Femme It Forward has revealed that applications are now open for the Next Gem Femme.

The mentorship program is “aimed at increasing career opportunities and trajectories of young women of color.”

The program “blends a wide range of industries by pairing promising talent with female industry titans and entrepreneurs in music, media, entertainment, and technology. After an impactful inaugural program, Next Gem Femme returns with over 100 mentors with careers in marketing, publicity, live & touring, business development, talent management, artist relations and more – from companies such as Apple Music, iHeartMedia, Live Nation, Spotify, Twitter, WME and YouTube. Each Next Gem Femme mentee receives professional coaching, industry insights, networking and relationship-building opportunities.’

“Just a year in, Next Gem Femme has already empowered many promising young women of color by pairing them with brilliant industry mentors who truly want to see them flourish,” said Heather Lowery, President & CEO at Femme It Forward, in a statement. “So many of the mentors and mentees have developed authentic lifelong bonds that will not only elevate their careers, but also enhance their lives. We’re thrilled to build off the incredible success of the program’s first year and grant even more opportunities to young women of color who will, in turn, create more equity in the workplace.”

Tierra Gray, a 2021 Next Gem Femme mentee said, “Joining this program has really changed my life. I have developed a genuine bond and friendship with my mentor Natina Nimene. She has been so supportive, encouraging and understanding towards my career path and my personal life. She gave me great interview tips, guided me through the process and put in a good word. This is my dream job so I am very thankful and appreciative for this program and my mentor.” 

The program's second year will create opportunities for 100 mentees.

Also, at least half of the mentee spots to students from historically Black colleges and universities. The program states that select mentees will also be provided with scholarships, stipends and professional headshots.

According to Next Gen Femme, the program is “focused on long-term development, with each mentorship beginning with a one-year partnership and the opportunity to build moving forward. Throughout this time, mentorships will aim to balance exposure to real-time projects and scenarios with ongoing professional coaching, industry insights, networking opportunities and relationship building.”

Applications are now open and will close on June 3. Mentors and mentees will be paired in August.

Apply at www.femmeitforward.com.

Check out the mentor list below:

ADE’ OLATUNDE | CEO/Founder Music Blvd Group, Sync Con


AESHIA DEVORE BRANCH | Founder Pretty Girls Sweat

ALAYSIA SIERRA | Head of R&B Apple Music

ALEX MAXWELL | VP of Touring Live Nation

ALEXANDRA DEPERSIA | Artist Manager Patriot Management/i am OTHER

ALISON OLIVIERIO | VP Premium Sales Operations – US Concerts Live Nation

ANDILE NDLOVU | Artist Manager Electric Feel Entertainment

ANEKA MYLES | Marketing Partnerships – Creative Strategy Netflix

ANNA PLUMLEY | VP, Tour Marketing Live Nation

APRIL KING | Talent Agent WME | IMG

ARIEL LOPEZ | CEO/Founder Knac

ASHAUNNA AYARS | Founder The Ayars Agency

ASHLEY MOSS | Artist Manager TITLE 9 Inc.

BAROLINE | Artist Manager/VP of A&R Interscope Records

BINTA NIAMBI BROWN ESQ. | Head of Operations & Strategy A&R Keep Cool/RCA Records

BRENDA REYNOSO | Chief Vision Officer The Tiger’s Eye

BRITTNEY KING BROCK | Founder King Creative Group

CARLEEEN DONOVAN | Co-Founder/Publicist The Oriel Company

CHANTAL FELICE | Artist Manager Emagen Entertainment

CHAYCE CHEATHAM | Music – Label Partnerships TikTok

CORI MURRAY | Media Personality /Digital Content Producer /Journalist

DANIELLE S. PRICE ESQ. | EVP Republic Records

DAWN WHITE | Artist Manager/Founder You and Me Inc.

DENISE WILLIAMS WATTS | Global Head of Video Content Apple Music


DIMPLEZ | SVP Digital & Content Capitol Music Group

EBONIE WARD | Partner/Artist Manager Emagen Entertainment

ERICKA J. COULTER | SVP A&R Warner Records

ERICKA PITTMAN | Author, Brand Architect

ERIKA MONTES | VP of Artist Relations SoundCloud

EVANGELINE ELDER | CEO/Co-Founder Women Sound Off

GAIL MITCHELL | Executive Director R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard Magazine

GIA PEPPERS | Entertainment Journalist

HEATHER LOWERY | President/CEO Femme It Forward

INGRID BEST | Founder, CEO & Wine Negociant iBest Wines


JAMIE CRAWFORD-WALKER | Head of Digital Strategy & Creative Content We The Best Music Group

JANEÉ BOLDEN | Senior Content Director/ Managing Editor Bossip/Global Grind

JASMIN NASH | Talent Agent CAA

JEANINE MCLEAN-WILLIAMS | President/Managing Partner MBK Entertainment Inc.

JENNIFER HIRSCH-DAVIS | SVP of Marketing Administration/Finance UMG ECLG/Island Records & Def Jam Recordings

JENYA MEGGS | SVP of Content Mass Appeal

JINI THORNTON | Founder Envision Business Management Group

JOYA WILLIAMS | Social Media Director A3C/TGS/Greenwood


KAREN “KD” DOUGLAS | Talent Manager JenGeo Eight Entertainment

KATRINA LOPES | Founder/Artist Manager KL Management

KEI HENDERSON | President Third & Hayden

KELLY FLANIGAN | Capital Region President, US Concerts Live Nation

KRYSTYN “KP” PRICE | VP of Talent SpringHill Company

LATRICE BURNETTE | EVP Def Jam Recordings | President 4th&Broadway

LYDIA FISSIHAIE | Founder/Artist Manager THRSHLD

LYNN M. SCOTT | SVP HITCO Entertainment

MADELINE NELSON | Head of U.S. Independent Label Relations Amazon Music

MARQUETTA MOORE | Head of Talent Curation and Bookings Penske Media (PMC)

MARSHA ST. HUBERT | SVP of Marketing Atlantic Records

MASSAH DAVID. | Co-Founder/Creative Director MVD Inc.

MERLYNE JEAN-LOUIS, Esq. | Entertainment Lawyer Jean-Louis Law


MICHELLE LE FLEUR| CEO Omarion Worldwide

MISHA HEDMAN | General Manager, MBK Entertainment / Tour Manager, Her Music Touring

MISS DIDDY | CEO The Brand Group

MONIQUE JACKSON | CEO/Brand Strategist Monique Jackson Consulting

MONIQUE SEBASTIAN | VP of Entertainment & Entertainment Marketing Foxwoods Resort Casino

MONIQUE SOWINSKI | Director of Communications, Concerts Live Nation

MOYA NKRUMA | Artist Marketing Manager Fender

NANDY MASON | COO Culture Shock Studios

NATINA NIMENE | EVP, Promotion & Artist Relations Def Jam Recordings

NATALIE PROSPERE | Founder, Artist Manager Outliers

NAYDEA DAVIS | Sr. Director Production, Creative Services REVOLT

NEELA THADHANI | Artist Manager Range Media Partners

NEWAL DEHAN | Director Hip-Hop and R&B Artist Relations and Programs iHeartMedia

NICOLE JOHNSON | Strategic Partnerships, Music Meta

NICOLE PLANTIN | General Manager Khalabo Music

NUYORK | Program Director/Media Personality

NIKKIA ADLOPHE | VP of Communications and Culture Media Frenzy Global

NNEKA WITTER ESQ. | Counsel Twitter

PARIS COLE | Founder, Artist Management, Creative Director Outliers

PARIS C. JACKSON | Coordinator Femme It Forward

RACHEL JACKSON | Artist Partnerships YouTube Music


REA DAVIS | Journalist

RIKKI HUGHES | Executive Producer/Manager/CEO Magic Lemonade


SHANA R. STEPHENSON | Chief Brand Officer NY Liberty

SHARDE SIMPSON, Esq. | VP Operations Dream Chase Records

SHAVONNE DARGAN | SVP Strategy & Business Development CURATED at Live Nation

SHAYLA COWAN | Chief of Staff/Producer Will Packer Productions – Will Packer Media


SIMONE MITCHELL | President Quality Control Music

SONYA LOKIE | EA, Office of the President Live Nation

STACIE GEORGE | SVP of Booking Live Nation

STEPHANIE RUSSO | Sr. Manager, Artist Relations & Programs iHeartMedia

SYRETA J. OGLESBY | Founder/Principal SJO PR

SYDNEY LEVATON | Manager, Entertainment Marketing PUMA

TAMIKA YOUNG-TORRINGTON | Head of Music, PR, & Communications Netflix

TASHIA ROBERTS | Founder Colina

TANISHA SCOTT | Creative Director and Choreographer

TAWANDA CARLTON | Global PR Director Media Frenzy Global

THEA MITCHEM | Executive Vice President of Programming iHeartMedia

THUY-ANH J. NGUYEN | Founder/President ECG Marketing

TIMOTHY ANNE BURNSIDE | Curatorial Museum Specialist Smithsonian Institution

VALEISHA BUTTERFIELD JONES | Co-President The Recording Academy

VIVIAN RAMIREZ | Entertainment Marketing & Talent Partnerships

WARDA BAIG | Talent Buyer Live Nation

WHITNEY GAYLE-BENTA | Head of Artist and Talent Relations Spotify


YVES C. PIERRE | Music Agent ICM Partners

YVONNE MCNAIR | CEO Captivate Marketing Group