2017 Schedule

Subject to modifications

  • Tuesday | May 2

    Welcome by Stan Jantz


    A New Path for Leadership

    Dr. Barry Corey, President of Biola University and author of Love Kindness


    Making Future Leaders Part 1: Processes Over Programs

    Skot Welch, President of Global Bridgebuilders

    This session will move beyond academic theory and offer real examples of processes over programs. Organizations that are stuck in the "pleasantries" of diversity and inclusion, and have not yet intentionally committed to a business-imperative, innovation-driven orientation -- risk marketplace irrelevance and miss God's best. More...


    Break sponsored by Ingram Content Group


    Making Future Leaders Part 2: Diversity Panel

    Skot Welch (President of Global Bridgebuilders), Joyce Dinkins (Executive Editor, Our Daily Bread Ministries), Jeff Crosby (Publisher, InterVarsity Press), Jeff James (VP Marketing, Nelson Books), and Tim Murphy (CFO, Urban Ministries Inc.)


    Lunch sponsored by KNK Software


    Biblical Literacy & Engagement: 500 Years and Beyond

    Elisa Goodwin (The Magellan Project lead for American Bible Society), Doug Lockhart (Senior VP of Bible Marketing and Outreach, HCCP Zondervan), Carl Moeller (CEO, Biblica), Greg Clarke (Group CEO of Bible Society Australia), and Todd Peterson (Chairman Emeritus, Seed Company)

    Moderated by Cris Doornbos (CEO, David C Cook global ministry)


    Who Are Our Future Readers: Bible & Christian Book Buyers | Q&A

    Kristen McLean, Executive Director of Business Development, NPD Book (formerly Nielsen Book)

    In this informative & thought-provoking session, NPD Book’s Kristen McLean will be bringing together highlights from the current ECPA Landscape Survey of Book Buying Trends in the Christian Market, along with additional data from BookScan, PubTrack Digital, and other sources to help us build a picture of what the current and future Christian Buyer looks like. As always, she will be moving beyond the data to ask us important questions about our strategies for meeting the challenges of our evolving business, and she will be sharing some of the emerging opportunities she sees for content creators moving ahead.




    Reaching Future Readers: Efficiencies in Discovery, Delivery, Analytics & Workflow

    We are clear on the WHY of our mission, but we must continually stay informed and willing to change HOW our content is discovered and delivered. Publishers are continually faced with new innovations in marketing and discovery, and responding technologies that create efficiencies in delivery and workflow. In this session you’ll learn from four publishing technology experts on what’s new and vital in digital discovery, delivery, analytics, and the workflows that tie them all together.

    Kelly Gallagher (Vice President of Content Acquisition for Ingram Content Group), Joshua Tallent (Director of Outreach and Education, Firebrand Technologies), Brittyne Lewis (Head of Product, LibreDigital, an LSC Communications Company), and Larry Bennett (Executive Director, Nord Compo NA)


    Sessions adjourn with refreshment mixer sponsored by Nord Compo


    Heavy appetizer mixer reception sponsored by Nord Compo


    Industry Awards Celebration with Chris Fabry

    Celebrating the year’s best in Christian publishing: announcing the Christian Book Award® winners and the recipient of the Kenneth N Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Wednesday | May 3

    State of The Future Family: Millennials, Marriage, and Children

    Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family


    The Next Generation of Readers: Opportunities In Childrens and YA

    Industry Panel moderated by Kristen McLean (New Business Director of NPD Book) and including: Annette Bourland (Senior VP & Group Publisher, HCCP—Zondervan Teen and ZonderKidz), Dan Lynch (partner of Brentwood Studios), Peggy Schaefer (VP & Assoc. Publisher of Worthy Kids/Ideals), Linda Howard (Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers), Laura Minchew (Senior Vice President and Publisher of Specialty Publishing, Gift products, Tommy Nelson, and New Media), and Barb Sherrill (Executive VP & Publisher of Harvest Kids, an imprint of Harvest House Publishers)


    Break sponsored by LSC Communications


    The Future of Christian Retail

    A conversation with Curtis Riskey (CBA) and Stan Jantz (ECPA)


    The Future of Christian Publishing: ECPA C-Suite Panel

    Moderated by Dwight Baker, President of Baker Publishing Group and ECPA board chair

    Jeff Crosby (Publisher, InterVarsity Press), Bob Hawkins (President, Harvest House Publishers), Jeff Johnson (President and COO, Tyndale House Publishers), Channon Lemon (COO, Urban Ministries, Inc.), Jennifer Lyell (VP Trade Publishing, LifeWay Christian Resources), and Byron Williamson (CEO and Publisher, Worthy Publishing Group)


    ECPA Annual Member Meeting


    Lunch sponsored by NPD Book and the PUBu emerging leaders program


    Introducing Illuminate International

    Stan Jantz introduces two millennial publishers, Jordan Perkins and John Terranova, the winning team of the Biola University Startup Competition.

    Future Readers and Leaders in Higher Ed | Q&A

    Shirley Hoogstra, President of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and former co-host of PBS’ Inner Compass



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