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WMG's 2019 New Member & Annual Business Luncheon!

  • March 25, 2019
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Upper Story inside the D&D Building, 979 Third Avenue at 58th Street, 14th Floor


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Meet New WMG Members, Mingle with Friends, and Celebrate Our Wonderful Woman of the Year at WMG's spring lunch at Upper Story on Monday, March 25th at 12:30 PM.

This year WMG's Woman of the Year is Jill Sansone, longtime publishing colleague and former WMG president. If you came to a WMG small dinner in the past ten years, you have Jill to thank! Think about all the connections and friends you've made because of these gatherings and Jill's work in putting them together. Please come and share our tribute to her!

Bring a book wrapped in a plain manila envelope and let your tablemates know what makes it special and why they'll love it.

Our networking lunch is always a high point of the year that affirms our bond, continuity, and growth as a community. This is also our annual business meeting where we vote in the new board. We look forward to seeing you there!

This lunch is for members only.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 18 at 6 pm

Jill Sansone's 38-year career in book publishing started in 1975 at the Book-of-the-Month Club where she held several positions from Book Production Assistant to Acquisitions Director. She left the company after 18 years to become Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at G.P. Putnam & Sons. Two years later, she joined Hyperion, the publishing imprint owned by the Walt Disney Company, to become Director of Subsidiary Rights, overseeing both the juvenile and adult departments. While there, she founded Hyperion Audiobooks and initiated the development of the publisher's ebook program.

Jill has been a WMG member since 1987 and was WMG President from 2006 through 2008, during which the group recruited some 45 new members, a near record at the time. Her robust Program Committee offered a roster of impressive speakers: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Francine Prose, Ruby Dee, Jennifer Weiner, Carolyn Reidy, and Nora Ephron. At the end of her WMG tenure as President, Jill founded our Small Dinners Program: members hosting meals in more intimate settings to provide a great way to network and support one another.

After retiring in 2013, Jill has done some consulting, but mostly spends time pursuing things she couldn't do while drowning in manuscripts and raising 3 children. She lives in Hoboken, NJ, with her husband, Peter Warner, a writer and retired President of illustrated book publisher Thames & Hudson.

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