Co-President: Jodi Brockington
Jodi Brockington embodies the term “multi-hyphenate.” Many of her colleagues know her to be a Master Networker, Super Connector, and “Diversity Disruptor”, creating seamless and authentic interactions within the workplace, marketplace, and community. An entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, she has represented, coached and advised thousands of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals helping them launch, manage and develop their business. She truly enjoys connecting people as her professional expertise lies within the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)space. She is a champion of investing in the workforce of the future, driving evolution, implementing effective and sustainable business strategies while consistently delivering tangible outcomes. In her spare time, Jodi is an author, speaker, traveler and fitness enthusiast.
As the founder of Niara Consulting, Jodi has developed a solid global network leading strategic and major accounts defining strategies creating innovative solutions for non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Her latest entrepreneurial endeavor is BLENDiD, a real-time information platform enabling people with biracial and multiracial backgrounds everywhere to connect through personalized content and community. A proud native New Yorker, Jodi has been highly educated on both coasts of the US and is a self proclaimed foodie that also helps to elevate representation in the culinary industry.
Co-President: Jennifer A. Perry
Jennifer A. Perry is honored to co-lead Women's Media Group after having served on several committees and as Board Treasurer in the past. Jennifer has spent her career creating educational resources and experiences for all ages as a publisher, editor, licensor, museum educator, and teacher. She is currently Director of Audiobooks at Barnes & Noble.
Prior to B&N, Jennifer was Vice President & Publisher at Sesame Workshop (home of "Sesame Street") and Editorial Director at Scholastic. Jennifer is also Founder and Executive Director of PEP Consulting, which focuses on helping nonprofit organizations develop and distribute high-quality content for kids and families.
Jennifer's personal interests include working with literacy organizations to expand opportunities for all children, learning and informing others about the history of New York City, and singing in a NYC chorus that focuses on the music of Broadway.
Secretary: Allison Moore
Allison Moore is an acquisition editor at ByteDance, focusing on commercial fiction, YA, romance, and the intersection of books, social media, and tech. Before that, she spent more than a decade in-house at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Her recent projects include National Book Award longlist pick Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution by Sherri Winston, Iguana be a Dragon by Maddie Frost, Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes, After Dark with Roxie Clark by Brooke Lauren Davis, and My Second Impression of You by Michelle I. Mason. Outside of work, Allison spent many years on the board and young professionals committee of Atlas: DIY, a local nonprofit supporting immigrant youth. She also recently served on the staff of the Columbia Publishing Course. You can find out more about her on her website, AllisonMooreEdits.com, and she’d love to connect on Twitter @allisonm610. She looks forward to meeting more WMG members!
Treasurer: Christy Mirabal
Christy Mirabal is Senior Director, Audience Growth at SiriusXM. She oversees all strategic marketing, including planning, development and execution of initiatives to drive branding and awareness to Stitcher’s podcast slate.
Before SiriusXM, Christy was vice president of marketing at Sony Music, leading all podcast marketing efforts. Prior to that, she was at Stitcher, overseeing the Stitcher app brand team, and Panoply Media, managing O&O and network audience development.
Chair, Membership: Susan McCulloch
Susan McCulloch is the Senior Director of NOOK and Barnes & Noble Press. She is an industry veteran, having spent her entire career in publishing—a career that spans traditional, digital, and indie channels. Prior to Barnes & Noble, she held managing editorial roles at Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins and was Publishing Manager of a K-8 library business under the Heinemann umbrella. Branching into eBooks was a fitting progression, though she also navigated a parallel a stint in “omnichannel” (helping to launch Buy Online, Pick Up in Store, and Ship from Store at B&N). Through it all, what’s kept her grounded is a love of reading, and a sense of gratitude for being able to work with the like-minded wonderful people who make and sell books, from authors to publishers to the myriad of behind-the-scenes magicians.
Chair, Communications: Brittany Fuller
Websites: brittanytfuller.com and The Essence of A Curvy Girl
YouTube: The Essence Of A Curvy Girl
Instagram: @simplyy_brittanyBrittany 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.
Anniversary Planning Chair: Kathy Sandler
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.
Chair, Programming: Jane Wesman
Jane Wesman, President of Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc., is one of the country’s top book publicists with a long record of creating national bestsellers, particularly in the areas of leadership, management, and personal growth. She has worked with such business thought-leaders as Marcus Buckingham, Stephen Covey, Faith Popcorn, Charles Schwab, and Shoshana Zuboff. Today, she and her team provide cutting-edge solutions to help authors and publishers market their books to targeted audiences throughout the United States and other English-speaking countries.
Jane is a staunch supporter of working women, providing guidance as a writer, speaker, and consultant. Her book, Dive Right In – The Sharks Won’t Bite: The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Guide To Success, was one of the first to offer concrete advice geared towards women entrepreneurs. As president of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she launched a mentoring program that still helps women today. She currently sits on the board of the non-profit organization ArtSail and also provides funding for an internship program at Simmons University to help students kick-start their careers.
Chair, Fundraising: Carol Hoenig
Carol Hoenig is President of Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant, Inc. where she covers a variety of aspects in the publishing industry, including, ghostwriting, editing, publicity and marketing for authors and helping with book proposals. In addition, she is a published author and was named Best of Long Island Author 2012 by the Long Island Press and named Outstanding Advocate for the Arts 2013 by the Long Island Arts Council. She is co-owner of On the Road Book Events. Her novel, Without Grace, was awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her second novel, Of Little Faith was published October 22, 2013 to rave reviews. Her nonfiction work, The Author's Guide to Planning Book Events was given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing and named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views.
Carol’s essays, articles, book reviews and short stories appear in a wide number of publications. She blogged for The Huffington Post and contributed to Putting Your Passion into Print, written by Arielle Eckstudt & David Henry Sterry. Arianna Huffington invited Carol to contribute to On Becoming Fearless. Tory Johnson, ABC’s Good Morning America’s workplace contributor, published Carol’s essay in Tory’s New York Times Bestseller, Will Work From Home. Carol’s short story, Snow Angels and Somersaults, was a finalist for the 2007 Spring/Summer Glass Woman Prize, a bi-annual prize for women prose writers. Her essay, “Wild Horses and Young Stallions” was selected for the anthology Lost Lessons from Life on a Farm. You may find out more about her at carolhoenig.com.
Co-Chair, Scholarships and Fellowships: Moira Bailey
Moira Bailey is the editorial director in the Office of Public Affairs for Empire State Development (ESD), New York State's chief economic development agency. Prior to joining ESD in 2015, Moira worked as a journalist for Time Inc. in New York and London, at both PEOPLE Magazine and its former Australian sister publication, Who Weekly. She's also been a staff writer, reporter and columnist for other media companies including Gannett, the Associated Press and the Tribune Company. She is a longtime member of the WMG Scholarship Committee and also has been active as a volunteer with her alma mater, Georgetown University, where she was co-founder, with fellow WMG member Allison Gilbert, of Hoyas in Letters.
Co-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.
President Emerita: Julie Blattberg
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.
President Emerita: Charlie Schroder
Twitter, IG: @MsCharlieS
(ms.) Charlie Schroder is a deeply experienced leader who melds emerging technologies, storytelling, and nascent consumer behavior shifts to create products, brands and immersive experiences that engage humans in meaningful ways. Her track record of success is based on a seamless integration of marketing, sales, and content strategies into actionable game plans that yield tangible results across the stakeholder spectrum.
As Head of Content Planning & Publishing at Scribd, she spearheads original content initiatives, including high volume and prestige publishing imprints, to delight readers (and listeners) around the globe.
Previous notable corporate roles include VP of Marketing, Licensing & Development of global children’s publisher Candlewick Press/Walker Books, and USA Vice President of Tokyo-based talent agency Creek & River (Nikkei JP: 4763). As a consultant, she lead projects with Discovery Communications International, Nielsen Entertainment, ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, Bonnier Corporation, PBS Kids, BBC America, Sony, Apple, Google, Facebook, Publishers Weekly, and book publishers for adults & kids worldwide.