WMG Board Members
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President: Lisa Faith Phillips
First Vice President: Brandi Bowles
Second Vice President: Stacy Grossman
Secretary: Darcie Rowan
Treasurer: Tessa Shanks
General Board Members
Presidents Emeritae: Toni Sciarra Poynter
Business Manager: Karina Mikhli
President: Lisa Faith Phillips
Lisa Faith Phillips, an award-winning digital and business-development strategist, is excited to be the current President of WMG and working at the Council on Foreign Relations. While Director of Digital Strategy and Development at Hachette Book Group, Lisa launched a wide range of digital sales channels, from public and school library to e-giftcards. Under her leadership as VP of Products and Services at NOLOH, an agile development platform, Lisa’s team won Web Marketing Association’s Awards for Standard of Excellence and Marketing. Running Random House’s direct-to-consumer businesses as VP and GM, Lisa oversaw business, product development, and marketing for iconic brands from Bon Appétit to Star Wars. A frequent speaker on digital innovation, as a consultant, she advises companies on digital investments, strategy, and marketing. Lisa is also a comedian, singer, and playwright, and has been a participating artist at theaters in New York, London, Barcelona, and Findlay, Ohio. Her popular shows have been seen in New York, in Los Angeles, and at the Edinburgh and DC Capital Fringe Festivals. She holds a BA from Wellesley College, a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and has studied music theory at Juilliard. She is working on her first novel. @lisafaith
First Vice President: Brandi Bowles
Starting her career at Random House in 2004 as an editor for Three Rivers Press, Brandi moved to the agency side in 2007, working briefly at a boutique agency before landing at Foundry in 2010. Since then, she has focused on building an exemplary list that reflects her multifaceted passions. Her nonfiction list ranges from cookbooks to prescriptive books of all kinds, science, pop culture, lifestyle, and real-life inspirational stories. On the fiction side, she represents high-concept novels that feature strong female bonds and psychological or scientific themes. Brandi originally hails from Louisville, Kentucky, and now lives with her husband and two small children in Brooklyn, New York.
Name: Stacy Grossman
Stacy is an attorney with more than twenty years of experience representing individuals and businesses in connection with intellectual property and publishing matters. Prior to founding her own firm in 2014, Stacy was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at News Corporation, where she advised numerous publishing businesses including HarperCollins and the New York Post. She attended Brown University and Boston University School of Law. In addition to serving on the Board of Women's Media Group, Stacy is a member of the Copyright Society and the International Trademark Association, and serves on a panel of attorneys that provides advice to members of The Authors Guild.
Name: Darcie Rowan
For more than twenty-five years, Darcie Rowan has been helping authors and experts achieve their marketing and publicity goals. Darcie excels at “seeing the big picture,” while working one-on-one with her clients to identify promotional opportunities, create multidimensional media branding initiatives, and execute impactful campaigns. In addition, Darcie regularly coaches clients on how to successfully connect with and engage their customers though social media marketing. She is highly respected by the media as someone who knows what is newsworthy and whose word can be trusted. As a long-standing industry leader, she has garnered top national and strategic regional media bookings in a variety of genres, including lifestyle, consumer products, business, finance, pop culture, entertainment, and publishing. Ms. Rowan is a graduate of New York University. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and pug-son, Rodney.
Tessa Shanks joined the finance department of Perseus Books in 2013. After nine years in publicity at Knopf and PublicAffairs, where she rose to the rank of Assistant Director of Publicity, Tessa moved to the business side so she could focus on understanding the industry quantitatively and learn what a returns reserve entailed. A graduate of Oberlin College, Tessa lives in Brooklyn, three blocks away from her favorite bookstore.
Name: Michelle Burford
Michelle Burford is a Harvard-trained memoir ghostwriter, a founding editor of Oprah Magazine, and the coauthor of three New York Times bestsellers. She has written memoirs for Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight; singer Toni Braxton; Dancing With the Stars double-amputee Amy Purdy; Olympic champion Gabby Douglas; and Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero, who, at age fourteen, arrived home to discover that her immigrant parents had been deported; she, a U.S. citizen by birthright, was left completely on her own. In the Country We Love (May 2016, Holt) chronicles Diane’s poignant story, one heartbreakingly common yet rarely told.
Board Member: Dee Dee De Bartlo
Before launching her own business, Dee Dee De Bartlo was a Senior Director of Publicity at William Morrow/HarperCollins, where she worked for twelve years. She created and directed the publicity campaigns for bestsellers including Freakonomics, Mavericks at Work, The Lean, Founding Mothers, Three Seconds, and many others. She has worked with notable authors and personalities including economist Steve Levitt, political analyst Cokie Roberts, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, lifestyle expert Kathy Freston, and celebrated crime writer Elmore Leonard.
General Board Member: Libby McGuire
Libby McGuire worked at Penguin Random House for the last fifteen years, spending the past ten as publisher of Ballantine. Prior to that, Libby worked in various sales and marketing positions at Random House, Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. Libby has a B.A. from Lycoming College and lives in New York City with her husband Tim Duggan and two children.
Name: Miral Sattar
Miral Sattar is the CEO of LearnSelfPublishingFast and Bibliocrunch, an award-winning marketplace that connects authors with vetted book publishing professionals such as editors, designers, and marketers. She has worked in the media industry for eleven years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives, including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO. Miral and her writing have been featured in Time, Forbes, Consumer Reports, CNN, and New York Daily News, among other media publications. She has a M.S. in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from New York University and a BS from Columbia University. Follow Miral on Twitter at @miralsattar.
Co-President Emerita: Toni Sciarra Poynter
Toni Sciarra Poynter is an independent editor and writer who helps authors prepare their nonfiction for publication, working with bestselling authors, respected brands, and prominent professionals in many fields. She has held editorial acquisition positions at HarperCollins, William Morrow, Simon and Schuster, and Macmillan, working with authors/entities such as bestselling trainer Jack Canfield, Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky, Salk Institute neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D., the Emily Post Institute, Mayo Clinic, and Petfinder.com. As an editorial consultant since 2008, she has coauthored five books that collectively have been translated into more than 30 foreign editions and has edited or collaborated on projects published by HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Penguin Random House, Harlequin Nonfiction, Rodale, and Workman. She is a past co-president of WMG (2013, 2014), a member of the Authors Guild, and has served on the Executive Committee of the Books for a Better Life Awards—the first award for personal improvement books—from inception (1997) to the present.
Business Manager/Nonvoting Board Member: Karina Mikhli
Karina Mikhli is a publishing professional experienced in content operations, business development, and account management. She’s worked at various publishers and publishing service providers including Kensington Publishing, Oxford University Press, The Princeton Review, and On Demand Books. She has an MS in Publishing from New York University and is an avid reader and book lover, especially of business books. She runs a Women’s Business and Leadership Book Club and blogs and writes about business books.