Newhouse alumna Deborah Curtis ’90 to be honored at Billboard Women in Music ceremony

By Rob Enslin

December 5, 2018
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Deborah Curtis '90

Newhouse School alumna Deborah Curtis ’90 is among four Syracuse alumni who will be honored at Billboard’s 13th annual Women in Music awards ceremony Dec. 6 in New York City.

Along with Lori Feldman ’89, Constance “Connie” Orlando ’89 and Jacqueline Saturn ’90, Curtis will join nearly a hundred other industry trailblazers for the star-studded event, which coincides with the publication of the magazine’s annual “Women in Music” issue.

Matthew Ter Molen, SU senior vice president and chief advancement officer, says the quartet exemplifies the University’s mission and core values. “All four have made significant contributions to the music industry and, through their work and continued success, have inspired generations of women to assume increasing responsibilities in the field. They reflect the University’s commitment to positioning students for a lifetime of personal and professional success,” he adds.

Vice president and head of global experiential marketing and partnerships at American Express, Curtis draws on more than 20 years of experience to lead strategic brand partnerships, engagement platforms and experiential events in areas of sports, fashion, film, music and theater.

One of her most successful ventures is American Express UNSTAGED, a series of live-stream performances featuring today’s most talented musicians (e.g., Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Coldplay and Jack White) and directors (e.g., Spike Lee, David Lynch and Gary Oldman).

Curtis also oversees myriad partnerships with organizations such as AEG, Live Nation Entertainment, the NBA and the United States Tennis Association, to name a few.

“I am so honored to be among this incredibly prestigious group of women making such an impact in music,” says Curtis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising at the Newhouse School. “Representing a brand such as American Express, which is all about powerful backing, I see the critical role we play in backing the next generation of women in the industry.”

Curtis has been named to Billboard’s Women in Music list for the past six years and to Billboard’s Branding Power Players and Power 100 lists for the past two years. She serves on the Newhouse Advisory Board and is a former member of the Newhouse 44 alumni and mentoring group.

She is part of a Syracuse family tradition that includes her mother, Ruth Small ’64, G’77, G’85, and her sister, Jacqueline Belen ’94.

For information about the other Syracuse University alumni honorees, visit SU News.