WIM Summit 2023

  • 25 Jan 2023
  • (EST)
  • 27 Jan 2023
  • (EST)
  • 3 sessions
  • 25 Jan 2023, 12:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 26 Jan 2023, 12:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 27 Jan 2023, 12:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • Zoom


  • If you attend one of our summit chapter events you will receive a discount code
  • Free with membership

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 WIM Summit 2023


Dates:  January 25th - January 27th 

Join us at Women in Music’s WIM Summit 2022 to kick off our 38th year in service to the music industry, and to celebrate our diverse and vibrant community. Founded in 1985, our commitment to educate, empower and advance women in music has never been stronger than it is today - with thousands of members around the globe, and chapters from LA to Japan. 

The WIM Summit 2023 will take place virtually via Zoom webinar from January 25 - January 27 between 12pm-4pm ET and will feature industry-leading speakers, masterclasses, and opportunities to connect.

This year, each day is dedicated to one of the pillars of WIM. Educate, Empower, Advance.

Schedule (EST): 

Day 1 | Jan. 25 - Educate


How Artists Can Win with Brands on TikTok

Description: TikTok is Arguably the most influential platform in the world right now.  So how are brands tapping into Tiktok's artist influencer culture to create viral chart topping hits? And how are artists winning on the platform with brands? 


Dann Liebermann, Head of Creative Partnerships, The Elements Music

Leslie Powell, Songwriter/Artist

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

Sarah Kerkian, Content Director, Kay Jewelers

Moderator: Moira McCarthy, VP, Women in Music 


Global Market Trends in 2023

Description: Join us for another year of exploring global market trends. This year we spotlight on Zimbabwe.


Helena Kosinski, VP, Global, Luminate Data

Jusnah Gadi, Founder of Young Music Boss (UK), Co-founder TES (Tanzania)

Ms Natasha Stambuli, General Manager, Boomplay Tanzania

Annamary Ishengoma, Co-Founder, Entertainment/Intellectual Property Lawyer Quinn Law Chambers,

Ms Sandra Marthern Brown, Talent Manager, Music Business Executive, ZIIKI Media, Stargaze Company Limited

Moderator: Neeta Ragoowansi, Executive Director, Folk Alliance International; Board of Directors, Women in Music



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


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



Securing A Strong Publishing Deal For Long-Term Financial Stability

Description:  In this panel, we will explore how artists – both independent and those signed to a record label – can develop a stronger grasp of the nuances of music publishing, and how doing so can help build financial longevity for artists across the spectrum from brand-new acts to established musicians. 

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



Masterclass: Activists Artist Management

Description: In this candid roundtable discussion leading female executives from top management firm Activist Artists Management (The Lumineers, Bob Weir, Dead & Co, Brittney Spencer+) will share learnings from their years in the business. We’ll dig deep into what makes a strong artist and manager relationship, how to navigate challenging situations and decisions, grow with artists from basements to stadium, and give back to causes that matter along the way.


Liz Norris, Partner, Head of Media and Brand Strategy at Activist Artists Management

Caitlin Stone, Partner, Head of Activism at Activist Artists Management

Kris “Red” Tanner, Partner, Head of Ticketing, Commerce and Sustainability at Activist Artists Management

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


Day 2 | Jan. 26 - Empower


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

Description: In our “new normal,” working parents have found themselves struggling to balance all their responsibilities at home and in the virtual workspace. Author, Founder & CEO Lauren Smith Brody is here to help caregivers preserve their mental health, adapt to their evolving workplaces, and find mutual employee/employer support during this difficult time. In her empowering lecture, Brody provides working caregivers with all the strategies they need to work remotely with children at home, including tactics for productivity amid the chaos and evidence-based ideas for protecting our kids’ wellbeing during stressful world events like these. 

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)




A-List Agents: Sama Kirby Yoh & Cheryl Paglierani

Speakers: Mari Davies, VP Talent & Booking, Live Nation Urban

Sam Kirby Yoh, Co-Head Music, UTA;

Cheryl Paglierani, Partner/Music Agent, UTA  


Mari Davies, VP Talent & Booking, Live Nation Urban


Change Makers

Description: Meet these changemakers who are creating space and opportunity in sectors across entertainment and transforming the industry from the inside out.


Naz Fatemian, Live Nation Women

Terra Lopez, Backline / Break the Barriers Coalition

Thayer Lavielle, The Collective, Wasserman 

Carissa Stolting, Unmanageable Arts / Women’s Giving Circle 

Celine Thackston, Unmanageable Arts/ Women’s Giving Circle

Mimi Renée, Diversify the Stage

Moderator: Michelle Conceison, Artist Manager Professor, Global Chair of Mentorship Women in Music



Winning Work Culture in 2023: How to Build & Sustain Community in a WFH World 

Description: Adopting a remote or hybrid work model can have a positive and long-lasting impact on the evolution of culture and connectivity  - if we get it right. Research found that a third of employees feel like they need to be available for work 24/7,  and almost half believe they need to work long hours to get ahead.  As remote work becomes the new norm, shifts in mindset, creativity and leadership are crucial to maintain a thriving work culture and setting clear boundaries is imperative to prevent burnout. Join us as we dig into what's working, what's not, and how these leaders set the pace for their companies and their teams to strike the right balance. 


Jenna Gaudio, Chief Operating Officer, Vydia

Taneshia Nash Laird, Founding President & CEO, Greater Roxbury Arts & Cultural Center 

Lisa Robinson, Vice President, Community & Social Engagement, Downtown Music Holdings 

Moderator: Jennifer Newman Sharpe, General Counsel & Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Exceleration Music


Fireside Chat: Molly Neuman – A Purpose-driven Career, From Drums to Downtown

Description: In this fireside chat, three-time Billboard Women In Music honoree Molly Neuman will discuss her career path, starting as a member of a world-touring, self-managed band, to building a career out of supporting musicians and their art. Her musical career began as drummer in Bratmobile, part of the massively influential riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. Since then, she has worked with independent artists at record labels, digital services, as head of music at Kickstarter, and finally in leadership at Songtrust and Downtown. As a longtime artist advocate, Neuman is an ideal fit as CMO at Downtown, with its focus on artist services and mission to build a creator-focused and truly equitable music business, as well as to uplift the industry at large. 


Molly Neuman, Chief Marketing Officer, Downtown Music Holdings 

Day 3 | Jan. 27 - Advance


Best Meeting of the Week - Virtual Community Hang

Description: In March of 2020, music industry professionals from across the globe met on a Friday at 9am PT and three years later those meetings have never stopped. The Best Meeting Of The Week is a weekly gathering of music industry professionals seeking community through an hour long conversation, no requirements or predetermined topics, just a chance to gather and commiserate or celebrate working in this industry we love.


Maria Gironas, Founder (Cool Shit, Cool People); Global Chair, Diversity & Inclusion (Women In Music)



Personal Branding for Business with Christine Osazuwa

Description: As music professionals, we always look to see how we can help artists build their career and create their “brand”. What about us? Tune into this crash-course workshop as industry executive, Christine Osazuwa, gives tips + tricks on how to utilize digital platforms like LinkedIn and peers to place yourself in position for long term success.


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




Pivoting Your Career & Navigating a Recession

Description: WIM Summit wouldn't be complete with a career panel tailored to the current challenges of today. We'll speak with experts from People teams, recruiting, and leaders who have had to navigate it all before to share their learnings and actionable insights on how you can make a plan and come out ahead. We'll explore freelance work as a full time or temporary stop gap and other ways to translate your experience to industries that may not be as impacted. We'll follow the discussion with recruiters sharing open roles and opportunities. 


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, WIM Advisory Board



Career Fair - Recruiters Present Open Roles


Facilitated by Sari Kohen, Head of Partner Marketing, Melio, WIM Advisory Board




Zoom Breakout Sessions with Recruiters

Speakers: Various

More to be announced!!