Leading Women in Audio conference to return in February with theme of ‘Growth Through Adversity’

The conference will be held virtually on Feb. 26 and 27.

The Leading Women In Audio Conference is returning to Elon’s campus on Feb. 26-27, 2021, in a virtual format. After seeing amazing growth in the first two years of the conference, the Student Steering Committee is excited to be able to reach even more people through this new platform. Participants don’t need to travel, look for a hotel or figure out where to eat — the conference is coming to them.

“We hope that by being virtual, we can allow many more people to attend” says Fred Johnson, faculty sponsor of the conference. “Our presenters are all industry professionals who look forward to connecting with students.”

Once again, sessions will be offered in the areas of Live Sound, Mastering, Music Business and Recording, but there will also be topics that confront the reality of the pandemic and its effect on the music industry. With the theme of “Growth Through Adversity,” discussions of job loss, job searching and new strategies for concert production will take place. The final panel discussion, which has always focused on discrimination and allyship, will be centered around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion this year.

The conference is also pleased to welcome two new presenters:

  • Judy Stakee, based in Los Angeles, has over 30 years of experience as a music industry
    executive. She is responsible for developing and signing many of today’s most acclaimed artists, including Grammy-award winner Sheryl Crow, Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw and Joy Williams. She will give a session on being your best as a songwriter and will do some song critiques.
  • Leslie Gaston-Bird works as a freelance re-recording mixer and sound editor in the UK. She is also the author of the book, “Women In Audio,” a voting member of the Recording Academy and a past governor of the Audio Engineering Society. She will be presenting from her research in Immersive Audio.

Registration is now open on the conference website, http://www.elon.edu/lwia. Join us in this annual celebration of the achievements by music industry leaders, who just happen to be women!