SGM CIgarSpeakeasy

You may or may not have heard of Sisters of the Leaf Global Movement (SGM). If not, continue reading because you need to know who they are and what they are doing in the cigar industry.

According to their site,, their mission is to introduce women to the cigar world, to inspire and lead them to extraversion, to empower them to raise their voices, to motivate them to create cigar communities, and in collaboration with men, to develop a better environment for aficionadas and aficionados. They want to sculpt a better world, free from stereotypes, where women’s position shall be established in a base of equality.

SGM offers tobacconist shops the option to become certified as a Women Friendly Cigar Lounge and for cigar aficionado/as to become a certified Cigar Sommelier Tobacconist through their Maestro School. They have also started the Cigar Speakeasy, which we talk about more below.  

This group is no joke. The advisory board is made up of women who are leaders in the cigar industry, such as Amanda Micallef, Cynthia Fuente, Janine Perdomo, Karen Berger, and more amazing aficionados. (Check out the full list of board members here.)  They are led by Dr. Anastasia Psomiadi, who encompasses a passion that cannot be matched for the movement. These women volunteer their time, as SOTL Global Movement is a nonprofit initiative, to advise on the direction and strategy of the SGM and the goals of SGM:

  • Design and run various training and educational programs/seminars related to the cigar world and culture of cigars
  • Address and develop a better cigar world in every possible aspect, including labor issues
  • Design, suggest, and implement actions, practices, and charity activities while also inciting cigar industries to improve their social and environmental impact.
  • Create community through organizing in-person and virtual events to keep the dialogue between cigar stakeholders open. 

On 10/2/2023, SOTL Global Movement made an announcement that the Cigar Speakeasy is welcoming a new hostess, Belkys Sanchez.  The SOTL Global Movement Cigar Speakeasy is an exclusive online mentorship haven for women dedicated to fostering self-authenticity, personal growth, and mentorship. It offers a unique space for women to come together, explore the art of cigar smoking, and engage in meaningful conversations centered around various life topics. The Speakeasy is committed to providing a private, secure, and supportive environment for women from all walks of life. See the announcement below:

SOTL Global Movement Cigar Speakeasy, the haven for self-reflection and mentorship, is proud to introduce its new hostess, Belkys Sanchez, a passionate advocate for women's empowerment. Building upon its successful launch earlier this year with Detra Denise, the Speakeasy continues to evolve with fresh perspectives and engaging topics.

In today's demanding world, where women often find themselves juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, the SOTL Global Movement Cigar Speakeasy remains a sanctuary for personal growth and authentic connection. This unique online mentorship experience, hosted every other Wednesday at 8:00pm CST, provides a concealed and serene environment for women to come together and explore the art of cigar smoking while delving into meaningful discussions.

Belkys Sanchez, a dedicated life coach, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for empowering women to the Speakeasy. Her warm and insightful approach promises to create an even more inviting atmosphere where women from all walks of life can find solace and inspiration.

Each SOTL Global Movement Cigar Speakeasy session will revolve around a specific theme and topic. These topics touch upon various aspects of life, such as creativity, coping skills, self-love, and the delicate balance between passion and financial obligations. The aim remains the same: to provide a platform for insightful conversations and meaningful mentorship.
Belkys Sanchez shared her enthusiasm for this new role: "I am thrilled to join this exceptional community and guide women on their journey towards self-discovery and empowerment. Together, we will create a safe space for personal growth and mentorship."

Dr. Anastasia Psomiadi, the Founder of SOTL Global Movement, emphasized the importance of privacy within the Speakeasy. All meetings will continue to be held in a secure online setting to ensure participants can freely express themselves without fear of judgment or interference. This commitment to confidentiality fosters an authentic sense of community and support among attendees.

To embark on a transformative journey of self-reflection, mentorship, and personal growth with Belkys Sanchez at the SOTL Global Movement Cigar Speakeasy, visit to register for the next session at October 11th . Don't miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, embrace your true potential, and be part of a welcoming and inclusive community.

We hope that you will take the time to attend, donate or just spread the word about the SOTL Global Movement. They are doing great things, and we cannot wait to see what else they are going to accomplish in the cigar industry. We are sure you will be hearing more about these women!

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