HEROES (HER Original Empowering Stories)

ProjectNextUp, in partnership with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, will present the second edition of HEROES (HER Original Empowering Stories) on April 15, 2017 in New York City, to bring men and women of all ages into the conversation of reshaping the narrative of leadership and success in the music and entertainment industry.

Themed Against All Odds, the day will highlight the stories often untold of groundbreaking women–with the intention to strengthen and create a bolder next generation.

The HEROES programming will feature talks, panels, and networking. Ticket holding attendees will also have the opportunity to apply on a modified first-come first-serve basis for a morning 1-on-1 Power Session with a speaker. 

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Program Agenda

POWER SESSIONS | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
NYU's Kimmel Center for University Life​, 7th Floor, Katzell Lounge
60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

Power Sessions are an opportunity for attendees to spend quality time discussing personal goals and growth. These are specific and targeted conversations for professional development.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS | 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
NYU's Global Center, Room C95 ​
238 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Authenticity and Reaching Your Superfans
You DO Belong: How to Fight Imposter Syndrome
The Unsung Heroes: Knowing Your Value
In the Spotlight Live: Expect the Unexpected
Mastering the International Scene
Making Cents of Music
Elevating the Live Music Experience
Pitching Yourself for Your First Job
Using Creativity to Leverage Social Capital for Social Justice


Carol Ellen | Talent Specialist & Executive Recruiter, Sony Music
Cherisse McKenzie | Line Producer, REVOLT TV
Christina Luna | Founder, The Luna Company
Deborah Newman | Digital Music Consultant & Attorney, MusicStrat
Genesis Be | Artist & Raptivist
Ilana Kaplan | Writer, Editor, Social Media Consultant
Molly Neuman | Head of Music, Kickstarter
Rachel Moreno | Global Marketing Director, Global Citizen
Seher Sikandar | Photographer & Creative Architect
Shanna Jade | Director of Community, STEM
Tiffany Hardin | Founder, Gild Creative Group
Victoria Bachan | Talent & Digital Brand Manager, Manor & Company
Cherie Hu | Contributor, Forbes Magazine
Cortney Harding | Author, Professor, VR Consultant
Darian Symoné Harvin | Editor, Buzzfeed News
Heather Falconer | Editor-In-Chief, Spindle Magazine
Kaylen Woo Poretzky | Director of Marketing, Translation
Leslie B. Doyle | Principal, Leslie B. Doyle LLC
Meredith Croy | Director of Artist Services, Songkick
Tatiana Moroz | Singer-songwriter & Bitcoin activist