Meredith Meyer Grelli
Meredith Meyer Grelli is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh's first distillery since Prohibition. Since beginning distilling in December 2011, Wigle Whiskey has worked to restore Pittsburgh’s legacy of Rye Whiskey. Wigle spirits are distributed across the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast and have won a host of medals, including Best in Category Rye Whiskey, Wheat Whiskey and Genever-style Gin, by the American Craft Spirits Association. Meredith teaches New Product Development in Chatham University's Master of Food Studies Program, as well as Entrepreneurship for Chatham’s Center for Women's Entrepreneurship.
Before starting Wigle, Meredith worked in brand management at the H.J. Heinz Company, received her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, worked in community development, studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and received her BS in urban history and geography at University of Chicago. Meredith co-founded a Pittsburgh urban beekeeping organization and started the nation's first community apiary. Meredith was named Alumna of the Year in 2016 by the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; a 2016 100 Women to Watch by the Business Times; a 2008-2010 Forte Fellow, and received the 2010 Canfield Roseman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as the 2006 Harold Goettler Political Institutions Prize. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at a variety of Universities and companies.