Board of Directors, President
Thea has over 30 years experience in the corporate and start-up worlds with an emphasis on female empowerment and music. She decided it was time to “shift back and give back” in 2018 and the foundation and podcast became a reality within six months thanks to her diverse expertise and ability to pull together a lean but mighty group of experts. Career highlights include:
- Content programmer to executive level, working with record labels, national music magazines, Viacom, and more.
- Managing Editor and contributor for newspapers and international trade magazines
- Publisher/Owner of SheSpark (an international digital magazine for women)
- TEDx speaker
- Certified image consultant
Thea tinkers on the piano and guitar, sings joyously in the car (much to her family’s dismay), and supports live music.
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Amanda has deep expertise as a finance and operations executive within several industries including Technology, Accounting, Recruiting, Engineering and other professional services. This diversity allows her to transfer concepts into industries where they do not traditionally bubble up and she is very excited to exercise this muscle in the Music industry with Herizon. Amanda is also a huge champion of women in leadership and gets charged up when given a challenge. Nothing is more fun to her than a problem to solve or an endeavor to see through to completion. More than anything, Amanda enjoys helping people however she can and usually in a very concrete way. She holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, where she graduated with Honors.
In her free time Amanda enjoys reading, writing and playing sports, particularly tennis and golf. She is passionate about listening to music and actually prefers it to television. Amanda does not have any musical talent, but does believe she might be able sing after a glass of wine.
Board of Directors, Networking Director
Grace owns All About That Brand, an award-winning branding consultancy and podcast, and is a best-selling author. An entrepreneur at heart, Grace was one of only two women to publicly fund a $1MM venture in Austin (2000) and is the managing director of Austin’s E-Women Network where she oversaw the top growth of all EWN chapters in the U.S in 2018.
Ever the entrepreneur, Grace is continually engaging the cutting edge of personal branding. Grace was recently referred by William Arruda (Forbes columnist on Personal Branding) to lead a 2hr workshop at the ‘19 Intl Career Thought Leaders conference on the personal branding dynamics of the gig economy.
Grace (singer/keyboardist) plays gigs with her guitarist husband, and enjoys a glass of wine with friends in the Texas Hill Country.
Mary Beth Appleton
Board of Directors, Secretary
Mary Beth is a builder. She gets excited to see a quality product get out into the world that brings communities together. MB enjoys pitching in, meeting people, and figuring out how to reach a common goal. She’s worked in media sales and management (including NBC, ABC, and Fox) for 25 years and worked on political campaigns for another 10.
Fun Fact: MB loves public speaking and performing. She’s given plenty of speeches and toasts, performed in quite a few improv shows, done a smattering of stand up, sang at open mic nights, and accompanied her school choir on the piano. “All of them scared me, and doing all of them anyway has made me stronger and ready for more!”
Board of Directors, Director/Agent
As a founding partner of Search Plus International, Christine’s industry knowledge comes from a broad-based career in the automotive, aerospace, defense, and medical industries. A graduate of Lawrence Technological University in Industrial Management, she has built her executive search practice around industry leadership with state, national, and international clients and is a proponent of advancing female professionals.
Christine is a supporter and volunteer for several philanthropic organizations and past Board member of The Detroit (Michigan) Science Center, and Michigan FIRST Robotics. She enjoys traveling and reading historical fiction as well as watching black-and-white films.
Seth Schachner is the Managing Director of Strat Americas, a Los Angeles based consultancy that provides strategic guidance and helps clients with media and technology partnerships. Strat Americas has worked with clients in digital and social music, virtual reality, live entertainment, artificial intelligence, and enterprise software.
Seth is an experienced business development executive who spent eleven years with Sony music. During his time there, he held senior digital leadership roles in Latin America and for Sony’s Jive Records label in North America. At Sony Music Latin America, Seth created multi-million selling mobile handset partnerships for the artists Shakira and Ricky Martin.
Previously, Schachner held business development roles with Microsoft, Liberty Media, Viacom, and Universal Music.
Seth was one of AOL’s first business development executives, where he ran AOL’s very first music channel and oversaw AOL’s partnerships with the American music industry – including AOL’s first “official” digital music download.
A graduate of Columbia University in New York, Seth has also served as Chairman of Florida’s Film & Entertainment Advisory Council, which helped guide Florida on State film and entertainment growth strategies.
Social Media Coordinator
Eleanor attended Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she studied art and design. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, with a BA in Print Journalism and English, she came on board the team as the volunteer Social Media Coordinator. She manages daily and weekly content creation and graphic design while scheduling social media posts for the foundation and podcast. As a volunteer, Eleanor works with the foundation’s president, Thea Wood, to create and implement social media strategies.
Our volunteers are passionate about gender equity in the music industry and uplifting the next generation of female music makers. We would love for you to join this growing group of rock stars! Major thanks go to: