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Sweet but Fearless Podcast

Oct 10, 2022

In this episode, we talk with Inez Ribustello, a mother, wife, author, entrepreneur, and wine and beer lover. Inez got her start in the world of food and wine after moving to New York City from her home state of North Carolina. Her wine career took a huge leap forward when she became an Assistant Cellar Master at Windows on the World in One World Trade Center. On September 11th, Inez lost her work family, and in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, Inez made the decision to move back to her hometown.

With her fiancee (now husband), they opened a wine bar and retail store and would go on to open the microbrewery, Tarboro Brewing Company, in 2016. Recently, Inez self-published her memoir, “Life After Windows,” chronicling her journey from North Carolina to Manhattan and the personal events of 9/11.

During our conversation, Inez shares with us her FEARLESS moments, her journey as an entrepreneur, and her resilience in knowing when to pivot and when to ask for help. You’ll be touched by her incredible story and take to heart her sage advice to surround yourself with those that feed your soul - and help us all become a little bit more fearless.

What to Listen For
Fearless Moments - 3:10
Her Beer Career Pivot 5:00
Lessons Learned – Opening Her Own Brewery – 9:10
Surround Yourself with the Right People - 11:00
Smart Business Pivots - 12:45
Engage in the Community You Serve -17:50
Leadership Ask - 19:00
Skills That Played a Role in Her Success - 19:45
Life After Windows - 22:10
Advice to Women Leaders - 26:15

Resources mentioned in the podcast

Inez Ribustello -

Life After Windows: Windows on the Word. A Memoir of 9/11 -


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