Holly Fox teaching a Last Word Academy class.

Holly Fox teaching a Last Word Academy class.

Woodford Reserve whiskey with tasting glasses.

Woodford Reserve whiskey with tasting glasses.


In early 2018, LWH launched Last Word Academy, a tuition free mentorship and training program focused on improving leadership within the hospitality industry.  Supported by Woodford Reserve, the innovative program addresses the open-ended challenges of managing a hospitality operation, encouraging attendees to form their own creative solutions to problems in a collaborative team environment. To date, over 300 bar and restaurant managers have participated in our classes and seminars.  Last Word Academy is committed to advancing hospitality by investing in its most important asset – people.

Led by a Last Word Hospitality partner, director, or notable guest, each class is conducted around a conference table, and attendees will be encouraged to participate actively throughout each class. Classes run for approximately 90 minutes, with a 30-minute Q&A session after each class. Attendees will be asked to share their own hospitality stories, make new friends, discuss collaboration opportunities, and share a proper glass of whisky from our good friends and sponsors at Woodford Reserve.





Los Angeles


Responsibility: Maintaining Performance, Accountability, and Mutual Respect in the Bar Industry

Hosted by LWH Partner Adam Weisblatt + Brown-Foreman Global Alcohol Responsibility Manager Taylor Amerman

Understanding the stakes and strategies for running a professional venue.

November 18th, 2019 | 11am


San Francisco


Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Building a Company without Major Capital

Hosted by LWH Partner, Adam Weisblatt

An introduction to transitioning from employee to owner.

October 14th, 2019 | 12pm & 2pm



Introduction to Consulting: Delivering Value and Building a Reputation

Hosted by LWH Partner, Adam Weisblatt

Learn what it takes to identify challenges and provide thoughtful solutions.

October 15th, 2019 | 12pm & 2pm



Bar Leadership: A Nuanced Approach to Leading a Team

Hosted by LWH Partner, Adam Weisblatt

Utilizing language, tone, timing, and a thoughtful approach to mentoring your team.

November 19th, 2019 | 12pm & 2pm


Intro to Brand Ambassadorship: What the Job Entails and What it Takes to Succeed

Hosted by LWH Partner, Adam Weisblatt

Understanding the realities of the position and how to transition from bartending.

November 20th, 2019 | 12pm & 2pm