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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. 

Sign-up for our newsletter to get updates on the latest programming news and announcements.  


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Register


Register


 

Early Bird passes are available in limited quantities until July 1, 2019.

Werk It Plus Pass - October 3 + 4
Early Bird: $499 (Regular $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
Early Bird: $360 (Regular $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
Early Bird: $225 (Regular $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
Early Bird: $225 (Regular $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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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.

Deadline for scholarship applications: July 15th, 2019


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

+ 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?

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

+ 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 open! 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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Updates


Updates


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.

 
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