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WELCOME TO

MIC CHECK RETREAT

Chattanooga, TN

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Schedule

Sunday

Join us Sunday evening at 7:00PM for a welcome mixer with drinks at the lobby bar!

Monday

Location: Lobby Level Conference Room

9:00 | Doors Open

9:30 | Welcome Message with Haylee

10:00 | Amplifying your Influence: Authority Building Strategies for Podcast Hosts with Laylee Emadi

11:00 | Speed Networking

12:00 | Lunch Provided

1:00 | How To Establish Relationships With Brands and Secure Your First Four-Figure Podcast Sponsorship with Danielle Desir Corbett

2:00 | Workshop: Live Podcast Setup

2:30 | Panel + Live Podcast Recording

3:00 | Wrap Up

3:30 | Headshot Walk

 

Dinner on your own!

 

 

Tuesday

Location: Poolside Conference Suite | Room Number Coming Soon

9:00 | Doors Open

9:30 | Welcome Message with Haylee

9:45 | Tool Talk with Haylee Gaffin

10:30 | Tech Talk for Podcasters with Megan Wren

11:00 | Implementation Time + Audio Audits

12:00 | Lunch Provided (Tex Mex)

1:00 | Implementation Time

4:00 | Wrap Up 

 

 

Dinner on your own!

 

 

Speaker Resources

Laylee Emadi

Amplifying your Influence: Authority Building Strategies for Podcast Hosts

 

About Laylee Emadi

Laylee is an educator, speaker, and conference host with a heart for serving clients and fellow entrepreneurs through her coaching work, as the host of the So, Here’s the Thing Podcast, and as the founder of The Creative Educator Conference. She believes in leading with heartfelt encouragement and honest guidance. As a longtime entrepreneur, she’s not afraid to dig into tough topics or transparently share her own experiences—the good and the bad. Laylee is passionate about her goal to equip you in your ability to make a difference, create impact, and to build a life doing what you love.

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Danielle Desir Corbett

Title: How To Establish Relationships With Brands and Secure Your First Four-Figure Podcast Sponsorship
As indie podcasters with smaller audiences, standing out and building lasting relationships with brands is essential to securing lucrative flat-fee podcast sponsorships. Leave this session with a step-by-step framework to secure that four-figure podcast sponsor: from where to meet aligned brands, how to approach them confidently, and ways to overcome rejection.

About Danielle Desir Corbett
Danielle Desir Corbett is an accomplished travel and personal finance creator and host of the highly-rated travel podcast The Thought Card, which aims to inspire financially savvy travelers to explore the world while living on their own terms. Danielle also co-hosts the new travel podcast Road Trip Ready, which explores some of the best road trips and destinations across the U.S. and Canada. With a knack for storytelling and a pulse on her audience, Danielle has successfully partnered with various tourism boards, attractions, and prominent financial institutions, crafting engaging podcast campaigns that resonate with thousands of listeners worldwide. When she isn’t jet-setting, she’s sharing her insider knowledge as a podcast marketing coach, helping fellow podcasters strategically grow and monetize.

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Megan Wren

Tech Talk for Podcasters

 

About Megan

Megan Wren is a freelance audio professional and musician. She completed degrees in audio engineering and music at Ohio University, and worked for three years as the Chief Recording Engineer for the Ohio University School of Music. 

As a freelancer herself, Megan loves supporting and cheering on other creative business owners.  Megan is also a fan of a number of podcasts – her favorites are Francesa Amber’s Law of Attraction Changed My Life and CD Baby’s DIY Musician Podcast. She has found in her role of podcast editor that she is learning from the conversation within each episode as much as she is fine-tuning it.

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Haylee Gaffin

Talk Title Coming Soon

 

About Haylee

Haylee Gaffin is a podcast producer, strategist, and owner at Gaffin Creative, where she helps podcast hosts plan their podcast launch and create strategic content that serves their brand and audience. As the founder of Podcast Launch Kit, a DIY course for podcasters, and host of Clocking In Podcast, a podcast for professionals making their way in the working world, Haylee is on a mission to help hopeful podcast hosts grow their brand.

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Panelists

Details Coming Soon

Exploring Chattanooga

COFFEE SHOPS

Peet’s Coffee

Sleepy Head Coffee*

Frothy Monkey at Chattanooga Choo Choo*

Mean Mug

Milk & Honey*

Rembrandt’s Coffee House

RESTAURANTS

Old Gilman Grill

423 Taco

Easy Bistro & Bar

Mayan Kitchen

STIR at Chattanooga Choo Choo

Hair of the Dog Pub*

THINGS TO DO

Chattanooga Market (Sunday)*

Tennessee Aquarium*

Rock City

Ruby Falls

Coolidge Park & Walnut St Bridge

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

Bluff View Art District & Hunter Museum

*Haylee’s Favorites

What to Wear

  • Sunday Mixer – Wear what you want!
  • Monday – Cute & professional! We’ll have lots of pictures taken by the amazing Quianna Marie!
  • Tuesday – Cute, but comfy! We’ll be lounging in a hotel suite that includes a poolside patio—feel free to bring your swimsuits too!

Retreat Sponsors

Thank you so much to our wonderful sponsors for helping make this retreat special for our attendees.

Retreat Vendors

Who can you expect to see working at the retreat? We’ve hired some amazing vendors!

BASED IN CHATTANOOGA, TN

Gaffin Creative is a podcast production company that empowers creatives to share their voice while growing their brand.