Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women Announce Completion of the
11th Annual Management & Leadership Training Seminar

New York, NY – August 20, 2018 –The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI) ®, and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the eleventh annual Rising Through the Ranks Women in Radio Management & Leadership Training Program. Twenty-nine scholarship recipients were welcomed at the BMI Nashville Offices on August 15-16. Scholarships were courtesy of BMI.

Scholarship recipients were selected and awarded by the three organizations. The two-day seminar focused on the specific needs of women in radio management roles and worked to enhance their overall knowledge and skills.  
Sessions at this year’s seminar will include, among others:
•    The Role of Today's Radio Manager
•    Managing Up and Down
•    Having Difficult Conversations
•    Budgeting and Forecasting
•    Recruiting, Hiring, and Firing
•    Women in the Radio Workplace
•    Building Your Personal Brand

Featured speakers included:
Hartley Adkins, President, Integrated Revenue Strategy, iHeartMedia, Inc.
Lindsay Cerajewski, General Sales Manager, Entercom Communications
Joe D’Angelo, SVP of Broadcast Radio, Xperi, Inc.
Erica Farber, President & CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau
Brandeis Hall, Vice President, Revenue Development, Radio One
Amy Hughes, Director of Sales, Entercom Communications
Laurie Kahn, Founder, Chief Multitasker, Media Staffing Network
Angela Kluke, Director, Training & Product Development – Sales, My Broadcasting Corporation
Val Maki, President & COO, Brandovation
Denyse Mesnik, President, The Mesnik Group
Ginny Morris, Chairperson & CEO, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
Shayna Sharpe, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Reps
Dan Spears, Vice President, Industry Relations, Licensing, BMI
Erika Sylvia, Controller, Emmis Communications

The tailored curriculum featured practical and real-world applications that participants of the course can put to use in the workplace immediately. The topics included: The Role of Today's Radio Manager, Managing Up and Down, Having Difficult Conversations, Budgeting and Forecasting, Women in the Radio Workplace, and Building Your Personal Brand.

“Our 2018 graduates now have the critical provisions needed to return to their home markets with the mindset of leading and inspiring their teams,” noted Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “These women now have a new-found network of peers, and unprecedented management skills after this two-day seminar.”

“BMI is incredibly proud to support these talented up-and-coming female radio executives through the Rising Through the Ranks Program,” said Dan Spears, vice president, Industry Relations, BMI.  “The professional development training presented at this seminar, led by top level executives will continue to be an invaluable resource for these graduates for years to come.”

“Sharing experiences and resources in a classroom environment is invaluable to our graduates. Rising Through the Ranks continues to be a hallmark event for Mentoring and Inspiring Women,” noted Denyse Mesnik, president, The Mesnik Group and spokeswoman for the MIW Radio Group. “By supporting the advancement of women in radio to foster the growth of female managers, we ensure the next generation of leadership in the radio industry.”                 

 “Rising Through The Ranks opened my eyes to a different perspective, exposed me to brilliant people, boosted my confidence, reinforced that anything is possible. It was the most inspirational and educational experience of my professional career,” noted 2018 Scholarship Recipient, Marta Davies, general sales manager, Beasley Media Group. “I had the honor of learning from top professionals in our industry while forming deep bonds with brilliant women who are the next generation of radio leaders.”

2018 Rising Through the Ranks Graduates
Stephanie Blumenthal, Entercom Communications
Angelique Brown, iHeartMedia, Inc.
Brandy Carter, Entercom Communications
Nina Carter, BMI
Julia Cole, BMI
Marta DeLisi, Beasley Media Group
Amy Foxx, Leighton Broadcasting
Sandie Fulks, Rich Broadcasting
Kelsey Gresham, EW Scripps
Renee Hartman, Katz Radio Group
Lindsay High, Entercom Communications
Allyson Hillman, Beasley Media Group
Hollie Hughes, Neuhoff Media
April Koester, Cromwell Radio Group
Rita Landells, RAB
Karalee Misner, Neuhoff Media
Colleen O'Brien, Bonneville International
Rachel Porter, Cox Media Group
Louisiana Ricome, Cox Media Group
Kalie Schuster, Leighton Broadcasting
Natalie Redding, Townsquare Media
Kacey Rodgers, Entercom Communications
Cali Scully, ADX Communications
Amy Stroud, Forcht Broadcasting
Lisa Wall, Emmis Communications
Kelsey Walsh, Cumulus Media
Amanda White, Impact Radio Group
Carolyn Whitman, iHeartMedia, Inc.
Rebecca Yang, iHeartMedia, Inc.
About BMI:
Celebrating over 77 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly and receive our e-newsletter every Monday to stay up to date on all things music.

About the MIW Radio Group:
The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is a volunteer organization consisting of top-level female media professionals from across the country, who are dedicated to using their influence and resources to help other women in radio broadcasting develop strong management and leadership skills. The MIW Group is equally committed to advocating for the advancement of women to senior positions in radio broadcasting. For more information, please visit www.radioMIW.com.

About RAB
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member year we said when the scholarship networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. For more information log onto www.rab.com.

Media Contacts:

Meghan Buonocore

Jodie Thomas

Denyse Mesnik