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Carol Ellen is a network marketing and executive search professional as well as a sought after mentor/coach/team player. Her strength is in process/best practices, identifying and placement of senior executives at companies across multiple industries. Her broad network gives her an edge in uncovering hidden and hard to identify top talent. Her commitment to understanding and evaluating businesses and industries in each assignment has enabled Carol to establish and foster strong trusted advisory relationships with her candidates and clients across the globe. Strategic,creative and critical thinker.
Cherie Hu is a music-tech thinker, researcher and writer, passionate about combining a data-driven business acumen with superior storytelling skills to propel innovation in the music industry. She covers trends at the intersection of technology and the music business as a contributor for Forbes, and her writings have also appeared in Music Ally, Synchtank, Inside Arts and the Harvard Political Review. She has shared her knowledge and insight as a speaker at several music and media conferences around the world, including but not limited to SXSW, Sónar+D, FastForward, SF MusicTech Summit, Hacking Arts and the Virtual Music Summit.
Cherisse McKenzie is a Line Producer at REVOLT TV. In this role, she oversees all of the East Coast day to day production as well as special events & major tent poles. Prior to joining REVOLT she spent many years at BET where she managed key parts of major events & shows such as The BET Awards, Black Girls Rock, and The BET Hip Hop Awards. A Queens NY native, Cherisse is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park.
Christina Luna is Founder to The Luna Company, Inc., a creative management and entertainment service company for creative professionals in new emerging markets. Christina’s current clientele and projects such as the Asian American Music Conference, focus on the Asian markets globally. A technology fan herself, social media has become both a hobby and a platform for all of her work. Christina’s personal mission is to help equip creative entrepreneurs so they can focus on doing what they love to do. Christina holds a Master’s of Science in Management from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Certificate in Social Enterprise and Impact Investing from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Darian Symoné Harvin
Darian Symoné Harvin is a journalist, news curator, Editor on BuzzFeed News' Curation Team and host of the 'Am I Allowed To Like Anything?' podcast. She's passionate about thinking and executing fresh ways to present news and culture to people — and bringing it to where they are, whether on a phone or in real life. Darian created theseam.co as a launching pad to execute her ideas. She graduated from Emerson College in 2013 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Her first job was at Dateline NBC as a Program Coordinator. She later became Managing Producer of HRDCVR, a culture magazine committed to coverage the new everyone. She's previously worked on Yahoo's New Digest mobile app.
Deborah Newman founded MusicStrat in 2008 to combine her senior level experience in the music, television, home video and online/digital businesses with her interest in copyright law and digital music. MusicStrat advises music and technology companies on music copyright, content acquisition & licensing, music publishing and strategic marketing. Ms. Newman is known for her breadth of business relationships in the music business, having spent 40 years in the industry.
Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer-songwriter based in New York City. Ebonie is also the founder and chief executive officer of Gender Amplified, Inc., an organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production and audio engineering. Ebonie received her first Grammy Certificate and RIAA-certified platinum plaque for work as an assistant engineer on Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording). She currently works as an audio engineer, producer and studio coordinator for Atlantic Records.
Ebonie holds a master’s degree in Music Technology from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. While in college, Ebonie received training from Columbia University’s Computer Music Center and studied abroad in the West African nation of Cameroon. During her 5-month stay, she performed with bands, worked in studios and produced local artists.
Genesis Be is a critically acclaimed artist from Biloxi, Mississippi. She is also a Hurricane Katrina Survivor who relocated to New York City after helping in rebuilding efforts after the storm. She graduated NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and 2011. Her activism and art have been published by Billboard, Washington Post, L.A. Times, The Village Voice, Soultrain and more.
In 2016, G.Be made international headlines when she did a musical protest against the MS State Flag and the Confederate Emblem. She continues to work with Aunjanue Ellis’ TAKE IT DOWN AMERICA campaign that seeks to replace the current MS state flag with one that is representative of all citizens of Mississippi.
G.Be’s has been deemed ‘prolific’ by peers and press due to her having executively produced over 7 original albums, numerous singles and mixtapes during her still budding career. Her latest project “People Not Things” is set for release in mid-2017
She currently resides in Brooklyn but returns to the Gulf Coast annually to work with youth leaders & grassroots initiative to inspire young Mississippians to use their talents for progress and inclusiveness.
Heather Falconer has ten years experience in the fashion and music industry, she began studying fashion, media and promotion where she obtained a first class honours degree.
Heathers passion for the publishing industry was fuelled by contributing to titles; Amelia’s Magazine, Tank, Maxim, Fused, Condense Traveller and Drapers, working across several departments including art department, editorial and fashion before deciding to launch her own title, Spindle, in May 2010.
Through Spindle Magazine, Heather managed a national distribution for three print issues, numerous magazine events and the online execution.
Alongside Spindle, Heather also styled, working on a mixture of fashion and music projects including music videos for; George Ezra, Izzy Bizu, Zomby and Wiley and advertising campaigns for Footlocker x Converse and MasterCard.
In 2014 Heather launched Spindle Agency, a branch of Spindle Magazine which caters specifically to brands creative solutions. Some projects within the Spindle Agency included; UKTI Great British Men’s Style Event at Soho House in NYC, KNGLxTRRBL: a brand partnership between fashion giant Kangol and Hackney based Terrible Movement.
My name is Ilana Kaplan, and I live in Brooklyn. I graduated from Rutgers University - New Brunswick in 2011 with degrees in English and Journalism & Media Studies. I have nine years of experience freelance writing and editing, and I've worked in social media full-time for six years. I'm currently a Contributing Editor at Paper where I've been on the news cycle night editing (and coming up with unique, timely news angles) and now am doing weekly feature editing. I have also news edited for Maxim, SPIN, Complex and NYLON. I've been published in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Interview, NYLON, Paper, Paste, Maxim, etc. When I'm not writing, I love eating tacos, hanging with cats, going to concerts and doing yoga.
Jaclyn Spector is the Global Marketing Manager for Global Citizen, a digital advocacy platform that engages users to take action in efforts to end extreme poverty. Her focus is driving audience growth and affinity through engaging brand partnerships, digital campaigns, merchandise and large scale events such as the Global Citizen Festival.
Previous to Global Citizen, Jaclyn worked at Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group for 8 years where she spearheaded the re-definition of Sean "Diddy" Combs' philanthropic platform, led brand innovation for CÎROC Vodka, launched luxury brand DeLeón Tequila and oversaw domestic and international experiential activations for Mr. Combs and his brands including Bad Boy Records, Combs Wine & Spirits, Sean John, REVOLT TV, REVOLT Films and AQUAhydrate.
Jaclyn holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with the concentration 'Human Development and Abstract Societal Boundaries'.
Currently residing in Lower Manhattan, Jaclyn is an active New York Cares volunteer and when she isn't spending time with friends and family, she can be found in the boxing ring, reading, crafting or shamelessly Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Jessica is a 10+ year veteran of the music industry that currently serves as President of Women in Music – a 32 year old nonprofit that provides services to nearly 2000 industry professionals. She is also CEO of Cosynd - a cost effective, easy, and legal way for creators to create simple agreements to protect their content. Women in Music's chapters include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, DC, Brazil, Barbados, and Canada. Previously, Jessica led strategic traditional licensing opportunities for music micro-licensing pioneers Rumblefish, where she structured distribution networks in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Jessica also served as the Manager of Digital Content Licensing for the performing rights organization SESAC. At the age of 18 she Co-founded an online B2B music curation and licensing company honored by Billboard, Fast Company, and more, where she established a network of content creators that spanned 90+ countries. "
Kim Kaupe is the Co-founder of ZinePak, an entertainment company that helps brands, artists, and sports teams better engage with their super fans. Her all-female team has worked with powerhouse brands such as Kate Perry, Paul McCartney, KISS, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox, American Express & Miller Coors. Featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, ZinePak received offers from 4 of 5 investors. Recently Kim has spoken at NextGen Summit, Inc’s GrowCo Conference, Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, and American Express Top Client Summit. She has been named Inc. Magazine’s “35 Under 35”, Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30”, and Advertising Age’s “40 Under 40.”
Meredith Croy is the Director of US Artist Services at Songkick, where she oversees strategy and campaign execution and works directly with some of the biggest artists in the world to run impactful, direct-to-fan artist initiatives. With more than a decade of experience, while at Songkick she has run successful campaigns for acts including Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flume.
Meredith previously held roles in booking for the Agency Group and The Windish Agency. Following that, she acted as an account executive at GLOW, facilitating digital marketing campaigns for clients including HBO, Cartoon Network and Atlantic Records. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2006, where she co-founded an independent music series, and booked major performances for the university including Kanye West, Billy Joel, and Rufus Wainwright (her favorite).
Meredith McGowan is currently a Global Business Development Manager at The Orchard (Sony Music Entertainment) where she serves as an advisor for employees based in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She focuses on strategic licensing opportunities, deal negotiation, and market analysis to structure deals with digital music services for the world's largest music catalog.
Prior to joining Sony Music Meredith worked at Viacom in Content Distribution and on MTV’s digital research team. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film.
International Music Business Professional with over 8 years of experience in record label and media/entertainment management. Milica has a strong expertise in music publishing, licensing and sync negotiations as well as in copyright infringement. In 2010, Milica was appointed as representative to Missy Elliott at the award winning EXIT Music Festival coordinating her performance in Novi Sad, Serbia.Upon joining the Wind-up Records team in 2013 she gained valuable knowledge of the overall artist development enabling her to act independently as the brand consultant to emerging artists and to entertainment companies. She was a Guest lecturer at Bocconi University, Italy, BMI HQ in NYC and also addressed the international cultural exchange at United Nations HQ in NYC. Milica is a classically trained pianist, a member of the Recording Academy, Women in Music Organization and American Association of Independent Music and a volunteer at Sing For Hope charity organization in NYC.
Molly Neuman is the Head of Music at Kickstarter. Prior to joining Kickstarter, Molly was Interim President and Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). Before A2IM, she held senior roles in label relations at Rhapsody International and eMusic. She also worked in both artist management and on the label side as both founder and owner of her own company, Simple Social Graces Discos and as partner at Lookout Records. Additionally, she has served on the boards of SoundExchange and A2IM. Molly's career in music began as the drummer in Riot Girl band, Bratmobile.
Calling the San Francisco Bay Area home, Seher Sikandar is a Brooklyn based commercial and editorial photographer specializing in portraiture, fashion, music, and reportage. She also co-owns a customizable photobooth company, is an occasional writer, and manages a boutique creative consultancy through which she employs other creatives for her client network.
Most recently, Seher is working to discover new ways to combine her talents with her passions for social impact, multiculturalism, community building, and personal healing.
Seher has a B.S. in economics with a marketing concentration from The Wharton School, and prides herself on finding the 1.5 non-snobby, counterculture Whartonites to be her friends.
After somewhat randomly picking up a camera in 2008, she left the 9-to-5 corporate marketing world and San Francisco to explore NYC freelance life in 2011. Her work has been featured with the New York Times, NBC, Rolling Stone, Billboard, VICE, Mass Appeal, and others. Brand clients include Nike, Casper, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Tory Burch, MasterCard, and AFROPUNK.
She appreciates people, food, music, and esoteric hippie things. She also might simultaneously be a grandma and a 5-year-old trapped inside a 30-something's body.
Shanna Jade is a music lover, environmentalist & serial hobbyist based in Los Angeles, CA. After spending her childhood singing, dancing & acting, her behind-the-scenes work in the music industry began at age 16 when she started managing a friend’s band in Upstate NY, then interning with a local concert promoter (and often cutting classes to do so) at the age of 18. After completing her freshman year of college majoring in Music Industry at Northeastern University in Boston, she began managing artists & releasing records with her friend (and now Stem co-founder) under the name GHouse. The next few years saw them packing basement shows, selling out local venues, booking tours, growing their roster to double digits and landing a distribution deal with The Orchard. Following GHouse, Shanna went on to manage marketing & social media at Karmaloop before landing a position as Lead Social Strategist at Complex Media, where she developed social media campaigns for brands like Nike, adidas, Levi’s & Reebok.
Today, Shanna is the Director of Community at Stem, a platform that enables creators to collect and share earnings on their original music and video. As the company’s first non-engineering hire, she not only championed key relationships with artists & managers to help them effectively collect their earnings, but also established the voice of the brand, fostering a community that inspires, educates and empowers artists to create more freely.
Tatiana Moroz is a soulful and charismatic public speaker and singer-songwriter. She is the premier artist in the Bitcoin and Liberty activist communities. As the creator of the first ever artist cryptocurrency Tatiana Coin, she advocates for artist autonomy and connecting fans directly to artists. A driving force in the industry, she is also the Founder of Crypto Media Hub, a PR, marketing and advertising agency for the Bitcoin space. Her podcast "The Tatiana Moroz Show" streams on several outlets including the Let's Talk Bitcoin network and growing.
Tatiana speaks at blockchain technology, marketing, and political conferences all over the world. During her talks, Tatiana shares her journey as an artist and the many uses of Bitcoin. Topics range from Blockchain technology, free speech, civil liberties, and creative empowerment, to the Silk Road and Ross Ulbricht, prison reform, and the drug war. She inspires people with the power of cryptocurrencies, and teaches how Tatiana Coin can be adapted for other artists. Her talks are usually rounded out with a musical performance, relating back to the causes closest to her heart. Notable appearances include SxSw, Nasdaq, National Libertarian Party Convention, Freedom Fest, Inside Bitcoins, Fox’s Stossel, RT, Infowars, Bitcoin Magazine and many more.
Starting her career in the music business working at Hustle Period/G.O.O.D Music, Violator Management and Monami Entertainment, Tiffany Hardin was privileged to work artists such as, Kanye West, GLC, Consequence, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott under the tutelage of John Monopoly and Mona Scott-Young, respectively. Looking for a new opportunity, Hardin transitioned to work in advertising at Steve Stoute's, Translation LLC. Quickly rising through the ranks, and building a reliable reputation, she landed a role as the Distribution and Partnerships Manager leading influencer strategies & activations for Fortune 500 brands connecting their brand messaging and values with talent such as Kendrick Lamar, Theophilus London, Kelly Rowland, Vashtie Kola, and Tristan Wilds and more.
Following her tenure at Translation, Hardin developed Gild Creative Group, a consultation firm providing cultural engagement activation strategies (rooted in social) for brands & advertisers such as Target, Microsoft, Splash, and Mother Industries. Additionally, she consults creative talents such as media savant, Karen Civil, fashion expert, Vanessa Simmons, and, hip hop artist, Kris Kasanova on developing their brand as a business, as well as, developing key brand partnerships. Dedicated to paying it forward, she is also an adjunct professor at NYU- Clive Davis School of Recorded Music.
Hardin is the founder of She Knows Now, a platform dedicated to collecting and sharing the insights of confident, driven women who share what they each know for sure. She served on the boards of SoundCtrl, Music Unites, Council of Urban Professionals, and AdColor, and, currently serves on the leadership board of Live in The Grey. She is an avid speaker on Influencer Marketing, Women in Entrepreneurship, Music & Branding, Social Media Marketing, and Music/Tech at conferences such as Social Media Week, Internet Week, SXSW, AdColor and Adweek.
Victoria Bachan is the founder of Brooklyn based digital talent management firm, Manor & Company. Her past four year tenure on the Vans Warped Tour mixed with positions at Sony Music Entertainment and Creative Artists Agency have led her to a holistic viewpoint of the entertainment, marketing and digital industries. She has now rolled that all into one managing digital talent and crafting engaging and exciting influencer campaigns for brands ranging from Flonase to Mountain Dew and anything in between.