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Schedule intoduction

8:30–9:30 AM | Registration and Coffee Mixer

9:30–10:30 AM | Opening Plenary

Welcome

Andrea Chambers

Andrea Chambers

Associate Dean, NYU SPS Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts

Jennifer Weltz

Jennifer Weltz

President, AALA

Introductions

Regina Brooks

Regina Brooks

Co-Chair, U.S. Book Committee, AALA

Lynn Johnston

Lynn Johnston

Co-Chair, U.S. Book Committee, AALA

CEO Roundtable

Top leaders from some of the industry’s largest and most respected companies discuss how they are guiding their companies through a period of rapid technological innovation and how they develop talent in their workforce.

Jonathan Karp

Jonathan Karp

CEO, Simon & Schuster

Aman Kochar

Aman Kochar

CEO, Baker & Taylor

Mary McAveney

Mary McAveney

CEO, Abrams

Peter Warwick

Peter Warwick

CEO, Scholastic

Moderated by

Lucia Rahilly

Lucia Rahilly

Global Editorial Director, McKinsey & Co.

10:20–10:40 AM | Mid-Morning Break

Compliments of Zibby Books

10:40–11:10 AM | Talking Shop: Intensive Tutorials Led by Industry Experts

(Attendees Choose One)

The Acquisition P&L

Understand the building blocks of the publishing profit and loss statement and how they impact book acquisition.

Clare O'Rourke

Clare O’Rourke

Chief Financial Officer, Macmillan

Harnessing Trusted Influencers to Boost Book Sales

Public libraries, schools, universities and community institutions promote and influence the reading and book-buying habits of tens of millions of readers. Learn how to leverage this powerful network to drive discovery and sales for every title.

Steve Potash

Steve Potash

Chief Executive Office, OverDrive

11:10–11:20 AM | Break

11:20–11:50 AM | Talking Shop: Intensive Tutorials Led by Industry Experts

(Attendees Choose One)

Current Issues in Contracts and Copyright

The landscape of contracts and copyright is undergoing noticeable shifts in response to emerging technologies like AI and the evolving dynamics of content creation and consumption. Learn how the issues related to contract provisions address AI, morality, and social media promotion.

Janet Saines-Cardozo

Janet Saines-Cardozo

VP, Head of Contracts, Hachette

Jaime Wolf

Jaime Wolf

AALA General Counsel and Attorney, Pelosi Wolf Spates LLP

Spotlight on Spotify

With the audio book market booming, more than a quarter of Spotify’s eligible premium listeners engaging with audiobooks, and new titles being added to the platform every day, learn about Spotify’s plans to innovate for authors, publishers, listeners and book fans worldwide.

Owen Smith

Owen Smith

VP, Product & Technology for Audiobooks, Spotify

11:50 AM–12:00 PM | Break

12:00–12:30 PM | Talking Shop: Intensive Tutorials Led by Industry Experts

(Attendees Choose One)

Getting Started with AI

For anyone who wants to learn the basics of AI and the many ways AI tools can (and can’t) improve the publishing process.

Keith Riegert

Keith Reigert

CEO, Ulysses Press

Young Publishing Forum

An open forum for those relatively new to publishing at agencies and publishing houses to share experience and insights and anyone who wants to understand the perspectives of the next generation of publishing professionals on mentorship, orientation, remote work and career goals.

Yahdon Israel

Yahdon Israel

Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster

Fernanda Martinez

Fernanda Martinez

Planeta US

Noah Perkins

Noah Perkins

Young Professionals Association

Maya St. Clair

Maya St. Clair

Young Professionals Association/Lotus Magazine

Monika Woods

Monika Woods

Founder, Triangle House

12:30–1:30 PM | Lunch Break

1:30–2:30 PM | Panels

(Two Tracks, Attendees Choose One)

The X Factor

Respected industry figures reveal the soft/super skills, as well as personal and leadership qualities, that contributed to their effectiveness in navigating the publishing industry.

Reagan Arthur

Reagan Arthur

Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf

Dawn Davis

Dawn Davis

Publisher, 37 Ink

Sally Kim

Sally Kim

Publisher, Little Brown

Dominique Raccah

Dominique Raccah

CEO, Sourcebooks

Todd Shuster

Todd Shuster

Co-CEO, Aevitas Creative

Moderated by

Sonali Goel

Sonali Goel

Senior Director, Talent and Development, Macmillan

Kicking Down the Gates

Industry leaders discuss systems and tools that act as barriers and obstacles to publication and innovative strategies along with actionable insights to make book publishing more accessible.

Porscha Burke

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy, Random House & Crown Publishing Groups

Talia Krohn

Talia Krohn

Editorial Director, Little Brown Spark

Ayesha Pande

Ayesha Pande

Agent & Owner, Pande Literary

Joy Peskin

Joy Peskin

Executive Editorial Director, FSG Books for Young Readers

Moderated by

Kelly Sonnack

Kelly Sonnack

Executive Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

2:20–2:45 PM | Networking Break

Compliments of Kevin Anderson & Associates

2:45–3:35 PM | Panels

(Two Tracks, Attendees Choose One)

Sales Says

Sales directors open up about the role they play in launching new titles, how they collaborate with marketers to drive discoverability, how they work with retailers, and what essential insights into the sales process can help agents and editors serve their books.

Christine Edwards

Christine Edwards

SVP, Sales, Abrams Books

Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards

VP, Children’s Sales, Macmillan

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts

VP, Divisional Sales, HarperCollins

Gary Urda

Gary Urda

SVP, Sales, Simon & Schuster

Moderated by

Kristin Fassler

Kristin Fassler

SVP, Integrated Marketing, Knopf Doubleday Group

Great Expectations

Agents and editors discuss how to work better together to boost productivity, profitability, and well-being.

Kerry D'Agostino

Kerry D’Agostino

Agent, Curtis Brown

Caroline Eisenmann

Caroline Eisenmann

VP & Senior Agent, Frances Goldin Literary Agency

Luana Horry

Luana Horry

Editorial Director, HarperColllins Children’s

Aliya S. King

Aliya S. King

Executive Editor, Disney Publishing

Jessica Sinsheimer

Jessica Sinsheimer

Agent, Context Literary & Co-founder, Manuscript Wish List

Maya Ziv

Maya Ziv

Editorial Director, Dutton

Moderated by

Tanya McKinnon

Tanya McKinnon

Founder, McKinnon Literary

3:35–4:00 PM | Networking Break

4:00–5:00 PM | Panel

All About Auctions

Agents and editors compare notes and discuss  best practices for structuring and executing successful auctions.

Stacey Barney

Stacey Barney

Associate Publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books

Stephanie Hitchcock

Stephanie Hitchcock

Editorial Director, Simon Acumen

Megan Lynch

Megan Lynch

Editorial Director, Flatiron Books

Anthony Mattero

Anthony Mattero

Agent, CAA

Wendy Sherman

Wendy Sherman

President, Sherman & Associates

Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

President, New Leaf Literary

Moderated by

Ivan Held

Ivan Held

President, Putnam, Berkeley & Dutton

Greenlighting 2.0

In the wake of recent industry upheavals, including writer and actor strikes and the rise of streaming, panelists discuss how these challenges have spurred innovation and creativity, leading to fresh perspectives and approaches to book-to-film adaptations and how agents and editors can thrive in this dynamic environment.

Mac Hawkins

Mac Hawkins

Founder, Literary Scout, Pragmatic

Jenny Halper

Jenny Halper

Executive Vice President and Head of Creative, Maven Pictures

Nicole McCormick

Nicole McCormick

Director of Development, The Js

Lucy Stille

Lucy Stille

Founder, Lucy Stille Literary

Joe Veltre

Senior Partner & Co-Head of New York Office; Head of Books and Media Rights, The Gersh Agency

Dorothy Vickery

Dorothy Vickery

Director of Development, Jane Startz Productions

Moderated by

Alexandra Franklin

Alexandra Franklin

Associate Literary Agent and Associate Dramatic Rights Agent, Curtis Brown

5:00–5:30 PM | Closing Keynote

Securing Your Financial Future on Any Budget

Investing in your professional development includes personal finance management. Get real talk and advice on how to maximize your publishing salary at any level for a richer financial future.

Vivian Tu, Author, Rich AF

Vivian Tu

Author of Rich AF & creator of Your Rich BFF on TikTok and Instagram

In Conversation with

Niki Papadopolous

Niki Papadopolous

VP, Editor-in-Chief, Portfolio Books

5:30–7:00 | Networking Reception

Hosted by    Spotify

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