Last weekend, Elon University held its inaugural Leading Women in Audio Conference. Students in the music department worked with Professor Fred Johnson to put together a two-day event highlighting the achievements and struggles of six prominent women in the local and surrounding audio communities. On Friday, March 15, Elon students and local high school students were given the opportunity to participate in four workshops with presenters on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to television mixing. The next day, students sat in on panels with various combinations of the presenters about topics like professionalism, mentorship, and facing stereotypes in the workplace.
The presenters included Karen Kane, a studio owner in Wilmington, NC; Marcella Araica, a mix engineer based in Miami for artists like Beyonce and Timbaland; Michel Holbrook, a television audio engineer out of Trailblazer Studios in Raleigh, NC; Aurelia Belfield, a music supervisor also out of Trailblazer Studios in Raleigh, NC; Tess Mangum Ocaña, a production curator at Sonic Pie Productions in Durham, NC; and Liz May, a live sound entrepreneur at Sound Lizzard Productions in Winston-Salem, NC.
Over the course of the two days, dozens of participants got the chance to mingle with not only these presenters, but also representatives from local studios including Dark Pines and sponsor representatives from Warm Audio.
The steering committee hopes to continue the conference on an annual basis, as the inaugural conference garnered positive feedback from students, faculty, and presenters who took part this year. The Leading Women in Audio Conference is very grateful to its sponsors, who are listed on their website here.