PDT

50 Practical Tips, Hacks, Strategies and Ideas to Inspire You
50 practical tips, hacks, strategies, and ideas to inspire you with ways to grow your business, and take it to the next level.  The fusion of brick-and-mortar and online retail presents challenges and opportunities you can leverage to turn traction into momentum for consistent growth.  Get marketing tips, ideas for in-store events, and ways to create a loyal following excited to see what you'll do next.  Tips to integrate your online presence and your in-store experience seamlessly that create great customer satisfaction, and 5-star reviews.  Strategies that empower your staff to utilize their unique talents to become fully invested in your mission and save you money.  From best practices to creative ideas that can be free or nearly free to make the right strategic investments at the right time that really pay off.  

Speakers
avatar for Stacie Robertson

Stacie Robertson

Owner, Tea Market
Stacie RobertsonTea Market Founder and Owner * STI Certified Tea SpecialistCertified Holistic Health Coach * Wellness Lifestyle EducatorTeacher, Speaker, Master Blender


Tuesday March 28, 2023 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Room S221

9:45am PDT

Intent-Based Advertising
For tea business owners who want to learn how to promote their business online, Mackenzie's session "Intent-Based Advertising" helps you establish a clear focus.
 
Because this session will discuss each promotional tactic within the unique context of a brick-and-mortar and online tea business, it's relevant to all tea business owners.
 
This session will cover tactics like:
  • Facebook ads 
  • Google ads 
  • Instagram ads 
  • Google Business Profile

Speakers
avatar for Mackenzie Bailey

Mackenzie Bailey

Founder, Steeped Content
Mackenzie Bailey is the founder of Steeped Content; she helps tea companies grow with digital marketing. She has expertise in the tea sector, agency experience, and a strong educational background. Mackenzie holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation, a BCom with an Entrepreneurship... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Room S224/ S225

9:45am PDT

Tea into the Future: Understanding and Managing Change
Mr. Goggi will examine the top issues facing the tea industry in the near and medium future.  He will offer up his thoughts on possible actions the industry can take to mitigate some of the critical impacts.

Don't miss this chance to meet and ask questions to the President of the Tea Association of the USA

Speakers
avatar for Peter F. Goggi

Peter F. Goggi

President, Tea Association of the USA
Peter began his career at Unilever and spent over 32 years working with Lipton Tea as part of Royal Estates Tea Co.  Peter was the first American-born Tea Taster in the history of T.J. Lipton/Unilever and was featured on The History Channel’s Modern Marvels.His career at Unilever... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Room S220

9:45am PDT

Tea Training: Ways to Motivate and Keep Your Staff
Hiring new staff is always a challenge but keeping your staff, is even more challenging. Tea training is crucial to building up a strong tea culture to represent your brand but can also be a wonderful tool to motivate and retain your staff.  They learn they have fun, they increase their knowledge. The more they know, the more they want to know and become passionate about the product.  It’s not only a job anymore! Valérie Peyre will explain how to develop tea training, internal exams, develop the tea culture in your shop(s).

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Peyre

Valerie Peyre

Tea Master & Managing Director, Chanoyu Tea
''Valérie Peyre became involved in Chanoyu in 2020 as the Managing Director and Tea Master. With extensive experience as a Tea Master and Tea Blender in Switzerland, she is renowned for the selection and creation of teas, for example, she was selected to create blends for TEKOE... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Room S226/ S227

11:00am PDT

Better Management Through Common Sense
"Not being all things to all people". The demands of the consumer appear to be myriad, as are the offerings available to them with, literally, thousands of companies now offering tea products online, supposedly answering the questions asked of them. So how do you not end up in a dithering heap on the floor?
This talk takes a common sense look at what really matters and will matter and how to stop pandering to the consumer before considering the consequences to your business. In fact, it will suggest that business metrics first, and offerings second is a practical way to develop a company strategy.
From sustainability to product portfolios and what they deliver, we shall look at "Better management through Uncommon sense"

Speakers
avatar for John Snell

John Snell

Owner/CEO, Ela's Tea Co. NMTeaB Consultancy


Tuesday March 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S221

11:00am PDT

Embracing Change: An Optimistic Outlook For Tea
Changing demographics are shifting the way consumers look at and interact with the world and in turn what they expect from their products. How can the tea industry respond to these changes to set ourselves up for success. Join Shabnam Weber as she discusses trends and insights in a changing marketplace. 

Speakers
avatar for Shabnam Weber

Shabnam Weber

President, Tea and Herbal Association of Canada
For almost two decades, Shabnam Weber owned and operated her own tea company in Toronto, Canada. With retail stores and a wholesale business, her company was one of the first of its kind in Toronto.  Her passion and love of tea led her to become involved with the Tea and Herbal Association... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S220

11:00am PDT

Operating Your Teashop with the Help of Technology
With the daily hustle and bustle of being a small business owner, it can be difficult to build and maintain strong operating systems. Join us as we discuss how you can leverage technology to make your teashop more efficient and scalable.

Speakers
avatar for Jamila Wright

Jamila Wright

Co-Owner, Brooklyn Tea
Jamila McGill is a proud native of Southwest Atlanta. After graduating summa cum laude from Spelman College in 2010, she became an elementary school teacher in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, NY. While pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Development, Jamila rose to become Dean of Students... Read More →
avatar for Alfonso Wright

Alfonso Wright

Co-Owner, Brooklyn Tea
We're fascinated by tea. It’s natural, healthy, and has a variety of tastes and benefits. Preparing tea can be as simple as pouring boiling water over a handful of dried leaves or as complex as discovering the exact time and temperature for the “perfect cup” of your favorite... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S224/ S225

11:00am PDT

Reaching Out to an Untouched Audience: Welcoming the Next Generation of Tea Drinkers

"Join us to learn more about how we can reach new audiences and welcome them into the delicious world of tea that we are a part of. From sports clubs, to girl scout troops, to college campuses, and right into the family home we will explore all the ways to not only locate new groups of people but also how to speak and engage with them in an inviting way."



Speakers
avatar for Justine Duquette

Justine Duquette

Co-Owner, Cup of Communitea
Justine: As both the Co-owner of Cup of Communitea and, by day, a leadership project manager Justine has an eye for programming and a passion for education. Taking her skills to the tea world she has helped to develop educational tea programming that is inclusive to all.
avatar for Melissa Duquette

Melissa Duquette

Co-Owner, Cup of Communitea
Co-owner of Cup of Communitea, a K-12 English as a Second Language Instructional Coach, and a mom of two. Some may think those are three very different roles but Melissa enjoys finding ways to weave them together to create inclusive educational tea programming for all ages and ba... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S226/ S227

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - Tea Bar - ShowFloor
Tea Bar is a dynamic experience at World Tea Expo showcasing the latest teas, tea products, mocktails, cocktails, and innovation that is shaping the industry.

Located in the center of the expo floor, sample the latest teas from around the world and network with suppliers, distributors, and your peers while learning how teas and innovative products are shaping the future of the tea industry. Open to all attendees during expo hall hours!

Learn more and view sponsors here


Tuesday March 28, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - The Bistro (Tea Guru Pass Only)
New! The Bistro
Where: Located next to the F&B Innovation Center.
How to Attend: Included with the purchase of a Tea Guru Pass. Seating is first-come, first-served.


The Bistro is a new 50-person restaurant located within the Restaurant Zone that provides a full restaurant experience for Tea Guru Pass attendees during Expo Hall days (Tuesday - Wednesday).

Designed to showcase the very best and latest food, beverage, FOH products, and technology products in a real-life setting.

View details and sponsors here


Tuesday March 28, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall Hours
Explore the interactive Expo Hall Floor, find new products, sample new flavors hitting the market, learn, and grow your business!  

Tuesday March 28, 2023 12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

4:00pm PDT

NxT Stage - Tea Tycoons Contest Finals
Tea Tycoons is a contest showcasing New Business Innovations. This will be the 3rd year we bring together the new pioneers building the Tea Industry for future consumers. What will they bring to the table? Come to the Nxt stage on Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and watch 9 contestants in 3 different categories battle it out for the title of Winner of Tea Tycoons in their category.

Camellia sinensis Focused Company:- A product that celebrates tea with a focus on the unique characteristics of Camellia sinensis because of its origin/terroir: First year for this category.
Sustainability: Focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Innovation: Dynamic, New Idea, Method, or Device that demonstrates clear value for the Tea Industry



Tuesday March 28, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Show Floor - Nxt Stage

6:30pm PDT

First-Time Attendee Happy Hour
Open to first-time attendees of World Tea Conference & Expo and Bar & Restaurant Expo! Mix and mingle with industry colleagues, the World Tea Advisory Board, and Questex Staff. Complimentary drinks will be provided.


Tuesday March 28, 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
Gatsby's at Resorts World
  Networking

7:00pm PDT

Kevin Gascoyne's Rarest Tea Tasting

This has been one of our most successful events of the Conference, so if you are interested please purchase your ticket now!  There is a cap of 40 and no one will be let into the event after 7:00 pm.  The room is transformed into a soft lite room with soothing music and only the finest teas will be served.

This is such a memorable experience for all.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Gascoyne

Kevin Gascoyne

Co-Owner, Camellia-sinensis
Kevin first bought tea in Asia in 1989 and has since spent every Spring there as for almost 25 years. Aside from his obsessive quest for Darjeeling’s finest leaf, his interest in the teas of Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the African continent have added these regions to his repertoire.Born... Read More →


Tuesday March 28, 2023 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room S219
 
Wednesday, March 29
 

7:30am PDT

Registration
Reminder! Bring your registration confirmation and I.D. when picking up your badge.


Wednesday March 29, 2023 7:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

8:00am PDT

Hacking Digital Sales: Turn Rapidly Evolving Trends into Assets
Staying on top of digital selling trends in a rapidly evolving world. Join this panel of pros to discuss all the necessary steps that you will need to take to become a savvy digital powerhouse. Learn from the founders of these successful companies on how they used digital marketing to build their companies.

Moderators
avatar for Brooklynn Krul

Brooklynn Krul

Marketing and Operations Director, Cornelia Bean
Brooklynn Krul was only eight years old when her parents started Cornelia Bean, a tea and coffee retail business in Winnipeg, Canada, which focuses on quality, sustainability, and wellness. She spent the next fourteen years lending a hand in the business and developing a rich love... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jamila Wright

Jamila Wright

Co-Owner, Brooklyn Tea
Jamila McGill is a proud native of Southwest Atlanta. After graduating summa cum laude from Spelman College in 2010, she became an elementary school teacher in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, NY. While pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Development, Jamila rose to become Dean of Students... Read More →
avatar for Nishchal (Nish) Banskota

Nishchal (Nish) Banskota

Owner, Nepal Tea
Nishchal Banskota is a 2nd generation tea producer and the founder of Nepal Tea which directly brings certified organic teas from Nepal to the American market. His vision is to create a tech-enabled transparent tea trade that bridges the gap between the primary producers and consumers... Read More →
avatar for Alfonso Wright

Alfonso Wright

Co-Owner, Brooklyn Tea
We're fascinated by tea. It’s natural, healthy, and has a variety of tastes and benefits. Preparing tea can be as simple as pouring boiling water over a handful of dried leaves or as complex as discovering the exact time and temperature for the “perfect cup” of your favorite... Read More →
avatar for Staci Brinkman

Staci Brinkman

Founder, Sips by
Staci Brinkman founded Sips by to make tea fun, personalized, and affordable. With hundreds of thousands of tea-drinking Members and millions of personalized tea matches made, she has done just that! In 2020, Forbes covered Staci’s founder story in an article entitled “How 1 Woman... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Room S219

8:00am PDT

Is There GMO in My Tea?
"Stands the church clock at ten to three,
And is there GMO in my tea?"
As Rupert Brookes' famous lines might be written today.
Certainly, when in 1912 Brookes was looking forward to honey with his tea, there was no possibility of transgenic meddling with his Camellia sinensis. But today - who knows?
Are molecular biologists brewing up new tea DNA? Are GMO tea cultivars taking over the fields? Has Monsanto tinkered with your teabag?
Unthinkable - or is it?
Find out the true state of play in tea breeding - Nigel Melican has been penetrating the veil of secrecy and will answer all these questions - and more.

Speakers
avatar for Nigel Melican

Nigel Melican

Owner, Teacraft Technical Services
Nigel Melican has 42 years of hands-on experience in all facets of the tea industry, providing technical guidance to clients in 32 countries – from green tea feasibility in Australia to tea extracts in Zimbabwe.  Latterly he has progressed from assisting large-scale commodity tea... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Room S220

8:00am PDT

Print Vs. Digital: Knowing the Difference
Wondering how to get your product or business noticed and featured in print publications or online? Are printed magazines and books a thing of the past? Is digital better? What is the best fit for you? These are just some of the questions Lorna Reeves will cover as she explains best practices for working with media.

Speakers
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Lorna Reeves

Editor, TeaTime Magazine
Editor, TeaTime Magazine (Hoffman Media) and Jane Pettigrew’s World of Tea (83Press)Lorna Reeves was introduced to the pleasures of afternoon tea at the Williamsburg Inn many years ago, and it wasn’t long before tea drinking became an essential part her daily routine. While... Read More →



Wednesday March 29, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Room #224/25

8:00am PDT

This is Your Brain on Tea
As research into tea ingredients continues to grow so does the body of evidence in support of brain health. This presentation will provide an up-to-date discussion on studies which support the brain benefits in a cup of tea.
Benefits include: cognitive, improved focus, mood support, decreased dementia risk, and a more balanced stress response. We will introduce scientific concepts and tea-based research studies in an easy to understand and engaging format.
What happens to your brain on tea?... You’re going to find out!

Speakers
avatar for Nada Milosavljevic, M.D., J.D.

Nada Milosavljevic, M.D., J.D.

Founder & CEO, Sage Tonic
Dr. Nada Milosavljevic (“Dr. Nada”) is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Holistic Health for Adolescents, and the Founder and CEO of Sage Tonic, an innovative holistic program for wellness. Proceeds from Sage Tonic benefit high school students to provide education... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Room S221

8:00am PDT

Tea Flights with Daniel Lewis as Emcee

Tea Flights allows you to travel around the world and drink in a sampling of each country. Daniel Lewis will be your emcee for the morning. We threw in a few new tastes this year, enjoy.

Schedule:
8:00 am to 8:30 am --Jason Walker --- China
8:40 am to 9:10 am --Sharyn Johnston -- New Product from Australia - Sinensis (tea wine)
9:20 am to 9:50 am -- Don Ho -- Taiwan
10:10 am to 10:30 am -- 20 Minute Break
10:30 am to 11:00 am --Nishchal (Nish) Banskota --- Nepal 
11:10 am to 12:10 pm -- Christine Parks -- All American Grown Teas




Speakers
avatar for Don Ho

Don Ho

Founder, BDH Consultants
After a decade as a practicing attorney, Don discovered his passion for tea and decided to turn his hobby into a second business. With the help of his family and employees, Don created seven-figure foodservice and retail business. In the first four years of operation, Don oversaw... Read More →
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Nishchal (Nish) Banskota

Owner, Nepal Tea
Nishchal Banskota is a 2nd generation tea producer and the founder of Nepal Tea which directly brings certified organic teas from Nepal to the American market. His vision is to create a tech-enabled transparent tea trade that bridges the gap between the primary producers and consumers... Read More →
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Jason Walker

Marketing Director, Firsd Tea
Jason Walker is Marketing Director for Firsd Tea North America. Prior to his work with Firsd Tea, Jason served in a variety of roles in marketing and operations.His 12 years of tea and beverage experience includes marketing consulting services for tea brands, a top-ranked online destination... Read More →
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Sharyn Johnston

Owner, Australian Tea Masters
Sharyn has a long corporate career and has worked in over 20 different countries. She founded Australian Tea Masters in 2011 with a primary focus on education and consultancy and later launched Australian Tea Masters Wholesale and Blending in 2017. Australian Tea Masters expanded... Read More →
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Daniel Lewis

Founder, Speaker, Content Creator, T By Daniel
Author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker Daniel Lewis is the proud founder of the award-winning tea company T By Daniel. His people-focused outlook on entrepreneurship and his experiential business tactics have garnered him and his company national recognition and many awards... Read More →
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Christine Parks

Owner/Operator, Camellia Forest Tea Gardens
Christine Parks, Ph.D. is the founder/operator of Camellia Forest Tea Gardens in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the author of Grow Your Own Tea: The Complete Guide to Cultivating, Harvesting, and Processing (Timber Press, 2020).Christine Parks is a frequent speaker promoting homegrown... Read More →



Wednesday March 29, 2023 8:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S226/ S227
  Tea Flights

9:15am PDT

From Farm to TeaCup: Grown Locally
From Farm to TeaCup: Grown Locally
The popularity of local-everything keeps trending up. From local beer and cafes instead of chain establishments to locally sourced fiber for clothing. Local is hot. So then, why not local tea? But what is local to you, what native plants can you source sustainably? Let’s talk farm to teacup. Learn who, how, when, and why local fruit, flowers, herbs & honey can benefit your bottom line & customer base.

Speakers
avatar for Cass Ruhlman

Cass Ruhlman

Founder, Antiquity TeaHouse & KinShip
Cass Ruhlman did not grow up around tea, but she did grow up around gardens while living in Florida and North Carolina. She also grew up with the entrepreneurial spirit evident from her family's small hotel business. The love and appreciation for tea came during college while she... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 9:15am - 10:15am PDT
Room S219

9:15am PDT

The Healing Power of Tea: Using Ayurveda & Tea
Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems, developed thousands of years ago in India before the creation of Western medicine. Ayurveda dictates that one may be able to achieve optimal health and wellness through the proper balance between mind, body, spirit, and environment. Learn more about how drinking tea may support your daily wellness goals in this discussion led by Art of Tea Founder, graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, and #1 Amazon best-selling author, Steve Schwartz. Steve has helped create tea programs worldwide, from Los Angeles to Japan to the Maldives, using his passion for Ayurveda as the inspiration behind Art of Tea’s blends.




Speakers
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Steve Schwartz

Founder/CEO Master Blender, The Art of Tea
The seeds that formed the foundation of Art of Tea were first planted in 1996 when Steve Schwartz began his journey of extensive study in preventative medicine at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. Since then, Art of Tea has become a leading purveyor of organic and specialty teas... Read More →



Wednesday March 29, 2023 9:15am - 10:15am PDT
Room S220

9:15am PDT

The Personal Journey of a Female Tea-Maker
Muskan discusses being a female tea-maker in a man’s world, how she learned her trade, her mission and the main obstacles she has faced in her tea journey.  Since the inception of the Tea Studio, the innovative tea factory in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, Muskan Khanna has been making quite a name for herself. As Head of Operations with an all-female team, unknown in the male-dominated industry of the region, she has won various business awards and developed a reputation as an exceptional tea maker and team leader.
Accompanied by Kevin Gascoyne of Camellia Sinensis also a partner in the Tea Studio project, Muskan discusses how she learned her trade, her work, her mission and the main obstacles she has faced in her tea journey.


Speakers
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Muskan Khanna

Head of Operations, Tea Studio
I call myself a ‘Tea Child’. Born on a tea estate, the daughter of a tea planter in Upper Assam.The family having had to relocate to Dubai when I was all of 5 and then on to Sri Lanka a decade later, my shallow roots in tea had literally withered away. Stepping into my adult life... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 9:15am - 10:15am PDT
Room S224/ S225

9:15am PDT

What on Earth is in Your TeaCup
Chemistry is why you love tea. What molecules make up your cup of tea depends upon many factors including where your tea was grown, when it was harvested and how it was processed and prepared.  You might be surprised to learn how many healthy compounds are in tea and the microscopic worlds they come from.  Join us as we explore the unique relationships tea plants share with microorganisms in their environment and how these interactions enhance the chemistry of the cup.


Speakers
avatar for Jacqulyn Gervey-Hague

Jacqulyn Gervey-Hague

Professor, UC Davis
Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague earned B.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from The University of California, Los Angeles working with Professor Michael Jung.  She then moved to Yale University as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Samuel Danishefsky.  In 1992, Professor... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 9:15am - 10:15am PDT
Room S221

10:30am PDT

Experiential Retail
forth coming

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Gascoyne

Kevin Gascoyne

Co-Owner, Camellia-sinensis
Kevin first bought tea in Asia in 1989 and has since spent every Spring there as for almost 25 years. Aside from his obsessive quest for Darjeeling’s finest leaf, his interest in the teas of Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the African continent have added these regions to his repertoire.Born... Read More →



Wednesday March 29, 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S219

10:30am PDT

LWYRUP: Better Call Jeni
Jeni Dodd, a Lawyer, and tea business importer, will cover Subscription Services, Legal Implications, and a courtroom full of issues that you will need to be aware of on your tea business journey.  Jeni will help you find the balance between profit and compliance.  Legal red tape dragging you down? Don't get paralyzed, don't get fined, get profitable and legal. 

Speakers
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Jeni Dodd

Owner, Jeni Dodd Tea
Born and raised in America’s heartland, Jeni Dodd has journeyed far afield from the plains of Kansas to remote tea-growing regions throughout the world in search of the perfect cup of tea.  She has visited all of the major, as well as many of the up-and-coming, tea-producing countries... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S220

10:30am PDT

Pitch Session - Open to All! Located in the Speaker Ready Room
This is a time and place to speak one-on-one with the Producers of World Tea Expo and World Tea News. There will be 5 minutes given to each person.

Speakers
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Aaron Kiel

Editor, World Tea News
Editor - World Tea News --- 
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FaithAnn Bailes

Content & Conference Mgr., Questex/World Tea Expo
FaithAnn Bailes is the Co-Founder of Take Me 2 Tea in 2003 and later rebranded as World Tea Expo.  Her current role is Content and Conference Mgr. for World Tea Expo & Questex.She has been involved in the tea industry for over 20 years.



Wednesday March 29, 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
LV Convention Center South Hall Conference Hall

10:30am PDT

Tea & Chocolate Pairing: A Match Made in Heaven

Everybody knows that tea and chocolate complement each other perfectly when the right match is
made. Questions that might pop up when starting with chocolate are: How do I start pairing chocolates with my tea products? How to define the matching chocolate flavor? Which are typical
chocolate flavors? In this 90-minute workshop, Stijn will answer these questions and teach you the essentials to get you going and create your own tea and chocolate workshops for your business. Of course, we will
not keep it too theoretical but will pair different chocolates with the teas of some producers present at the expo.
We start with a short explanation of what chocolate is and the history behind chocolate,
followed by chocolate-tasting techniques. Next, we will explore pairing chocolate with tea and
indulge ourselves with excellent Belgian chocolate and tasteful teas. The combinations we make are
based on pure single-origin chocolate, bean- to- bar and chocolate bonbons from award-winning
Belgian chocolatiers.
This session is limited to 50 attendees, on a first come first serve basis

Key takeaways
• Step-by-step guide to creating your own workshop
• Teaching you how to taste chocolate
• Insights into other things you can do with chocolate for your business

Speakers
avatar for Stijn Van Schoonlandt

Stijn Van Schoonlandt

Owner, Kruze
Stijn Van Schoonlandt grew up in the food industry and his passion for food and exotic flavors istherefore no surprise. He runs the coffee and tea business Kruze in Belgium, the chocolate capital ofthe world. Besides roasting his own coffees and making his own tea blends, Stijn works... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S224/ S225

10:30am PDT

Tea is for Tranquility

A 90-minute seminar with mindfulness tea meditation. We will delve into the history of meditation and tea as well as the science behind why these two pair so well together.

The legend of the meditating Buddhist monks who meditated so long his eyelids turned into the first tea plant
The use of tea for calming or stimulating depending on what you need for your meditation
The act of preparing the tea lending to the meditation mindset
The specific herbal teas historically used for meditation and healing

There will be tea served to mediate with and a guided tea meditation. Souvenir tea cups will be provided.
The meditation will primarily take place on the floor, but accommodations will be made for those who do not have the ability to sit that way. A meditation pillow or yoga mat is recommended but not needed. There will be some light stretching and movement to settle into the seminar.
Attire should be casual, yoga or workout clothes not necessary, but there will be movement and sitting on the floor. Shoes would ideally be removed, but we may have to go with the guidelines of the building.

There is a 50-person limit during this session.

Speakers
avatar for Madison Andre

Madison Andre

Co-Owner, Amarissa Woods Teas & Spices
Madison Andre is co-owner of Amarissa Woods Teas & Spices in Chillicothe, Ohio. She has loved tea since she was a little girl, curling up with a mug and watching T.V. with her mom, Cristy, who opened their shop at farmer's markets and festivals in 2010. Madison is a creator at heart... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room S221

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - Tea Bar
Tea Bar is a dynamic experience at World Tea Expo showcasing the latest teas, tea products, mocktails, cocktails, and innovation that is shaping the industry.

Located in the center of the expo floor, sample the latest teas from around the world and network with suppliers, distributors, and your peers while learning how teas and innovative products are shaping the future of the tea industry. Open to all attendees during expo hall hours!

Learn more and view sponsors here


Wednesday March 29, 2023 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall - The Bistro (Tea Guru Pass Only)
New! The Bistro
Where: Located next to the F&B Innovation Center.
How to Attend: Included with the purchase of a Tea Guru Pass. Seating is first-come, first-served.


The Bistro is a new 50-person restaurant located within the Restaurant Zone that provides a full restaurant experience for Tea Guru Pass attendees during Expo Hall days (Tuesday - Wednesday).

Designed to showcase the very best and latest food, beverage, FOH products, and technology products in a real-life setting.

View details and sponsors here


Wednesday March 29, 2023 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall

12:00pm PDT

Expo Hall Hours
Explore the interactive Expo Hall Floor, find new products, sample new flavors hitting the market, learn, and grow your business!  


Wednesday March 29, 2023 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall
 
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