IPR Student Post: Women in the Media Panel Discussion

Written by Maria Barr

Rhaelee Gronholz setting up for a live event.
Panelist and IPR Grad Rhaelee Gronholz setting up for a live event.

As college students, we all appreciate free things. I know I do. Especially if it’s a free Panel Discussion that features amazing women who are currently dominating in different creative professions.

Why would you want to attend this event?

Why wouldn’t you, is a better question! Not only is this Panel Discussion great for the representation of women of IPR and in the industry, but you also will benefit from advice about networking, overcoming career obstacles and you will learn about all the unique ways to make it in the creative industries.

It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to attend this resourceful event that is filled with information for current IPR students on how to succeed in their futures! You never know what you may learn from the wisdom of those who are already achieving their dreams in the real world.

“We are thrilled to be putting on this event,” comments IPR Campus Director Stacy Severson, “At IPR, we are committed to nurturing communities who are underrepresented in media arts. We want to demonstrate to the young women who are interested in careers in media that it is possible, that there are successful women out there in positions of creative leadership.”

This panel features four seasoned professionals, all with different skills and from different backgrounds:

Veronica Rodriguez

A graduate of McNally Smith College of Music, Veronica has found great success working in broadcast media. Some of her previous work experience includes being the Senior Broadcast Engineer for the Minnesota Vikings, a Radio Engineer for iHeartMedia and a Broadcast Engineer for Gopher Football. She currently works at MPR as a Technical Director.

Edie French

Edie French is the President and CEO of her own company called iDream.tv based in Minneapolis. iDream.tv is an award-winning multimedia production company that helps clients promote, educate, train, document and market to their clients. In her past work experience, Edie was the Director of Telecommunications for the City of Minneapolis, as well as a Consultant of Video Productions for Minneapolis Public Schools. Edie received her B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota.

Kelsey Geiger

IPR Alumni Kelsey Geiger, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Marketing and Management, as well as an Associate’s degree in Music and Entertainment Business. In her time since graduation, she has worked as Chief Operations Officer at Nice Guy Entertainment, Event Staff at Myth Live, a Production Assistant at Sue McLean and Associates and a Promotions Assistant at Go: Radio.

Rhaelee Gronholz

Rhaelee is also a past student of IPR and has had no problem of landing consistent work since graduation. To name just a few of her current positions, she works for AV Leads and AV For You, as well as a Sound Engineer at the Lodge- Stage 81, and Lighting and Sound Engineer at The Pourhouse. She is the CEO of Hub Entertainment, which is a staging rental company. She also produces her own killer music!

Join us for the Women in the Media Panel Discussion at our IPR Edina Campus at 4545 West 77th Street on Nov. 15th from 11:30- 1:30pm in order to not miss this great opportunity!

Maria Barr is a first term BFA student in the Digital Video and Media Arts Program at IPR.