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The list for Billboard’s Women in Music for 2017 is a representation of the best current tastemakers, influencers and dealmakers. This includes negotiating contracts, protecting rights, discovering talent and making records. It was no surprise to see Desiree Perez’s name on the list. She has been instrumental in Jay-Z’s career, a pillar for Roc Nation, and is one of the toughest negotiators in the business. Desiree Perez worked magic by getting Sprint to invest $200 million, and when Jay-Z’s release hit the Number One Album on Billboard 200, the deal became gold. Sprint then offered a free download sponsor for a million people, and prior to the albums release, it has already earned a platinum plaque. Due to the business savvy and efforts of Desiree Perez, the album units reached 600,000 and became the marketing campaigns crown jewel.

Desiree Perez made a name for herself in the music industry despite the fact it is predominately run by men. Men occupy nearly all the leadership roles, but she proved she can work as hard or harder than anyone else. She did so much more than survive, she prospered, and received recognition for her efforts. She is paving the way for women trying to make a career in the music industry. She controls tour management, contract negotiations, the development of talent and music production. Even though it is anything but, she makes it look easy. There is no doubt she has become an asset to the industry. To know more about her click here.

There are numerous factors that determine the list for the Women in Power of 2017. These are carefully weighed by a committee consisting of Billboard reporters and editors. This includes the nominations by colleagues, peers and superiors. The impact these individuals have on the behavior of the consumers is measured using sales, charts, social media impressions, streaming performance, career trajectory, their impact on their industry and the audiences of television and radio.

Her Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/desireeperez01

The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, has been looking for new and interesting ways of pushing forward the need for a greater level of human rights for all people, regardless of where they are located in the world. In continuing his work, Thor Halvorssen has used a large amount of the latest technology to push forward the rights of people from nations that are often seen as being closed off from the outside world; despite taking to Twitter and digital media platforms to explain the issues facing the world there are times when placing his own body on the line is the only option for the Venezuelan born University of Pennsylvania graduate.

Thor Halvorssen has recently been working closely with the major Russian dissident Gary Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has become one of the leading figures in opposition to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. Both Halvorssen and Kasparov have been placing their own health on the line as they sought to publicize the abuses of power many governments around the world have undertaken against their own citizens. On a recent trip to Vietnam local officials beat Thor Halvorssen and his camera operator in a bid to take possession of the tape of an interview with a political prisoner held under house arrest for more than a decade. Click here to watch video.

The human rights career of Thor Halvorssen began in earnest in 1993 when his own father was arrested and tortured for investigating police corruption in relation to a drigs gang in his native Venezuela; Thor was already a student at the University of Pennsylvania when he headed the campaign that would eventually free his father from jail after more than 80 days.

Thor Halvorssen has spent much of his human rights career working with his own Human Rights Foundation that has looked to develop new areas of interest for the foundation that includes the establishment of the Oslo Freedom Forum.

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