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Women’s Breakfast: Women in Podcasting

Date: 04/24/2019

Time: 8:30am
Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, New York NY

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More than half the people in the United States have listened to one podcast, and nearly one out of three people listen to at least one podcast every month, according to The Infinite Dial, an annual survey conducted by Edison Research. The power and influence of podcasting is growing, and we’re at a pivotal moment for the medium. Podcasting is about storytelling, and we need to make sure women, and women of color, have opportunities to be amplified, to tell their stories and to be heard.


As a relatively new medium, podcasting has the opportunity to be shaped and to reflect our communities, not just to change the ratio of those in podcasting, but to reach diverse and intersectional audiences.


LMHQ's April Women's Breakfast featured experts in the field:

  • Sarah Bentley, Director of Podcasts, Originals and Non-Music Audio, Pandora
  • Rachel Ward, Executive Producer of Special Projects at Gimlet
  • Veralyn Williams, Producer of Radio Rookies at WNYC
  • Brittany Luse, The Nod


This event is sponsored by: Verizon


About our speakers:

Sarah Bentley has an extensive career in magazine publishing working at top brands, including Time, Life, Fortune and Money before her passion for audio storytelling inspired her to take the leap to focus on solely on podcasting. At Panoply Media, she served as Director of Partner Management and Producer. While at Panoply (via Pinna), she created and helped produce the award-winning children’s podcast Christmas is Coming! Currently, Sarah is Director of Podcasts, Originals and Non-Music Audio at Pandora, and she still writes letters to Santa. Ask her about the business she never opened.


Rachel Ward is the executive producer of special projects at Gimlet Creative, the branded studio inside of Gimlet Media, working on podcasts and voice skills for clients like Adobe, Blue Apron, Ford, Mastercard, McDonalds, Nike, Tinder and Virgin Atlantic. She's obsessed with building good process and extracting lessons for future projects, to make them faster, cheaper and more fun. Rachel is also the host and executive producer of Chompers, Gimlet's morning and night tooth brushing show for kids, which has picked up a Clio and a Cannes Lion so like NBD. Before Rachel worked for Gimlet Creative she hosted and produced Surprisingly Awesome at Gimlet, and before that, she was a producer at Morning Edition at NPR, and a reporter and host at WXXI in Rochester, NY.


Veralyn Williams is a journalist who has been tackling questions on identity, social norms, and community since she picked up her first microphone in 2004. As Producer of Radio Rookies, a youth journalism program embedded within New York Public Radio’s narrative unit, Williams teaches young people to report radio documentaries inspired by their own experiences. Previously, Williams was a member of Slate Magazine's podcast team. While there she launched and produced Slate's film and TV podcast Represent, revamped Slate’s feminist podcast, The Waves (formerly Double X), and produced the inaugural season of Panoply’s Family Ghost. And occasionally, she can still be heard sharing her perspective as a media critic, immigrant, and professional black girl on your favorite Slate podcast. Through all of her endeavors, Williams aims to amplify perspectives often forgotten in the media.

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