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Werk It 2019


A Women's Podcast Festival

October 3-4, 2019, Los Angeles

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Werk It 2019


A Women's Podcast Festival

October 3-4, 2019, Los Angeles

Werk It! A Women's Podcast Festival

Join Werk It, the inimitable annual gathering for women shaping the future of podcasting!

 October 3-4, 2019 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles

Two full days of conversations, workshops, live tapings, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring sessions, plus our Podcast Accelerator: your chance to pitch a show, incubate a pilot, and score a development deal with WNYC Studios.

Become a part of our growing community of female and non-binary hosts, writers, reporters, editors, engineers, social media managers, marketers, sound designers, video producers, entrepreneurs, and executives. We come from across the United States and around the world, in all stages of our careers. 

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Register


Register


 

Werk It Plus Pass - October 3 + 4 - $550

  • Two days of Werk It programming at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on October 3 and 4

  • Invitation to our Werk It attendees and speakers-only closing party on Friday, October 4 (RSVP required)

  • Eligible to submit a pitch for the Podcast Accelerator competition

  • Access to attendees only Facebook group

Plus the added bonus of the following:

  • Exclusive invitation to attend a coffee hour on the Ace Hotel Rooftop to network with presenters and industry professionals before main stage programming begins

  • Early access to register for all of our capacity-limited first-come, first-served activities like our mentor matching program and all 1:1 advice sessions with industry pros

  • Expedited check-in when picking up your festival credentials

  • Early access to the Werk It attendee directory

  • Priority access to the Ace Rooftop during the conference (otherwise limited to hotel guests)

  • 10% off all food and beverage purchases at all Ace Hotel venues (ground-floor restaurant Best Girl and the Rooftop Lounge) plus 10% off Ace merchandise

  • Presale access to tickets for evening events that are part of the festival

Werk It General Admission Pass- October 3 + 4 - $400

  • Two days of Werk It programming at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on October 3 and 4

  • Access to register for mentor matching and 1:1 advice sessions

  • Invitation to our Werk It attendees and speakers-only closing party on Friday, October 4 (RSVP required)

  • Eligible to submit a pitch for the Podcast Accelerator competition

  • Access to attendees only Facebook group

Werk It Single Day Pass - Thursday, October 3 - $250

  • One day of Werk It at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on October 3, 2019

  • Invitation to our Werk It attendees and speakers-only closing party on Friday, October 4 (RSVP required)

  • Eligible to submit a pitch for the Podcast Accelerator competition

  • Access to attendees only Facebook group


Werk It Single Day Pass - Friday, October 4 - $250

  • One day of Werk It at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on October 4, 2019

  • Invitation to our Werk It attendees and speakers-only closing party on Friday, October 4 (RSVP required)

  • Eligible to submit a pitch for the Podcast Accelerator competition

  • Access to attendees only Facebook group

Note: In order to be eligible to submit a pitch for the Podcast Accelerator competition, you must be registered by Sept. 6, 2019. We need time to review your pitches and select the semi-finalists!

 
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Presenters


Presenters


Rund Abdelfatah , Co-Host and Producer, NPR’s  Throughline

Rund Abdelfatah, Co-Host and Producer, NPR’s Throughline

Rachael Cusick,  Associate Producer,  Radiolab

Rachael Cusick, Associate Producer, Radiolab

Misha Euceph , Host and Producer,  Tell Them, I Am , KPCC

Misha Euceph, Host and Producer, Tell Them, I Am, KPCC

Kerri Hoffman , Chief Executive Officier, PRX

Kerri Hoffman, Chief Executive Officier, PRX

Cristina Kim , Podcast Producer,  Truth Be Told

Cristina Kim, Podcast Producer, Truth Be Told

Bri M ., Host and Executive Producer,  POWER NOT PITY

Bri M., Host and Executive Producer, POWER NOT PITY

Shereen Marisol Meraji,  Host + Correspondent,  Code Switch

Shereen Marisol Meraji, Host + Correspondent, Code Switch

Mala Munoz , Founder, Producer, Host, Sound Board Operator,  Locatora Radio

Mala Munoz, Founder, Producer, Host, Sound Board Operator, Locatora Radio

Anjuli Sastry , Associate Producer, NPR's  It's Been a Minute  with Sam Sanders

Anjuli Sastry, Associate Producer, NPR's It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

Jennifer Swiatek,  Production Manager, KCRW

Jennifer Swiatek, Production Manager, KCRW

Mallory Yu , Associate Producer + Editor, NPR’s  All Things Considered

Mallory Yu, Associate Producer + Editor, NPR’s All Things Considered

Anabel Bacon , Producer,  Death, Sex & Money

Anabel Bacon, Producer, Death, Sex & Money

Gina Delvac , Producer and Co-Founder,  Call Your Girlfriend

Gina Delvac, Producer and Co-Founder, Call Your Girlfriend

Diosa Femme , Founder, Producer, Host, Audio Editor,  Locatora Radio

Diosa Femme, Founder, Producer, Host, Audio Editor, Locatora Radio

Gabrielle Horton , Producer,  Hear To Slay

Gabrielle Horton, Producer, Hear To Slay

Nicola Korzenko,  General Manager, Podfund

Nicola Korzenko, General Manager, Podfund

Paola Mardo , Host/Creator/Producer,  Long Distance

Paola Mardo, Host/Creator/Producer, Long Distance

Depelsha McGruder , Chief Operating Officer, New York Public Radio

Depelsha McGruder, Chief Operating Officer, New York Public Radio

Ma’ayan Plaut , Content Strategist & Podcast Librarian, RadioPublic

Ma’ayan Plaut, Content Strategist & Podcast Librarian, RadioPublic

Christa Scharfenberg , CEO, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Christa Scharfenberg, CEO, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Avery Trufelman,  Producer  99% Invisible  and Host,  Articles of Interest

Avery Trufelman, Producer 99% Invisible and Host, Articles of Interest

Katie Bishop , Executive Producer, Death, Sex & Money

Katie Bishop, Executive Producer, Death, Sex & Money

Shana Daloria , Independent Public Radio and Podcast Producer

Shana Daloria, Independent Public Radio and Podcast Producer

Bethel Habte , Associate Producer,  Radiolab

Bethel Habte, Associate Producer, Radiolab

Meghan Keane , Managing Producer, NPR's  Life Kit

Meghan Keane, Managing Producer, NPR's Life Kit

Kristen Lepore , Managing producer, KCRW's Independent Producer Project

Kristen Lepore, Managing producer, KCRW's Independent Producer Project

Jane Marie , Podcast Host and CEO, Little Everywhere, Inc

Jane Marie, Podcast Host and CEO, Little Everywhere, Inc

Mukta Mohan , Development Producer, Crooked Media

Mukta Mohan, Development Producer, Crooked Media

Mathilde Piard,  Senior Project Manager, NPR

Mathilde Piard, Senior Project Manager, NPR

Katie Sprenger , Lead Producer, Branded Audio Vox Media Podcast Network

Katie Sprenger, Lead Producer, Branded Audio Vox Media Podcast Network

Cher Vincent , Independent Producer and Editor

Cher Vincent, Independent Producer and Editor

Lynn Casper,  Host and Producer,  Homoground Podcast

Lynn Casper, Host and Producer, Homoground Podcast

Keisha "TK" Dutes,  Producer, Glitch and EP Consultant,  Hear to Slay

Keisha "TK" Dutes, Producer, Glitch and EP Consultant, Hear to Slay

Kara Hart,  Independent podcast producer

Kara Hart, Independent podcast producer

Reema Khrais,  Host + Senior Reporter, Marketplace’s  This is Uncomfortable

Reema Khrais, Host + Senior Reporter, Marketplace’s This is Uncomfortable

Caila Litman , Senior Manager, Audio Revenue, Vox Media Podcast Network

Caila Litman, Senior Manager, Audio Revenue, Vox Media Podcast Network

Allyson Marino , Founder,  Lipstick & Vinyl

Allyson Marino, Founder, Lipstick & Vinyl

Tonya Mosley,  Host,  Truth Be Told  & co-host,  Here & Now

Tonya Mosley, Host, Truth Be Told & co-host, Here & Now

Anna Sale , Host and Managing Editor,  Death, Sex & Money

Anna Sale, Host and Managing Editor, Death, Sex & Money

Kameel Stanley,  Senior Producer,  The City

Kameel Stanley, Senior Producer, The City

Juleyka Lantigua Williams,  CEO, Lantigua Williams & Co.

Juleyka Lantigua Williams, CEO, Lantigua Williams & Co.

 
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2019 Schedule


2019 Schedule


Note: Schedule and presenters are subject to change, the Werk It producers routinely add more sparkle and also life happens. Check back regularly and subscribe to our newsletter for updates!

October 3:
Main Stage

8:00 AM: Check in opens at Theatre at Ace Hotel

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks & Keynote

+ 9:30 AM: Future/now summit

We are kicking off Werk It 2019 with a summit featuring some of the most accomplished and innovative leaders in podcasting share what they see as the biggest challenges, opportunities, and trends happening right now.

+ 10:30 AM: The Price of Money

Your podcast’s content is strong, your download numbers look good, but as a business you're not yet sustainable. Or maybe you have a growing podcast studio, but you have much bigger plans -- you want to build a media empire. With a little more funding, maybe your business would take off, letting you quit your part-time job, build out your team, add another show, or test out new marketing strategies. Hear our panelists talk candidly about when they decided it was time to raise money to build their businesses, how they did it, and the cost of that capital. We'll cover important topics like take rates, revenue-based financing, and venture capital in an approachable way, so you know which questions to ask yourself and prospective investors.

Presenters: Nicola Korzenko (General Manager, Podfund) + Paola Mardo (Host, Creator, Producer, Long Distance)

+ 11:30 AM: This Is Uncomfortable - Live!

Join Reema Khrasis as she explores a topic TBA for a special Werk It live taping of This Is Uncomfortable from Marketplace.

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

+ 2:00 PM: Jobs. Jobs? Jobs!

This lightning session invites any Werker who is currently hiring for roles with their company to join us on stage and share their job posting with our audience. Share your 30-second job description and find a fellow Werker to fill your gig!

+ 2:15 PM: The Internet Is for Pods! Web Strategy for Audience Growth

Connecting your podcast to all the digital spaces where audiences already are is key to audience growth. As the world’s first Podcast Librarian and Content Strategist, Ma’ayan has a front row seat as podcasters market their shows on the web to curators like her, editors, and journalists and most importantly, to potential new audiences. Her talk will cut through the glut of guidance out there to help podcasters reach new listeners to highlight proven web-first strategies that all shows can use.

Presenter: Ma’ayan Plaut (Content Strategist & Podcast Librarian, Radio Public)

+ 3:30 PM: The Top Ten Mistakes Freelancers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

When you’re in the freelance game, taking yourself seriously when it comes to managing your business is crucial. In this session, Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, CEO of Lantigua Williams & Co., gives you no-bullshit, hard won guidance on how to be truly professional about your money and avoid common yet disadvantaging errors, from incorporating as an LLC, to digital invoicing and negotiating rates. You’ll walk away able to identify these mistakes, recognize how we’re set up as women and non-binary folks in the (patriarchal) system to make them, and fix it when a mistake happens. You’ll also receive a nifty pocket guide with common scripts and phrasing to rely on for when you enter nerve-wracking negotiations. Get paid what you’re worth!

Presenter: Juleyka Lantigua Williams (CEO, Lantigua Williams & Co.)

+ 4:00 PM: What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Be Famous

You want those well-dressed development execs to take you out to lunch, but you don’t want to get taken. Come in to hear a lawyer, an agent, and a manager working with podcasters explain what each of them can do for your career, when it’s time to engage their services, and how to avoid signing a bad deal while you’re still out there on your own. They can’t tell you whether your podcast is primed to become an Amazon Original Series, but they will provide a peek at how deals get made, what it takes to protect your IP, and a primer on key questions you should be asking whenever you take a meeting.

+ 5:00 PM: Abandon Your Plans

Join Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible + Articles of Interest) as she endeavors to answer the age old question: Where do you get your ideas from? What comes next after you have an idea and feel that buzzy spark? Avery breaks down how one of her favorite episodes of 99% Invisible, “The Pool and the Stream”, came to be plus all the twists and turns along the way.

Presenters: Avery Trufelman (Producer, 99% Invisible + Host of Articles of Interest (Radiotopia) & Nice Try! (Curbed/Vox Media)


October 3:
Second Stage

Werk It Presents: Womxnifestos*

*We have never met a pun we didn't like.

Womxnifestos* are the hot takes you didn’t know you needed. They’re distilled wisdom of experience spiced with the power of conviction. These lightning talks are a MOOD. All sessions will be held in the Walker Eisen and Segovia rooms, located on the second floor of the Ace Hotel.

+ 10:00 AM: Constraints Are Great

As a young audio journalist, looking for great stories can sometimes feel like you’ve been plopped in a giant gumball machine, all by yourself, and told to find the most perfect gumball. You’re stoked. You’re overwhelmed. You’re kinda hungry. You don’t really know where to start. But weirdly putting constraints on the creative process can actually sharpen your focus and lead you to unexpected places. Sometimes throwing creative obstacles in your path can help you wo-maneuver in unexpected ways, and help you bump into story gumball magic!!!

Presenters: Bethel Habte + Rachel Cusick (Producers, Radiolab)

+ 10:30 AM: This Is How We Mobilize: Building a Coalition of Womxn and Non-Binary Podcasters

This strategy session is for those looking to use their podcasts to do greater good. As individual podcasters, we all have unique audiences who tune in each episode because they relate to us and our content. Often our shows and audiences get stuck in a vacuum, which can be great for building and engaging small communities, but how do we then create a framework that networks our individual efforts on a larger scale? Come with issues you’re working on that need a signal boost.

Presenter: Lynn Casper (Producer/Host of Homoground Podcast)

+ 11:00 AM: You Can Grow Your Audience Without Going Batshit Crazy

Should you care about the Apple charts or not? How important is social media to growing your listenership, really? Does SEO even matter for podcasts? NPR One what? Trying to grow your audience can be overwhelming if you try to do it all - and we're here to tell you that you shouldn't.

Presenter: Mathilde Piard (Senior Project Manager, NPR)

12:00 PM: BREAK

+ 2:30 PM: Never Read the comments

There are comments, and there are rants. Reviews, and "constructive" criticism. The Dream host Jane Marie has advice on taking feedback without pandering and how to save your sanity when critical voices seem the loudest.

Presenter: Jane Marie (CEO, Little Everywhere, Inc.)

+ 3:00 PM: There’s No “I” in “Team” But All I Have Is “M-E”

If rolling solo has the gilded appeal of legend, in practice, it can leave a producer feeling like a horse in unicorn's clothing. We are producers who have been our own teams, working independently without extensive resources or infrastructure. We have found success building podcasts and audiences. We've also experienced the challenges that come with outsized expectations, insufficient budgets, and lack of support. We'll get into the bare essentials of podcasting, the many roles to fill, and the questions you didn't think to ask in this real talk session with producers who have been there and made it work. We may even dish about the projects that fell apart along the way.

Presenters: Gina Delvac (Producer and Co-Founder of Call Your Girlfriend) + Cher Vincent (Independent Producer)

+ 3:30 PM: Podcast Parties & Pop-Ups: Podcasting as a Tool for Community Building

In this session, attendees will learn about the power of podcasting and the ways that Locatora Radio has successfully cultivated community and an engaged listenership through survivor centered podcast parties and pop-ups, interactive installations, workshops, and film. This 20 minute lightning talk will walk attendees through our journey to create a multimedia brand, online & in real life communities, and imagine the possibilities for content creation in a new and evolving media landscape.

Presenters: Diosa Femme + Mala Muñoz (Co-Hosts, Locatora Radio)

+ 4:00 PM: "Let Me Get Back To You On That": Leading For People-Pleasers

How do you lead when you're natural inclination to make sure everyone is happy?

Presenter: Meghan Keane (Managing Producer, NPR's Life Kit)


October 4: 
Main Stage

 

8:00 AM: Check in opens at Theatre at Ace Hotel

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks & Keynote Conversation

+ 10:30 AM: Mentorship and Me

This is for everyone looking to grow their own careers or to share their knowledge to help others grow. The co-founders of NPR’s Women of Color mentorship program break down what makes a good mentor, how to be a good mentee, and how to build and maintain these career-changing relationships. You’ll get the tools to become or to find a mentor (or board of mentors), outline the difference between a mentor and a sponsor, and set agendas for mentor meetings.

Presenters: Mallory Yu (Associate Producer/Editor, NPR’s All Things Considered, Co-Founder, NPR Women of Color Mentorship Program) + Anjuli Sastry (Associate Producer, NPR's It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders and Co-Founder, NPR Women of Color Mentorship Program.)

+ 11:00 AM: A Transparent Look at the Glow-Up

As the corporate podcasting economy ramps up and the “wild wild west” days begin to fade, TK and Gabrielle have spent countless hours building their own support groups and strategizing their transitions from intern to freelance to full-time producer life. Norms, names, and practices changed daily, at times leaving them wondering how they could even get in the game: Do I need a lawyer? Am I the only POC hire? What’s a good rate? Are the terms fair for my position? What about non-monetary benefits? Wait, what’s IP?

As a duo that understands firsthand what holds us back, they’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about how this recently informal industry often excludes black women and other underrepresented folks from fully participating in the expanding ecosystem. This trickle-up conversation will explore what it looks like to “pass the baton” within a supportive community, present new blueprints for leveling up, and bare it all about what it takes to arrive at the coveted glow up.

Presenters: Gabrielle Horton (Producer, Hear To Slay and Founder/Chief Storyteller, The Woodshaw) + Keisha "TK" Dutes (Producer, Glitch and EP Consultant, Hear to Slay)

11:45 AM: WNYC STUDIOS’ PODCAST ACCELERATOR

12:30 PM: Lunch Break

+ 2:00 PM: WNYC Studios’ Podcast Accelerator Winners Announced!

+ 2:15 PM: Beyond Underwear & Mattresses: Scaling A Multimillion Dollar Podcasting Business

As the podcasting industry grows into a billion dollar ad business the field is open for women and non-binary professionals to lead innovation on the revenue side. This presentation will tackle the challenges ahead for producers of all kinds as podcast advertising continues to evolve in the context of the broader digital advertising landscape.

Presenters: Katie Sprenger (Lead Branded Audio Producer, Vox Media Podcast Network)+ Caila Litman (Senior Manager, Audio Revenue, Vox Media Podcast Network)

+ 3:00 PM: Taking Up Your Space: Real Talk About Hosting

There’s great responsibility in taking the mic: To respect your guests and sources, to serve your listeners, and to present yourself well (as well as the hard work of the team behind you), for starters. This session is about navigating all the challenges that come with the coveted role of host, from defining the role to balancing air time with male co-hosts to handling the expectations specific to being a woman or a POC in the role.

Moderator: Shereen Marisol Meraji (Co-Host, Code Switch) / Panelists: Misha Euceph (Host and Producer, KPCC) + Rund Abdelfatah (co-host of Throughline)

+ 4:00 PM: Who Are You Making This For?

If we can agree that it’s imperative to identify a target audience before making a new podcast, why do things still get so fuzzy when we talk about reaching “diverse” audiences?

Enter our panel with experiences that span decades, coasts, cultures and mediums. They’re here to spill tea, share lessons learned from the audio trenches, and offer strategies to intentionally make podcasts for and by people of color, from how to gain audience insights before production to reaching audiences where they’re already listening (even if it’s not your platform).

Moderator: Cristina Kim (Podcast Producer, Truth Be Told) / Panelists: Tonya Mosley (Host, Truth Be Told & Co-Host of Here & Now) + Kameel Stanley (Senior Producer, The City).

5:00 PM: Closing session and thank yous


October 4: Second Stage 

Werk It Presents: How I Make It

How I Make It gets hosts and producers of your favorite podcasts in an intimate setting to reveal how they get their shows out the door. Expect candor and lots and lots of tape. All sessions will be held in the Walker Eisen and Segovia rooms, located on the second floor of the Ace Hotel.


+ 1:1 MENTORSHIP

Werkers registered by September 6 will be eligible to request a mentor. Mentors will be assigned in advance of the festival so you can make your arrangements to meet 1:1 during the fest.

+ AIR's Ask an Engineer at Werk It(By Appointment)

Having trouble with a session in Pro Tools? Not sure if you nailed the mix of your debut episode? Are you a one-woman podcast production team and you’re not sure where to turn for engineering advice? This special collaboration with Werk It and AIR offers the opportunity for 1:1 feedback from three women experts in all things engineering. Registered Werk It attendees can are eligible to sign up. Space is limited. (Deadline to request a 1:1 session: September 9, 2019 / Participants will be notified of their assignments by September 22).

Engineers: Misha Euceph (Host and Producer, KPCC) + Kara Hart (Independent Podcast Producer) + Jennifer Swiatek (Production Manager, KCRW) + Shana Daloria (Independent Public Radio and Podcast Producer)

This session is brought to you in partnership with AIR. AIR is a vibrant talent network of 1,200 makers powering public media and podcasting. Founded in 1988, AIR identifies, cultivates and deploys producers and independent storymakers who create innovative work, challenge and inspire other media makers, and find resources in digital, broadcasting, and podcasting.

October 3 + 4:
1:1 Sessions


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Scholarships


Scholarships


 

Werk It is for women+ in all stages of their careers currently working in or hoping to break into audio and digital media. The cost of attending professional conferences can be a substantial barrier to entry, so each year we offer a limited number of scholarships to students, freelancers, and nonprofit employees who would otherwise be unable to attend.

The scholarship is a two-day pass to attend our daytime conference programming on October 3-4, 2019.  Recipients are responsible for cover their own expenses to attend Werk It (including food and lodging) and the two-day pass does not include tickets to any Werk It events outside the daytime conference programming. Before applying, read our scholarship criteria here.

If you’d like to make a donation or become a sponsor that supports scholarships at Werk It, email us at werkit@wnyc.org.

Our scholarship application is now closed. Applicants will be notified by August 1.


Scholarships are made possible with support from Spotify.

 
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Frequently asked questions


Frequently asked questions


 

+ Who is Werk It for?

Werk It is for women+ in all stages of their careers currently working in or hoping to break into audio and digital media. Past attendees have come from 23 states and 13 countries. They have been producers, hosts, writers, reporters, editors, engineers, social media managers, marketers, sound designers, video producers, and more.

Last year, 34% of attendees were employed by public media companies, 27% by for-profit media companies, 19% worked at nonprofits or academic institutions, and 20% were freelancers. Join the brightest women leaders in audio as we make each other better, unleash our powers for good and muscle through some uncomfortable conversations. (Lunching, drinking and general merriment will also be provided.)

Although Werk It is focused on empowering women, we encourage podcasters and podcast fans who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, or other who feel inspired by what we’re doing to join us at the festival and be a part of our community.

+ I'm not a podcaster right now. Can I come?

Yes!

+ Who produces Werk It?

Werk It is a production of WNYC Studios.

Executive Producer: Jennifer Keeney Sendrow
Senior Producer: Denise Bennett
Technical Director: Ricardo Fernandez
Video Producer: David McLean
Production Coordinator: Yasaman Khorsandi
Designers: Sahar Baharloo and Billy Graves
Digital and Social Media Producers: Caroline English and Kim Nowacki
Marketing: Theodora Kuslan, Ashley Lusk, Millie Christie-Dervaux, Nadim Silverman
Publicity: Jennifer Houlihan Roussel and David Cotrone
Legal: Celia Muller, Janna Freed, Ivan Zimmerman, and Cindi Kim
Sponsorship: Hal Trencher and Kathy Callaghan
Development: Caledonia Kearns, Valeria Martinez, Anna Proffitt

+ Why does Werk It exist?

Werk It launched in 2015 with a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to expand women’s voices in podcasting. At the time, our research showed that only 20% of all podcasts in the iTunes top 100 chart were hosted by women. Our mission is to get to 50% or more. By giving women opportunities to learn new skills and make professional contacts, Werk It is one way we will get there.

+ What's the vibe, sister?

Smart, honest, inclusive, witty, wonderful.

+ What is the Werk It Advisory Board?

The Werk It Advisory Board exists for two reasons. First, our ambitions for serving the community we’ve started build are so big that we need like-minded partners and expert advisors to help us get it right and make it pop. Second, we want to not only include but center perspectives that are marginalized in our industry, and our tiny team can’t possibly represent the multitudes who attend the festival. We work with a lot of brilliant colleagues at New York Public Radio to broaden our view, but we wanted to extend it further. This year’s Advisory Board is version 1.0 of us empowering even more voices to shape Werk It’s programming on stage and off.

The members of the 2019 Board are all former presenters and collaborators of the Werk It festival that we invited to join us for meetings at critical times in our production timelines to review the overall conference plan, programming topics, key presenters, and events.

Board members are not paid staff of Werk It, but they do receive a complimentary pass to attend the festival and any related events.

2019 Advisory Board Members:
Taz Ahmed, Writer, Activist, and Co-Host of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim
Tricia Bobeda, Podcast Manager at KUER
Martina Castro, CEO and Founder of Adonde Media
Amy S. Choi, Co-founder and Editorial Director of The Mash-Up Americans
Erika Clarke, Executive Producer, Spotify Studios
Gina Delvac, Producer of Call Your Girlfriend
N’Jeri Eaton, Deputy Director, Programming and New Audience, NPR
Julia Furlan, Host and Reporter, NPR
Kate Krosschell, Marketing Lead, 70 Million Podcast
Juleyka Lantigua Williams, CEO of Lantigua Williams & Co.
Rebecca Lehrer, Co-founder and CEO of The Mash-Up Americans
Kristen McCallum, Founder & Lead Consultant at SafeWordSociety
Mukta Mohan, Development Producer, Crooked Media
Lauren Ober, Host, Spectacular Failures
Chiquita Paschal, Independent Consultant
Bridget Todd, Afropunk and Unbossed Media
Jenna Weiss-Berman, Founder, Pineapple Street Media

+ HOW ARE PRESENTERS AT WERK IT COMPENSATED?

Our festival is here to promote equity, empower women+, and recognize the amazing work that women+ do.

Everyone presenting on any stage during the two-day Werk It conference receives free access to attend both days of programming and all the benefits that come with it (access to networking and mentoring events, etc.). We promote their participation in our festival marketing efforts, and after the festival we offer them access to any photos, audio, and video we make of their appearance for their personal use going forward.

For our Main Stage presenters based outside the LA metro area whose employers cannot support their travel expenses, Werk It covers the cost of travel (i.e. flight or train transportation, overnight accommodation, and/or parking).

Werk It also provides a very modest honorarium for independent freelancers ($150 for panelists and $250 for presenters), recognizing that the time they spend contributing to Werk It, while valuable to them, isn’t subsidized by an employer.

In special circumstances that don’t fit our usual approach or for events or programs that are ticketed separately from the main two-day conference, we work with the presenter to reach a fair solution that is similar to what the other presenters are offered. Keynote speakers who we have commissioned to write a wholly original talk to present at Werk It are offered an honorarium, for example.

For the ticketed evening events that are a part of Werk It, we make individual arrangements with the participating shows and venues.

+ I want to go to Werk It, but I don't know how to ask my employer to pay! How do I pitch my boss?

First piece of advice: Lean in! You don't get anything in this world if you don't ask. Second, consider the following pitches to help make your case:

  • The Technical Pitch: WERK IT is going to make me a better writer, editor, and booker. I'm going to learn from some of the most talented and successful producers and hosts in the business.
  • The Altruist Pitch: I am going to take such fierce notes that I can bring back everything I learn to our team (even the dudes!) and share the wealth of knowledge.
  • The SOS Pitch: We need more help! I'm going to meet so many high-powered/talented/creative/well-connected women who will ultimately help us build a brain trust and source talent.
  • The Hard Sell: If you're committed to supporting female professionals, prove it. This is a very real way to do that. Werk It is, after all, the only all-female podcasting festival on the planet.

+ I can't make it both days, is there a one day pass?

We hear ya! We offer single and two day pass options.

+ Does the Werk It Plus Pass include tickets to any other Werk It events (e.g. live podcast tapings, mixers)?

The Werk It Plus Pass will get you access to the pre-sale for any shows or networking events that get added to the festival, but please note that those tickets will be sold separately. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates on all festival events.

+ I purchased a single day pass, can I upgrade my ticket?

Yes! Contact werkit@wnyc.org to upgrade your ticket.

+ Turns out I can’t make it, are passes refundable?

All registrations are nonrefundable. If you would like to transfer your pass to another Werker, this can be done by request for a $50 processing fee. Email us at werkit@wnyc.org to initiate the transfer process.

+ I’m having trouble purchasing a ticket, what’s the dealio?

If you are having trouble purchasing a festival ticket, AXS may be flagging you as a bot or fraudulent buyer. This may be due to multiple attempted payments, multiple purchases on one card, or multiple attempts from the same company network. If this is happening, email werkit@wnyc.org and we’ll work with the box office to resolve any issues with purchases.

+ Super last minute, but can I register on the day of the event?

All passes are subject to availability. You can walk up to purchase registrations at the Ace Box office, however day-of purchases will not be eligible to submit a pitch to the the Podcast Accelerator competition or submit a request for a mentor. You can, of course, still find a mentor as you informally mingle with other Werkers but we won’t be able to accommodate requests for curated mentor matching.

+ When will the full schedule be announced?

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+ Is there a Podcast Bootcamp in 2019?

No, we aren't including a Podcast Bootcamp program as part of Werk It 2019, but new and aspiring podcasters are still very much welcome to join us. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know next time we do a Bootcamp.

+ What's the deal with the Podcast Accelerator?

All registered Werk It attendees registered will receive instructions via email about how to submit their pitch to be considered for the 2019 Werk It Podcast Accelerator competition.Finalists will be notified at least two weeks before the festival and will present their final pitches on stage during the fest on Oct. 4 for a chance to land a pilot with WNYC Studios.

+ Is there a designated hotel for Werk It in 2019?

Not officially, but our friends at Ace Hotel are extending a 15% discount to all Werk It attendees who'd like to stay there between October 1-7, 2019. Apply the promo code WERKIT19 and reserve your stay.

+ How can I get to the Theatre at Ace Hotel?

Valet services are available at the hotel 24/7, and there are more than 1,200 self-parking spaces all within a few blocks of the theater. If you decide on public transportation, the nearest metro stop is 7th St./Metro Center. The Ace Hotel provides detailed directions on their website.

+ Can I work at Werk It? Or volunteer? Or intern?

We’re not hiring right now. If we do have opportunities, you’ll find out by signing up for our email updates.

+ Can men attend?

The daytime sessions of Werk It are created by and for women. We also encourage people who are genderqueer, gender non-binary, or other who feel inspired by what we’re doing to join us at the festival and be a part of our community. Also, our podcast feed contains wisdom for all ears!

+ Do you offer scholarships?

We will offer a limited number of scholarships in order to ensure a robust mix of participants including students, freelancers and nonprofit employees who would otherwise be unable to attend. Scholarships cover conference registration but not travel expenses. Our scholarship application for Werk It 2019 is now closed. Applicants will be notified by August 1. Scholarships are made possible with support from Spotify.

+ How do I request a mentor?

Hang tight, attendees will be emailed with more information on how to request a mentor in late summer.

+ Is Werk It accessible to people with limited mobility?

The Theatre at Ace Hotel is committed to making their venue welcoming and accessible to all our patrons. There is a wheelchair accessible restroom in the lobby of the Ace Hotel and in the lower level of the Theatre. Please note that the elevator goes to the balcony at the theater, however, seating can only be reached by climbing the stairs. Details on ADA-accesible seats are available on their website.

+ Can I sponsor this event?

Yes! Please do. Email werkit@wnyc.org to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

+ Can I pitch a session idea?

The open call for pitches closed April 30, but you can still submit a suggestion anytime. If you pitched us, you will be updated May 31 on the status of your pitch!

+ How can I find out when updates are made to the schedule and speakers?

Sign up below to get emails from us.

+ I have a question that wasn't answered here, how can I get in touch?

Email us at werkit@wnyc.org.

 
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Venue: The Theatre at Ace Hotel

929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Map)


Leadership support for Werk It is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

 
 

Sponsorship for Werk It is provided by spotify and Spreaker.

 
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