Meet the Team

None of this could be possible without the fierce group of women, men, and organizations who believe in empowering women in music. We’re also excited to introduce you to our first grant recipients and strategic partners who help makes this possible. Want to join the team? Want to be a special guest on the Backstage Chats with Women in Music podcast?

Thea Wood President, Podcast Host

Thea Wood President, Podcast Host

“It’s time to wear my Party Hair!”
Thea Wood’s zest for a great live music and empowering women have come together in the form of the Backstage Chats Foundation. And she’s celebrating!

As a journalist by education and profession since the 1990s, Thea’s experience spans from interviewing artists, managing print publications, to launching the first Music Channel at America Online, to moderating celebrity online chats, to television appearances, to publishing an international digital magazine and e-book, to being the opening speaker for the first TEDx Talk at the University of Texas.

Thea said it’s now time to “shift back and give back” to the music that has brought joy, healing, and grace to her life. By hosting the podcast “Backstage Chats With Women In Music” that features female music makers and their personal stories, Thea strives to create gender harmony in an industry she believes has the power to unite us all.

Grace Lanni Branding Director

Grace Lanni Secretary

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.


Seth Schachner Treasurer

Seth Schachner Treasurer

Seth Schachner is 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, where 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.

Eleanor Bennett Production Manager

Eleanor Bennett Production Manager

Eleanor Bennett is an independent podcast producer and radio journalist. Eleanor fell in love with the medium while interning at Aspen Public Radio. From there, she moved to New York where she covered issues of climate justice and women’s empowerment for SiriusXM Radio.

She recently finished a project interviewing hundreds of New Yorkers from all walks of life for the global photographer, JR. Her interviews will be used as part of an audio-visual installation going up in the Brooklyn Museum in Fall 2019. Her latest endeavor is, “Questions I’ve Never Asked” – a new podcast about getting to know the interior life of her mother, Janie Joseland Bennett. The story begins with Janie’s childhood growing up on a cattle station alongside the Pitjantjatjara community in the remote Australian outback. As a young woman, Eleanor is determined to develop a new canon of work from the perspective of women from all walks of life. As the Production Manager for Backstage Chats, Eleanor is excited to be part of a team devoted to elevating the powerful voices of women in the music industry.

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