Vested’s Som-mer Soireé Was Anything But Dry


Ishviene Arora


Finance is… complex. It’s multifaceted, dense but bright, opulent but refined, structured but expressive. Wine too is complex, so it seemed only fitting that we celebrated the start of summer with more than 100 of the most talented communications and business professionals in the financial industry, learning, drinking, and networking about wine.

Guiding our Som-mer Soireé attendees on an exclusive wine tour of France, was Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier. The co-author of “The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass,” Pascaline teaches us that it’s the foundation, the dirt, that dictates a wine’s qualities. So she guided guests and their taste buds through distinct soil regions: from the whites of the Loire to the rustic reds of the Rhone and the Grand Crus of Bordeaux. Completing the French theme? Regionally-inspired hor d’oeuvres like olives and cheese, and the venue itself.

The event was held at 745 5th Avenue, which showcases the work of famous French architects Jean Nouvel and Thierry Despont. The duo is working on their newest building, the MoMA tower, slated to finish in early 2019.

In all, I think this was our best event yet — but don’t take my word for it. Some of our guests summarize their experiences:

“Vested truly knows how to bring together experts from many different industries to share unique perspectives.  Their events are always thoughtful, elegant, and fun!”
– Jessica Douieb, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs
“Vested always does an outstanding job creating networking opportunities to connect financial communications professionals. They are passionate about building relationships within the industry and expanding our community.” – Craig Donner, Executive Director, Head of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at DTCC
“I love Vested events because I never know who I’m going to run into (old colleagues, new clients…) but I know I’m going to have fun!” – Kiersten Barnet, Deputy Chief of Staff and Manager of the Gender Equality Index at Bloomberg
“I was thrilled to go to Vested’s summer reception. It was great to see so many peers in our industry.” – Jason Schechter, Chief Communications Officer at Bloomberg
“The energy and fun of a Vested event matches the way the team engages and works with its clients.” – David Walker, Managing Director, Head of Wealth Management Communications at Morgan Stanley

We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to bring so many great minds together in one room bonding over our passion for finance and wine! See how we brought France to New York in these photos from the event, and be in touch if you’d like to be included in future industry events:

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