Stalled Revolution: Inciting Women to Leadership
Maverick female leaders helped to pave a way for women to work in the music industry. Yet there is still a huge shortage of females in leadership positions in our business. Power diversity breeds a healthy, invigorating environment from which to evolve into a higher level of creativity, deal-making and industry dynamics. To create this true diversity, men and women need to come together to incite more female leadership in all areas of the industry, and treat this movement as an important social cause that can have an incredible business effect.
Head of Label Partnerships, YouTube
Heather is the Head of Music Label Partnerships at YouTube, focused on growing monetization and discovery of recorded music worldwide. Prior to that she spent four years in Global Digital Strategy and Business Development at Warner Music Group launching new global distribution and monetization strategies with major digital partners, two years heading CBS Interactive's entertainment business development and six years at MTVN working on multiplatform content acquisition and distribution worldwide. She is also the co-founder of Women in Digital Media. Her favorite job, though, is trying to keep up with Oscar, her 3 year old (who thinks he's 15 for some reason).
SVP of Human Resources & Admin
The Harry Fox Agency Inc
Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
Michele Olton is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA). She reports directly to HFA President and CEO Michael Simon.
Olton is a seasoned HR professional with expertise in strategic staffing, talent assessment and development, compensation and employee relations. She is a member of the leadership team responsible for a significant cultural shift within the organization, creating an environment that supports heightened communication and accountability as well as implementing several leadership and training programs.
Prior to joining HFA in 2001, Olton spent three years at Prudential as Director, Human Resources, where she managed an HR team in providing HR support to 1,100 operations and systems associates in Prudential’s Retirement Services business. Her primary focus was increasing management capability through talent assessment and staff development in preparation for Prudential’s future public environment.
Prior to Prudential, Olton had a distinguished career at Citibank, where she held a variety of positions, her last as Vice President of HR for Legal Affairs and Global Risk Design.
Olton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts and Business Administration from St. John’s University. She lives in New Jersey with her son and her husband, a stage manager for major music acts.
Women in Music
Neeta has been an attorney for over twenty years. She is currently in a solo practice with a focus on Entertainment Law and also President of Women in Music, a national non profit organization established in 1985, that works to support, empower, educate and provide opportunities for women in the musical arts and industry. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Business Development and Legal Affairs for TuneSat, a music technology and audio monitoring service that employs audio fingerprinting technology to detect music and advertising use on hundreds of television broadcast channels in fourteen countries and millions of websites around the world, to help copyright owners and creators maximize their revenue. Prior to TuneSat, Neeta was Director of Artist-Label Relations at SoundExchange, the not for profit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office to collect digital performance royalties on behalf of recording artists and record labels for over eight years. Neeta has spoken on hundreds of conference panels educating creators and copyright owners as to their rights and the new streams of revenue in the digital environment. Neeta has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Recording Academy/NARAS) in New York City and Washington, DC for many years.
Prior to her position at SoundExchange, Neeta served as Assistant General Counsel for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC for over eight years, as well as the national and international 48 Hour Film Festivals. In private practice, she has represented the interests of numerous musicians, songwriters, digital innovators, recording artists, filmmakers, film festival organizers, record producers, club owners, production companies and music managers. She also served as General Counsel of the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) for over four years, and has been involved in numerous film and documentary productions (producer, music supervisor, camera operator, marketing/promotions, etc.). Neeta is also an award winning songwriter and musician, and performs in the band, The Oxymorons.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Wende Crowley is the Senior Vice President of Film & TV at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Crowley and her team are responsible for placing & licensing music in film, television and video games. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who just recently acquired EMI Music Publishing, controls over 2 million copyrights by such artists as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Lady Gaga. Crowley is currently supervising the new Michael J. Fox Show airing this fall on NBC and recently served as Music Supervisor on the feature films “Easy A” and “Friends With Benefits.” She has music supervised numerous films and television shows including, “Fired Up,” “Freaks And Geeks”, “Arrested Development” and “Cold Case.” When Crowley was in college, her friends told her that putting songs in movies and television shows wasn’t a job. She’s glad they were wrong.