Congratulations to the 2018 Venues Now Women of Influence Award recipients! We will be honoring this year's inspiring leaders during IAVM VenueConnect in Toronto, July 22-25, 2018.

These individuals have won for their newsworthy achievement and outstanding leadership. We will showcase the winners in our July issue.

Jeanie Buss, CEO, NBA Governor & Controlling Owner, Los Angeles Lakers
In terms of influential people, there are few who can match the impact Jeanie has made on the sports and entertainment industry. As an NBA team owner, she has been an integral part of the league’s evolution into one of the best pro leagues in the world. Her many contributions at the NBA include taking a leadership role on the committee that negotiated the most recent labor deal, agreed to in late 2016, which has brought stability and ushered in a new era of labor peace and collaboration with the players. Her impact in LA is vast and well-recognized. Jeanie recently played a big role on the city’s Olympic bid committee, which successfully brought the 2028 Olympics to LA. During her career, Jeanie has been a supporter of professional sports opportunities for women as owner of the LA Strings TeamTennis franchise, the LA Sparks of the WNBA and the Women of Wrestling. She also served as general manager of the Great Western Forum. She has been recognized nationally for her impact on sports.

Donna DiBenedetto, Director of Touring, AEG Presents, New York City
Donna has been instrumental in the success of some of the biggest tours in history, including Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, the many years of American Idol tours, and the current multiyear farewell tour of Elton John, which has sold out every announced date as of press time. Donna has been a leader in the industry working with hundreds of venue managers across the country while confirming tour dates of all genres and capacities. Her ingenuity and leadership within AEG Presents and her track record of success make her a pioneer in today’s live event industry.

Evelyn Ingram, Vice President of Sales, EventBooking, Knoxville, Tenn.
Evelyn has served as vice president of sales for EventBooking, a venue software company, for over 14 years. In that time, she has become highly involved in the IAVM, VMA and many other venue-related associations — seeking to serve venue professionals within the industry to the best of her ability. In addition to her IAVM membership, which spans over 10 years, she also serves on the Allied Committee and Membership Committee. Evelyn is the embodiment of exemplary dedication to venue professionals. She is willing to contribute any of her wisdom or insight to the many individuals working within the 900 venues EventBooking serves, but more than that, she is keen to listen, so as to serve more efficiently and earnestly.

Dot Lischick, Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dot was the first employee of Broadmoor World Arena, helping with design and construction of the arena where she began working in 1996. Now she is the general manager of both the World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center theater. She is making a difference for Colorado Springs, creating good memories and playing a civic role in the community, including hosting more than 20 graduations. Co-workers and cllents tend to describe her with one word: confident. She is also on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce in Colorado Springs and has been an officer and major force in the IAVM.

Lynda Reinhart, Director of the University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville
Lynda began working at the venue, home to six NCAA Division I athletic teams, as a student in 1994, joined full time in 1998, and was named director in July 2007, recently overseeing a $65 million renovation of the facility. Lynda holds a B.S. in business administration and M.S. in recreational studies from UF. The O’Connell Center leadership development program continues to infuse the industry with young talent and future leaders. An active member of IAVM since 1997, her involvement on the Body of Knowledge Task Force was instrumental in developing a standardized facility management curriculum and college textbook. Lynda is a member of the Florida Facility Managers Association, Rotary Club of Gainesville and Gainesville Sports Commission, and previously served as FFMA board member, FFMA Scholarship Committee chair, and president of the sports commission. Lynda is currently vice president for FFMA and director for arenas on the IAVM board of directors and chair for IAVM’s Member Engagement Committee. She’s a member of the executive committee for both organizations.

Click here to learn more about Jeanie Buss, Donna DiBenedetto, Evelyn Ingram, Dot Lischick and Lynda Reinhart.

Thank you to our 2018 Women of Influence Sponsors: