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Thea Wood

Board of Directors, President
& Acting Secretary

Thea has over 30 years experience in the corporate and start-up worlds with an emphasis on female empowerment and music. She decided it was time to “shift back and give back” in 2018 and the foundation and podcast became a reality within six months thanks to her diverse expertise and ability to pull together a lean but mighty group of experts. Career highlights include:

  • Content programmer to executive level, working with record labels, national music magazines, Viacom, and more.
  • Managing Editor and contributor for newspapers and international trade magazines
  • Publisher/Owner of SheSpark (an international digital magazine for women)
  • TEDx speaker
  • Certified image consultant     

Thea tinkers on the piano and guitar, sings joyously in the car (much to her family’s dismay), and supports live music.

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Grace Lanni

Board of Directors, Branding Director

Grace owns All About That Brand, an award-winning branding consultancy and podcast, and is a best-selling author. An entrepreneur at heart, Grace was one of only two women to publicly fund a $1MM venture in Austin (2000) and is the managing director of Austin’s E-Women Network where she oversaw the top growth of all EWN chapters in the U.S in 2018. 

Ever the entrepreneur, Grace is continually engaging the cutting edge of personal branding.  Grace was recently referred by William Arruda (Forbes columnist on Personal Branding) to lead a 2hr workshop at the ‘19 Intl Career Thought Leaders conference on the personal branding dynamics of the gig economy.

Grace (singer/keyboardist) plays gigs with her guitarist husband, and enjoys a glass of wine with friends in the Texas Hill Country.

Seth Schachner

Seth Schachner

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Seth Schachner is the Managing Director of Strat Americas, a Los Angeles based consultancy that provides strategic guidance and helps clients with media and technology partnerships. Strat Americas has worked with clients in digital and social music, virtual reality, live entertainment, artificial intelligence, and enterprise software.

Seth is an experienced business development executive who spent eleven years with Sony music. During his time there, he held senior digital leadership roles in Latin America and for Sony’s Jive Records label in North America. At Sony Music Latin America, Seth created multi-million selling mobile handset partnerships for the artists Shakira and Ricky Martin.

Previously, Schachner held business development roles with Microsoft, Liberty Media, Viacom, and Universal Music.

Seth was one of  AOL’s first business development executives, where he ran AOL’s very first music channel and oversaw AOL’s partnerships with the American music industry – including AOL’s first “official” digital music download.

A graduate of Columbia University in New York, Seth has also served as Chairman of Florida’s Film & Entertainment Advisory Council, which helped guide Florida on State film and entertainment growth strategies.

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Eleanor Bennett

Production Manager

Eleanor Bennett is an independent podcast producer and radio journalist. Eleanor fell in love with the medium while interning at Aspen Public Radio. From there, she moved to New York where she covered issues of climate justice and women’s empowerment for SiriusXM Radio.

She recently finished a project interviewing hundreds of New Yorkers from all walks of life for the global photographer, JR. Her interviews will be utilized as part of an audio-visual installation going up in the Brooklyn Museum in Fall 2019.Her latest endeavor is “Questions I’ve Never Asked” – a new podcast about getting to know the interior life of her mother, Janie Jose land Bennett. The story begins with Janie’s childhood growing up on a cattle station alongside the Pitjantjatjara community in the remote Australian outback. As a young woman, Eleanor is determined to develop a new canon of work from the perspective of women from all walks of life. As the Production Manager for Backstage Chats, Eleanor is excited to be part of a team devoted to elevating the powerful voices of women in the music industry.

volunteers

Volunteers

Our volunteers are passionate about gender equity in the music industry and uplifting the next generation of female music makers. We would love for you to join this growing group of rock stars! Major thanks go to:

Allysa Holbrook
Chlorish Mitchell
Caroline Moss
Brooke Ramos
Lucy Wood

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