A Women's Podcast Festival
October 3-4, 2019, Los Angeles
A Women's Podcast Festival
October 3-4, 2019, Los Angeles
Registration opens in early spring. Sign-up for our newsletter to get updates on the latest programming news and announcements.
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.
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
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.
Smart, honest, inclusive, witty, wonderful.
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:
We hear ya! When registration opens there will be single and two day pass options.
Refunds or transfers are not permitted.
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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 NYC 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.
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.
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.
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. Click here to apply the promo code WERKIT19 and reserve your stay.
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. Detailed directions are here.
We’re not hiring right now. If we do have opportunities, you’ll find out by signing up for our email updates.
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!
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.
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 here.
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