Jennifer McDonald is determined to provoke conversations about racism and sexism, and she’s doing it in an unusual way: by making wine in Wichita, Kansas. A black child adopted by white parents, McDonald grew up in a small town in Nebraska, hyper-aware of race issues yet never daunted. She was a track star, a success in her HR job, and an award-winning home winemaker. But after her life got disrupted by her son’s debilitating medical condition, she wanted to devote time to something she was passionate about. She launched her business, Jenny Dawn Cellars, to address a problem that was meaningful to her: the lack of female and African-American role models. Listen in to hear how McDonald became an entrepreneur, and overcame the challenges of making wine in a state not known for its vineyards.
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