Thursday, February 28, 2013

Special guest Nancy Nygren CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County joins me on Monday!

If you missed this week's show featuring Nancy Nygren, you can listen to the entire interview here.

About Nancy Nygren
CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County 

As CEO of the Girl Scouts of Orange County, Nancy is focused on ensuring life-changing experiences for girls across Orange County and advancing the community’s understanding and appreciation of the value, importance and relevancy of Girl Scouting. Serving as CEO since 2005, Nancy champions leadership opportunities for over 23,000 Girl Scouts and training for more than 10,000 active volunteers across every zip code and neighborhood in Orange County. 

She has achieved extraordinary growth and increased revenue during her tenure, pairing an entrepreneurial spirit with a culture of discipline to build a constructive and collaborative culture where staff members are aligned around a clearly defined vision: to create the best leadership development experiences for all girls in Orange County.

Nygren has effectively implemented strategies at Girl Scouts that address a changing market, including cultural, systems, and process analyses. Her forward-thinking philosophies have shaped an enhanced business model that optimizes both the quality and quantity of leadership opportunities the Council’s Girl Scouts receive. Nygren was recently honored as one of the Orange County Business Journal’s top Women in Business. 

Nygren came to the Girl Scouts of Orange County with a vision that non-profits must embrace and integrate corporate best practices to thrive. Nancy’s career began in the aerospace industry where she was responsible for business development, project planning and operations, including the development of a winning proposal that yielded tens of millions of dollars of contracts. Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Nancy effectively led the design, construction and financing of OCEAN JOURNEY, a $93 million aquarium facility in Denver, Colorado and developed a regional center for science, art and culture as CEO of the Naval Training Center Foundation.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Tracy Newman and Beth Fitchet Wood joined on the Get the FUNK Out Show!

Today on the Get the FUNK Out Show, two very talented ladies joined me! First up, TV writer and producer, and accomplished singer/songwriter Tracy Newman and then at 9:30am, another very talented, creative lady...singer, guitarist, composer and producer Beth Fitchet Wood joined us to talk about their up-coming gig and more! If you missed the show, you can hear it here.

Tracy Newman is a TV writer and producer. She started as a staff writer on Cheers. In 1997, she won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for co-writing the groundbreaking “coming out” episode of Ellen. In 2001 she co-created the ABC comedy, According to Jim. Tracy has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 14. Her band is called Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements. Her first CD was “A Place in the Sun,” (2007.) Her new CD is “I Just See You,” (2012.) For more details:

Beth Fitchet Wood is a folksinger from Phoenix with Long Island, New York roots, who cut her teeth on the Sons of the Pioneers and Rodgers and Hammerstein, with Harry Belafonte and Georgia Gibbs thrown in. Beth sang and played guitar in Honk, a rock 'n roll band that ranged from Mahalia Jackson to Cream to Freddy Hubbard, who landed several major record deals in the early 70's and toured with Chicago, Loggins and Messina and The Beach Boys. In the 80's she began writing, and all her influences melded with her own voice into an indescribable yet familiar expression. 

Her songs are very personal and intimate, and though the folk idiom is strong, her harmonic structures betray her jazz roots. She has made 5 CD's on her own, has appeared as band member on 5 others, and has sung on countless other projects of every description, in most languages. "Shared stages" with a phonebook of the most influential musicians from the '60's through the present. 

She won first place songwriter at the Tucson Folk Music Festival in 2009, and in her home town, Laguna Beach, has hosted (for 7 years!) one of the best Songwriter's Showcases anywhere. It's gotten such a reputation throughout the United States that touring songwriters stop by from all over the country, providing a different musical adventure every single Tuesday. The atmosphere gives musicians a rare opportunity to stretch artistically to a very appreciative audience. She also played a main stage set at the Far West Folk Alliance conference in 2009. Played main stage sets at folk festivals and conferences throughout the west, and in 2011 was one of three nominees for Artist of the Year by the Laguna Beach Alliance of the Arts. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Laura B. Whitmore founder of Mad Sun Marketing, Organizer of the first annual Women’s Music Summit joins me on Get the FUNK Out!

Laura B. Whitmore and Orianthi NAMM 2013

If you missed Laura B. Whitmore on today's show,
you can listen here.

Laura B. Whitmore is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.S. in Music Merchandising and an M.B.A. in Marketing. As the marketing manager for Korg USA for 20 years, she was instrumental in marketing, PR and artist relations for the iconic Korg, Marshall, and VOX brands. She was also editor of Korg’s ProView Magazine. Prior to that, she worked in the Direct Marketing department of CBS Records.

In 2008 Whitmore left Korg USA and founded Mad Sun Marketing, a boutique agency that specializes in marketing, PR, artist relations, event production, graphic design, and more for music and audio companies. Past and current clients of Mad Sun include 65amps, Academic Superstore, Acoustic Amplification, Agile Partners, Colby Amplifiers, Dean Markley USA, Jammit, Korg, KVRaudio, Muse Research, Music First, NewBay Media, Notion Music, Peavey Electronics, SIR Entertainment Services, SIR Stage37, SoundTree, Sterling Audio, and more.

A singer-songwriter herself, Whitmore is the creator of the featured blog series, Guitar Girl’d. Whitmore has hosted and moderated several workshops and panels at events such as NAMM and SXSW on the topics of marketing, PR, apps and music making, songwriting, and more. She is the co-host of a new open mic series as part of the West Coast Songwriters Association in her town of Lafayette, CA.
In 2012 Whitmore launched The Women's International Music Network, better known as The WiMN. As the umbrella organization for a variety of events, and a blog, news feed and event info site, The WiMN's mission is to promote and unite women in the music and audio industries.

As the first official event of the organization, Whitmore hosted the first annual Women's International Music Network breakfast and the She Rocks Awards, which took place during the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on January 25, 3013. The event honored industry luminaries such as producer/songwriter Holly Knight, guitarist Orianthi, Tish Ciravolo from Daisy Rock Guitars, Mary Peavey of Peavey Electronics, Laura Taylor of Guitar Center, and more.

Whitmore organized the first annual Women’s Music Summit in 2012, which took place in Upstate New York. She is currently working on the 2013 Women’s Music Summit, which will be hosted at Musician's Institute from July 26-28, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.
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