||5th Annual 'Rising Through the Ranks' Program Set for August 29-30
Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted for Noted Workshop Dedicated to the Advancement of Women in Radio Sales Management
The Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will present the fifth annual "Rising Through the Ranks" seminar, August 29-30, at the BMI offices in Nashville, TN.
As in years past, BMI will offer 25 scholarships for the 2012 program. These scholarships cover the cost of the training course and are designed to foster and educate emerging female radio sellers and managers within the industry.
This year's workshop will primarily focus on imperative sales and management techniques, including time management skills, budget reviews and forecasting.
The keynote speaker will be Katie Gambill, vice president and general manager at 5 Star Radio. Through her position at 5 Star, Katie manages four FM stations, two AM stations, and a successful local online news site called Clarksvillenow.com.
Scholarship winners will also have the opportunity to hear from Liz Rose, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, publisher and owner of Liz Rose Music in Nashville and BMI's Song of the Year Co-Writer. Liz will sit down for an in-depth discussion with Penny Everhard, associate director, writer/publisher relations, at BMI on the impact and importance of mentoring throughout her career.
Rose first opened an independent publishing company in 1996 before signing with Jody Williams Music. Within months, she found success with recordings and, in 2004, scored three songs on the country charts simultaneously.
In 2007 she teamed with Taylor Swift, co-penning seven songs on her debut Big Machine multi-platinum-selling album that yielded #1 "Teardrops on my Guitar." Other songs crafted with Swift include "Fearless" and two #1's -- "White Horse" and "You Belong with Me." She also penned Allison Krauss's recent hit, "My Love Follows You Where You Go." Liz's latest single recorded by the Eli Young Band, "Crazy Girl," went #1, was named Billboard Country Song of the Year, and won the ACM 2012 Song of the Year.
"Rising Through the Ranks" attendees will also learn from leading Radio industry executives, including: Lynn Anderson, founder and CEO, Lynn Anderson Integrated Media Group; Lindsay Cerajewski, general sales manager, WUSN CBS RADIO; Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau; Brandeis Hall, vice president training, Radio Advertising Bureau; Kay Olin, president, Local Focus; and Alison Smith, senior vice president, performing rights, BMI.
"'Rising Through the Ranks' has become a pillar of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group's annual initiatives," said Heidi Raphael, vice president, corporate communications, Greater Media, and spokesperson for the MIW Radio Group. "With the assistance of BMI and the RAB, the MIW Radio Group is able to continue to develop and help advance female sales managers to senior positions in the Radio industry."
"BMI is thrilled to underwrite this important initiative," said Mike Steinberg, senior vice president, Licensing, BMI. "We continue to see the viable business impact it has within the radio industry."
"I'm very proud of the annual 'Rising Through the Ranks program,'" noted Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. "We've seen many women come through this program and move into executive level positions, and with excellent speakers such as Katie Gambill and Liz Rose sharing their experiences and knowledge, this year's class will be poised to succeed when they return to their stations."
Scholarship applications and registration details are available at www.rab.com, and will be accepted now through July 13. Because enrollment in the training course is limited, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early in order to secure a spot.