EBG COO Leads ‘Women in Leadership’ Panel at INTIX 2020

February 03, 2020

INTIX, the International Ticketing Association, held their 41st annual conference and exhibition in New York City January 20-23. EBG has been a proud supporter and sponsor of INTIX and we’ve been fortunate to foster meaningful relationships with leaders and other industry professionals at INTIX over the years.

One year ago at INTIX 2019, a group of executives thought it would be great to host a leadership panel highlighting women in the industry. This idea became reality on Wednesday, January 22, when EBG’s Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Baker moderated a session with Rushia Brown, Player Program & Development Manager for the Las Vegas Aces (a WNBA franchise); Kristin Caskey, EVP, Content and Creative at Ambassador Theater Group; and Marla Ostroff, VP, Strategic Accounts / Arts & Theater at Ticketmaster.

The session began with a rousing, engaging keynote from Rushia Brown. Rushia is an incredibly accomplished basketball player, having spent time playing overseas and in the WNBA. She has dedicated her post-playing career to helping girls and women cultivate the tools necessary to be successful on and off the court. In addition to her role as Player Development Manager, she has also formed multiple companies, including Overtime Basketball Academy and the Women’s Professional Basketball Alumni Association.  

Her keynote, entitled ‘The P.A.S.S.I.O.N Principles, How to be the EXCEPTION and Not the Rule’ centered on key principles necessary for success and how to use them to attain personal and professional goals. She shared personal stories of successes, failures, trials and tribulations, all while encouraging audience participation.

Rushia commanded the attention of each of the 1,200 delegates in the room. Her stage presence was magnetic, her storytelling both inspiring and relatable. Her P.A.S.S.I.O.N Principles (Perseverance. Attitude. Sacrifice. Setting Goals. Inner Strength. Optimism. Never Give Up) made us all strive to be – and do – better.  

Once Rushia's presentation concluded, Stephanie led the three women in a spirited conversation touching on many important topics, including how they got their foot in the door at their first job, changes they’ve seen in the industry, mentorship and advice they’d give their younger selves.

They were open and candid; relatable yet inspirational. It was exactly the conversation the INTIX steering committee hoped it would be!

Highlights and takeaways of their discussion included:

  • Relationships are everything in business. Be mindful of how you treat people because you never know where they, or you, will end up.
  • Having passion for what you do is critical. With passion and determination comes the notion that anything can be done if you put your mind to it.
  • Change is inevitable. Some people are excited by it, others are intimidated by it. Being able to adapt and embrace it is critical.
  • We are fortunate to do what we do and have the experiences that come with it. But we all have a responsibility to give back to those who are not as fortunate.
  • Mentorship is incredibly personal; there is no right or wrong way to approach it. To have it be meaningful requires time and commitment from both the mentor and mentee.
  • Take a deep breath and look at the big picture before reacting.

It was an important conversation and left the attendees inspired and ready to bring passionate leadership qualities back to their respective companies.  It was a great opportunity for EBG and we are pleased at the opportunity to partner with INTIX and to be a thought leader in the industries we serve.