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Women Blazers is a podcast that features interviews with women in the sports industry who are either breaking barriers or on a journey to blaze trails in the front office. Through the experiences of others, insights can be gained, new opportunities can be created, and many can be inspired.
 
An EAMC Podcast - Explore the personal journeys and experiences of people in the live entertainment industry. Join hosts Dave Redelberger and Paul Hooper as they talk with guests who work in live entertainment about what they are currently doing, their history in the industry, and the challenges they faced along the way to lead them to where they are today. Adventures In Venueland is a side project of the Event & Arena Marketing Conference, a non-profit organization bringing together people ...
 
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Podcasters meet podcaster on this episode of Adventures In Venueland as Dave and Paul talk with Dionna Widder, Chief Revenue Officer for Houston Dynamo FC, Houston Dash, and PNC Stadium, as well as host of the industry podcast Women Blazers. Hear Dionna talk about her career journey, which took her to various cities and teams, and advice she gives …
 
In this episode we welcome Maya Mendoza-Exstrom, Sr. Vice President of Legal and External Affairs for the Seattle Sounders of the MLS. Maya shares her remarkable experiences and journey, rooted in the heart of Seattle, she fell in love with the game of soccer thanks to her parents. It was that foundation and her decision to lead forward with her he…
 
The stars at night are big and bright as we head deep into the heart of Austin, Texas and talk with Steve Sternschein, CEO and co-founder of Ad.Ventures, an agency representing nearly 100 independent venues, maximizing ancillary revenue through a collective sales approach. Steve talks about what the last year has been like owning and operating nume…
 
In this episode we welcome Jessica Smith, Head of Revenue for one of the the newest clubs in the NWSL, Angel City FC. You’ll hear Jess share her incredible journey, sparked by self determination and built on the foundation of a strong work ethic, commitment to her vision, and by differentiating herself as she climbed the industry.As the Head of Rev…
 
Windy City wonder meets hoop dreams as we talk with Brooke Weisbrod, ESPN Sports Broadcaster based in Chicago. Hear about how the sports broadcasting world has changed in the last year and a half, and how Brooke has adjusted to calling games from her home remotely. We learn all about her career journey, from playing basketball to calling basketball…
 
In this episode we welcome Emily Maguire, Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service for the Denver Nuggets. You’ll hear Emily share her career journey, starting out in inside sales and working her way up through the challenges and personal breakthroughs. Emily’s dedication to her growth and commitment to her team has led her to be one of Kroenke Spo…
 
Rosin up your bow and join Dave and Paul as they head back to Nashville to explore the personal adventure of Camille Faulkner, touring and studio violinist, music licenser, and the audio editor and mixer for Adventures In Venueland! Camille tells us about challenges she’s faced throughout her career, the highs and lows of touring, the ins and outs …
 
In this episode we welcome Carley Knox, President of Business Operations for the Minnesota Lynx. Carley started out as a Division 1 soccer player with the goal to coach the game she loves, but she ultimately took a path beyond the field and that would allow her to live out her passion of fighting for women’s equality. Through the power of sports an…
 
For our 25th episode we head to Kansas City, aka “Paris of the Plains,” and talk with Shani Tate Ross, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for T-Mobile Center. We dive right into some of the current challenges facing the industry with its roaring return, and discuss silver linings and pitfalls the pandemic may have brought on. Hear all about Shani’…
 
In this episode we welcome Allie Dicken. Allie serves as the Director of Brand Marketing for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. Allie started out knowing she wanted to work in professional sports while in High School and that vision helped drive her forward to make that dream a reality. Focused on contributing to the brand purpose, she left no sto…
 
Join us in the Deer District as we chat with Dustin Godsey, Chief Marketing Officer for the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dustin takes us through the wild ride the Bucks had over the last year and a half, from playing in the bubble to winning an NBA championship. He shares what the journey has been like from when he firs…
 
BONUS EPISODE - For this bonus episode, we talk with Tim Zulawski, the Chief Revenue Officer at AMB Sports & Entertainment including Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Tim walks us through the ideation, planning and execution on the venue side of Kanye West's DONDA events and residency at their stadium. Hear how their operations team adjusted and fl…
 
In this episode we welcome Erika Swilley, Vice President of Community & Social Responsibility for the Detroit Pistons. Erika shares her career path, which has been a journey of serving communities and making an impact in the lives of others through the power of sports. Never settling, never stopping, just focused to create a life of purpose by lead…
 
Grab your guitar and join us in music city as we talk with Lori Shapiro, Director of Digital Marketing at Outback Presents, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hear Lori talk about what the last year and a half has been like on the promoter side and how they adapted and prepared for the return of events. She discusses starting on the venue side, her jou…
 
In this episode we welcome Lisa Walker, SVP of Business Development College Athletics for Eventellect. Lisa shares her career journey, starting out on a path to become a lawyer with the pursuit of a role in politics, but ultimately followed her passion to work in Collegiate Athletics - energized by the game and strengthened by the people who suppor…
 
This episode we chat with industry legend Kim Bedier, Director of Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma, including the iconic Tacoma Dome, one of the largest wood domed structures in the world. Hear about Kim’s passions of promoting women in leadership roles, the importance of mentoring, and the value of career advancement through IAVM, the Intern…
 
In this episode we welcome Emily Jaenson as our featured guest. Emily serves as the General Manager for the Reno Aces of Minor League Baseball and was the first women to hold this position in Triple-A ball. Emily shares her career journey, starting out in the Chicago Bulls sales internship program which led to a path where she discovered a passion …
 
This adventure introduces us to Jamie Vosmeier, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more about the theater side of the business and how Jamie’s venue often plays a duel role, operating as a performing arts venue and functioning like a small arena at times. In this episode, you’ll get to hear some of the his…
 
In this episode we welcome Molly Wurdack-Folt as our featured guest. Molly serves as the VP of Corporate Partnership Activation for Olympia Entertainment which includes the Detroit Tigers of the MLB and Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. Molly shares her incredible experiences and learnings leading and growing in the sports industry. Powered by passion …
 
Today’s adventure introduces us to Ereka Brim, Senior Manager of Marketing, Advertising, Promotions and Public Relations for Spectrum Center’s concerts and special events based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. One thing her and her team are known for are setting the standard for artist welcomes and experiences and in this episode, you’ll get a cha…
 
In this episode we welcome Krystle Hogan as our featured guest. Krystle serves as the VP of Ticket Sales & Service for the LA Clippers of the NBA. Krystle shares her incredible journey breaking into the sports industry and growing into the leader she is today. She pursued her curiosities, displayed perseverance and patience, and has been surrounded…
 
Heading to State College, Pennsylvania, today’s episode introduces Kate Bean, Bryce Jordan Center’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Kate comes from a somewhat unique perspective, working at a venue that resides on a college campus, and debunks many of the stereotypes that come with that. She also describes the experience of having to pi…
 
In this episode we welcome Catherine Carlson as our featured guest. Catherine serves as the SVP/Revenue & Strategy for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. You’ll hear her amazing journey, which started 30 years ago in her home country of Australia where she fell in love with sports. As a student of the industry, she came to the states to earn her M…
 
In this episode we welcome Elizabeth DiLullo Brown as our featured guest. Elizabeth serves as the SVP/Chief Marketing Officer for Little League Baseball. You’ll hear Liz share her amazing journey as she has knocked her career out of the park growing from agency life to becoming Little League’s first female senior executive. Her impressive path is t…
 
Meet two-time WWE Champion, NXT Champion, Intercontinental Champion and two-time RAW Tag Team Champion, Drew McIntyre. He’s the first British World Champion in WWE history and the 31st Triple Crown Champion in professional wrestling. In this first of its kind live recorded episode, Dave and Paul had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the Sco…
 
In this episode we welcome Vanessa Scott as our featured guest. Vanessa serves as the Director of Accounting for Houston Dynamo FC, Houston Dash, and BBVA Stadium. You’ll hear Vanessa share her incredible journey, starting out as a track athlete at Tulane University where she had to evacuate after her third day on campus due to Hurricane Katrina. T…
 
This episode’s guest that Dave and Paul chat with is Julian “Zeus” McClurkin, who many may know through his time with the Harlem Globetrotters as a player and advance ambassador. Julian has been with the team for 11 years, turning his passion of “smiling and dunking” into his career. Hear from him on how he got to this point, growing up playing bas…
 
In this episode we welcome Ashley Clinkscale as our featured guest. Ashley serves as the Senior Vice President of Communications, Community & Diversity for the Portland Trailblazers. Ashley has had an incredible journey powered by her passion for storytelling and by building strong relationships with an expansive network. Her authenticity, hard wor…
 
This adventure takes us to Corpus Christi, Texas where Dave and Paul talk with Samuel Guerrero, Digital Marketing Manager for Concrete Street Amphitheater. Coming to you with a bit of a different perspective compared to previous guests on the podcast, Samuel’s adventure is early in his career, as he is a young up-and-comer who got his start interni…
 
In this episode we welcome Neda Tabatabaie as our featured guest. Neda serves as the Vice President of Business Analytics & Technology for the San Jose Sharks. Neda is one of the pioneers of business analytics and intelligence in our industry. Her dedication, hard work, no fear mentality, and appreciation for a great work culture have earned her a …
 
Today’s episode takes us to Music City where Dave & Paul chat with Claire Francis, the Sr. Marketing Director for Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. Claire talks about the journey of increasing capacity within the building, the protocols in place, and what went into creating their Smashville SAFE plan. Having a strong relationship with …
 
In this episode we welcome Abbey Mathis as our featured guest. Abbey serves as the Sr. Director of Premium Hospitality Development for the Cleveland Cavaliers. As a natural competitor most of her life, Abbey had aspirations of going pro as a soccer player and found herself going pro as a key contributor in the front office of a professional sports …
 
We’re adding a new state to our adventures as Dave and Paul talk with Tammy Koolbeck based in Ames, Iowa who is the Executive Director for Stephens Auditorium, a multilevel theater at Iowa State University. Tammy is a standout in this industry and has truly done it all, from her time as past EAMC President from 1999-2004 to being past chair for the…
 
BONUS EPISODE - For this bonus episode, Dave and Paul talk with some of the key planners for EAMC Virtual 2021, the upcoming virtual conference presented by the Event & Arena Marketing Conference: Vanessa Kromer (Nederlander Concerts), Kirk Wingerson (Amway Center & Camping World Stadium), Paul Bee (Milwaukee Bucks), Jessica Runyon (Ticketmaster) a…
 
In this episode we welcome Amanda Verhoff as our featured guest. Amanda is the President of The Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD), which is where she dedicated her entire career to date starting out as an intern. She is an authentic and passionate industry leader, who plays a significant role in inspiring the innovation of the premium fa…
 
The next adventure takes us to the Windy City of Chicago, where Dave & Paul hear what the United Center has been up to. Meet Derrick Christian, Senior Marketing Manager for the venue, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks. Derrick walks us through their amazing collaborations with the teams and local community, allowing for the state’s l…
 
In this 21st episode we welcome Allison Howard as our featured guest. Allison serves as the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the 17x NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Allison has an amazing story starting out as a civil engineer before making a complete career change into partnership sales, where her authentic charisma, hard work, and de…
 
Today’s adventure takes us to St. Augustine, Florida as Dave & Paul talk with Katie Root, Marketing Manager for St. Augustine Amphitheatre & Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Katie gives us insight into what it’s been like being one of the first outdoor amphitheatres to reopen, and using their venue upgrades (new lockable seats, infrared thermal temperatur…
 
We’re headed to Cleveland, the birthplace of rock and roll, to talk with Barry Gabel, SVP Marketing & Sponsorship Sales for Live Nation, and a true legend in this industry. Barry speaks about his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his formative experience starting out at Belkin Productions in 1979, their evolution into joining Live Nation, all whi…
 
BONUS EPISODE - Detouring once again to Tampa Bay, Dave and Paul talk with Kevin Preast, Vice President of Event Management for Amalie Arena, the current residency home to the Toronto Raptors. Kevin gives us the inside scoop of what it’s like becoming a temporary home for an NBA team during the pandemic, the fan experience of welcoming the team to …
 
Meet Cassie Zebisch, jack-of-all-trades, and guest-of-this-episode! Listen as Cassie describes starting two new businesses during the pandemic, her time with AEG as Sr. Director of Communications, and lessons learned along the way of her career. She is co-founder for reBUILD20, an organization focusing on helping live events develop strategies and …
 
Get a dose of southern hospitality as we head to Atlanta, Georgia, and speak with Natacha McLeod, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She gives listeners a unique perspective on marketing for both their symphony and acting as an in-house promoter, as well as showcasing what they have done during this…
 
BONUS EPISODE - What goes into hosting and preparing for The Big Game during a pandemic? We head to Tampa, Florida for this special episode where we talk with Jenna Grooms, Director of Host Committee Events for the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee. In 2021, The Big Game is happening at Raymond James Stadium, marking a historic moment in NFL h…
 
Anjali Raval has touched the live entertainment industry in so many ways, from working as a tour manager, a concert promoter, her time spent at WME, to now acting as the head of marketing for the brand new SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Listen along as she talks about the groundbreaking of the first NFL stadium within the city, wha…
 
Meet Vanessa Kromer, VP of Communications for Nederlander Concerts. Listen as she dives into what Nederlander Concerts has been up to with their Drive in OC concert series from challenges they have faced, to lessons learned, as well as the marketing and operations that have gone into making this series a leading example of success in the current st…
 
BONUS EPISODE - Get an insider look into the field hospital and testing center at “The Dunk” as we talk with Cheryl Cohen, Director of Booking, Marketing & PR for Dunkin’ Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. In a world where live events have been on pause since March 2020, Cheryl talks about how they’ve transformed the co…
 
Join this adventure to learn more about hosts Dave Redelberger and Paul Hooper, who serve as President and VP of Marketing & Communications, respectively, for the Event & Arena Marketing Conference. Paul describes his path into this industry through blogging, design and being an early adopter of using social media to market events and venues. Dave …
 
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