Focus on Health Celebrates Women’s History Month with “Reclaiming The Past, Rewriting The Future”

Focus on Health announced their “Reclaiming the Past, Rewriting the Future” program dedicated for Women’s History Month spotlighting motherhood, creating safe spaces, women and ownership, knowing your rights and empowerment. “Reclaiming the Past, Rewriting the Future, will offer virtual programming geared towards the bartending and hospitality communities with content spanning panel discussions, donation-based classes, a creative writing workshop and a panel discussing the rights of hospitality workers in a COVID-19 world.

Focus On Health is a company that focuses on advocating for the health and wellness of the food and beverage sector. Co-founded by Lauren Paylor and Alex Jump, two women who have earned their ranks as respected bartenders in the hospitality industry. Focus On Health focuses on five pillars of wellness that are most closely associated with the issues that the food and beverage sector faces. These pillars are: physical wellness, social wellness, environmental wellness, financial wellness, and mental wellness which encompasses everything. When developing Reclaiming the Past, Rewriting the Future, Jump shared, “My hope for this month is that each week we host fruitful and informative conversations with leaders in our industry, through a variety of topics focusing on how we build up the platforms on which we allow the women in our industry to shine.”

Fill in the Gaps will address a new theme in raw, meaningful ways in its programming each week:
Week 1: Women and Ownership
Week 2: Pull Up A Chair (Creating Equitable Spaces)
Week 3: Motherhood, Work & Identity
Week 4: Know Your Rights + Feel Empowered

Paylor states, “The Focus On Health team has spent a lot of time working together to create content for Women’s History Month on topics that resonate with each of them.” Alex Jump (she/her) will kick off the month discussing Women and Ownership. Joshua Gandee (he/him) will take the reins on creating equitable and safe spaces with leaders in the industry. Dani McQuarrie (she/her), a mother to two young ladies, will discuss Motherhood and Lauren Paylor (she/her) will end off the month with discussions about Knowing Your Rights and Empowerment.

For Reclaiming the Past, Rewriting the Future’s virtual classes, Focus On Health partnered with Speed Rack Academy, a digital series co-founded by Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero of Speed Rack, spotlighting the organization’s past competitors via donation-based Zoom classes for a cause. Past Speed Rack competitors Shirley Brooks, Caer Ferguson, Mary Palac, Andrea Tateosian, and Amie Ward will each teach a curated class. Topics will correspond with the overall theme for each week. All of the classes are free to attend but those who can donate are encouraged to do so as all proceeds will directly benefit Speed Rack affiliated breast cancer charities. Focus On Health’s priority is supporting their community and for them this begins by ensuring that the bartenders are compensated for their time, talent, and contributions. To view the full schedule of classes and register to attend please visit

Each week, Reclaiming the Past, Rewriting the Future will also host a panel featuring leading industry experts:

WEEK 1, March 1st at 11AM EST: Women & Ownership – A Conversation About Ownership, Asking For What You Want, and Being Your Own Champion – Hassel Aviles, Alba Huerta, Lauren Mote, Lauren Paylor, and Mary Allison Wright
WEEK 2: March 11th at 4PM EST Pull Up A Chair – Creating Equitable Spaces And Opportunities – Lindsey Johnson, David Kaplan, Robin Nance, Brooke Toscano
WEEK 3: March 21st at 3PM EST Motherhood, Work, & Identity- The Hardships and Rewards of Motherhood and Career- Ranjini Bose, Sherri Bradley, Jessica King, and J’Nai Williams
WEEK 4: March 22nd at 3PM EST: Know Your Rights – How Tipped Workers Are Surviving In A Post COVID-10 Era And What Rights They Have At Work To Protect Themselves – Diana Ramirez, National Women’s Law Center ; Sheila Madalli, National Legal Advocacy Network; Industry Professionals
WEEK 4: March 24th at 2PM EST: Get Empowered! – Skills For Stopping Sexual Harassment At Work – Safe Bars

Additional offerings for the month will include their reFOHcus classes featured every Monday and Friday of the month at 3PM EST. reFOHcus is a concept that places emphasis on mindfulness, spirituality and focused movement with classes such as yoga, barre, pilates, boxing and more by some of the physical wellness industry’s leading instructors. A Haiku workshop led by mixologist Chantal Tseng inspired by Lustau Sherry, and a Mommy and Me painting workshop led by mother and artist Caroyln Barth. Further, Focus On Health Podcast and No Proof Podcast led by Alex Jump and Joshua Gandee respectively, will feature women on their podcasts to discuss important and sometimes forgotten topics. Focus On Health is determined to push boundaries and lean into uncomfortability to encourage listeners to be more involved in being the change that you want to see in the world. For more information on programming, please visit:



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