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: Sarah Dickman
Occupation: Strategic Partner Manager, News & Publishing Partnerships at Google
Sarah is a digital publishing and business development leader who is passionate about opportunities deriving from the intersection of technology and traditional media. Prior to joining Google, Sarah was Director of Business Operations for Barnes & Noble Press, Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform. She has also worked as Director of Business Development for Odyl/Riffle Books, a publishing focused social media startup in NY and worked as a Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Director at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
Secretary: Heather Alexander
Occupation: Executive Editor/Senior Director of Original Kids' Content at Audible, Inc.
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: Cecilia de la Campa
Occupation: Executive Director, Global Licensing and Domestic Partnerships at Writers House
Website: Writers House
Cecilia de la Campa is the Executive Director, Global Licensing and Domestic Partnerships at Writers House, a leading full-service literary agency in New York with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning clients. She oversees the agency’s global licensing department as well as all domestic/media rights channels including audio, film & television, theater, and educational reprint licensing. Cecilia attends the major international book fairs each year, and has taken part in various global conferences including the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) and the historic US Publishing Mission to Cuba in 2016 lead by Publishers Weekly. She’s a regular speaker on industry panels, and has presented at events hosted by Global Kids Connect, New York Rights Fair, Bologna Rights Fair, the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). She is also recurring guest lecturer at the Columbia Publishing Course and is an active member of the Women’s Media Group (WMG). A graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, Cecilia worked for several years at Simon & Schuster before joining Writers House in 2009.
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: 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.
Lea Beresford is an editor of accessible literary fiction and non-fiction that turns an unfamiliar lens on modern society. Most recently she was a senior editor at Bloomsbury; she has also worked at Random House, the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency, and SheWrites.com. A graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia Publishing Course, she lives in Brooklyn.
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: 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.