Women in Music Summit Programming Announced

As part of the nonprofit's mission to educate, empower and advance women in the music industry, this year’s Summit will highlight various panels offering diverse topics and perspectives from leading industry professionals including Sam Kirby Yoh, Cheryl Paglierani, Mari Davies, Jenna Gaudio, Dann Liebermann, Leslie Powell, Heidy Vaquerano, Christine Osazuwa, Lauren Smith Brody, Jules Kammann, Leigh McCorkle, Acacia Diaz, Thea Raskin, Blair Miller, Temima Shames, Cassie Petrey, Sari Kohen, Tara Bendler, Maria Gironas, Neeta Ragoowansi, Moira McCarthy, Nicole Barsalona and many more.

This year’s 2023 Summit programming will be presented virtually, as it has in years past, to allow global chapters and members equal access to the educational and career development content. Alongside executive programming, a focus on those entering the industry will include a career fair on day three, inspired by Women in Music’s new collegiate expansion, the WIM Mentorship Program and the WIM Internship Program, the latter of which places diverse candidates into paid in-house industry internships at partner companies. Beyond industry-specific conversations, this year’s Summit will explore workplace culture and community in 2023, with sessions highlighting data behind remote and hybrid models. A talk from Author, Founder and CEO of The Fifth Trimester, Lauren Smith Brody, aims to help parents navigate the “new normal” of virtual work. WIM members can register for free, and tickets are available for purchase to non-members here.

Find the initial programming schedule below, with more to be announced:


Time: 12pm ET

Title: How Artists Can Win with Brands on TikTok


Dann Liebermann, Head of Creative Partnerships, The Elements Music

Leslie Powell, Songwriter/Artist

Kelli Slade, Commercial Music and Creative Licensing Manager, Bytedance/TikTok

Moderator: Moira McCarthy, VP, Women in Music

Time: 2pm ET

Title: Harnessing Digital Media Strategies for Success


Blair Miller, Founder & CEO, Chaos Creators

Cassie Petrey, Co-Founder, Crowd Surf

Temima Shames, Founder & CEO, Next Step Talent

Moderator: Tara Bendler Global Chair, Comm/Board of Directors, Women in Music; Talk Marketing, Spotify

Time: 3pm ET

Title: Securing A Strong Publishing Deal For Long-Term Financial Stability


Heidy Vaquerano, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP

Mary Rahmani, Founder, Moon Projects

Ashley Winton, SVP Global Creative Services, Warner Chappell

Moderator: Kristin Robinson, Music Publishing Reporter, Billboard

Time: 4pm

Title: Masterclass: Activist Artist Management


Liz Norris, Partner, Activist Artist Management

Caitlin Stone, Partner, Head of Activism, Activist Artist Management

Kris “Red” Tanner, Partner, Activist Artist Management

Moderator: Nicole Barsalona, President, Women in Music; Artist Manager


Time: 12pm ET

Title: More Than Just Treading Water: How to Survive and Grow as a Working Parent Right Now

Speaker: Lauren Smith Brody, Founder & CEO, The Fifth Trimester; Co-Founder, Chamber of Mothers

Moderator: Jessica Shaw, SVP Sync Licensing, Sony Music Entertainment

Sponsored by The Village (Sony Music Entertainment)

Time: 1pm ET

Title: A-List Agents: Sam Kirby Yoh & Cheryl Paglierani

Speakers: Sam Kirby Yoh, Co-Head Music, UTA; Cheryl Paglierani, Partner/Music Agent, UTA

Moderator: TBA


Time: 1pm ET

Title: Personal Branding for Business with Christine Osazuwa

Speakers: Christine Osazuwa, Chief Strategy Officer, Shoobs; Founder, Measure of Music; UK Director, shesaid.so

Time: 2pm ET

Title: Pivoting Your Career & Navigating a Recession


Jules Kammann, Vice President, People & Culture / Diversity, Inclusion, Beatport

Leigh McCorkle, Chief People Officer, The Mechanical Licensing Collective

Acacia Diaz, VP Marketing, Tixr Inc.

Thea Raskin, Founder & Owner, The Inventory

Moderator: Sari Kohen, Head of Partner Marketing, Melio

Time: 2:45pm ET

Title: Career Fair - Recruiters Present Open Roles

Speakers: Facilitated by Sari Kohen, Head of Partner Marketing, Melio

Time: 3pm ET

Title: Zoom Breakout Sessions with Recruiters

Speakers: Various.

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