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WOMEN SOUND OFF FESTIVAL 2019

Thank you for coming out and building community with WSO — all 870 of you! Your cheers, laughs, cries & energy made all the planning worth it. Women Sound Off Festival returns Spring 2020.

 

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Festival design by Leah Takele

Festival design by Leah Takele

ABOUT WOMEN SOUND OFF FESTIVAL

Women Sound Off Festival 2019 is an electrifying weekend for womxn creatives, entrepreneurs and allies to network, celebrate, and flourish in Oakland, CA. From ground-breaking conversations and expertly curated panels to inclusive parties and markets, WSO fest is the ultimate link-up for women.

This isn’t your average festival. Across various locations in downtown Oakland, we’ll hold interactive discussions & events about brand-building, climbing the ranks, wellness, representation, chasing dream(s) and just about anything else the modern business woman can think of. Paired with music, performances, cocktails, and special experiences, this is a weekend you’ll never forget (seriously). Join the WSO squad below.

 

WOMEN BREAKING GROUND IN MUSIC

5 exceptional women in music from different backgrounds share how they beat the odds.

 

SOUND OFF DAY

Where entrepreneurship and creativity collide. A day of ground-breaking discussions and peer learning.

 

SOUND OFF CONCERT

MEREBA, JEAN DEAUX, LIL KAYLA, QUEENS D. LIGHT, NAMASTE SHAWTY & MORE!

 

BOSS BRUNCH

4 girl bosses, bottomless mimosas, & brunch. Join 4 bosses for candid chats on how they leveled up.

 

EAT SHOP TALK

Support your local girl boss. 15+ womxn vendors from Oakland’s underground economy.

*PEOPLE OF All races, religions, genders, ageS and sexualities are welcomed at Women Sound Off Festival.

“Celebrating female creative entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, Women Sound Off is a weekend-long series of pop-ups, parties and hands-on workshops exploring the social and technical aspects of making a creative career a reality. Now in year three, this niche event has become a spring staple in Oakland, California.”

- FORBES

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“The birth of Women Sound Off (FKA Women In Music Fest) is a movement we never knew how much we really needed. A platform to unite, a space to celebrate, a community to uplift, learn from and grow. Collaborating with WSO for the past three years now has been a perfect example of sisterhood and empowerment and I’m grateful to be a part of this space!”  

Megan Brooks, Partner Manager & Co-Chair of External Opportunities, Pandora Women

"Women Sound Off (fka Women in Music Festival) is a breath of fresh air to the industry. I’ve always felt proud to be a female in music and it's a beautiful thing to be surrounded by so many women looking to be disruptors in this business. It's so crucial that women's voices are being heard in such an encouraging environment.”

Stacy Cunningham Moreland, EMPIRE

“The last WSO event gave me the opportunity to participate on what was the most empowering panel I've ever had the pleasure of being part of. A truly diverse and inclusive group of women coming together and welcoming each other from all corners of the industry, sharing strengths, stories, knowledge and advice. This is an essential part of the Bay Area's industry, it shouldn't be missed.”

Sarah Haswell, Product & Artist Marketer

“Women Sound Off 2018 was a total dream, a vulnerable and strong testament to the power of female friendship and professional coalitions. From powerful days of panels and nights filled with celebrating new talent, it's truly a chance to connect on a deeper level with like-minded (and supportive) peers in the music industry.”

Jane Claire Hervey, Founder of BossBabes

“Participating in Women Sound off in 2017 and '18 was one of the most rewarding professional experiences I've had. I loved connecting with peers from a wide variety of creative fields and walks of life, and it was so much fun speaking to an eager audience of women professionals at different levels of experience in their specialties. I learned a lot and was happy to share my skills with others. Not to mention, the parties were amazing!”

Nastia Voynovskaya, Editor @ KQED

“Women Sound Off was easily one of my favorite experiences of 2018. Being a part of the festival introduced me to an amazing community of women that inspire me everyday. The festival changed my life and definitely made me more confident in my abilities as a woman in the music industry.”

Jade Aguigui, WSO Volunteer

 

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Tina Davis - VP of A&R @ EMPIRE

Fadia Kader - Music Partnerships @ Instagram

Maryam Hasnaa - Energy Healer + Teacher

Dana Meyerson - Partner @ BIZ 3 Publicity

Elisha Greenwell - Brand Strategy Dir. + Founder/CEO @ Black Joy Parade

D'Ana Nunez - Founder @ ItsCovl

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Mereba - Music Artist

Sara Haider - Dir. Product Management @ Twitter

Stephanie Gancayco - Founder & EIC @ Hella Pinay

Yetunde Olagbaju - Artist & Curator

Rian Worm - Dir. of Marketing @ AEG (Oracle Arena & Oakland Coliseum)

Meryl Pataky - Neon Artist Bender & Curator

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