Latest MIW, RAB, BMI Management and Training Program Concludes


The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, is celebrating the successful completion of the 14th annual Rising Through the Ranks program. It began with a virtual session on August 2, and continued with in-person meetings on August 9-11 at the BMI Nashville office.

Scholarship recipients were selected and awarded by the three organizations. The two-day curriculum focused on the specific needs of women in radio management or those aspiring to move into management positions and worked to enhance their overall knowledge and skills.

Sessions from this year’s seminars included:

  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Managing Up, Down & All Around
  • Having Difficult Conversations

The curriculum was customized to feature practical and real-world applications that graduates could immediately use within their companies and in their personal growth.

“We are not only delighted to bring another Rising Through the Ranks class together, but to have it be in person for the first time in three years,” says RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. “This group were exposed to strategies and tools they can put to work immediately within their own organizations, while helping them become their own board of directors to help one another navigate their professional growth as future industry leaders.”

BMI Executive Director of Industry Relations Jessica Frost adds, “BMI was thrilled to once again host Rising Through the Ranks in our Nashville office. Each year, the event provides scholarships to an incredible class of women who participated in the program, and this year was no exception. Being back together in person made it even more special, highlighting the importance of personal connection through mentoring, networking and education. In addition, these talented women heard invaluable advice on how to succeed in radio directly from some of the top executives in the industry, who paved the way for them to follow.”

Ruth Presslaff board president of Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, also chimed in. She says. “There’s nothing better than meeting a group of dynamic dedicated up and comers who already are bringing so much to our industry and are hungry to bring even more. RTTR is just an absolute pleasure to support.”

2022 Rising Through the Ranks Graduates:

Staci Bonner
iHeartMedia, West Valley, Utah

Nicole Bossio
Beasley Media Group, Detroit

Christine Cartwright
CapCity Communications, Frankfort, Ky.

Lila El Naggar
Key Networks, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ali Evans
Chapel Hill Media Group, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jennifer Evans
Stingray Media, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Liz Goshert
Federated Media, Mishawaka, Ind.

Sari Harlow
East Arkansas Broadcasters, Jonesboro, Ark.

Angie Keilhauer
BMI, Nashville

Mollie Kendrick
Audacy, Sacramento

Nikki Lyter
Hubbard Broadcasting – 2060 Digital, Baxter, Minn.

Kristen Martin
Cromwell Media, Owensboro, Ky.

Zipporah Mondy
KJIW-FM, Helena, Ark.

Kara Moninger
Alpha Media, Louisville, Ky.

Kaylin Mozdzen
Townsquare Media, Marcy, N.Y.

Karen Muth-Pasco
Gen Media Partners, Auburn, Wash.

Chelley Odle
Odle Media Group, LLC, Park Hills, Mo.

Kathy Paxton
Basin Radio Network/Legend Communications, Gillette, Wyo.

Kimberli Rivera
Audacy, Phoenix

Maya Szymanski
Katz Radio Group, Los Angeles

Claudia Talamantez
TelevisaUnivision – Amor 107.7, Austin

Lisa Varner
North Central Florida Media Group/Saga Communications, Ocala, Fla.

Roxie Wadelington
Audacy – 102 Jamz, Greensboro, North Carolina

Madison Wright
RAB, New York