Women Of Live Honorees
SVP Global Touring, Live Nation
CO-Founder, 10 Q Mgmt
COO, U.S. Concerts, Live Nation
Programming Director, City Winery NYC, Pier 57 and Hudson Valley
Head of Strategic Partnerships, ICM Partners
VP, Talent Buyer, Goldenvoice
Elizabeth Collins & Susan Genco
Co-Presidents, The Azoff Company
CEO/Owner, Tina Farris Tours
Talent Buyer, C3 Presents
Tracy Lane and Shay Jasper
Co-Owners/ Producers, Trio Presents, LLC – Roots N Blues Festival
President and CEO, Femme It Forward
Kate Des Enfants McMahon
Executive Vice President, Messina Touring Group
Senior Vice President, Wasserman Music
President/Managing Partner, MBK Entertainment Inc.
Vice President & Festival Director, Firefly Music Festival / AEG Presents
Manager, Full Stop Management
Executive, Music Brand Partnerships, UTA
Director of Concierge Services, Lyte
CEO, Roc Nation
Owner, Reinhold Global
Manager of The Rolling Stones
Manager of Brandi Carlile, Red Light Management
SVP Global Licensing, Epic Rights/Bravado
VP, Operations, Danny Wimmer Presents
Pollstar is proud to announce its 2022 Women Of Live Honorees, featuring dynamic executives in roles throughout the live industry, including managers like 10 Q Management’s Lydia Asrat, production pros like Tina Farris Tours’ Tina Farris, talent buyers like C3 Presents’ Margaret Galton, and agents like WME partner Cristina Baxter, along with folks working in ticketing, promotion, licensing, brand partnerships and entertainment law.
We are continuously inspired by these leaders in the business and women forging their own path, from cover honoree Lesley Olenik, Live Nation’s SVP, Global Touring – who has promoted tours for groundbreaking artists like Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Janelle Monáe – to Heather Lowery, President and CEO of Femme It Forward, who recently launched a mentorship program pairing 200 young women of color mentees with leading female executives and entrepreneurs. And then there’s Blues N Roots festival co-owner/producers Tracy Lane and Shay Jasper, who booked 2021’s event with a 100% women-led or non-binary lineup.
Besides their love for live music, a common theme throughout these women’s stories is their passion for lifting others up.
Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, once famously said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
These women have not only claimed their own seats in the business, but they’re bringing along chairs for others and providing opportunities for the next generation.
“When it comes to finding success as a woman, particularly a woman in the music industry, our strength comes from each other,” said Grace Blake, programming director for City Winery NYC, Pier 57 and Hudson Valley.
“We have certainly come a long way in the many leadership roles women now have, however we still have work to be done,” Blake continued. “And we’ll only get there if we come together and pay it forward. My favorite African proverb speaks to where we are and where we’ve yet to travel. ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ’”
“When it comes to finding success as a woman in the music industry, our strength comes from each other.”Grace Blake, Programming Director for City Winery NYC, Pier 57 and Hudson Valley.
Women Of Live Honorees
Director, Global Sustainability; Live Nation
Regional Leader of Sports Recreation and Entertainment
GM, ocV!BE/Honda Center
Castillo Butcher, Christy
SVP Programming, SoFi Stadium / Hollywood Park
Senior Vice President, Another Planet Entertainment
VP of Operations, Aramark
SVP Convention Centers, OVG360
Senior director of DEI, Portland Trail Blazers
Vice President, Operations; Entertainment and Sports Arena / Events DC
VP, Special Events; petco Park
Assistant GM, Forest Hills Stadium
Gm and SVP of Live Events, Forum
McWilliams, Jacqie Commissioner, CIAA
General Manager, Dignity Health Sports Park; LA Galaxy
President & CEO; LA Sports and Entertainment Commission
President, Venue Nation