19 Women Selected to Participate in 2nd Annual SWIM Leadership Summit

Top (Left to Right): Miranda Altman, Lauren Amanfoh, Hilary Brown, Lindy Campbell, Leanne Chu, Second Row (Left to Right): Ana Paula Dobrian, Rachel Dawsey, Michele Elefante, Kathleen Green, Theresa Hoffman Third Row (Left to Right): Tricia Howe, Elisa Jansen Jones, Misty Kristek, Jennifer Mark Bottom (Left to Right): Lana Negrete, Kate Olsen, Wendy Stackhouse, Gayle Stewart, Hannah Williams

The Smart Women in Music Fund (SWIM) is pleased to announce the nineteen women selected to attend the 2nd Annual SWIM Leadership Summit, October 12-15, 2021, at the NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, CA.

Led by Dr. Jennifer Hall, the SWIM Summit program supports women working in the music products industry and their goals to connect, support, and grow their leadership and professional abilities. This annual leadership immersion experience will be offered with the applicants receiving the educational experience covered by the awarded scholarship.

The 2021 Class Includes:

  • Miranda AltmanSenior Director of Program Operation – Little Kids Rock
  • Lauren AmanfohPresident, Royalton Music Center, Inc.
  • Hilary Brown Director of Marketing, Kyser Musical Products
  • Lindy Campbell Founder/Owner – Music on the Hill
  • Leanne ChuSupplier Operations Manager – Gator Cases
  • Ana Paula DobrianNational Account Manager – The Music People
  • Rachel DawseyChief Operating Officer – Strait Music Company
  • Michele ElefanteCo-Owner of Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts
  • Kathleen GreenSenior Manager, Customer Engagement, Yamaha Corporation of America
  • Theresa Hoffman District Sales Manager, C.F. Martin & CO., Inc
  • Tricia HoweRegional Manager, Educational Services, Prairies with Long & McQuade Limited
  • Elisa Janson JonesSenior Product Manager, Digital – Conn-Selmer, Inc.
  • Misty KristikVP of Operations/Lesson Administrator – Springfield Music
  • Jennifer MarkAssistant Retail Sales Manager – Senseney Music, Inc.
  • Lana NegreteOwner / Vice President – Santa Monica Music Center
  • Kate OlsenStore Manager & Training Administrator, Menchey Music Service, Inc.
  • Wendy StackhouseEducational Services Rep – Bertrand’s Music
  • Gayle Stewart – General Manager & School Director – High Strung Violins & Guitars
  • Hannah WilliamsBrand Manager – The British Band Instrument Company (BBICO)

When asked what some of the women hope to gain from the Summit, Gayle Stewart shared, “I want to gain a deeper understanding of myself, my strengths, and weaknesses, my ability to affect change and my leadership goals. Specifically, I would like to meet other women in the industry, listen to their experiences and learn from them. I hope to walk away from the summit with new knowledge, skills, and strategies to make myself a better leader.”

The SWIM Fund envisions a future state of the music industry where at least 10% of the CEO roles and 50% of C-suite positions are held by women (the current state is 2.2%). Our focus with this program is to build leadership skills, confidence, and a lifelong network for inspired, driven women to reach this goal within the next ten years.

The SWIM Leadership Summit would not be possible without the generous contributions from the donors who invest in opportunities to strengthen the leadership future of the music products industry.

SWIM, led by Robin Walenta, President of West Music Co., Crystal Morris, President and CEO of Gator Cases, and DeDe Heid, President of Heid Music, was launched in 2018 and aims to support women in the industry in three key areas: offering mentoring, learning and professional development opportunities at The NAMM Show and Summer NAMM; job shadowing of female leaders at industry events; and in-company residencies.