“Pixie” Paula Dezzutti, CEO of award-winning Local Choice Spirits, highly accoladed Striped Pig Distillery, preeminent women’s empowerment magazine Skirt., and emerging global leader in technology driven wellness Sycamore BioPharma, was recently selected by Forbes to feature in its third annual “50 over 50” list, this year introduced as “The Age of Disruption: Meet the 50 over 50 2023”. Thousands of female leaders and entrepreneurs are nominated every year for their impact, achievements, and successes, but only 50 are selected for each of the list’s four categories; and, this year’s list, according to Forbes, “might be the most powerful yet”. A Charleston entrepreneur for over 15 years, Dezzutti was featured in the list’s Lifestyle category, among successful powerhouses like Patti LaBelle, Judy Blume, Jamie Lee Curtis, and one of Pixie’s personal inspirations, Viola Davis. Forbes 50 over 50 is meant to inspire others by showcasing there is no age limit to success or innovation. Pixie, along with the others will convene in New York City and Abu Dhabi for the Forbes annual 30/50 summit.
“I am so humbled to be recognized alongside such incredible and inspirational women,” said Pixie upon discovering she was to be featured in the publication. “And it also feels like a great responsibility,” she added. Pixie has been serving the Charleston community and more for over 15 years through her entrepreneurial initiatives, which she has tied to community give back programs, like the Sip & Share program she founded over a decade ago to help dollars from spirit sales for educational and community fundraisers go directly back into the community. She has also served as a mentor and volunteer to support community organizations and budding entrepreneurs, being a highly sought after speaker and coach.
It’s not just Forbes noticing Pixie. In May of this year, Enterprising Women magazine selected her for the Enterprising Women of the Year award, recognizing the world’s top women entrepreneurs for their contributions to business and leadership. Last year, Pixie spoke on International Women’s Day 2022 at the 6th Annual International Women’s Day Summit, hosted by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, where she was honored with the International Woman of The Year Award. Among her other business accomplishments and contributions, Dezzutti was recognized for recently making history when she was the first to launch alcohol onto the blockchain. The multi award-winning entrepreneur spoke, alongside a panel of other powerhouses in the arena, on the latest in digital currencies, in a discussion that centered on the theme “Finance, Technology & Entrepreneurship.” Following her success, on June 3rd 2023 she launched her bestselling book “Alphabet Soup: The ABCs of NFTs & Other Blockchain Acronyms”, aiming to help others break down jargon and barriers to understanding and engaging in the Web3.0 movement, for which she was awarded directly by Amazon for #1 Bestseller and #1 New Release in 4 unique categories.
About Pixie Paula Dezzutti
With nearly a decade of experience and a solid track record of delivering socially responsible beverages, while simultaneously impacting the economic empowerment of communities, the mother of nine, author, and multi-entrepreneur Pixie Paula Dezzutti has established herself as a force to be reckoned with, taking on challenges in the most regulated industries to help drive them forward. Pixie launched Local Choice Spirits (LC) in 2010 and has won over 150 of the highest awards in every genre of spirits in the most prestigious industry competitions across the board. Pixie is the first female to launch diversity brands. Boosie Badazz’s Boosie Juice (which includes Strawberry Kiwi and Watermelon flavored vodkas) grossed over a million in sales its very first year. One of LC’s brands was recently ranked top 6 in the world by Forbes. Pixie is also the owner and CEO of Ghost Monkey Brewery, Striped Pig Distillery, SC’s Distillery of the Year, and Charleston’s prominent Skirt. Magazine, which has been empowering women for 30 years. Her book Alphabet Soup: The ABCs of NFTs and Other Blockchain Acronyms launched for pre-sale on June 3rd 2023 and became an instant #1 Amazon Bestseller and #1 New Release in 4 categories.
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