Paying tribute to women who display leadership
and stand out within the music industry.
January 24th, 2014, 8:30AM to 10:00AM
Anaheim Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom E
During the 2014 NAMM Show. Ticket price includes a catered breakfast.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit
the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.
World-famous percussionist, entertainer and music icon Sheila E has collaborated with artists such as Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, Patti Labelle, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis and more. She also toured, recorded and co-wrote with Prince for many years, while garnering hits of her own from a string of successful solo records.
Today, Sheila E continues her worldwide performances, writing, music business, philanthropy, Christian outreach, and charitable work. Learn more>>
JANIE L. HENDRIX
Janie L. Hendrix is President/CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, Authentic Hendrix LLC, JMH Productions and the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. Through her leadership of these companies, Hendrix is living out her lifelong dream to see the musical legacy of her brother Jimi Hendrix, preserved, promoted and protected.
Hendrix is involved in various philanthropic and educational efforts through her participation as a board member with The Fender Foundation, Northwest African American Museum, Tabor 100, National Association of Recording Artists, YMCA of Greater Seattle Board of Managers, Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park, The Center Stage Council of The Paramount and the GRAMMY Foundation. Learn more>>
Dinah Gretsch is Executive Vice President and CFO of the Savannah-based Gretsch Company, which is famous for the creation of high-quality drums and guitars. She has been a prominent figure in the musical instrument industry for more than thirty years.
That prominence was recognized in 2003 when the Atlanta Chapter of NARAS presented her with the Heroes Award, followed by her induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2010, Gretsch created Mrs. G’s Music Foundation, which supports music programs in rural schools while enriching children’s lives through participation in music.
MARICELA “MJ” JUAREZ
Maricela “MJ” Juarez has become a legend within the community of guitar players seeking to change their tone. For over 30 years she has been winding pickups at Seymour Duncan, where she has lent her talent to creating pickups for Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Peter Frampton and just about any other guitar player you can name.
Her artistry and skill in taking a description of what a guitar player needs and combining magnets, wire and winds to turn it into a reality has kept her busy. When asked if something is possible, she will almost always reply “If you dream it, the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop can build it.”
Beth Marlis has traveled many creative roads over the 30+ year span of her performing career, while having simultaneously carved out a singular path as a leader in the world of contemporary music education. She’s had the honor to serve as longtime Director of Musicians Institute’s Guitar Program (GIT), and is currently a senior guitar faculty member and Vice President at the college.
She finds her balance volunteering as the Executive Director of The Musicians Foundation and producer of ongoing music education programs for underserved high school students at The Grammy Museum. She is Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Education Committee for The Recording Academy (The Grammys).
Robin Walenta is the President and CEO of West Music Company. West Music is based in Coralville, Iowa with six retail stores and several businesses that serve musicians nationally. Under Robin’s leadership, West Music has grown from a small Midwest business to the 14th largest music retailer in the US.
Robin embodies West Music’s mission, “to enrich people’s lives through participation in music” through her numerous contributions to the music industry. These include serving on NAMM’s Executive Committee (as the first woman on the Committee in NAMM’s 113 year history), the NAMM Ad-Hoc Technology Committee, the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education (treasurer), and has recently served on the board of the National Association of School Music Dealers.
Thanks to Matthew Norton (Thee MattyRocks) and Radiobuzzd.com for the coverage of the event and to Al Heurung of Radioriff.com and Riff Media LLC for the production of this of this piece.
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