Speakers & Sessions

From starting a podcast to growing it and monetizing, there’s something for everyone.

We’ve put together a stellar, 5th annual DC PodFest for you! DC PodFest offers new and veteran podcasters, two days of speakers, workshops, networking, branding sessions, a VIP Party, recording sessions, and of course we end with a live podcast closing party!  It’s going to be podtastic!

timothy craggette

Timothy D. Craggette

The Swift Kick Show

Your Podcast Deserves Profits: Why You Shouldn't Depend On Sponsorship

About The Session

Chasing sponsors is a losing battle. In the broadcast world, radio and television can guarantee reach. That reach helps them sell ad space and promoted features. For podcasters, 75% of podcast ``podfade`` because of cash, content, and credibility. We all create tremendous content. We all are credible from our placement. Where most podcasters suffer is cash flow and in Your Podcast Deserves Profits, We create action plans based on six-figure strategies to invent new revenue streams without expensive tech, a masters in marketing, or pitching bad sponsor partners. By the end of the intensive, you will have a fully developed game plan that you can add into your next show so you can self-fund and sell a ton without overwhelm.

What You'll Learn

  • Discover what your core audience wants so they will trust your recommendations
  • Learn what goes into building a thriving community so your podcast has measurable listeners
  • How to sell without a direct call to actions...so you're not a sleazeball
  • Walk in with an idea, leave with a plan in hand

About Timothy

Timothy D. Craggette is a serial entrepreneur, an educator, and coach for small business entrepreneurship and marketing. He has trained business owners globally through his online coaching and his radio show, “The Swift Kick Show”, on WERA 96.7 FM. As a member of the NBEA, he has spoken at Colgate University, Daemen College, Mount Holyoke College, Endicott College, and on stages nationally on the topics of business, broadcasting, media, and health. Timothy is also a 6x award-winning product creator and audio engineer with over nine figures in sales.

marcus depaula

Marcus dePaula

Podcast producer and sound engineer

The Four Steps to Professional Audio Quality

About The Session

Professional audio engineer and podcast producer, Marcus dePaula, will show his fool-proof process for how he consistently produces amazing audio for his podcast clients.

What You'll Learn

  • Professional recording techniques to get the best possible sound out of any equipment.
  • The importance of proper editing and how to decide what makes the cut.
  • Using effects plugins to get a professional sounding mix.
  • Mastering and encoding the final audio file for today's mobile listener.

About Marcus

Marcus dePaula began his career in Nashville's music industry as a touring sound engineer. After 10 years of traveling the globe with dozens of bands, he transitioned to installing professional recording studios, and is now enjoying using his experience to produce podcasts. He also has a marketing and consulting business with his wife Jenn, where he has built more than 60 websites as a Squarespace Authorized Trainer.

josh hallmark

Josh Hallmark

True Crime Bullsh**

So, You Want To Start A Podcast?

About The Session

In this intensive, Josh Hallmark (host of True Crime Bullsh**, Our Americana, and The Karen & Ellen Letters), tackles best practices for launching a successful podcast. From branding to PR, from engagement to monetization, and how to make the most of a limited budget; this intensive will provide new podcasters and intermediate podcasters with a plethora of tools (and mistakes) to go from idea to ideal.

What You'll Learn

  • How to turn their podcast idea into a brand
  • How to develop brand recognition through PR, social media, and community
  • How to build an engaged audience
  • How to monetize your show - whether you have 50 listeners or 50,000
  • How to make the most out of limited resources

About Josh

Josh Hallmark is the host and producer of True Crime Bullsh**, Our Americana, The Karen & Ellen Letters, and PLAYLIST. He has been podcasting for close to four years, after a ten year career in Branding, PR, and Marketing in the fashion, design, and health care industries. His first show had an average of 1,000 downloads per month in its first year; his newest show has an average of 350,000 downloads per month in its first six months.

Adam Levin

Adam Levin

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center

Podcast Tech

About The Session

Adam Levin will do hands on demonstrations with the latest and greatest in podcasting technology.

What You'll Learn

  • Much better understanding of what equipment to use and when
  • How to pick the right gear for your podcast studio
  • How simple recording high quality audio can be

About Adam

3rd generation of family ownership at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center. Electrical Engineer with a passion for explaining technology in simple and easy to understand ways.

Danielle Desir

Danielle Desir

The Thought Card

How to DIY Your Own Podcast Tour

About The Session

Similar to a book tour, being a featured guest on a series of podcasts is a great way to build your audience and promote your products and services. In this session, learn how to organize your own podcast tour, amplify your message and grow your audience.

What You'll Learn

  • How to find the right podcasts for your message
  • What to include in a pitch
  • Productivity tools and resources to save time
  • Things to do after your episode airs

About Danielle

Danielle Desir is a travel finance strategist, writer and the host of ‘The Thought Card’, an affordable travel finance podcast empowering people to make informed financial decisions – travel more, pay off debt and build wealth. She is also the founder of ‘WOC Podcasters’ (Women of Color) an inclusive community for women of color to connect, learn and share resources. WOC Podcasters has over 1,600 members from 37+ countries and it is the first community of its kind dedicated to the growth and representation of women of color in the podcasting industry.

Daree Allen Nieves

Daree Allen Nieves

Kickin' it with Daree

So You Wanna Be a Voice Actor?

About The Session

Your mic sounds nice and you've made peace with the sound of your voice. So how do you move from hosting a podcast to a starting a professional voiceover career? In this session, Daree will talk about her journey from podcasting to becoming a professional voice talent, voicing commercials, audiobooks, e-learning, and more.

What You'll Learn

  • Different genres of voiceover and their diverse opportunities
  • The type of training you need to do voiceover (it's not just reading out loud!)
  • Conferences, blogs, and podcasts to gain more skills and knowledge
  • Studio requirements that vary from your current podcasting equipment
  • Discussion about rates, and getting work through reputable online casting sites, agents, and self-marketing
  • Scams to watch out for

About Darree

Daree Allen Nieves is the ultimate goal-getter. As a technical writer and certified life coach, she has presented numerous professional and personal development topics at workshops, conferences, schools, and universities across the country. She is also a voice actor, the award-winning author of three self-help books, and hosts of the ``Kickin' it with Daree`` podcast.

Rob Pitingolo

Rob Pitingolo

Trip Hacks DC

Beyond Monetization: Be Your Own Podcast Sponsor

About The Session

You shouldn't start a podcast to make money. We've heard that advice a million times. There are a lot of ways to monetize a podcast: crowd funded donations, peddling souvenir merch, and of course, corporate sponsorships. Why do podcasts covet corporate sponsorships so much? What's great about turning your podcast into an digital billboard for a product you may or may not care about? What if there was a sponsor that you love and was committed to every single episode? What if every sale that company generated went into your own pocket? It's your own company, of course. This session is for business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs who wants to use a podcast to grow their business.

What You'll Learn

  • Traditional sponsorships are overrated.
  • Having your own company is awesome (even if it's a side hustle).
  • Having a podcast to market your own company is the best use of your marketing dollars.
  • It takes time so be patient and don't give up right away.
  • Anyone can do it!

About Rob

Rob Pitingolo is a veteran tour guide in the nation's capital who founded the tour company Trip Hacks DC. Like many small businesses, he started Trip Hacks DC because he thought ``there's got to be a better way``.

Hilda Labrada Gore

Hilda Labrada Gore

Wise Traditions

Building a Following

About The Session

Do you want more than just your girlfriend and her posse to subscribe to your show and follow your IG account? It's time to find your audience and build your following! How can you lead so that others follow? Where are the people who will be as excited as you are about your content? How can you set yourself apart in a crowded field of podcasts demanding attention? Hilda Labrada Gore, known as Holistic Hilda, is the host and producer of the Wise Traditions podcast that has had over 2 million downloads in 3 years. Learn her secrets and strategies for connecting with your audience and building a following for yourself and your show.

What You'll Learn

  • The power of virtual and personal connections
  • The importance of finding out what your audience wants and delivering it
  • The ``secret sauce`` for making your podcast unique and building your following
  • The importance of authenticity - make sure to be real, vulnerable, not an ``imitation`` or second-best someone else

About Hilda

Hilda Labrada Gore, a/k/a Holistic Hilda, is the producer and host of the Wise Traditions podcast, that recently surpassed 2 million downloads. An enthusiastic communicator, Hilda has traveled the world, conducting interviews and giving presentations about the importance of ancestral health practices. Hilda is a health coach, a podcast coach, and the co-author of ``Podcasting Made Simple.``

Rita Goodroe

Rita Goodroe

The Rita Made Me Do It Podcast

Boost Loyalty, Increase Revenue and Create a Movement Around Your Podcast!

About The Session

Creating a true community boosts listener loyalty, initiates a movement around your podcast and increases your revenue by 19 percent! Your podcast simply cannot afford to ignore the power of community building. While most podcast hosts want to amplify their message and create meaningful change, their impact falls short because they do not understand the difference between building an audience and creating a community. In this session, you'll learn the three mistakes people make in building community around their podcast, why community is crucial for your show's sustainability, and the three steps to elevate your listeners from an audience to a community!

What You'll Learn

  • The difference between building an audience and creating a community
  • Three mistakes entrepreneurs make in building community around their business
  • What separates a business from a hobby
  • The 4 Value Proposition Levels and why knowing them is crucial to generating profit
  • The three Cs of Community Building and how you can implement them to boost loyalty, increase revenue and build a movement around your business

About Rita

Rita Goodroe helps entrepreneurs go all-in on creating profitable businesses that support their dream lives! Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Rita worked for 13 years as a business attorney. In 2015, she founded “Women’s Business Garden,” a free, global, community that provides education and community events to women entrepreneurs. In June 2016, Women’s Business Garden was selected as a change-making community by the United State of Women Summit convened by The Obama White House. Rita believes that the fastest path to success is by helping others succeed and uses her platform as an international speaker to advocate for equal opportunities for women in all areas of entrepreneurship.

Rob Balasabas

Rob Balasabas

Social Media & Community Manager at Thinkific

Selling a Course without Building a Course

About The Session

There is an unfortunate situation that I hope you never find yourself in as an online course creator, and that is to create a course that no one buys. No one plans to create a course that doesn’t sell. But by neglecting to plan how they’re going to sell their course, they inadvertently risk creating a course that generates very few (if any) sales once published. After this session, you'll have a step-by-step plan to sell your course before creating a single lesson. This way, you not only validate your course idea, but save yourself days and months building a course that no one is interested in!

What You'll Learn

  • Create a mind-map of what course topics they can teach online.
  • Create an easy social media post to get instant feedback/validation on their course topic idea.
  • Have resources and tools that they can look up to start building their course pre-sell landing page.

About Rob

Rob Balasabas is the Social Media & Community Manager at Thinkific. You’ll find Rob talking about Online Courses, Content Creation & Marketing Strategies, and Social Media Ninja Moves on stage, conference panels, webinars, livestream interviews and podcasts. He creates content on #LinkedInLIVE as one of the original beta testers, YouTube Channel, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using the consistent method of intentionally repurposing content to reach his audience.

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones

Savvy Social Podcast

The 60-Minute Content Solution: Taking the Overwhelm Out of Social Media

About The Session

How long does it take you to create one social media post? For most of us, we spend far too much time deciding what to post, crafting the perfect caption, creating a stunning image that will grab attention, and selecting the ideal time to share that content out. Well, what if you could write, design, and schedule a week’s worth of social media posts in just one hour? Learn how to build, establish, and refine a social media content system that will save you time and overwhelm.

What You'll Learn

  • The key to spending less time on social media
  • The easiest way to encourage action in your social media posts
  • The five content types that will streamline your post making process

About Andrea

Host of the Savvy Social Podcast, Andréa Jones has worked with hundreds of small businesses, startups, and podcasters since 2014 by helping them create social media strategies that save them time and amplify their message. She’s passionate about turning off your phone’s notifications so you can be more intentional about the time you spend both online and offline.

Ever Gonzalez

Ever Gonzalez

Outlier On Air

TThe Power of Micro Events

About The Session

Using the power of micro events to build and strengthen your audience.

What You'll Learn

  • Why you need to host micro events.
  • Ways to leverage intimate events to engage with your followers.
  • Detailed instructions to host your own event within 3 months.

About Ever

Filthy Capitalist with a Hippie Heart. Founder of OutlierHQ and Co-Founder of FutureX Podcast Network.

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