A Conversation with a Twist featuring Jenny Lucas and Katie Williams

A Conversation with a Twist featuring Jenny Lucas and Katie Williams

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Join our Sept. 24 virtual alumni happy hour!

About this event

The McIntire School of Commerce, in partnership with Retold UVA, invite you to join our upcoming virtual alumni happy hour

A Conversation with a Twist

featuring alumnae Jenny Howard Lucas & Katie McKee Williams,

Co-founders of Navy Hill

Moderated by Nicole Votolato Montgomery, Associate Professor of Commerce

Event Details: "Conversations with a Twist" is McIntire's virtual alumni happy hour series featuring UVA entrepreneurs, a favorite drink of choice, and a spirited conversation moderated by faculty. Hosted in partnership with Retold UVA, all UVA alumnae are invited to join our upcoming event to reconnect with classmates and friends while learning more about Jenny and Katie’s path from Grounds to founding and running Navy Hill. We'll discover how the pandemic has affected their business and explore the lessons they’ve learned as they continue moving their company forward. Time will also be set aside for participant Q&A.

We use Zoom Meetings for these events and encourage all participants to turn on their cameras for this fun and interactive session. Reach out to classmates and encourage them to join you for our virtual happy hour.

Featured Cocktail: The Navy Hill Paloma

Featured Mocktail: The Navy Hill Mock G&T

Recipes and a link to Navy Hill's website are provided below along with a special discount code if you would like to support this UVA alumnae-founded company.

About our Featured Speakers:

Navy Hill was born when UVA alumnae and close friends Jenny Lucas (McIntire '99, Curry '04) and Katie Williams (A&S '00) went in search of the perfect cocktail. Vodka tonic was too sweet – full of calories and sugar – and vodka sodas were underwhelming. They blended the two together to create the first “sonic” – or blend of club soda and tonic that's all-natural, highly carbonated, and topped with added electrolytes to promote hydration. With only 17 calories per cocktail, Lucas and Williams have created a better-for-you alternative in the premium mixer space. Since its launch in 2017, Navy Hill has grown to over 2000 retailers in 41 states, including Whole Foods, Publix, Fresh Market, and World Market, and was named Best Drink in Southern Living magazine.

Lucas is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce with a concentration in marketing and the Curry School of Education with a master's in reading education. Williams holds a bachelor's in history from the College of Arts & Sciences and an MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University.

Navy Hill is offering a 25% discount plus free shipping on online orders for McIntire and UVA alumnae interested in supporting this #McIntireMade #RetoldUVA company with the code: WAHOOWA. Also find it in retail stores here.

Featured Cocktail: The Navy Hill Paloma

2 oz Tequila

1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

1 oz ruby red grapefruit juice

Navy Hill Original Soda + Tonic or Navy Hill Club Soda

Spring of thyme

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Stir and pour over crushed ice. Top with Navy Hill. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. Optional: Add a salted rim!

Featured Mocktail: The Navy Hill Mock G&T

6 oz Navy Hill Juniper Soda + Tonic

Slices of English cucumber

Basil leaves

Directions: Muddle several basil leaves and cucumber slices at the bottom of your glass. Add crushed ice and Navy Hill Juniper and stir. Spear a few basil leaves and a cucumber slice for garnish.