Posted by: Jessica Sobhraj 9/14/16
Quick question - What makes you get up in the morning to do what you do?
On August 25th, The Conquer 2gether Group (C2G) at Morgan Stanley hosted their first event in their “Women & Wealth: Game Changers” series featuring an all-female panel. The C2G group has been a supporter of Women in Music and is keen on giving altruistic organizations a platform to share their message. This was the first time I’ve ever been told not to prepare for a speaking engagement. The panelists and I were simply asked to come in, tell our story, and answer one question – what makes you get up in the morning to do what you do? It’s not a question that you often hear, but boy, is that a thought-provoking bomb that brings out something deeply honest in you. I loved that exercise.
The C2G group provides wealth management services to passionate entertainers, athletes, and entrepreneurs that are changing their industry in some way. Particularly, the women on my panel hailed from various industries and all have risen against the odds to inspire their own communities. I sat on the panel as both The President of Women in Music (www.womeninmusic.org) and CEO of Cosynd (www.cosynd.com) alongside these fiercely tenacious women:
I know why I get up in the morning and do what I do. Do you? For me, the opportunity to serve our members at Women in Music brings me more joy than most other things I’ve done in my career. As I listened to the other panelists tell their stories, I realized that although we were all very different individuals, we shared a commonality - something or someone at some point made us feel like we weren’t enough. We all were told that we wouldn’t be taken seriously in our pursuits as a woman, that the fact that we are female would create a whole new set of hurdles that we alone would have to find ways to deal with, or that we would just have to live within the confines of our circumstances. Our experiences stirred a driving force in us that made us go above and beyond to be enough for the people we wanted to help and (equally as important) to be enough for ourselves. We flipped the script and changed the game by building businesses, apps, non-profits, and careers around our passions and sought out supportive communities like WIM and C2G.
Have you ever felt like you weren’t enough? Or restricted by your circumstances? If so, take a moment to ask yourself why you do what you do and rediscover your passion for your pursuits. I think you’ll find that when you define your own self-worth instead of relying on others, you’ll come to realize that you are more than enough. The 50+ women that attended the event seemed to understand this too as I watched them expertly network through the room forming strategic alliances and finding ways to help each other – it really was high value networking at its best!
We at WIM will let you know when the next panel in C2G’s series will be. You will definitely want to attend the next session. For more on Morgan Stanley’s C2G group, follow the link below:
The C2G group is:
“Our clients have the unique ability to project their passions and goals to others around them through their profession. If we can help them project even louder and more confidently we’re doing our job well. The C2G Group was created to offer our clientele a network of financial advisory services from around the country that are recognized as industry game changers, rather than only one individual or team which has been the traditional advisory model. We have leveraged incredible advancements in technology at Morgan Stanley to connect our clients directly to our partnering Financial Advisors. The name C2G is an acronym for ‘Conquer Together’ – Our strategic partners bring their combined years of experience and shared dedication to excellence to provide a broader range of wealth management solutions to address a client’s needs and manage a financial relationship that will last for generations.”
March 14th, 2016
New York, NY, March 10, 2016 – Nationally recognized non-profit organization Women in Music and SyncSummit have joined forces to present the first annual Women in Sync awards on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in New York City at The Roxy Hotel. The awards will recognize the achievements of female artists, music supervisors, managers, producers, creative directors, songwriters, brand and agency executives as well as those working in the fields of brand and interactive media.
The Women in Sync Awards are comprised of 16 categories designed to acknowledge the women that make original music and license music for visual, interactive media, branded entertainment and advertising across television, film, games, mobile and the internet.
Fifteen of the winners will be selected through a two-round nomination process open to the public on www.womeninmusic.org and www.syncsummit.com. The first round of voting will commence on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 allowing participants to nominate any woman they wish to.
In the second voting round, starting on Monday, April 22, 2016, voters will then make one choice from the three most popular nominees for each category. Voting officially ends on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 with all awards presented and announced at the Women in Sync awards ceremony on June 15.
Tickets to the ceremony are $25 for Women in Music members, $50 for non-members and included for all SyncSummit NY attendees.
The organizers will jointly present the annual “Sound And Vision” Award, given to an industry leader who’s made a profound impact on the visual media, interactive media or branded entertainment and advertising.
The Women in Sync Awards is supported through a comprehensive online awareness campaign including podcast interviews, blog post features and dedicated profiles on the Women in Music and SyncSummit websites.
“Women in Music are delighted to embark on this initiative to recognize the excellent work done by women in the worlds of music licensing and composition for entertainment, branding and advertising,” said Jessica Sobhraj, President, Women in Music. “In terms of female presence, sync licensing and composition is one of the few areas of the music business where women have a powerful, influential presence, and by launching the Women in Sync Awards, we hope to build recognition for their important contribution to the industry,”
“As the well-deserved trend of honoring women in technology continues to rise, SyncSummit is excited to collaborate with Women in Music in creating the Women in Sync Awards. We believe the significant impact of women on how music is made for and used in all forms of media and messaging should be properly honored. This is our aim in partnering on the Women in Sync Awards,” added SyncSummit CEO Mark Frieser.
For more information on The Women in Sync Awards, please visit http://syncsummit.com/wisa
About Women in Music
Women in Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1985 to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts and industry through education, networking resources, support, empowerment, and recognition. For more information about Women in Music, visit www.womeninmusic.org
SyncSummit is a company that produces events, market research, podcasts and consulting services that serve people who make and use music for TV, film, games, interactive and advertising. Our high-level, focused networking events are held in New York, Hollywood, Asia, South America and Europe, gathering top music supervisors, heads of music in visual and interactive media (TV, Film, Video Games, Advertising, the Internet and Mobile), label executives, publishers, music libraries, composers, artists, technologists, legal, accounting, brand managers and service providers gather for two days of discussion, networking and deal making. For more information, visit http://syncsummit.com.
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January 14th, 2016
Another year, and another great holiday party to show for it! Thank you to Nielsen Music, all of sponsors, EVVY and those of you who came out to celebrate with us at Le Poisson Rouge. Your support and generosity means the world to us!
October 12th, 2015
Women in Music celebrated their 30th anniversary with a night to remember at The Standard East Village on October 6. The penthouse terrace with glorious sunset views over downtown Manhattan hosted hundreds of music industry creatives and business people over the course of the evening. Over drinks and small bites, current members mingled with legacy members (the amazing women who helped start Women in Music and kept it going in the early years), industry VIPs, and supporters. Photo boards showcased members past and present, and illustrated the history of connection, education, entertainment, and camaraderie that WIM offers.
The crowd was treated to three speeches, a welcome and congratulations from WIM President, Neeta Ragoowansi, an invigorating address from Advisory Board member Linda Lorence-Critelli, and an inspiring speech from superstar singer Gloria Gaynor, perhaps most well known for her smash hit “I Will Survive.” All the speakers addressed the legacy and importance of women in the music industry, and the importance of supporting and energizing this community to continue to create, and work innovatively with each other as the industry continues to evolve.
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