Top of Mind And Poised For Even Greater Heights

The 2023 VenuesNow/Pollstar Women Of Live special, appropriately timed as anchor content for Women’s History Month in March, continues the tradition of celebrating the achievements of venue veterans, industry influencers, top-level executives as well as the positive disruption of newcomers.

Started by Venues Today in 2007 as Women of Influence, this year’s dual-publication Women of Live special celebrates those working in the core venues, sports and food service sectors who have taken the facilities industry to new heights with visionary leadership and strategic planning and innovation while successfully bringing great gender parity to the industry.

2023’s VenuesNow Women of Live cover honoree is Deneé Barracato, Northwestern University’s deputy director of athletics for operations and capital projects. She’s a shining example of a woman taking charge of the future of college sports facilities at one of the most prestigious schools in America and is poised for even bigger things in the future.

Congratulations to her and all of the honorees in this year’s class, who reflect the vision, work ethic, and resiliency of the live business.

Jenna Park Adler
Co-Head of Global Hip-Hop/R&B Touring Group and Music Agent, CAA

Cindy Agi 
Global Tour Promoter, Live Nation 

Alana Balden
Artist Manager, Full Stop Management

Elizabeth Collins and Susan Genco
Co-Presidents, The Azoff Company

Amy Corbin 
Promoter, C3

Brittanie Delava 
Vice President, Global Touring 
AEG Presents     

Mari Arionne Davies 
Vice President of Talent and Booking
Live Nation Urban     

Lucy Dickins 
Global Head of Contemporary Music and Touring, WME

Tina Farris 
Bad Ass. (aka Tour Director, Producer, El Presidente, Tina Farris

Ali Harnell 
President + Chief Strategy Officer
Live Nation Women 

Ashley Foster
Director of Ticketing, C3 Presents 

Rachel Helix 
Manager and Producer, Levity Live

Janet Kim 
Music Agent, UTA

Sam Kirby Yoh 
Partner & Global Co-Head of Music , UTA 

Heather Lowery 
President & CEO, Femme It Forward   

Cindy Mabe 
Universal Music Group Nashville

Corrie Martin 
Executive Vice President, Managing Executive, Wasserman Music   

Nicole Erin Massey 
Production Manager for Billie Eilish & FINNEAS

Shahida Mausi 
The Right Productions, Inc.  

Allison McGregor 
Head of Music Tour Marketing, CAA  

Kate McMahon  
Executive Vice President, Messina Touring Group

Jacqueline Nalpant 
EVP & Managing Executive Wasserman Music 

Marguerite Nguyen 
Tour Manager, Coldplay 

Lesley Olenik 
SVP, Global Touring, Live Nation 

Melissa Ormond 
COO, Festivals at AEG Presents and COO at Goldenvoice  

Marla Ostroff 
Managing Director, North America

Desiree Perez 
CEO, Roc Nation   

Kirdis Postelle 
Global Head of Artist Marketing,  
Amazon Music   

Debra Rathwell 
Executive Vice President of Global Touring & Talent, AEG Presents 

Elena Sotomayor
Executive Vice President 
Cárdenas Marketing Network

Tara Traub 
SVP, Global Touring, Live Nation 

Maureen Valker-Barlow
EVP of Partnerships at Danny Wimmer Presents and President at BrandMark Agency

Caroline Yim 
Partner & Co-Head Of Hip-Hop/R&B, WME

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Deneé Barracato
Deputy Athletic Director for Operations and Capital Projects
Northwestern University

Randi Bernstein
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Global Venue and Business Development Oak View Group

Francesca Bodie
President, Business Development
Oak View Group

Becky Colwell
General Manager, Kia Forum; VP of Music & Events, Intuit Dome

Kimberly Davis
Senior Executive Vice President,
National Hockey League

Ann Dunne
Assistant General Manager
US Bank Stadium

Adina Erwin
Executive Vice President, Business Operations
BSE Global

Kristen Fulmer
Senior Director, Sustainability
Oak View Group,

Kate Girotti
Regional VP, Marketing
ASM Global

Melissa Heiter
Executive Vice President
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Amy Latimer
President, TD Garden; Chief Development Officer of Growth,
Delaware North

Kelly McGrath
Director, Marketing and Communications Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul RiverCentre, The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Deirdre McCready
Executive Vice President of Sales and Special Events
Live Nation

Belinda Oakley
CEO, North America
Sodexo Live!

Angela Miles-Powell
Regional Vice President
Ticketmaster Entertainment

Rhea Roberts-Johnson
Vice President, Operations & Community Engagement

Crystal Robinson-Wesley
VP, Entertainment & Activation
Palms Casino Resort

Michelle Stevenson
Principal, Sr. Project Architect

Kim Stone
President, UBS Arena; Executive Vice President OVG East Coast

Helen Strus
VP, Marketing & Communications
MetLife Stadium

Josephine Vaccarello
Executive Vice President, Live
MSG Entertainment

Amy Venable
Director of Ticketing
Greensboro Coliseum Complex and Tanger Center