International Women’s Day 2019 is Friday, March 8th, and to celebrate, tappit has created a list of some of the most influential female leaders in the live events space.
In the sports and music industries, women are often underrepresented - especially in positions of power. While much still needs to be done to achieve gender parity, the women on this list are paving the way for even more strong female leaders to join the ranks.
Susan Alberti - Former Vice President, Western Bulldogs F.C.
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Philanthropist and gender equality advocate Susan Alberti is best known for her instrumental role in establishing the AFLW, the national Australian rules football league for female players. Alberti has been recognised with many honours for her work, including being named Person of Sporting Influence at the Australian Women’s Health in Sport Awards. She currently serves as the Western Bulldogs Football Club Patron and is also an ambassador for the AFL's national women's competition.
Denise Barrett-Baxendale - CEO, Everton F.C.
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Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale serves as a Director at Everton Football Club, Chief Executive Officer of Everton Football Club and Executive Chair of Everton in the Community, the Club’s official charity. Appointed CEO of the Liverpool-based Club for the 2018/19 season, Barrett-Baxendale hit the ground running in her new role, moving the Club offices and appointing a new director of football and team manager.
Ann Budge - CEO, Heart of Midlothian F.C.
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Named SPFL CEO of the Year at the Football Business Awards in 2016, Ann Budge has been a revolutionary owner of the Edinburgh-based football club Hearts since 2014. Budge has not only been instrumental in improving the Club’s standing in the league and strengthening their fanbase - she also plays a large role in supporting the Big Hearts, the Club’s official charity, which aims to “improve the lives of people who are at a higher risk of social isolation across our communities”.
Raelene Castle - Chief Executive, Rugby Australia
A trailblazer in the rugby world, Raelene Castle was named the first female Chief Executive of Rugby Australia in 2017. Before earning this role, she was also the first female CEO of a National Rugby League club, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Kelly Chappel - SVP, European Touring, Live Nation
In her 14 years at Live Nation, Kelly Chappel has worked her way up the ranks, starting first as a promoter and culminating in her recent promotion to SVP, European Touring. Her accolades are a testimony to her hard work - she has been named Live Music Promoter of the Year at the Music Week Awards and was included in Music Week’s Women in Music Roll of Honour.
Emily Eavis - Co-Organiser, Glastonbury
One of the most well-regarded music festivals in the world, Glastonbury is famed for its incredible lineups - and Emily Eavis is one of the leaders behind it all. Beyond her incredible artist curation for Glastonbury, Eavis is also responsible for many charity concerts, including Make Trade Fair for Oxfam.
Tania Harrison - Head of Arts & Comedy, Festival Republic
In her more than 20 years of experience in festivals, Tania Harrison has opened up audiences to new and exciting cultural experiences at Latitude, Reading & Leeds Festival, and more. The showcases she curates include theatre, dance, live art, comedy, poetry, film and visual arts - to name a few. She was recently honoured with the AAA Editors Award for diversifying the UK Festival landscape and has also won the Peter Brook Innovation Award, BAFA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and The Stage Award for Special Achievement.
Susan Heymann - Managing Director, Chugg Entertainment
Susan Heymann is one of a handful of women who work in an executive role in music in Australia, and says, "There are lots of women in music, but there aren't enough women at the top." Heymann was listed number 18 in The Australian Music Industry Directory's 2016 50 Most Influential Music Industry Players list and was also nominated for the Women in Music awards last year in the category Music Leadership Award.
Dawn Hindle - Founder, Ibiza Rocks
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Founder of the infamous Ibiza Rocks and Ibiza Rocks House at Pike, Dawn Hindle is a well-known face amongst the island’s live event scene. From EDM sets to literary festivals, Hindle has created her very own cultural epicentre in the heart of Ibiza.
Chiranya (Anjie) Prachaseri - Director, Retox Sessions (tappit partner)
Retox Sessions is one of Bangkok’s most active house music promoters and has gained a serious reputation for bringing world-class talent to Thailand. As director of this impressive organisation, Anjie Pracheseri has organised live performances for the likes of LMFAO, David Guetta, Steve Aoki and more. She also plays a role in 808 Festival - one of Thailand’s most successful annual festivals - where tappit was proud to deliver the cashless solution last year.
Adelle Robinson - Director, Fuzzy Music
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Director and founder of Fuzzy Music - one of the largest music promotion companies in Australia - Adelle Robinson not only works on some of the biggest and best festivals in Australia, but she also advocates for more open and fair regulations in the live music industry. Along with her fellow co-founders, Robinson is responsible for such events as Field Day and Harbourlife. She also serves the board of the Australian Festivals Association.
Rachel Roxburgh - CEO, Dallaglio RugbyWorks (tappit partner)
Rachel Roxborough became CEO of Dallaglio RugbyWorks in 2011, bringing her extensive experience in the charity sector to the position. Roxborough oversees the organisation’s mission of “supporting an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, through which we aim to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training”. Talking about her day-to-day with The Guardian, she remarked about her job, “The best part of my job is seeing young people flourish. Coming back after Christmas, I got an email to say that one member of our programme, who a year ago was dealing and taking drugs at 15, is now in an apprentice with a huge national brand...” tappit supports Roxburgh and her team by sponsoring the RugbyWorks programme in two UK schools and the Dallaglio Cycle Slam event.
Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura - Secretary General, FIFA
The first-ever female Secretary General of world football’s governing body, Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura is a dominant force amongst the mostly male-dominated football industry. With a background in socio-politics and humanitarianism through her prior work with the UN, Samoura was well-prepared to join the global organisation as the first black Muslim, non-European woman in FIFA’s leadership.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy - President, StubHub
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Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is President of StubHub, the largest ticket marketplace in the world. Prior to taking this role, Singh Cassidy founded two companies - theBoardlist and Joyus - and served as CEO of Polyvore. Adding to her already impressive CV, Singh Cassidy also sits on the board of directors of Urban Outfitters.
Nuria Tarre - Chief Marketing Officer, City Football Group (tappit partner)
Overseeing retail, fan relationship management, brand and research, Nuria Tarre is responsible for maintaining the brands and elevating the profiles of Manchester City FC, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC. Since her appointment in 2015, Tarre has been a driving force for City Football Group’s global approach to growing and strengthening their fan bases. Tarre is also a warrior for gender equality and was one of the supporters behind Man City’s partnership with the “On the Ball” campaign. On the Ball provides free sanitary products for women, aiming to lift the stigma around periods and highlight the issue of period poverty. Tarre also pushes for parity in football - she and her team celebrated International Women’s Day by curating a behind-the-scenes photo exhibition to honour the Manchester City women’s team. tappit is proud to be the partner of such a forward-thinking and dynamic club.
There are so many incredible women within the live event space - this list is just a small cross-section of those who exemplify fearless leadership in a primarily male-dominated industry. At tappit, we’re passionate about the promotion of women’s voices and are proud to work with powerful female leaders around the world.