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Renee Collins Cobb

Executive Vice President -

Strategy & Business Development

Renee Collins-Cobb

Renee Cobb is “working in concert” as a dynamic keynote speaker, consultant, business strategist, Executive Producer and radio show/podcast host.   She has a passion for creating experiences in which artists in any field can unleash their full potential.  She also engages and connects those on the stage with those in the audience in a way that is both memorable and meaningful. 

Renee is the Co-President and Co-Owner of Listen Locally, LLC.  Listen Locally is a consulting, media, and broadcasting group.  She also serves the Executive Director/President of Room 17 Productions, a nonprofit organization that promotes music education through storytelling, oral history, live performance and preservation of aging recordings.

She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a 1994 graduate of Xavier University with a Master’s Degree in Executive Human Resource Development.  She attended The UK College of Fine Arts on a full music scholarship to study piano and music education.  She performed with the University of Kentucky Chorus and Choristers serving as both an accompanist for the Chorus and rehearsal pianist for Lexington Philharmonic Concerts.   Renee became a concert pianist and accompanist for many vocalists at The University of Kentucky.

In 2015, she and her husband, Warren Cobb, formed The Sara Holroyd Singers, an acapella choral group that performed for many audiences at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the Lexington Music Awards and on Kentucky Educational Television.   In 2015, Renee co-produced of “The Tribute to Sara Holroyd Concert” held at the Singletary Center for the Arts.  In 2017, she was appointed Chairperson of the University of Kentucky School of Music Alumni Association.  

Renee is formerly a training consultant for The Office of Institutional Diversity at The University of Kentucky and for Cook-Ross, Inc, a global industry leader in the areas of diversity and inclusion.  Renee’s current work as a keynote speaker and change agent provides clients with a focus and facilitation in the areas of career management, diversity/ inclusion and leadership development.  This line of work has allowed her to take her presentations to many Fortune 500 organizations, corporate, government, healthcare and institutional sectors.

Renee also encourages people to “listen locally” through storytelling serving as the project manager for several global education initiatives for the University of Kentucky Louie B Nunn Center for Oral History with topics telling the stories of The University of Kentucky Cheerleading Squad, The Dr. Sara Holroyd Story, The Greg Austin Story, I Am Diversity and Women of Color in Medicine.  

Renee served as both Host and Director of Media Services at Red Barn Radio and currently serves as Host and Executive Producer of “Overtones LIVE” – a live music performance radio show and podcast as well as  “Gray Matters: Opening Minds – One Thought at a Time” -  a show that focuses on stories of diversity, inclusion and equity as well as the topic of unconscious bias.  

Listen Locally was recognized as the Lexington Music Awards Music Business of the Year in 2020 and Overtones LIVE was awarded the Critics Choice honor in 2022.  Listen Locally and Room 17 Productions were nominated for the Community Service category at the Lexington Music Awards in the years 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.  
In 2022, Overtones LIVE received nominations for the Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards in the categories of Best Blog, Best Short Documentary, Best Vlog, Best Author, Best Podcast, and DJ of the Year.

Also in 2022, Overtones LIVE received a nomination for The Josie Music Awards in the category of Videography and won The Josie Music Award Media Company of the Year for Audio/ Visual Excellence.

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