Yesterday, American Express wrapped up their second annual “American Express Women in Music Leadership Academy”– highlighting the brand’s further commitment to backing emerging female leaders across the music industry.
In a continued effort to promote diversity and inclusion of female leaders, American Express welcomed the next generation of female leaders at this year’s event. During the three days of intensive programming and workshops, a new class of almost 50 emerging female leaders in the music industry had the opportunity to earn the interpersonal and business skills necessary to lead effectively, network with fellow emerging and established leaders in the space, work with a personal executive coach and more. All of the programming at this year’s event was designed to advance attendees’ careers and inspire the next generation of change makers.
“Our global brand stands for powerful backing. We saw a need to pave the way for future female leaders in the music industry, and have their back, as we acknowledge there are still challenges to overcome. Through the ‘Women in Music Leadership Academy,’ we strive to identify, develop and support women who are making an impact not only on their industry, but also for other women.” – Deb Curtis, Vice President, Global Brand Partnerships & Experiences at American Express.
Highlights from the second annual American Express Women in Music Leadership Academy, which took place from June 3-6, 2019 at the New York Marriot Downtown (85 West St.) included:
- Welcome reception and remarks featuring Elizabeth Rutledge, Chief Marketing Officer, and Deborah Curtis, Vice President, Global Brand Partnerships & Experiences, at American Express (Monday, June 3)
- A fireside chat with Stacy L. Smith, PhD., Founder and Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (Tuesday, June 4)
o Stacy discussed recent findings from the “Inclusion In the Recording Studio” study, the second annual investigation into the industry by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, as well as highlighted what the industry and individuals can do to further support female and minority inclusion in the music industry.
- A diverse music industry panel curated in partnership with Billboard featuring Ebonie Smith, Gender Amplified Founder and CEO; Shakari “Trakgirl” Boles, Producer and Founder of the 7% Series; Jennifer Mallory, EVP/GM of Columbia Records; and Ann Mincieli, Jungle Studios Co-Founder (Wednesday, June 5)
o This panel highlighted what has been identified by USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative as the industry’s greatest area of need: increased female representation amongst, songwriters, producers, audio engineers, etc. Panelists discussed how rising female leaders can use their respective voices, networks, and influence to push for the advancement of the industry’s female creatives.
- American Express partnered with The Female Quotient to offer professional headshots for Academy participants. The Female Quotient is dedicated to promoting equality in the workplace, through collaboration, activating solutions for change, and creating measurements for accountability.
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