You may have heard the word networking a ton – but what if we told you the secret to success in this business (and life!) is shifting your thinking to a more community-driven mindset when approaching meeting people. Networking can be seen as transactional whereas community building can mean many things – most importantly it means getting to know someone regardless of what they can do for you. Once you interact with someone on a human level, the rest comes easier – including securing that coveted internship or connection you’ve dreamed about! Join this panel of industry pros as they talk about how meeting new people and adding value to various parts of each other’s lives can make the daunting task of “networking” go away. Plus, we’ll even share tips and tricks on how building a community crew of fellow students, interns, and assistants can be a superpower!
LÉA THE LEOX is the up-and-coming artist you don’t want to miss. Having musicians for parents, LÉA was immersed in the music industry since childhood, contributing to her captivating presence in the studio and on the stage. Pulling from her life experiences, LÉA combines her sweet melodies and thoughtful lyrics with progressive production to help usher in this new era of RnB music.
Leslie Rosales is a Los Angeles born, Filipino-American music executive. She got her start in the music business in 2007 in artist management and is currently the Head of Marketing at Rostrum Records. Her life’s purpose is to work in the realm of music, art, and philanthropy.
Maria Gironas, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, is an entertainment and technology executive who has followed two north stars throughout her career: elevating marginalized communities and empowering creatives to embrace technology. She continues these missions through her own company – Cool Shit, Cool People – working on artist development, talent relations, and integrated marketing for clients like Wide Eyed Entertainment, Casper, Downtown Records, VLVT Tree and more. Beyond her work, she is the Global Chair of Diversity & Inclusion at Women In Music where she is working to create sustainable change for women in music at all stages of their careers.
Todd Goodwin built and runs °1824, an internal creative solutions team at Universal Music Group focused on content creation, creator (influencer) partnerships, experiences, live streaming, ideation and career development.
°1824 produces first-in-class visuals including music videos, short form documentaries, and live-streamed events. Additionally, °1824 serves UMG labels and artists through various verticals including press, influencer marketing, and events produced around the country.
With a staff that includes 75 student employees, °1824 offers young creatives a platform to showcase their uniques skill-sets by giving them actionable roles at the world’s largest music company. Since 2016, °1824 has been the #1 career development platform in the industry placing 175 student staffers into full-time roles, with 100 of those retained at UMG and their partner companies.
A graduate of Texas State University, Goodwin began his career as a Lifestyle Marketing Rep at Columbia Records that led to roles in Promotion, Regional Marketing and College & Lifestyle Marketing. Goodwin joined UMG in April 2015.