Agenda


9:00am - 9:30am                           Check-In and Breakfast

9:30am - 10:00am                         Opening Keynote: "Podcasting Grows Up"
                                                      Andy Bowers ('86)
                                                      Chief Content Officer, Panoply Media

10:00am - 11:00am                       Session 1
                                                        Night Vale Presents: Building a Podcast Business

In a nutshell: How to Build a Podcast Business. In this panel, we’ll be joined by Night Vale Presents’ Christy Gressman and Market Enginuity’s Sarah van Mosel to discuss the market conditions for podcasting and the challenges involved in building a podcast business on your own terms.

                                                        Featuring
                                                       
Christy Gressman (SOM'16)
                                                      Partner, Night Vale Presents
                                                      Sarah van Mosel
                                                      Chief Podcast Sales and Strategy Officer, Market Enginuity

11:15am - 12:15pm                      Session 2
                                                       Technological Opportunities and Challenges for Growth

Podcasting has long been defined by a few structural factors: RSS feeds, Apple, mobile devices. How will podcasting’s shape change next? How do technology platforms factor into the solution? What role do smart speakers, audio streaming platforms, and the connected car play in the growth of podcasting?

                                                       Featuring
                                                      
Tracy Kaplan (SOM '08)
                                                     Senior Director of Content, TuneIn
                                                     Bill Irwin
                                                     Director of Audience Growth, Midroll Media

12:15pm - 1:15pm                       Lunch

1:15pm - 2:15pm                         Session 3
                                                       Crossover Talent: Podcasting and Non-Audio Native Creators

Podcasting is rapidly attracting talent from other mediums: actors, authors, playwrights, screenwriters, and so on. This panel will examine the opportunities and challenges of helping those talent pools cross over into audio.

                                                     Featuring
                                                     Kathy Doyle
                                                     VP of Podcasts at Macmillan Publishers
                                                     Moses Soyoola ('10)
                                                     General Manager at Endeavor Audio

2:30pm - 3:30pm                         Session 4
                                                      
What It Takes: Creative Entrepreneurship in Podcasting

At the heart of the podcast universe are independent creators: writers, enthusiasts, journalists, documentarians, and others who use podcasting as a platform to build out ideas, shows, and businesses. This panel will explore the experiences of four veteran podcast creators who have gone through the ringer when it comes to developing a podcast, maintaining a production, and building an audience.

                                                       Featuring
                                                      
Jeffrey Cranor
                                                     Co-creator, Welcome to Night Vale
                                                    
Leila Day
                                                     Co-host, The Stoop Podcast
                                                     Lauren Shippen
                                                     Creator, The Bright Sessions
                                                     Fran Tirado
                                                     Co-host, Food 4 Thot

3:45pm - 4:30pm                         Live Taping of the "Club House" Podcast
                                                      
Ariel Hudes (SOM '18) interviews Leila Day