The Sound of Strength: the fourth annual Leading Women in Audio conference set to return in February

The conference seeks to promote the work of women, to combat identity-based exploitation and marginalization and to educate and empower future audio professionals to create an environment of inclusion and diversity.

College and high school students will once again gather at Elon University to learn about the audio industry from women with active and successful careers.

The 2022 Leading Women in Audio Conference returns on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, with both in-person and online sessions.

“Last year’s conference had 180 registered attendees,” said Fred Johnson, lecturer in music. “They represented 14 universities and six high schools, from several states and four different countries. The Student Steering Committee is working hard to provide this year’s event in a hybrid context.”

Workshops will cover topics such as live sound, audio post-production for television, microphone technique, music licensing, concert production, mixing vocals and a DJ session. Panels will discuss Entering the Professional World, Building Community on Campuses and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Returning presenters include:

  • Leslie Mona-Mathus, ABC News Marketing and Creative
  • Marcella Araica, Dream Asylum Studio
  • Tess Mangum, Sonic Pie Productions
  • Liz May, SoundLizzard
  • Aurelia Belfield, Trailblazer Studios

They will be joined by new presenters Jasmine Battle of CPE Music Group, Christa Giammattei of CGS and Samantha Potter of Allen & Heath and ProSound Web.

“An important event like this requires a lot of partners,” Johnson said. “We are excited to have received a Community Partnership Initiative grant from the Kernodle Center, which allows us to work with students in the Alamance-Burlington and Guilford County schools. We also have corporate sponsors, such as Audio & Light in Greensboro and Sennheiser, who help provide resources for our presenters.”

Registration for the conference is now open at Links are also provided for all social media contacts. If you have questions, feel free to email