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Celebrating 50 Trailblazing Women in Podcasting

Celebrating 50 Trailblazing Women in Podcasting

In honor of International Women’s Day, dive into the journeys, insights, and groundbreaking work of 50 inspiring women in podcasting
By
Tianna Marinucci
March 12, 2024
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As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, it's time to highlight the extraordinary women who are reshaping the podcast landscape. From thought-provoking storytellers to inspirational entrepreneurs, these women have been challenging norms and amplifying diverse voices across the globe.

With over 60% of our team being female, we’re proud to honor the achievements of women in the podcast industry – and there’s no better way to celebrate than by spotlighting some of the best brains in audio. 

1. Fatima Zaidi, Founder and CEO of Quill Inc. and CoHost

Fatima is the CEO and Founder of Quill Inc. a full-service podcast agency, and CoHost, a podcast analytics and audience insights tool for brands and publishers. She’s dedicated to furthering the podcast industry through her two companies, teaching brands how to leverage audio and improving audience insights for all creators. 

Over the past few years, Fatima has won two Top 30 Under 30 awards, Veuve Clicquot’s Bold Future Award, The Women in Content Marketing Award, has been named as Young Professional of the Year by Notable Life and one of Flare Magazine’s Top 100 Women.

2. Arielle Nissenblatt, Founder of Earbuds Collective

Arielle Nissenblatt has been working in the podcast space since early 2017 when she started a podcast recommendation newsletter called EarBuds Podcast Collective to help you find your favorite podcast. 

Since then, she’s managed podcast studios, worked as an in-app curator, produced several podcasts, ran successful marketing and PR campaigns for dozens of shows, and organized podcast communities on Twitter, Discord, Slack, and much more.

3. Sharon Taylor, SVP Podcast Strategy & Product Operations at Omny Studio/Triton Digital 

Sharon Taylor is a seasoned technology professional with over 15 years of experience. She joined Triton Digital in 2019 following Triton's acquisition of Omny Studio, a leading podcast technology company where she served as CEO since 2016. Under Sharon's leadership, Omny Studio flourished into a premier audio on-demand hosting and publishing platform globally. 

Currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Podcast Strategy & Product Operations, Sharon oversees the strategic direction of Omny Studio while driving continuous innovation. 

4. Amber Smith, Director of Audience Development for iHeart Media's Custom Podcasts 

Amber began her career as a researcher on the Today Show, honing her skills in content analysis and audience engagement. Transitioning to the audio realm, she served as a producer for SiriusXM, where she gained experience in content creation and production. 

Later, Amber played a pivotal role in negotiating content partnerships for podcasts on SiriusXM and Pandora, showcasing her expertise in content distribution and strategic partnerships. Before her role at iHeartMedia, she led audience development for Slate Magazine's podcast catalog.

5. Lauren Passell, Founder of Tink Media

Lauren Passell is the Founder of Tink Media, a podcast growth company that specializes in podcast PR, creative partnerships, in-app placement, and out-of-the-box strategies that will help your show find its perfect audience. 

Renowned for her expertise in the podcasting industry, Lauren serves as the curator of Podcast The Newsletter and Podcast Marketing Magic, platforms dedicated to navigating the world of podcast marketing. 

6. Christina Barsi, Founder and CEO of Avant Haus Media 

In 2018 Christina founded Avant Haus Media, a podcast agency for women in leadership. She also started The Women's Podcast Industry Network for women and non-binary people who are building an empire from purpose in podcasting. 

7. Lindsay Tjepkema, CEO and Co-Founder of Casted 

Lindsay is the CEO and Co-Founder of Casted, an Amplified Marketing Platform revolutionizing how B2B marketers engage audiences and drive growth. With over 15 years of experience as a B2B marketing leader, Lindsay recognized a gap in the market for comprehensive solutions to publish, analyze, repurpose, and amplify audio content, so she created Casted in 2019.

8. Lauren Popish, Founder of The Wave Podcasting 

Lauren Popish is the founder of The Wave Podcasting, a platform dedicated to empowering women to share their distinctive stories through podcasting. As a trailblazer in the industry, Lauren spearheaded the launch of the first podcast audio editing service for women by women in April 2021. Beyond her entrepreneurial endeavors, Lauren also hosts her own podcast “Book (Wine) Club”. 

9. Juleyka Lantigua, Founder and CEO of LWC Studios 

Juleyka Lantigua is the Founder and CEO of LWC Studios, a Peabody-nominated digital media studio. Dedicated to amplifying the voices of creators from marginalized communities, LWC Studios specializes in digital audio and film production. 

She leads LWC Studios in producing original shows such as "Latina to Latina," "70 Million," and "Feeling My Flo." Additionally, the studio offers tailored consulting and production services to a diverse range of clients, including Marvel Entertainment, Macmillan Podcasts, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

10. Courtney Kocak, Founder of Podcast Bestie Newsletter 

Courtney Kocak is the creator and curator of Podcast Bestie, a Substack dedicated to empowering aspiring and indie podcasters. With a mission to offer invaluable insights and education, Podcast Bestie helps people launch and maintain impactful audio projects.

Courtney's impressive portfolio includes producing numerous top-ranking podcasts such as "The Bellas Podcast," which debuted at #1 on Apple Podcasts, along with "PayPal’s Never Stand Still" and "Girlboss Radio." Additionally, she hosts two podcasts, "Private Parts Unknown," exploring love and sexuality across the globe, and “The Bleeders,” about book writing and publishing. 

11. Carli van Heerden, Founder and CEO of We Edit Podcasts 

Recognizing the labor-intensive nature of podcast production after witnessing the efforts behind her husband's podcast, Carli was motivated to find a solution to streamline the editing process and reclaim valuable time for creators. 

That’s when We Edit Podcasts was born – a production service made to simplify your podcasting process, reduce overheads, and publish quickly with a strong team behind you. Since its launch in 2015, the company has offered efficient editing services to Fortune 100 companies, NGOs, and celebrities.

12. Jen Sargent, CEO of Wondery 

Jen Sargent, recognized on Business Insider's prestigious Top 100 List of People Transforming Business in 2021, is the CEO of Wondery. Under her leadership, Wondery has soared to prominence with top podcasts such as "Dirty John," "Business Wars," "American History Tellers," and "Inside Jaws." 

Harvard Business School graduate, Jen brings a wealth of strategic insight and business acumen to her role, driving Wondery's continued success and innovation in podcasting.

13. Karen Burgess, Executive for Production, People & Culture at Pacific Content 

With a passion for storytelling, Karen has navigated the media landscape since her formative summer internship at a local CBC Radio station. Karen's expertise spans various genres, having launched three national radio shows covering topics from country music to economics. 

With over two decades of experience, Karen brings her wealth of knowledge to Pacific Content, where she excels in crafting exceptional shows, mentoring hosts and producers, and fostering collaborative team environments.

14. Annalise Nielsen, Head of Strategy and Development at Pacific Content 

Currently at Pacific Content, Annalise is a dedicated podcast professional whose unwavering passion for audio storytelling has defined her career. Her journey began when she produced a captivating five-part podcast series as her Major Research Project for her MFA in Documentary Media. 

Annalise has previously lent her talents to eOne's Podcast Network, where she honed her skills in editing, production, and later, in developing impactful marketing and business strategies. Subsequently, Annalise worked at Frequency Podcast Network, where she made significant contributions to podcast production, including the acclaimed series "The Gravy Train". 

15. Jessica Kupferman, Co-Founder and CEO of She Podcasts 

As the co-founder and CEO of She Podcasts, Jessica spearheads initiatives aimed at empowering women and non-binary podcasters globally. Through comprehensive online membership, engaging in-person events, and a vibrant Facebook support group, Jessica provides vital support and resources to foster growth and success in the podcasting community. 

In the spirit of further support, she and Elsie Escobar created a podcast to address issues and current events in podcasting as they relate to women. The podcast entitled “She Podcasts” now boasts almost 10000 downloads per month. 

16. Kerri Hoffman CEO of PRX

Kerri, a seasoned non-profit executive with over 20 years of experience, is a driving force behind the success of PRX, a leading non-profit media company shaping the future of audio. 

With a passion for meaningful work and effecting change, Kerri has played a pivotal role in the building and evolution of PRX, overseeing significant projects such as the launch of Radiotopia, Ear Hustle, The Moth Radio Hour, and Reveal.

17. Kattie Laur, Founder of Pod the North 

Kattie is a prominent figure in the Canadian podcasting community. She is the author of the biweekly newsletter, Pod the North, a Substack publication focused on spotlighting and nurturing the Canadian podcasting landscape. Pod the North has garnered a dedicated readership, including notable figures from media giants like CBC Podcasts and Spotify.

Currently, Kattie is channeling her expertise into her debut podcast, “Canardian”, set to launch in Spring 2024.

18. Steph Colbourn, CEO of editaudio 

Steph Colbourn is the CEO of editaudio, a podcast production company dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion within the media industry by prioritizing the hiring of women, non-binary, and trans people. 

The company's work has earned nominations for prestigious awards such as the Webby and Ambie Awards. Under Steph's leadership, editaudio continues to elevate the podcasting landscape while championing diversity and representation in media.

19. Heather Osgood, Founder of True Native Media 

Heather Osgood is the Founder of True Native Media, a podcast agency focused on empowering brands through podcast monetization. With a mission to bridge the gap between brands and podcast audiences, True Native Media specializes in developing engaging host-read ads that resonate with listeners worldwide. Heather and her team represent some of the industry's most compelling storytellers, including New York Times best-selling authors.

20. Leslie Merklinger, Senior Director of Audio Innovation at CBC

Prior to pivoting to the audio industry and launching CBC podcasts, Leslie spent 3 decades as a television producer. Currently, Leslie teaches radio and television arts at Toronto Metropolitan University and holds the title of Senior Director of Audio Innovation at CBC. 

21. Danielle Desir Corbett, Founder of WOC Podcasters and The Thought CardThe Thought Card

Danielle is a podcast marketing coach dedicated to empowering podcasters to build authority in their niche and successfully grow and monetize their show. She is also the esteemed host of “The Thought Card Podcast,” a top-rated show about personal finance and travel. 

In addition to her coaching and podcasting endeavors, Danielle is the Founder of WOC Podcasters. The community is committed to advancing the growth and representation of women of color in podcasting. 

22. Samantha Rae Lopez, Digital Channels Manager & Lead Communications Chair at Expedia Group

Samantha is an experienced digital marketer currently spearheading Expedia Group’s inaugural B2B podcast, “Powering Travel.” Leveraging her expertise in digital marketing and content creation, Samantha ensures the podcast delivers engaging and informative content tailored to the needs of the travel industry. 

23. Ainsley Rossitto, Senior Director, Podcast Marketing at Paramount

Ainsley Rossitto serves as the Senior Director of Podcast Marketing at Paramount, where she oversees marketing initiatives for Paramount Audio, a premium podcast studio renowned for its creation of fan-centric shows.

With a diverse portfolio encompassing brands such as BET, CBS Entertainment, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and SHOWTIME, Ainsley oversees marketing strategies for a wide range of podcasts, ensuring each podcast captivates audiences and amplifies brand presence across platforms.

24. Alanah Joseph, Head of Creator Partnerships at HubSpot

Known for her adeptness as a creative problem solver and storyteller, Alanah thrives on assisting brands in inspiring and engaging customers while crafting compelling narratives through podcasting and other marketing endeavors. 

Previously serving as the Senior Marketing Manager and HubSpot Podcast Network Manager, Alanah managed marketing and operational efforts for the podcast network. This included devising and implementing marketing strategies aimed at bolstering audience growth for HubSpot-owned podcasts, such as The Growth Show and Skill Up. 

25. Lillian Xu, Executive Director, Audio Business at Vox Media

Lillian is the Executive Director of the Audio Business at Vox Media, spearheading strategic initiatives, franchise expansions, partnerships, and business operations. 

She previously held key roles at New York Public Radio, where she led the strategy and business development team. There, she played a pivotal role in overseeing general strategic planning and driving partnerships and growth initiatives for renowned podcasts such as Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour. 

26. Stephanie Arakelian, Podcast Marketing & Audience Development at Impact Theory 

Stephanie Arakelian is a seasoned marketing professional specializing in Podcast Marketing and Audience Development at Impact Theory. With over nine years of experience in marketing, Stephanie has discovered her passion for podcasting. 

Stephanie is driven by a vision of expanding the potential of the podcasting landscape. At Impact Theory, Stephanie channels her passion for podcasting into actionable strategies that resonate with audiences and drive meaningful impact.

27. Liz Hames, Director of Audience Growth at JAR Audio

With a focus on audience-centric strategies, Liz utilizes her expertise in podcast production, journalism, and data analysis to develop winning audience growth strategies for JAR Audio clients. Since joining JAR in 2022, Liz has championed the integration of audience growth principles into the production process, ensuring that production and audience growth efforts align seamlessly from strategy to analytics.

In her free time, Liz channels her passion for storytelling as the creator and host of the CBC Podcast, “Slumtown.”

28. Celine Albertini, COO of Podigy Podcasts

Celine Albertini is the Chief Operating Officer of Podigy Podcasts. At Podigy Podcasts, Celine has spearheaded the development of an innovative system that combines human talent with cutting-edge A.I. tools, revolutionizing the podcasting service industry. With a deep-rooted belief in the power of podcasts to connect people and amplify voices, Celine aims to make a positive impact in the digital media landscape.

29. Tanya Springer, Senior Manager at CBC Podcasts

Tanya Springer is the Senior Manager at CBC Podcasts, where she leads the growth strategy for the platform. With a focus on coordinating the efforts of creators, publicists, marketers, and external partners, her passion lies in guiding editorial colleagues to frame and shape their stories to resonate with global listeners.

In 2014, she founded The Doc Project, a national audio mentorship program that connected emerging producers with veteran doc makers and editors. This initiative inspired the nationally syndicated CBC Radio program of the same name.

30. Nancy Twine, Founder and CEO of Briogeo Hair Care

Nancy Twine is the passionate Founder and CEO of Briogeo Hair Care, known for its commitment to clean beauty. With a background as Vice President of Commodities Sales at Goldman Sachs in New York City, Nancy transitioned from finance to pursue her interest in natural beauty. In 2013, she launched Briogeo and over the past eight years, has successfully grown the brand from a small start-up to an industry leader. 

Nancy's achievements have earned her accolades, including being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Judge in 2020, receiving the Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Award in 2020, and being honored with the CEW Female Founder Award in 2019, among others. 

In the coming months, Nancy Twine will be bringing her drive and entrepreneurial spirit to podcasting. Stay tuned for her show launch March 14th. 

31. Donna Duncan, CEO of OLTCA

Donna Duncan is the CEO of OLTCA, bringing a wealth of experience as a broader public sector consultant, chief executive officer, and board director. 

Recently Donna has brought her expertise to the world of audio, serving as the host of OLTCA’s podcast, “Coming of Age.” Where she, alongside advocates, leaders, and affected families discusses how we can best prepare to care for our aging population, build proper infrastructure, and transform the sector to respond to the changing needs of new residents.

32. Melanie Marcus, Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer of Surescripts

Melanie Marcus is a seasoned executive in healthcare marketing, customer experience, and strategy. With a wealth of experience, she has demonstrated her prowess as a creative and visionary leader, consistently driving growth through innovative approaches to brand development, thought leadership, and customer engagement. 

As a part of her leadership role at Surescripts, Melanie hosts Surescripts' podcast, "There's a Better Way," Melanie facilitates insightful and personal conversations with influential healthcare leaders, providing valuable perspectives on the industry's challenges and opportunities. 

33. Eva Sheie, Founder of The Axis

Eva Sheie is the Founder of The Axis, a company that aims to build relationships between patients and exceptional doctors through podcasting. With a career spanning over two decades, Eva's passion for empowering patients to make informed decisions through education has been the driving force behind her work. She is dedicated to bridging the gap between patients and healthcare providers through podcasting and other meaningful marketing tactics. 

34. June Cohen, Co-Founder of WaitWhat

Building on her rich experience acquired at TED, WIRED, and Audible, June co-founded WaitWhat, a company dedicated to curating premium intellectual property to foster human potential. 

Under her leadership, WaitWhat has become synonymous with groundbreaking podcasts such as Masters of Scale, Meditative Story, and the latest addition, Spark & Fire. With an impressive roster of contributors including President Barack Obama, Sir Richard Branson, and Arianna Huffington, June continues to shape the future of media and storytelling, inspiring audiences worldwide.

35. Hala Taha, Founder and CEO of YAP Media

Hala Taha, known as "The Podcast Princess," is the host of the Young and Profiting (YAP) Podcast. As the driving force behind YAP, Hala has propelled the podcast to global recognition as a Top 100 podcast, featuring high-profile guests including Matthew McConaughey, Daymond John, and many more.

Beyond her podcasting endeavors, Hala is the visionary founder and CEO of YAP Media, a business podcast network. Under her leadership, YAP Media has evolved into an award-winning social media and podcast marketing agency, serving a distinguished clientele of top podcasters, celebrities, and CEOs. 

36 + 37. Mary Carpenter and Jordan Houghton, Co-hosts of NEI’s “Fissionary” Podcast

Mary

Jordan

Mary Carpenter is the Director of Digital and Content Strategy at NEI (Nuclear Energy Institute) and Jordan Houghton is NEI’s Senior Media Relations Manager. The two women host NEI’s "Fissionary" podcast which dives into the potential of nuclear energy to address the critical challenges of our time. 

Mary and Jordan’s dedication to fostering insightful conversations and their commitment to advancing the narrative on nuclear energy make them an invaluable asset to NEI's content strategy and the audio world at large.

38.  Twila Dang, Founder and CEO of Matriarch Digital Media

Twila Dang is the Founder and CEO of Matriarch Digital Media (MDM), an education and entertainment platform designed by and for women. With a passion for celebrating the diverse experiences of women, Twila established Matriarch to produce podcasts that reflect and uplift women in all aspects of their lives. 

In addition to her work with Matriarch Digital Media, Twila is the visionary behind Women in Podcasting, an inclusive initiative aimed at supporting women at all levels of involvement in the podcast industry. 

39. Michelle Khouri, Founder & CEO of FRQNCY Media and Recordical

Under Michelle’s leadership, FRQNCY Media is recognized as a leading podcast production and audio innovation company. Specializing in building branded podcast networks, FRQNCY Media produces podcasts for global brands including Jane Goodall, Intuit TurboTax, and iHeart. 

Additionally, Michelle spearheads Recordical®, a multifaceted membership platform designed to empower creators worldwide by providing access to smart studios, self-service equipment lockers, and an extensive library of digital resources for crafting high-quality audio content. 

40. Katie McCauley, Internal Communications at Oyster

With a passion for online communities and human connection, Katie has dedicated over a decade to leading, managing, and growing complex programs, particularly in the realm of online communities. 

Her work at Oyster includes overseeing the company's podcast, "New World of Work," which delves into the evolving landscape of the modern workforce. Through this platform, Katie explores topics such as the remote work revolution, hybrid workspaces, mental health and wellbeing, and effective team management strategies in today's dynamic work environment. 

41. + 42. Megan Dougherty and Audra Casino, Co-Founders of One Stone Creative 

Megan

Audra

As the host of “The Company Show” and the visionary behind the Podcasting for Business Conference, Megan brings her passion for storytelling and business acumen to the forefront. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for strategic planning, she is dedicated to helping businesses leverage the power of podcasts to enhance their brand presence and engage their audience. 

Audra boasts an impressive 25-year career in the broadcast industry. Beginning her journey at a small radio station, Audra's expertise in performance and audio production has propelled her to success in the fifth-largest broadcast market in the US.

Together, Megan and Audra lead One Stone Creative, a concierge digital content agency specializing in podcasting for businesses where they collaborate with business owners, marketing department heads, and non-fiction authors to develop compelling podcasts and online courses. 

43 + 44. Tina Nole, Founder of Larj Medi, and Joelle Nole, Managing Director of Larj Media

Tina

Joelle

With over 15 years of experience in traditional news and talk radio, Tina embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 2011, establishing Larj Media to explore the creative possibilities within the emerging realm of podcast production.

Joining Tina on this venture is her sister, Joelle Nole, whose expertise lies in scaling businesses across various sectors, including Fortune 50 companies, family foundations, and startups.

At Larj Media, the team is dedicated to elevating the podcasting landscape. With a focus on casting and coaching talent, content management, pre-and post-production, distribution, social media strategies, and web design integration.

45 + 46. Anne Feuss and Rachael King, Co-Founders of Pod People 

Anne

Rachael

Anne Feuss, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Pod People brings over a decade of experience in building and managing growth within the media landscape with roles at The New York Times and BBC America.

Rachael King, Co-Founder and CEO of Pod People boasts a rich background spanning 15 years of helping brands share their stories across various mediums. From pre-launch startups to Fortune 500 companies, Rachael's expertise lies in crafting compelling narratives that resonate with audiences. 

Together, Anne and Rachael founded Pod People with a vision to bridge the gap between brand storytelling and the creator community. Pod People stands as a pioneering one-stop shop for all audio needs, offering services ranging from top-tier podcast production to audio content strategy development. 

47 + 48. Hannah Russell and Faith Russell, Co-Founders of Mags Creative

Hannah

Faith

Hannah Russell brings a wealth of experience from the tech startup world, having contributed to the growth of businesses in London and Berlin. She is passionately interested in business – in all its forms – and its power as a force for good.

Faith embarked on her career journey in TV development before making her mark as a Talent Booker in both TV and radio, collaborating with notable figures such as Joss Stone, Nile Rodgers, and Ricky Wilson. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish her own PR and marketing clientele before co-founding Mags Creative alongside Hannah. 

Founded in 2018, Mags Creative specializes in amplifying stories that might otherwise go untold. With a firm belief in the potential for business to enact positive change, Mags Creative works to contribute meaningfully to the world through their creative pursuits.

49.  Gretchen Borzi, VP of Marketing at PRX

Gretchen Borzi serves as the Vice President of Marketing at PRX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit public media company renowned for its impactful contributions to the world of audio storytelling. 

With over two decades of experience in marketing, Gretchen specializes in promoting podcasts, performing arts, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to positive social change. At PRX, she collaborates with leading independent creators, organizations, and stations to deliver compelling audio content to millions of listeners worldwide. 

50. Vicki La, Global Head of Integrated Marketing at Wondery 

Vicki La is the Head of Integrated Marketing at Wondery, a premium podcast studio renowned for its character-driven, binge-worthy stories. With a rich background in marketing and entertainment, Vicki brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles at Hulu, Fullscreen, and SONY Pictures Entertainment. 

At Wondery, Vicki leads the charge in developing integrated marketing strategies to promote Wondery's original content and partner shows, including popular hits like "Dr. Death," "British Scandal," and "Business Wars." 

Happy International Women’s Day from the Quill team

To top off our roundup, we couldn’t forget to mention the women behind Quill. 

From ideation and scriptwriting to editing and marketing, our team works hard to bring impactful brand stories to life. 

This International Women’s Day, we’re proud to thank:

Stacey Orth, COO

Stacey is Quill’s Chief Operating Officer and brings with her over a decade of experience in creative content production and business operations. She has a long history as a producer having led creative projects for brands like PetSmart, McDonald’s, RBC, and Club House, and she has played a key role in multiple award-winning campaigns. 

Stephanie Andrews, VP of Product 

Steph loves a good challenge and creating novel podcast technology is something she gets up excited to work on every day.

In 2018, Steph saw the need for audio-first content and fell in love with podcasting as a way for brands to conveniently build strong relationships with their customer base. To satisfy the need in the industry, Steph co-founded Origin Media Haus (acquired by Quill in 2020), a boutique podcast and video agency focused on helping brands create engaging audio experiences. Now at Quill Inc., Steph created CoHost, a podcast marketing tool to help podcasters build, scale, and monetize their audiences.

Alison Osborne, VP of Marketing

A passionate storyteller, Ali has worked with various B2C and B2B brands in their marketing and sales departments, placing a focus on data-driven growth. Previously, she was the co-founder and CMO of the branded podcast agency, Origins Media Haus (acquired by Quill Inc.). She is currently Quill’s VP of Marketing where she excels in merging creativity with data to successfully build and grow brands.

Janey Rowe, Director, PMO and Operations

Janey is Quill’s Director, PMO & Operations. She brings over 15 years of experience in television, film & digital content production holding previous roles at Ogilvy, CBC, TIFF & Astral Media to name a few. 

With an extensive background in project management and operations, Janey understands what processes and procedures are needed to efficiently deliver high-quality products on time and within budget while keeping the client’s vision a top priority.

Brittany Nguyen, Creative Director

Brittany is a versatile Creative Director and content creator. Starting in video from age 16, she has over 8 years of experience in creative content production including web series, short films, music videos, and documentaries for CBC. Her extensive storytelling experience has allowed her to transfer her skills from video to podcasting.

She co-founded Origins Media Haus, a branded podcast and video agency acquired by Quill. Now, Brittany is the Creative Director of Quill where she is in charge of taking a podcast idea and creating it into a polished product.

Sarah Zandbergen, Executive Producer

Sarah has been a storyteller from a young age and has worked with content creation in a variety of capacities for over a decade. Notably, she has been the host of her own podcast and interviewed CEOs, entrepreneurs, financial professionals, and experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2020, Sarah was recognized for her work by Canadian Mortgage Professional’s Hot List. She was also honored with the Women in the Mortgage Industry Inspiration Award.

Quincy de Vries, Senior Producer

After falling in love with the power of audio storytelling, Quincy has funneled that passion into her work producing stellar audio content for brands. She has worked on narrative, interview, and hybrid shows and brings her strong research and writing background into everything she does. When she’s not busy producing, you can find her reading, writing, and making her third coffee of the day. Quincy holds a BA in History from McMaster University and an MPhil in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge.

Tianna Marinucci, Content Marketing Specialist 

Tianna is a content creation and digital marketing specialist who values the intersection of creativity and data. By blending creative thinking with analytics and performance measurement, Tianna works to develop strategies that not only resonate with audiences but also deliver measurable ROI. After traveling to more than 60 countries and working in three, she is inspired by diverse cultures and motivated by unique experiences. 

Sabrina Sciscente, Producer 

Sabrina is a seasoned multimedia producer and content marketer who excels at crafting captivating stories across diverse platforms. Since graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University's RTA program in 2020, she's showcased her talent through the successful production of numerous short films, spearheading a nonprofit fundraising podcast, and contributing to animated series featured on Roku and Prime Video.

Lynn Wangchen, Graphic Designer

Lynn is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Design. She is passionate about all things aesthetically pleasing and building communities through visual identity. When she isn't reviewing wireframes, laying out documents, and making promotional graphics, you can find her freelancing as a digital illustrator for content creators online. 

Katie Bouwers, Web Designer

Katie is a Web Developer and Designer dedicated to crafting user-friendly and inclusive digital experiences. With a particular interest in accessibility, she has contributed to implementing accessibility standards in many of the roles she has been in. In her off time, you'll find her spending time with her two-year-old son, or crocheting.

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Celebrating 50 Trailblazing Women in Podcasting

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March 12, 2024

In honor of International Women’s Day, dive into the journeys, insights, and groundbreaking work of 50 inspiring women in podcasting

As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, it's time to highlight the extraordinary women who are reshaping the podcast landscape. From thought-provoking storytellers to inspirational entrepreneurs, these women have been challenging norms and amplifying diverse voices across the globe.

With over 60% of our team being female, we’re proud to honor the achievements of women in the podcast industry – and there’s no better way to celebrate than by spotlighting some of the best brains in audio. 

1. Fatima Zaidi, Founder and CEO of Quill Inc. and CoHost

Fatima is the CEO and Founder of Quill Inc. a full-service podcast agency, and CoHost, a podcast analytics and audience insights tool for brands and publishers. She’s dedicated to furthering the podcast industry through her two companies, teaching brands how to leverage audio and improving audience insights for all creators. 

Over the past few years, Fatima has won two Top 30 Under 30 awards, Veuve Clicquot’s Bold Future Award, The Women in Content Marketing Award, has been named as Young Professional of the Year by Notable Life and one of Flare Magazine’s Top 100 Women.

2. Arielle Nissenblatt, Founder of Earbuds Collective

Arielle Nissenblatt has been working in the podcast space since early 2017 when she started a podcast recommendation newsletter called EarBuds Podcast Collective to help you find your favorite podcast. 

Since then, she’s managed podcast studios, worked as an in-app curator, produced several podcasts, ran successful marketing and PR campaigns for dozens of shows, and organized podcast communities on Twitter, Discord, Slack, and much more.

3. Sharon Taylor, SVP Podcast Strategy & Product Operations at Omny Studio/Triton Digital 

Sharon Taylor is a seasoned technology professional with over 15 years of experience. She joined Triton Digital in 2019 following Triton's acquisition of Omny Studio, a leading podcast technology company where she served as CEO since 2016. Under Sharon's leadership, Omny Studio flourished into a premier audio on-demand hosting and publishing platform globally. 

Currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Podcast Strategy & Product Operations, Sharon oversees the strategic direction of Omny Studio while driving continuous innovation. 

4. Amber Smith, Director of Audience Development for iHeart Media's Custom Podcasts 

Amber began her career as a researcher on the Today Show, honing her skills in content analysis and audience engagement. Transitioning to the audio realm, she served as a producer for SiriusXM, where she gained experience in content creation and production. 

Later, Amber played a pivotal role in negotiating content partnerships for podcasts on SiriusXM and Pandora, showcasing her expertise in content distribution and strategic partnerships. Before her role at iHeartMedia, she led audience development for Slate Magazine's podcast catalog.

5. Lauren Passell, Founder of Tink Media

Lauren Passell is the Founder of Tink Media, a podcast growth company that specializes in podcast PR, creative partnerships, in-app placement, and out-of-the-box strategies that will help your show find its perfect audience. 

Renowned for her expertise in the podcasting industry, Lauren serves as the curator of Podcast The Newsletter and Podcast Marketing Magic, platforms dedicated to navigating the world of podcast marketing. 

6. Christina Barsi, Founder and CEO of Avant Haus Media 

In 2018 Christina founded Avant Haus Media, a podcast agency for women in leadership. She also started The Women's Podcast Industry Network for women and non-binary people who are building an empire from purpose in podcasting. 

7. Lindsay Tjepkema, CEO and Co-Founder of Casted 

Lindsay is the CEO and Co-Founder of Casted, an Amplified Marketing Platform revolutionizing how B2B marketers engage audiences and drive growth. With over 15 years of experience as a B2B marketing leader, Lindsay recognized a gap in the market for comprehensive solutions to publish, analyze, repurpose, and amplify audio content, so she created Casted in 2019.

8. Lauren Popish, Founder of The Wave Podcasting 

Lauren Popish is the founder of The Wave Podcasting, a platform dedicated to empowering women to share their distinctive stories through podcasting. As a trailblazer in the industry, Lauren spearheaded the launch of the first podcast audio editing service for women by women in April 2021. Beyond her entrepreneurial endeavors, Lauren also hosts her own podcast “Book (Wine) Club”. 

9. Juleyka Lantigua, Founder and CEO of LWC Studios 

Juleyka Lantigua is the Founder and CEO of LWC Studios, a Peabody-nominated digital media studio. Dedicated to amplifying the voices of creators from marginalized communities, LWC Studios specializes in digital audio and film production. 

She leads LWC Studios in producing original shows such as "Latina to Latina," "70 Million," and "Feeling My Flo." Additionally, the studio offers tailored consulting and production services to a diverse range of clients, including Marvel Entertainment, Macmillan Podcasts, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

10. Courtney Kocak, Founder of Podcast Bestie Newsletter 

Courtney Kocak is the creator and curator of Podcast Bestie, a Substack dedicated to empowering aspiring and indie podcasters. With a mission to offer invaluable insights and education, Podcast Bestie helps people launch and maintain impactful audio projects.

Courtney's impressive portfolio includes producing numerous top-ranking podcasts such as "The Bellas Podcast," which debuted at #1 on Apple Podcasts, along with "PayPal’s Never Stand Still" and "Girlboss Radio." Additionally, she hosts two podcasts, "Private Parts Unknown," exploring love and sexuality across the globe, and “The Bleeders,” about book writing and publishing. 

11. Carli van Heerden, Founder and CEO of We Edit Podcasts 

Recognizing the labor-intensive nature of podcast production after witnessing the efforts behind her husband's podcast, Carli was motivated to find a solution to streamline the editing process and reclaim valuable time for creators. 

That’s when We Edit Podcasts was born – a production service made to simplify your podcasting process, reduce overheads, and publish quickly with a strong team behind you. Since its launch in 2015, the company has offered efficient editing services to Fortune 100 companies, NGOs, and celebrities.

12. Jen Sargent, CEO of Wondery 

Jen Sargent, recognized on Business Insider's prestigious Top 100 List of People Transforming Business in 2021, is the CEO of Wondery. Under her leadership, Wondery has soared to prominence with top podcasts such as "Dirty John," "Business Wars," "American History Tellers," and "Inside Jaws." 

Harvard Business School graduate, Jen brings a wealth of strategic insight and business acumen to her role, driving Wondery's continued success and innovation in podcasting.

13. Karen Burgess, Executive for Production, People & Culture at Pacific Content 

With a passion for storytelling, Karen has navigated the media landscape since her formative summer internship at a local CBC Radio station. Karen's expertise spans various genres, having launched three national radio shows covering topics from country music to economics. 

With over two decades of experience, Karen brings her wealth of knowledge to Pacific Content, where she excels in crafting exceptional shows, mentoring hosts and producers, and fostering collaborative team environments.

14. Annalise Nielsen, Head of Strategy and Development at Pacific Content 

Currently at Pacific Content, Annalise is a dedicated podcast professional whose unwavering passion for audio storytelling has defined her career. Her journey began when she produced a captivating five-part podcast series as her Major Research Project for her MFA in Documentary Media. 

Annalise has previously lent her talents to eOne's Podcast Network, where she honed her skills in editing, production, and later, in developing impactful marketing and business strategies. Subsequently, Annalise worked at Frequency Podcast Network, where she made significant contributions to podcast production, including the acclaimed series "The Gravy Train". 

15. Jessica Kupferman, Co-Founder and CEO of She Podcasts 

As the co-founder and CEO of She Podcasts, Jessica spearheads initiatives aimed at empowering women and non-binary podcasters globally. Through comprehensive online membership, engaging in-person events, and a vibrant Facebook support group, Jessica provides vital support and resources to foster growth and success in the podcasting community. 

In the spirit of further support, she and Elsie Escobar created a podcast to address issues and current events in podcasting as they relate to women. The podcast entitled “She Podcasts” now boasts almost 10000 downloads per month. 

16. Kerri Hoffman CEO of PRX

Kerri, a seasoned non-profit executive with over 20 years of experience, is a driving force behind the success of PRX, a leading non-profit media company shaping the future of audio. 

With a passion for meaningful work and effecting change, Kerri has played a pivotal role in the building and evolution of PRX, overseeing significant projects such as the launch of Radiotopia, Ear Hustle, The Moth Radio Hour, and Reveal.

17. Kattie Laur, Founder of Pod the North 

Kattie is a prominent figure in the Canadian podcasting community. She is the author of the biweekly newsletter, Pod the North, a Substack publication focused on spotlighting and nurturing the Canadian podcasting landscape. Pod the North has garnered a dedicated readership, including notable figures from media giants like CBC Podcasts and Spotify.

Currently, Kattie is channeling her expertise into her debut podcast, “Canardian”, set to launch in Spring 2024.

18. Steph Colbourn, CEO of editaudio 

Steph Colbourn is the CEO of editaudio, a podcast production company dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion within the media industry by prioritizing the hiring of women, non-binary, and trans people. 

The company's work has earned nominations for prestigious awards such as the Webby and Ambie Awards. Under Steph's leadership, editaudio continues to elevate the podcasting landscape while championing diversity and representation in media.

19. Heather Osgood, Founder of True Native Media 

Heather Osgood is the Founder of True Native Media, a podcast agency focused on empowering brands through podcast monetization. With a mission to bridge the gap between brands and podcast audiences, True Native Media specializes in developing engaging host-read ads that resonate with listeners worldwide. Heather and her team represent some of the industry's most compelling storytellers, including New York Times best-selling authors.

20. Leslie Merklinger, Senior Director of Audio Innovation at CBC

Prior to pivoting to the audio industry and launching CBC podcasts, Leslie spent 3 decades as a television producer. Currently, Leslie teaches radio and television arts at Toronto Metropolitan University and holds the title of Senior Director of Audio Innovation at CBC. 

21. Danielle Desir Corbett, Founder of WOC Podcasters and The Thought CardThe Thought Card

Danielle is a podcast marketing coach dedicated to empowering podcasters to build authority in their niche and successfully grow and monetize their show. She is also the esteemed host of “The Thought Card Podcast,” a top-rated show about personal finance and travel. 

In addition to her coaching and podcasting endeavors, Danielle is the Founder of WOC Podcasters. The community is committed to advancing the growth and representation of women of color in podcasting. 

22. Samantha Rae Lopez, Digital Channels Manager & Lead Communications Chair at Expedia Group

Samantha is an experienced digital marketer currently spearheading Expedia Group’s inaugural B2B podcast, “Powering Travel.” Leveraging her expertise in digital marketing and content creation, Samantha ensures the podcast delivers engaging and informative content tailored to the needs of the travel industry. 

23. Ainsley Rossitto, Senior Director, Podcast Marketing at Paramount

Ainsley Rossitto serves as the Senior Director of Podcast Marketing at Paramount, where she oversees marketing initiatives for Paramount Audio, a premium podcast studio renowned for its creation of fan-centric shows.

With a diverse portfolio encompassing brands such as BET, CBS Entertainment, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and SHOWTIME, Ainsley oversees marketing strategies for a wide range of podcasts, ensuring each podcast captivates audiences and amplifies brand presence across platforms.

24. Alanah Joseph, Head of Creator Partnerships at HubSpot

Known for her adeptness as a creative problem solver and storyteller, Alanah thrives on assisting brands in inspiring and engaging customers while crafting compelling narratives through podcasting and other marketing endeavors. 

Previously serving as the Senior Marketing Manager and HubSpot Podcast Network Manager, Alanah managed marketing and operational efforts for the podcast network. This included devising and implementing marketing strategies aimed at bolstering audience growth for HubSpot-owned podcasts, such as The Growth Show and Skill Up. 

25. Lillian Xu, Executive Director, Audio Business at Vox Media

Lillian is the Executive Director of the Audio Business at Vox Media, spearheading strategic initiatives, franchise expansions, partnerships, and business operations. 

She previously held key roles at New York Public Radio, where she led the strategy and business development team. There, she played a pivotal role in overseeing general strategic planning and driving partnerships and growth initiatives for renowned podcasts such as Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour. 

26. Stephanie Arakelian, Podcast Marketing & Audience Development at Impact Theory 

Stephanie Arakelian is a seasoned marketing professional specializing in Podcast Marketing and Audience Development at Impact Theory. With over nine years of experience in marketing, Stephanie has discovered her passion for podcasting. 

Stephanie is driven by a vision of expanding the potential of the podcasting landscape. At Impact Theory, Stephanie channels her passion for podcasting into actionable strategies that resonate with audiences and drive meaningful impact.

27. Liz Hames, Director of Audience Growth at JAR Audio

With a focus on audience-centric strategies, Liz utilizes her expertise in podcast production, journalism, and data analysis to develop winning audience growth strategies for JAR Audio clients. Since joining JAR in 2022, Liz has championed the integration of audience growth principles into the production process, ensuring that production and audience growth efforts align seamlessly from strategy to analytics.

In her free time, Liz channels her passion for storytelling as the creator and host of the CBC Podcast, “Slumtown.”

28. Celine Albertini, COO of Podigy Podcasts

Celine Albertini is the Chief Operating Officer of Podigy Podcasts. At Podigy Podcasts, Celine has spearheaded the development of an innovative system that combines human talent with cutting-edge A.I. tools, revolutionizing the podcasting service industry. With a deep-rooted belief in the power of podcasts to connect people and amplify voices, Celine aims to make a positive impact in the digital media landscape.

29. Tanya Springer, Senior Manager at CBC Podcasts

Tanya Springer is the Senior Manager at CBC Podcasts, where she leads the growth strategy for the platform. With a focus on coordinating the efforts of creators, publicists, marketers, and external partners, her passion lies in guiding editorial colleagues to frame and shape their stories to resonate with global listeners.

In 2014, she founded The Doc Project, a national audio mentorship program that connected emerging producers with veteran doc makers and editors. This initiative inspired the nationally syndicated CBC Radio program of the same name.

30. Nancy Twine, Founder and CEO of Briogeo Hair Care

Nancy Twine is the passionate Founder and CEO of Briogeo Hair Care, known for its commitment to clean beauty. With a background as Vice President of Commodities Sales at Goldman Sachs in New York City, Nancy transitioned from finance to pursue her interest in natural beauty. In 2013, she launched Briogeo and over the past eight years, has successfully grown the brand from a small start-up to an industry leader. 

Nancy's achievements have earned her accolades, including being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Judge in 2020, receiving the Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Award in 2020, and being honored with the CEW Female Founder Award in 2019, among others. 

In the coming months, Nancy Twine will be bringing her drive and entrepreneurial spirit to podcasting. Stay tuned for her show launch March 14th. 

31. Donna Duncan, CEO of OLTCA

Donna Duncan is the CEO of OLTCA, bringing a wealth of experience as a broader public sector consultant, chief executive officer, and board director. 

Recently Donna has brought her expertise to the world of audio, serving as the host of OLTCA’s podcast, “Coming of Age.” Where she, alongside advocates, leaders, and affected families discusses how we can best prepare to care for our aging population, build proper infrastructure, and transform the sector to respond to the changing needs of new residents.

32. Melanie Marcus, Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer of Surescripts

Melanie Marcus is a seasoned executive in healthcare marketing, customer experience, and strategy. With a wealth of experience, she has demonstrated her prowess as a creative and visionary leader, consistently driving growth through innovative approaches to brand development, thought leadership, and customer engagement. 

As a part of her leadership role at Surescripts, Melanie hosts Surescripts' podcast, "There's a Better Way," Melanie facilitates insightful and personal conversations with influential healthcare leaders, providing valuable perspectives on the industry's challenges and opportunities. 

33. Eva Sheie, Founder of The Axis

Eva Sheie is the Founder of The Axis, a company that aims to build relationships between patients and exceptional doctors through podcasting. With a career spanning over two decades, Eva's passion for empowering patients to make informed decisions through education has been the driving force behind her work. She is dedicated to bridging the gap between patients and healthcare providers through podcasting and other meaningful marketing tactics. 

34. June Cohen, Co-Founder of WaitWhat

Building on her rich experience acquired at TED, WIRED, and Audible, June co-founded WaitWhat, a company dedicated to curating premium intellectual property to foster human potential. 

Under her leadership, WaitWhat has become synonymous with groundbreaking podcasts such as Masters of Scale, Meditative Story, and the latest addition, Spark & Fire. With an impressive roster of contributors including President Barack Obama, Sir Richard Branson, and Arianna Huffington, June continues to shape the future of media and storytelling, inspiring audiences worldwide.

35. Hala Taha, Founder and CEO of YAP Media

Hala Taha, known as "The Podcast Princess," is the host of the Young and Profiting (YAP) Podcast. As the driving force behind YAP, Hala has propelled the podcast to global recognition as a Top 100 podcast, featuring high-profile guests including Matthew McConaughey, Daymond John, and many more.

Beyond her podcasting endeavors, Hala is the visionary founder and CEO of YAP Media, a business podcast network. Under her leadership, YAP Media has evolved into an award-winning social media and podcast marketing agency, serving a distinguished clientele of top podcasters, celebrities, and CEOs. 

36 + 37. Mary Carpenter and Jordan Houghton, Co-hosts of NEI’s “Fissionary” Podcast

Mary

Jordan

Mary Carpenter is the Director of Digital and Content Strategy at NEI (Nuclear Energy Institute) and Jordan Houghton is NEI’s Senior Media Relations Manager. The two women host NEI’s "Fissionary" podcast which dives into the potential of nuclear energy to address the critical challenges of our time. 

Mary and Jordan’s dedication to fostering insightful conversations and their commitment to advancing the narrative on nuclear energy make them an invaluable asset to NEI's content strategy and the audio world at large.

38.  Twila Dang, Founder and CEO of Matriarch Digital Media

Twila Dang is the Founder and CEO of Matriarch Digital Media (MDM), an education and entertainment platform designed by and for women. With a passion for celebrating the diverse experiences of women, Twila established Matriarch to produce podcasts that reflect and uplift women in all aspects of their lives. 

In addition to her work with Matriarch Digital Media, Twila is the visionary behind Women in Podcasting, an inclusive initiative aimed at supporting women at all levels of involvement in the podcast industry. 

39. Michelle Khouri, Founder & CEO of FRQNCY Media and Recordical

Under Michelle’s leadership, FRQNCY Media is recognized as a leading podcast production and audio innovation company. Specializing in building branded podcast networks, FRQNCY Media produces podcasts for global brands including Jane Goodall, Intuit TurboTax, and iHeart. 

Additionally, Michelle spearheads Recordical®, a multifaceted membership platform designed to empower creators worldwide by providing access to smart studios, self-service equipment lockers, and an extensive library of digital resources for crafting high-quality audio content. 

40. Katie McCauley, Internal Communications at Oyster

With a passion for online communities and human connection, Katie has dedicated over a decade to leading, managing, and growing complex programs, particularly in the realm of online communities. 

Her work at Oyster includes overseeing the company's podcast, "New World of Work," which delves into the evolving landscape of the modern workforce. Through this platform, Katie explores topics such as the remote work revolution, hybrid workspaces, mental health and wellbeing, and effective team management strategies in today's dynamic work environment. 

41. + 42. Megan Dougherty and Audra Casino, Co-Founders of One Stone Creative 

Megan

Audra

As the host of “The Company Show” and the visionary behind the Podcasting for Business Conference, Megan brings her passion for storytelling and business acumen to the forefront. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for strategic planning, she is dedicated to helping businesses leverage the power of podcasts to enhance their brand presence and engage their audience. 

Audra boasts an impressive 25-year career in the broadcast industry. Beginning her journey at a small radio station, Audra's expertise in performance and audio production has propelled her to success in the fifth-largest broadcast market in the US.

Together, Megan and Audra lead One Stone Creative, a concierge digital content agency specializing in podcasting for businesses where they collaborate with business owners, marketing department heads, and non-fiction authors to develop compelling podcasts and online courses. 

43 + 44. Tina Nole, Founder of Larj Medi, and Joelle Nole, Managing Director of Larj Media

Tina

Joelle

With over 15 years of experience in traditional news and talk radio, Tina embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 2011, establishing Larj Media to explore the creative possibilities within the emerging realm of podcast production.

Joining Tina on this venture is her sister, Joelle Nole, whose expertise lies in scaling businesses across various sectors, including Fortune 50 companies, family foundations, and startups.

At Larj Media, the team is dedicated to elevating the podcasting landscape. With a focus on casting and coaching talent, content management, pre-and post-production, distribution, social media strategies, and web design integration.

45 + 46. Anne Feuss and Rachael King, Co-Founders of Pod People 

Anne

Rachael

Anne Feuss, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Pod People brings over a decade of experience in building and managing growth within the media landscape with roles at The New York Times and BBC America.

Rachael King, Co-Founder and CEO of Pod People boasts a rich background spanning 15 years of helping brands share their stories across various mediums. From pre-launch startups to Fortune 500 companies, Rachael's expertise lies in crafting compelling narratives that resonate with audiences. 

Together, Anne and Rachael founded Pod People with a vision to bridge the gap between brand storytelling and the creator community. Pod People stands as a pioneering one-stop shop for all audio needs, offering services ranging from top-tier podcast production to audio content strategy development. 

47 + 48. Hannah Russell and Faith Russell, Co-Founders of Mags Creative

Hannah

Faith

Hannah Russell brings a wealth of experience from the tech startup world, having contributed to the growth of businesses in London and Berlin. She is passionately interested in business – in all its forms – and its power as a force for good.

Faith embarked on her career journey in TV development before making her mark as a Talent Booker in both TV and radio, collaborating with notable figures such as Joss Stone, Nile Rodgers, and Ricky Wilson. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish her own PR and marketing clientele before co-founding Mags Creative alongside Hannah. 

Founded in 2018, Mags Creative specializes in amplifying stories that might otherwise go untold. With a firm belief in the potential for business to enact positive change, Mags Creative works to contribute meaningfully to the world through their creative pursuits.

49.  Gretchen Borzi, VP of Marketing at PRX

Gretchen Borzi serves as the Vice President of Marketing at PRX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit public media company renowned for its impactful contributions to the world of audio storytelling. 

With over two decades of experience in marketing, Gretchen specializes in promoting podcasts, performing arts, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to positive social change. At PRX, she collaborates with leading independent creators, organizations, and stations to deliver compelling audio content to millions of listeners worldwide. 

50. Vicki La, Global Head of Integrated Marketing at Wondery 

Vicki La is the Head of Integrated Marketing at Wondery, a premium podcast studio renowned for its character-driven, binge-worthy stories. With a rich background in marketing and entertainment, Vicki brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles at Hulu, Fullscreen, and SONY Pictures Entertainment. 

At Wondery, Vicki leads the charge in developing integrated marketing strategies to promote Wondery's original content and partner shows, including popular hits like "Dr. Death," "British Scandal," and "Business Wars." 

Happy International Women’s Day from the Quill team

To top off our roundup, we couldn’t forget to mention the women behind Quill. 

From ideation and scriptwriting to editing and marketing, our team works hard to bring impactful brand stories to life. 

This International Women’s Day, we’re proud to thank:

Stacey Orth, COO

Stacey is Quill’s Chief Operating Officer and brings with her over a decade of experience in creative content production and business operations. She has a long history as a producer having led creative projects for brands like PetSmart, McDonald’s, RBC, and Club House, and she has played a key role in multiple award-winning campaigns. 

Stephanie Andrews, VP of Product 

Steph loves a good challenge and creating novel podcast technology is something she gets up excited to work on every day.

In 2018, Steph saw the need for audio-first content and fell in love with podcasting as a way for brands to conveniently build strong relationships with their customer base. To satisfy the need in the industry, Steph co-founded Origin Media Haus (acquired by Quill in 2020), a boutique podcast and video agency focused on helping brands create engaging audio experiences. Now at Quill Inc., Steph created CoHost, a podcast marketing tool to help podcasters build, scale, and monetize their audiences.

Alison Osborne, VP of Marketing

A passionate storyteller, Ali has worked with various B2C and B2B brands in their marketing and sales departments, placing a focus on data-driven growth. Previously, she was the co-founder and CMO of the branded podcast agency, Origins Media Haus (acquired by Quill Inc.). She is currently Quill’s VP of Marketing where she excels in merging creativity with data to successfully build and grow brands.

Janey Rowe, Director, PMO and Operations

Janey is Quill’s Director, PMO & Operations. She brings over 15 years of experience in television, film & digital content production holding previous roles at Ogilvy, CBC, TIFF & Astral Media to name a few. 

With an extensive background in project management and operations, Janey understands what processes and procedures are needed to efficiently deliver high-quality products on time and within budget while keeping the client’s vision a top priority.

Brittany Nguyen, Creative Director

Brittany is a versatile Creative Director and content creator. Starting in video from age 16, she has over 8 years of experience in creative content production including web series, short films, music videos, and documentaries for CBC. Her extensive storytelling experience has allowed her to transfer her skills from video to podcasting.

She co-founded Origins Media Haus, a branded podcast and video agency acquired by Quill. Now, Brittany is the Creative Director of Quill where she is in charge of taking a podcast idea and creating it into a polished product.

Sarah Zandbergen, Executive Producer

Sarah has been a storyteller from a young age and has worked with content creation in a variety of capacities for over a decade. Notably, she has been the host of her own podcast and interviewed CEOs, entrepreneurs, financial professionals, and experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2020, Sarah was recognized for her work by Canadian Mortgage Professional’s Hot List. She was also honored with the Women in the Mortgage Industry Inspiration Award.

Quincy de Vries, Senior Producer

After falling in love with the power of audio storytelling, Quincy has funneled that passion into her work producing stellar audio content for brands. She has worked on narrative, interview, and hybrid shows and brings her strong research and writing background into everything she does. When she’s not busy producing, you can find her reading, writing, and making her third coffee of the day. Quincy holds a BA in History from McMaster University and an MPhil in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge.

Tianna Marinucci, Content Marketing Specialist 

Tianna is a content creation and digital marketing specialist who values the intersection of creativity and data. By blending creative thinking with analytics and performance measurement, Tianna works to develop strategies that not only resonate with audiences but also deliver measurable ROI. After traveling to more than 60 countries and working in three, she is inspired by diverse cultures and motivated by unique experiences. 

Sabrina Sciscente, Producer 

Sabrina is a seasoned multimedia producer and content marketer who excels at crafting captivating stories across diverse platforms. Since graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University's RTA program in 2020, she's showcased her talent through the successful production of numerous short films, spearheading a nonprofit fundraising podcast, and contributing to animated series featured on Roku and Prime Video.

Lynn Wangchen, Graphic Designer

Lynn is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Design. She is passionate about all things aesthetically pleasing and building communities through visual identity. When she isn't reviewing wireframes, laying out documents, and making promotional graphics, you can find her freelancing as a digital illustrator for content creators online. 

Katie Bouwers, Web Designer

Katie is a Web Developer and Designer dedicated to crafting user-friendly and inclusive digital experiences. With a particular interest in accessibility, she has contributed to implementing accessibility standards in many of the roles she has been in. In her off time, you'll find her spending time with her two-year-old son, or crocheting.

Tianna Marinucci

Content Marketing Specialist

Tianna Marinucci is a content creation and digital marketing specialist. She graduated from McGill University in 2021 and has since worked in a variety of industries from interior design to technology.

After traveling to more than 60 countries and working in three, she is inspired by diverse cultures and motivated by unique experiences.

In her spare time, Tianna loves trying new foods, going to concerts, and learning more about history and socio-economics through books and podcasts.

Platform
Price
Pro’s
Con's
Anchor

Free

  • Easy to use
  • Automatically distributes your podcast to major platforms.
  • Embed media player.
  • Great if podcasting is a
    side hobby
  • Very basic editing
  • Since it’s a free tool, you don’t have full control over the monetization of your podcast.
  • Not the right platform for people taking podcasting seriously
Buzzsprout

Free for 2 hours of content per month

$12 for 3 hours per month

$18+ for 6 hours and up

  • Very user-friendly
  • Caters to both long term and beginner podcasters
  • Advanced analytics
  • Easy distribution of your episodes
  • They measure their size requirements to hours not megabytes
  • Bonus: get a free $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up for any paid hosting plan!
  • Advanced features like dynamic ad insertion need some work
Libsyn

$5/month for Monthly Storage 50mb

  • Oldest podcast hosting site.
  • Easy distribution to major platforms and great for scaling once your podcast gets bigger.
  • Hosted over 35,000 podcasts.
  • An iTunes Podcast partner.
  • Allows you to publish your podcast to specific directories.
  • Embed media player.
  • Price is based on storage
  • 50mb storage for $5 won’t be enough if you are publishing weekly so you’ll end up with a higher price point
Podbean

Unlimited audio package: $9/month

Storage space:

Unlimited

  • Great support & customer service features
  • Unlimited audio.
  • Pages are easy to customize
  • Can schedule podcast release dates.
  • Easy to use.
  • Uploads and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions are automatic to Spotify.
  • Embed media player.
  • Simple Analytics
  • Analytics aren’t as advanced as other platforms
  • Upload and changes to podcast titles and/or descriptions take a day to change on iTunes.
  • Not an iTunes podcast partner.
  • The process to send a podcast to iTunes is more tedious. But, you will still be able to get on the platform.
Blubrry

Classic

$5/month

Monthly Storage

50mb

  • Podcast Wordpress plugin and management.
  • If you want to record a new introduction or conclusion, add in a sponsored ad or upload a new version of a podcast, it doesn't count towards your storage usage per month.
  • Blubrry allows a 25% storage overage each month
  • Prices are based on storage.
  • Usability is okay.
SimpleCast

Starting: $15/month

Recommendation: $35/month

Monthly Storage: Unlimited

  • Hosts your audio files no matter what the size!
  • Dynamic insertion for podcast ads or edits.
  • Incredibly detailed analytics including number of episodes completed and listener location tracking.
  • Embed media player.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great distribution! Easy access to all major podcast platforms.
  • Customizable podcast
    website.
  • Prices are slightly higher than other platforms, but well worth it especially if you have a branded company podcast!

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