Co-President: Kathy Sandler
Occupation: Penguin Random House / Senior Manager, Content Applications and Digital Workflow Development
Website: Publishing • Technology • Innovation
Kathy Sandler is a leader in the field of publishing technology and innovation. She currently works in IT at Penguin Random House and helps to run a grass-roots innovation project. She worked on the launch of the Storia eReader at Scholastic and the launch of the digital editions of Fitness and Parents magazine to iPad at Meredith. She worked at Hearst Magazines in publishing technology and training for 20 years. Kathy was named one of Folio’s 40 Most Influential People in Publishing. She was President of Women In Production and founded Digital Asset Management Day at Seybold. She has an MBA from NYU and teaches in the Master's in Publishing program there.
Co-President: Julie Blattberg
Occupation: Principal, JLB Digital
Julie Blattberg is a publishing executive and process wonk with a passion for compelling content, efficient systems, and innovative ways to scale and drive revenue. She’s held strategy, marketing, and operations positions at HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Disney Publishing Worldwide, and was VP, Strategic Operations and Chief of Staff to the CEO at Open Road Integrated Media. In her business consulting practice, Julie works with publishers, authors, and nonprofits to optimize workflows and metadata, grow audience and reach, develop messaging and branding, and capitalize on content.
Treasurer: Jennifer A. Perry
Occupation: Executive Director, PEP Consulting
Jennifer A. Perry has deep experience creating high-engagement resources for children, schools, and families as a book publisher, editor, museum educator, and classroom teacher. After developing a wide array of children's media at Scholastic and Sesame Street, she founded and leads Perry Educational Projects Consulting, which is focused on helping education-focused media companies and nonprofits fulfill their mission by expanding reach and impact through innovative partnership cultivation, revenue generation, and product development (books, ebooks, audio, apps, video, hands-on exhibits, public programs, and curriculum). Jennifer loves to lead book groups for kids, teach the history of children's literature, and speak about the ways traditional and new technologies can be used side-by-side to expand learning opportunities for all children.
Secretary: Jodi Brockington
Occupation: Director of Diversity & Inclusion Sourcing, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
In addition, Jodi is responsible for developing a pipeline of diverse talent and acquire the most qualified candidates as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion Sourcing for the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. From operating facilities and data centers around the world, DTCC automates, centralizes, and standardizes the processing of financial transactions across the trade lifecycle and mitigates risk for thousands of institutions worldwide.
Chair, Fundraising: Charlie Schroder
Occupation: Chief Catalyst, Charlie & Co.
Committee(s): Fellowship Committee
Charlie Schroder works at the nexus of people, technology and products. A digital veteran with deep experience in engaging with and motivating parents, kids, teens, educators and Millenials, she heads Manhattan-based consultancy Charlie & Co. Drawing upon learnings across a broad range of brand, content, retail and technology experience, Charlie & Co. creates actionable business, market and development strategies for content and technology companies.
Chair, Scholarships and Fellowships: Nevin Mays
Nevin Mays is a children's book editor and lives for the moment when an author says "Aha!" What comes next is bound to be brilliant. Nevin has developed and helped polish content for almost all mediums, from audiobooks to e-books to print to singing pop-up books. She has worked and consulted for publishers big and small around the globe, and shared her expertise teaching children's book publishing at Portland State University. Nevin believes in the power of mentorship to help women build their careers; she has mentored women and teens as editors and writers and professionals for more than five years.
Chair, Membership: Chandra Turner
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Ed2010 and Talent Fairy
Chandra Turner is the founder and CEO of Ed2010 and Talent Fairy. She has helped countless media professionals find their dream jobs in content creation — so much so that she was often referred to as the industry’s “fairy godmother.” Chandra has held top editorial positions at brands such as Cosmopolitan, CosmoGirl, Parents, and Scholastic. In her 20+ year career, Chandra created award-winning consumer magazines, managed print and digital content teams, and executed content strategy for dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Co-Chair, Programming: Candi Sue Cross
Occupation: CEO & Principal Ghostwriter, You Talk I Write
Committee(s): Programming Committee, Scholarship & Fellowships Committee
Website: You Talk, I Write
Candi’s unique combination of skills matches the needs of aspiring authors who have a tale to tell but no understanding of the publishing industry or flair for forming the right words. Candi’s clients range from execs and entertainers, to doctors and attorneys, from as far away as China, England, Japan and Germany. As ghostwriter and/or editor, Candi has co-developed 100+ nonfiction books published by McGraw-Hill Professional, Taylor & Francis, Sloan Publishing, Writer’s Digest Books, Melange Books, Springer UK, Future Horizons, and self-publishing outlets.
Co-Chair, Programming: Stephanie Bowen
Stephanie Bowen is Senior Manager, Content Development on Penguin Random House’s corporate Author Platforms team, where she works on a range of initiatives to help PRH authors expand their reach and revenue through developing digital content products that are complementary to their books (podcasts, online learning, etc.). She started her publishing career in Doubleday editorial before moving to Sourcebooks in 2012, where she managed the nonfiction imprint and was quickly promoted to Senior Editor for successfully implementing a new nonfiction strategy that increased sales by 39%. In 2015, she rejoined PRH as a Senior Editor at TarcherPerigee and started her current role in Author Platforms in 2017. She loves to help authors share their stories, ideas, and advice through a variety of formats with readers everywhere.
Occupation: Author, Speaker, Podcast Host
Podcast: Build Your Dream Network
Networking Expert, Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network:Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee) and host of the Build Your Dream Network podcast.
Occupation: Marketing Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Brianna Yamashita, Senior Marketing Director, has strategized and executed New York Times bestselling campaigns for such authors as Dr. Daniel J. Siegel (Brainstorm), Mark Bittman (How to Cook Everything), Neal Katyal (Impeach), B.J. Fogg (Tiny Habits), Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski’s (Antoni in the Kitchen), and Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy (Catification), among others. In addition, she has spearheaded the marketing for major franchises such as The Whole30, established marketing partnerships with leading lifestyle brands, and instituted marketing best-practices and analytics-driven book marketing systems. Prior to joining Scribner, Brianna headed up the Lifestyle marketing division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and before that, served as Executive Director of Publicity and at Penguin Random House’s TarcherPerigee imprint.
Occupation: Freelance Content Creator and editor
YouTube: The Essence Of A Curvy Girl
Brittany Fuller, is a fun-loving writer, content creator, and plus-size blogger. A graduate of Pace University, where she received her BA in Communication Arts and Journalism, and an MS in Publishing, Brittany is in love with all things media!
She’s worked with some truly inspiring publications like Woman's Day, Country Living, The Village Voice, The Knot, and Westchester Magazine while networking with many influential and creative individuals along the way. In her spare time, she works on her plus-size lifestyle blog, The Essence of A Curvy Girl, discussing lifestyle topics. Brittany currently is a freelance Content Creator and editor working with various brands and companies.
Occupation: President, DeBartlo & Co. Publicity, Marketing, Publishing Services
Dee Dee DeBartlo is the president of DeBartlo & Co, a boutique book publicity and marketing firm. Prior to launching her own business, she was a Senior Director of Publicity at William Morrow/HarperCollins, where she worked for twelve years. Current and former projects include Freakonomics, American Gods, Founding Mothers, Mavericks at Work, The Only Street in Paris, The Big Life, Living with the Monks, and What to Eat When. She has worked with celebrated crime writer Elmore Leonard, political analyst Cokie Roberts, Academy Award-winning writer/director Guillermo del Toro, University of Chicago economist Steve Levitt, Chairman of jetBlue Joel Peterson, and bestselling author Neil Gaiman.