Speakers

 

Andy Bowers ('86)

Andy Bowers is the Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of Panoply Media, and the creator in 2005 of Slate’s podcasting network, one of the first professional networks in the medium. He has overseen the creation and production of dozens of original podcasts, including Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell, Empire on Blood, The Message (one of podcasting’s most successful original dramas), and numerous programs for children.

As an NPR correspondent from 1991-2003, Bowers reported on state, national and global affairs. He served as NPR’s London Bureau Chief and Moscow Bureau Chief, a White House correspondent, and a California-based national correspondent. He’s covered numerous presidential campaigns, the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya, and issues affecting California and the West. In 2003 he began producing the audio programs for Slate in conjunction with NPR. Bowers is a graduate of Yale College, and lives in New York.

Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the podcasts Welcome to Night Vale and Within the Wires and co-founded of the podcast network Night Vale Presents. He also creates dance and theater with choreographer (and wife) Jillian Sweeney. They live in New York state.

Leila Day

Leila Day produces and co-hosts The Stoop Podcast. Leila's also a senior producer at Pineapple Street Media and former editor at Jetty, Al Jazeera's podcast network. Prior to that she was a reporter and editor at NPR affiliate KALW in San Francisco.

Leila's  taught audio storytelling to inmates in San Quentin State Prison, and at the Transom Storytelling workshop. She's won national awards for her reporting, contributed to various outlets, and is often guest speaking about telling stories in your authentic voice. She loves the challenge of making pieces that cause people to pause; creating those unique moments when listeners feel like they're inside of a story.

Kathy Doyle

Kathy Doyle is the Vice President of Podcasting for Macmillan Publishers. She is responsible for audio-first programming, including the Macmillan Podcast Network, which produces popular podcasts with the organization’s bestselling authors and book imprints. Current podcasts range from sci-fi and true crime to literature and self-help. She also oversees one of Macmillan’s largest digital networks, Quick and Dirty Tips. QDT produces a dozen weekly award-winning podcasts hosted by subject matter experts on a wide range of topics. Podcasts include the long-running Grammar Girl and Savvy Psychologist. The network has a large web presence, too, which features content from the podcast hosts and a large variety of Macmillan authors.

Christy Gressman (SOM '16)

Christy Gressman is a partner in Night Vale Presents, where she focuses on developing and producing shows and managing and growing the Night Vale Presents network. She is the executive producer of its current and upcoming podcasts, including Conversations with People Who Hate Me  and Adventures in New America. She is also the creative producer of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) and other Orbiting Human Circus works, the co-creator and producer of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, and an artist and attorney. Christy is a graduate of Yale School of Management (MBA '16), Harvard Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin is the Director of Audience Growth at Midroll Media. He works on marketing for Earwolf and Stitcher podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang, How Did This Get Made, and Katie Couric, and advises Midroll partners like StarTalk Radio and Vox's Today, Explained. Bill previously worked in marketing and monetization at WNYC and Liberty Media, and is a graduate of Vassar College.

Tracy Kaplan (SOM'08)

Tracy Kaplan is the Senior Director of Content at TuneIn. She oversees the content partnerships and editorial team. She started her career in public broadcasting at WGBH in Boston. After getting her MBA at Yale, she moved out to the Bay Area and managed video partnerships at CBS Interactive and then Twitter before joining TuneIn to be a part of the innovation in the audio space.

Sarah van Mosel

Having served in senior leadership roles at New York Public Radio and most recently at the Swedish podcast platform Acast, last year van Mosel was named Chief Podcast Sales and Strategy Officer at Market Enginuity. Market Enginuity represents local and national sponsorship for a mix of public media stations and podcast producers throughout the nation, including in Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington DC. Van Mosel leads a national team that generates revenue for partner PRX/Radiotopia. With programs like TED Talks Daily, 99% Invisible, The Moth, Criminal, Night Vale Presents, and many more, this team represents some of the most beloved voices in podcast-land.

Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of the science fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Since its debut in November of 2015, the podcast has won numerous awards, was named iTunes Best of 2016 and has been featured in Vox, Popular Science, Wired, The London Evening Standard, among others. Lauren is also writing three YA novels for Tor Teen, with the first coming out in Summer of 2019. On top of her writing work, Lauren also has acted in numerous podcasts - including her own - as well as short films and web series. She has a degree in music from The College of William & Mary and was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media for 2018. Lauren is a New York native and now resides in Los Angeles.

Moses Soyoola ('10)

Moses Soyoola is the General Manager of Endeavor Audio. He most recently served as the Director of Business Development & Strategy at Panoply Media, where he was responsible for leading all business development and partnership efforts to structure and negotiate co-production, co-financing, and licensing deals with content creators and media companies. Prior to joining Panoply Media, Moses co-founded Jamplify, a music data company that provided ticketing data to booking agencies. Moses began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he was an analyst in the mortgage department, responsible for structuring complex securitization transactions. Moses received his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Yale University.

Fran Tirado

Fran Tirado is the Executive Editor of Hello Mr and co-host of the Food 4 Thot podcast which has been mentioned in AV Club, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out, Vice, BuzzFeed, Dazed, Interview, The Cut, and Brooklyn Magazine. He has been recognized as one of Brooklyn's 30 Under 30 for his work in editing, researching, documenting, convening, and creating community for queer people.
 

"Club House" is hosted by

Ariel Hudes (SOM '18)

Ariel Hudes is the creator of CLUB HOUSE, a podcast that celebrates female role models in diverse places and positions across the country. Ariel launched CLUB HOUSE as an MBA student at the Yale School of Management. Before Yale, she founded a communications consulting firm that specialized in clients in the commercial and non-profit arts space, including leading museums and art galleries, in the US and abroad. At Yale, Ariel served as the Lead Innovation Advisor at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, directing a group of graduate students in mentoring start-up founders. Beginning in summer 2018, Ariel will be producing CLUB HOUSE from Detroit.