Premier Professional Development Program Designed to Serve Up to 16 Women Within the Country Music Industry

Applications for the 2024 Women’s Leadership Academy Open Now Through Sunday, March 31

The Country Music Association, the premier membership trade association of the Country Music industry, has announced the return of its Women’s Leadership Academy. The in-demand professional development program launched in 2022 and is an interactive group coaching experience for high-performing, high-potential women leaders within Country Music. Applications for this year’s academy are open now through Sunday, March 31 at

CMA’s Women’s Leadership Academy was designed to offer top-tier professional development to female leaders within the Country Music community. WLA equips participants with essential leadership skills and promotes a culture of mutual support among women. The program offers educational sessions, bi-monthly group coaching and more. WLA not only facilitates a conducive environment for collaboration and trust building but also fosters a network among the women of the Country Music format.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Women’s Leadership Academy in 2024,” says Tiffany Kerns, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations and Philanthropy. “With a commitment to delivering tailored, top-tier professional development, we are amazed by the evolution of this program since its inception in 2022. It’s been truly rewarding to witness the growth of a supportive community within the Country Music industry, empowering women to thrive together and fostering a robust alumni network. We are eager to welcome a new class this year!”

Participants of the 2024 Women’s Leadership Academy will begin their journey establishing individual goals before connecting with one another for group sessions. The program will be led by new, expert executive coaches Lisa Gamble of Gamble Coaching & Consulting LLC and Nicole Provonchee of Bright Blue Consulting. Gamble and Provonchee come with decades of experience developing, leading and measuring the success of leadership development programs and have a passion for supporting women leaders in their personal and professional growth. The educational programming aims to strengthen professional acumen by working through critical topics like personal branding, career mobility, DEI, conflict navigation, self-advocacy and negotiation, self-promotion and influence, as well as increasing confidence to maximize leadership impact and career success.

Visit to learn more about the 2024 Women’s Leadership Academy, including information on how to submit an application or to nominate a deserving candidate.

About the Country Music Association

Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. Music industry professionals and companies across the U.S. and around the globe are members of CMA. The organization serves as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advances the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” All of CMA’s television properties air on ABC.

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