Leadership Music has announced some personnel changes for the next year of the program.
Following the retirement of the longtime Director of Communications and Events Judi Turner January 1, 2022, program host Liz Allen Fey will step down with the graduation of the Class of 2022 in May. Dr. Sarita Stewart, Professor at Belmont University, will take on the role of Facilitator for the Class of 2023 in October.
Stewart, associate professor of creative and entertainment industries at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, began her career as a receptionist at Curb Records in Los Angeles. She moved to Curb headquarters in Nashville in 1994 as director of marketing. Stewart began teaching at Belmont as an adjunct professor in 2005, and in 2009 took a sabbatical to complete her doctorate. in communications from the University of Alabama.
“Judi was the backbone of the Leadership Music program for many years, and we will miss her dearly, but we wish her much happiness and relaxation in her well-deserved retirement,” said Leadership Music’s Executive Director. Deb Linn. “Likewise, since 2014, LA Fey has been an integral part of every program day, and class members have learned to look to her for focus and to challenge them to consider issues from all angles. Her shoes are big to fill, but we know Sarita is up for the challenge. We look forward to working with her when we welcome the Class of 2023.”
Turner graduated from Leadership Music in 1996 and was involved with the organization as a volunteer before joining staff in 2012. She worked at the Country Music Association and Network Ink Public Relations before starting her own relations business public, Turnerand Company, in 1992.
As CEO of Strategy and Leadership, LLC, Fey works with businesses, organizations and communities to develop leadership skills and create and implement strategic plans. She graduated from the program in 2014 and was the first woman in the organization’s history to hold this position.