Since joining ASCAP three years ago, Nicole George has been relentless in revitalizing the organization's rhythm and soul department. She has signed such talents as Boi-1da, 40 and T.I. She has made ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards a must-attend annual event and has developed new programs for networking and song exposure like "Breaking Bread" in New York and "Check It Out" in Atlanta. On Billboard's 2010 year-end recaps, ASCAP songwriter members wrote, or co-wrote, nine of the the top 10 songs on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & Airplay, Hot Rap Songs and Hot Adult R&B charts. George is also the creator and driving force powering the ASCAP "Women Behind the Music" series, which shines a well-earned spotlight on songwriters, managers, publishers and executives. George practiced law and was director of business and legal affairs at Zomba Music Group before joining ASCAP in 2008. She also is a founding member of Black Women in Entertainment Law and acts as a mentor for Harlem's Millennium Dance Co. She recently became the mother of a baby boy. "Although I have graduated from law school, practiced law at a firm and in-house at a record label and now run a department servicing thousands of members," she says, "it's being a mom that has given me the best lesson in time management and prioritization."