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Rhonda  Kallman

Rhonda Kallman

CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery, Co-Founder Boston Beer Company, Breast Cancer Survivor & Entrepreneur


Known as the pioneering woman in the alcoholic beverage industry, serial entrepreneur Rhonda Kallman brings decades of business experience and an inspirational life story to the speaking stage. Displaying all the grit, vision, gut instinct (and just plain guts) that built her reputation, Rhonda shares how she overcame obstacles ranging from rising to the top of a male-dominated business to triumphing over Stage 3 breast cancer. In between, she cofounded Boston Beer Company, makers of Sam Adams, and helped build the foundation that turned the company into a $2 billion powerhouse. Read More >

Today, Rhonda is yet again at the forefront of the alcoholic beverages industry and its latest trend: craft distilling. As founder and CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery, she is producing award-winning craft whiskey, small batch rums and specialty liqueurs. Frequently sought out by a multitude of media outlets for her marketing and branding expertise and perspective, she has been honored by her peers as a “Maverick Award” winner for leadership and named to Inc. Magazine’s “25 Entrepreneurs We Love” list. Rhonda’s path to self-made success includes her inauspicious beginnings as a community college graduate who later stood shoulder to shoulder with Ivy League MBAs and a breakthrough from “barroom to boardroom” with the rise of the Sam Adams/Boston Beer Company brand. 

With her no-nonsense style, winning business playbook, celebrated spunk and stories of rising up from adversity, Rhonda never fails to motivate. Audiences get an honest and unvarnished look at what it is really like to be an entrepreneur, leader, trail-blazer, self-made woman and most of all, inspiring survivor. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Talent Management & Customer Relationship Building

Speech Topics

Leadership & Entrepreneurship

“The Business of Booze; From Barroom to Boardroom” Read More >

-Building a brand and sustaining it

-Creating a winning team and productive culture

-The entrepreneur “reality” Read Less ^

Women's Leadership Issues

“The Only “Girl” in the Room” Read More >

-The role of women in male dominated industry

-Women’s empowerment 

-The importance of being a mentor Read Less ^

Breast Cancer

“Survive to Thrive” Read More >

-Personal story of struggle and survival

-Lessons learned 

-Balance of life, business, and breast cancer Read Less ^


“Never Give Up, Never Give In" Read More >

-Keys to success

-Grit and determination

-Passion and perseverance Read Less ^