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Heidi Raphael Kay Olin Erica Farber Corinne Baldassano Ruth Presslaff Lindsay Cerajewski Denise Mesnik Valerie Geller

Mentoring & Inspiring
Women in Radio

Using our influence and
resources to support women
in radio to develop strong
management and leadership
skills. The MIWs are equally
committed to advocating
the advancement of women
to senior positions in radio
companies and corporations.

Sponsor Greater Media

Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group and Nielsen Music Collaborate to Mentor Aspiring Female Program Directors

NAPLES, FL, June 26, 2017 - The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group Executive Committee and Nielsen Music, a leading industry source for data-driven music solutions and insights, proudly announce the MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program, a collaborative effort to open doors for women interested in management positions in music broadcast programming across the country.

The MIW Group has tracked the growth of women in management through the annual MIW Gender Analysis Report since 2004. There has been a slight increase in women general managers and sales managers; however, the percentage of women in programming has remained essentially flat for the past ten years, creating concern and prompting action from the MIW Group.

"Improving the number of women in programming has been on our radar for several years," said Ruth Presslaff, Founder and President of Presslaff Interactive Revenue and MIW Group executive committee member spearheading the MIW’s newest mentoring project. "With the generous support of Nielsen Music, the MIW Group is now keenly focused on the challenge of increasing the percentage of growth in this vitally important sector. We are so appreciative of Nielsen Music's backing in this endeavor."

The MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program matches a female programming candidate with key mentors from both the MIW Radio Group and Nielsen Music to sharpen her programming and professional skills and further her career in music programming. The first MIW-Nielsen Music Programming mentee will receive a scholarship to attend the 2017 Radio Show, produced by RAB and NAB, in Austin, Texas where she will be officially introduced and mentored for the next 12 months.

"The Nielsen Music team is honored to join forces with MIW Radio Group on this mentorship program, which will provide a unique support network for women who aspire to take on one of the most difficult and demanding jobs in radio,” said Stephanie Friedman, Vice President of Radio, Nielsen Music. "This is such a special opportunity, and we're so excited to help shape the future for up-and-coming female radio programmers as well as get involved in the radio world in a way we never have before."

This mentorship opportunity is available to one female program director, assistant program director and/or music director from any music format. Interested candidates should click here or on the image above for an application form. The deadline for submitting completed applications is July 21, 2017.

The MIW-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program provides an additional mentoring opportunity beyond the ongoing and established MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program, which offers women in all divisions of radio broadcasting management advice, education and coveted access to leaders in radio broadcasting at the very highest level.



NAPLES, FL, June 12, 2017 - The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Denyse Mesnik has been named the MIW National Spokeswoman, effective immediately. Denyse, President of The Mesnik Group, succeeds Olin and Associates Principal Kay Olin, who was elevated to the position in 2014 and will continue serving as a member of the MIW Group Executive Committee. The MIW Group is a volunteer organization that helps women in the industry develop strong management and leadership skills and advocates the advancement of women to senior positions in radio broadcasting.

In 2016, Denyse Smith Mesnik, APR founded The Mesnik Group, a public relations and marketing company specializing in the radio broadcasting and music communities. Prior to that, she enjoyed a successful 25-year career with Beasley Media Group during which she was promoted from Founder and Chairman George G. Beasley’s executive assistant to ultimately vice president of corporate communications. Recognized on numerous occasions by Radio Ink magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio,Denyse is a co-founder of the industry’s Radio Communicators Group, a member of the MIW Group Executive Committee and a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors. Accredited in Public Relations (APR), she is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sunshine District Board of Directors, founding member and current director of PRSA’s Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and volunteers on marketing committees for several non-profit organizations in her hometown of Naples, Florida.

"It has been an incredible privilege to serve as the MIW National Spokeswoman over the past 3 years," says Kay Olin. "Denyse has been actively involved during that time, generously offering her support and extraordinary talents to help elevate the MIW mission and programs. She leads by her heart and by example; her passion for mentoring and dedication to helping women reach their professional goals makes Denyse the perfect choice to assume this important role.”

“Under Kay’s tremendous leadership, the MIWs have added numerous awards and activities, expanded our reach to include women in programming and finance, and increased opportunities for corporate sponsorship. All to say, Kay’s a tough act to follow,” says Denyse Mesnik. “Thankfully, the MIWs share a special bond and a true sisterhood. I’m deeply honored to serve in this manner, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further a mission in which I believe wholeheartedly. With Kay’s support, and that of our very accomplished MIW Executive Committee, I’m also excited to engage the entire roster of MIWs so that we can collectively continue building upon the MIW Group’s significant progress.”




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