Pollstar & VenuesNow’s Women Of Live 2022

Women Of Live Honorees

Lesley Olenik
SVP Global Touring, Live Nation

Lydia Asrat
CO-Founder, 10 Q Mgmt

Cristina Baxter
Partner, WME

Jacqueline Beato
COO, U.S. Concerts, Live Nation

Grace Blake
Programming Director, City Winery NYC, Pier 57 and Hudson Valley

Joi Brown
Head of Strategic Partnerships, ICM Partners

Donna Busch
VP, Talent Buyer, Goldenvoice

Elizabeth Collins & Susan Genco
Co-Presidents, The Azoff Company

Tina Farris
CEO/Owner, Tina Farris Tours

Margaret Galton
Talent Buyer, C3 Presents

Tracy Lane and Shay Jasper
Co-Owners/ Producers, Trio Presents, LLC – Roots N Blues Festival

Heather Lowery
President and CEO, Femme It Forward

Kate Des Enfants McMahon
Executive Vice President, Messina Touring Group

Lenore Kinder
Senior Vice President, Wasserman Music

Carole Kinzel
Agent, CAA

Jeanine McLean-Williams
President/Managing Partner, MBK Entertainment Inc.

Stephanie Mezzano
Vice President & Festival Director, Firefly Music Festival / AEG Presents

Sarah Montgomery
Manager, Full Stop Management

Melissa Newhart
Executive, Music Brand Partnerships, UTA

Cynthia Parsons
Director of Concierge Services, Lyte

Desiree Perez
CEO, Roc Nation

Berkeley Reinhold
Owner, Reinhold Global

Joyce Smyth
Manager of The Rolling Stones

Carolyn Snell
Manager of Brandi Carlile, Red Light Management

Lisa Streff
SVP Global Licensing, Epic Rights/Bravado

Debbie Taylor
Production Coordinator

Molly Zidow
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

August-Perna, Lucy
Director, Global Sustainability; Live Nation

Bartch, Shannon
Regional Leader of Sports Recreation and Entertainment

Bedier, Kim
GM, ocV!BE/Honda Center

Castillo Butcher, Christy
SVP Programming, SoFi Stadium / Hollywood Park

Conde, Mary   
Senior Vice President, Another Planet Entertainment 

Davis, Katie
VP of Operations, Aramark

Garnett, Shura
SVP Convention Centers, OVG360

Hunter, Jenn
Senior director of DEI, Portland Trail Blazers

Peguero, Candace
Vice President, Operations; Entertainment and Sports Arena / Events DC

Lash, Jaclyn
VP, Special Events; petco Park

Leifer, Rebecca
Assistant GM, Forest Hills Stadium 

Lincoln, Geni 
Gm and SVP of Live Events
, Forum 

McWilliams, Jacqie Commissioner, CIAA

Pandolfo, Katie 
General Manager, Dignity Health Sports Park; LA Galaxy 

Schloessman, Kathryn
President & CEO; LA Sports and Entertainment Commission

Sosa, Sherri
President, Venue Nation