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Werk It 2019

A Women's Podcast Festival

October 3-4, 2019, Los Angeles


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. 

Registration opens in early spring. Sign-up for our newsletter to get updates on the latest programming news and announcements.  

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Registration will open in early spring. Here’s what you can expect this fall:

  • Two full days of panels, workshops, and presentations covering the art and the business of podcasting

  • Organized networking activities paced throughout the day and after hours

  • More 1:1 activities like mentor matching and sound design advice sessions

  • Another chance to walk away with a pilot development deal at WNYC Studios via our Podcast Accelerator competition

  • Tiered ticket pricing including one-day, two-day, and all access pass options

  • Access to our attendees-only online community  

Scholarships? We got ‘em. That application will be available when registration opens so sit tight -- we pinky promise you haven’t missed a thing.

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Pitch a Session

Pitch a Session

Have a Session Idea? 

We want to hear your pitches for talks, presentations, panel discussions, workshops, 1:1 activities, and organized networking opportunities that can be a part of the programming at Werk It 2019! Before you submit your pitch, be sure to read our guidelines and editorial criteria.

Deadline for pitches: April 30, 2019

Just want to suggest an awesome person or topic you want us to tackle? Submit a suggestion.

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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?


+ 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.

+ 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! When registration opens there will be single and two day pass options.

+ I can't make it afterall. Can I get a refund or transfer my registration?

Refunds or transfers are not permitted.

+ When will the full schedule be announced?

Sign up for our newsletter to be notified about new editions.

+ 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 who appears on stage during the two-day Werk It conference receives free access to attend both days of programming and get all the benefits that come with it (meals, 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. We offer to cover the cost of flight or train transportation as well as overnight accommodation for all US-based presenters we invite who reside outside the LA metro area. In special circumstances that don’t fit our usual approach, 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. We also provide a very modest honorarium for independent freelancers, recognizing that the time they spend contributing to Werk It, while valuable to them, isn’t subsidized by an employer.

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

+ 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. Scholarships for Werk It 2019 will be available in early spring.

+ 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?

Yes! Submit via our open call for pitches. Just want to suggest an awesome person or topic you want us to tackle? Submit a suggestion anytime.

+ 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.