2023 Women Of Live: Randi Bernstein
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Global Venue and Business Development | Oak View Group
Thoughtfully designed venues have the ability to transform communities. It’s a cause-and-effect relationship that Randi Bernstein, senior vice president and general counsel of Global Venue and Business Development for Oak View Group, has witnessed firsthand.
“We see this as an opportunity for our arenas to transform and revitalize cities and to bring people together to create lasting memories,” she said.
Bernstein works collaboratively with OVG’s executive team to oversee existing projects while also assessing and pursuing new strategic opportunities for the company. Her broad experience has allowed her to sit at the crossroads of project finance, sports league governance and large-scale municipal development efforts.
During the past year, OVG opened four new arenas in the U.S. including Moody Center in Austin, Texas, Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, California, Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia, and Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona. The company made significant progress on three additional arenas, two of which are outside of the U.S., including Co-op Live in Manchester, UK, CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore and a new arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
On the horizon is a new, world-class sports and live entertainment district in Las Vegas that will be Sin City’s first ultramodern, fully integrated live and entertainment development.
“These buildings are energizing the areas around them and have become points of destination 365 days a year,” Bernstein offered.
Bernstein is equally vocal about the gains OVG has made in building careers for the Women of Live. “Women are becoming more and more visible in the live business each day,” Bernstein said. “I am incredibly proud to work for a company that values and empowers women to help shape the live entertainment industry.”
Persistence and the advice of mentors made a difference, according to Bernstein.
“I consider myself fortunate to have had several female role models early on who mentored me and showed me that, with hard work and perseverance, you can have it all,” she explained. “I would, however, be remiss if I did not also give credit to the men who, in many cases, were my biggest champions, recognizing and supporting me along the way. My advice to my mentees and younger team members is to never give up.” ”