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.
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.
Finance Manager: Sarah Dickman
Occupation: Barnes & Noble: Senior Manager, Business Operations – Barnes & Noble Press
Sarah is Senior Manager of Business Operations for Barnes & Noble Press, Barnes & Noble’s self-publishing platform. She is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as topline revenue. Prior to joining B&N, Sarah was Director of Business Development for Odyl, a publishing focused social media startup in NY. Before Odyl, Sarah spent seven years as a Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Director at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
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.
Susannah Greenberg is President of Susannah Greenberg Public Relations, a book publicity firm. She works with publishers, book trade organizations, and authors. Some of her clients have included / include: the Jerusalem International Book Forum, hoopla digital, KidLitTV, What on Earth Books, Skyhorse, Andrea Kane, Roxie Munro, Pat Mora, Bloomberg Press, Hazelden Publishing, and the Book Industry Study Group. She was the launch publicist for National Poetry Month as well as the business book bestseller Who Moved My Cheese? She has spoken on book publishing topics at CCNY, Marymount/PACE, ASJA, and presented and organized numerous panels at BookExpo. She is a past president of the Women’s National Book Association NYC.
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.
General Board Member: 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.
Rhea Lyons is an agent at Hannigan, Salky, Getzler, looking to represent fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. She began her publishing career while studying at the University of Rochester and interning at Open Letter, a press which exclusively publishes literature in translation. She then joined the Random House Publishing Group, working in Subrights, until 2011 when she became a scout at Franklin and Siegal Associates. Most recently, Rhea was the Subsidiary Rights Director at Rodale, where she also acquired books for their adult list as well as for their newly launched children's imprint, Rodale Kids. Headshot: credit Sylvie Rosokoff
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.