In light of recent events and with a sense of responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our community, ECPA has decided to postpone the Leadership Summit, scheduled for May 5-6 in Nashville, as a precaution regarding the spread of COVID-19.

The event will now be combined with the C-Suite Symposium event this Fall. In addition, a webinar series is also planned. Please sign up for updates to receive the latest information.

For those already registered, we will refund registration fees in full or can apply them to the Fall event at your direction.

If you have already made reservations at the Nashville Airport Marriott, please cancel on your own. There will be no penalty if that is done more than 48 hours before the reserved dates.

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Publishing Shapes the Future

Shaping the Future of Evangelicalism  |  Shaping the Future of Content  |  Shaping the Future of Reader Engagement

The ECPA Leadership Summit is where relationships begin and continue among leadership teams in Christian publishing, while learning from world-class experts speaking on current issues and trends important to the industry.

Shaping the Future of Evangelicalism

Dr. Walter Kim
President, NAE (National Association of Evangelicals)
Dr. Karen Swallow Prior
Author and Research professor of English and Christianity & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Allen Yeh
Professor of Intercultural Studies, Biola University; Missiologist, Latin America and China; Author, Polycentric Missiology (IVP Academic); Contributor, Still Evangelical? (IVP)
Jevon Bolden
CEO of Embolden Media Group

Shaping the Future of Content

Maria Pallante
President/CEO, Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Chelsea Langston Bombino
CEO, Center for Public Justice

Shaping the Future of Reader Engagement

Kristen McLean
Exec. Director of Business Development, The NPD Group
Phil Ollila
Chief Content Officer,
Ingram Content Group
Jon Frendl
President and CEO,
Rafael Polendo
Founder and Co-Owner,
Pete McCarthy
Director of Digital Products,
Marketing Insights/Ingram
Cory Verner
President & CEO,
ONE Audio
Kelly Gallagher
VP Content Acquisition,
Ingram Content Group

ECPA Awards Celebration

Stormie Omartian
Bestselling author of the Power of a Praying® series
Stan Gundry
Senior Vice President & Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for HarperCollins Christian Publishing

What People Are saying

  • "Always enjoy reconnecting with colleagues in the industry and learning from and sharing experiences."

    Mary Burns
    President and CEO, Barbour Publishing
  • "Stellar. The Leadership Summit is of huge value to our organization."

    Bob Hawkins
    President, Harvest House Publishers
  • "Great opportunity to spend useful time with industry colleagues and learn together from some high-quality and thoughtful presentations."

    Anthony Gosling
    Executive VP of Business Operations, Crossway
  • "Excellent speakers… Inspiration off the charts… Enjoyed the group discussion."

    David Morris
    VP and Publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • "A perfect balance of encouragement, enrichment, and high-level insights."

    Kim Shurley
    Director of CBA Sales, Group Publishing, Lifetree Division
  • "The speakers were truly great and the networking opportunities very valuable."

    Jeannette Taylor
    Director, JET Marketing
  • "I've been to a lot of events like this and I rate the Leadership Summit as one of the best. The quality of speakers, networking and thought leadership is second to none."

    Justin Paul Lawrence
    Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, InterVarsity Press
  • "It had a great focus on our mission as well as thought provoking presentations and helpful information. "

    Jeff Johnson
    President and COO, Tyndale House Publishers
  • "This was the best ECPA event I’ve been to. The connections made and the teachings were invaluable. "

    Cristopher Garrido
    Spanish Publisher, Harper Collins Christian Publishing
  • "This is what industry gatherings should be— thoughtful speakers and discussions, networking, encouraging and inspiring and challenging topics that are meaningful to us."

    Barbara Sherrill
    Executive VP and Publisher, The McKenzie Group/Harvest House Publishers
  • "Content was valuable and it was great to see industry experts/leaders in dialogue together."

    Doug Lockhart
    SVP Marketing & New Initiatives, HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • "Leadership Summit was very valuable to me with information I was able to immediately share with my management team. I also met people that I will reach out to in order to help our business grow in the near future."

    Mark Teears
    CEO, New Growth Press
  • "Probably the most productive day and a half that I have spent in a long time. Very well run; great people."

    Brian Allain
    Owner, Writing for Your Life
  • "Leadership Summit is fantastic. The sessions are timely, conversations lively, and takeaways immediate!"

    Randall Payleitner
    Associate Publisher, Moody Publishers
  • "Instructive, insightful, educational..."

    La Verne Tolbert
    VP Editorial, Urban Ministries, Inc.
  • "The content is excellent. The opportunities for networking are perfect."

    Michael LoRusso
    VP, LSC Communications
  • "Leadership Summit offers publishing leaders an opportunity to collaborate and stay informed on new processes, trends, and cultural movements."

    J.D. Bridges
    VP of Sales & Distribution, Reformation Trust Publishing
  • "This was an excellent conference. Well organized, excellent schedule, great presenters, missional, business value, execution—all superb."

    Jennifer Lyell
    VP and Publisher, LifeWay Christian Resources/B&H Publishing
  • "The ECPA Leadership Summit offered an exceptional program for leaders of Christian publishers—stimulating speakers, a wealth of statistical data, the upbeat annual awards program, and multiple networking opportunities."

    Paul Hendrickson
    General Manager, Hendrickson Publishers
  • "Lots of excellent content, and plenty of good opportunities for connecting with peers. That's what it's all about."

    Sean Harrison
    President, Book Genesis
  • "As a first time participant, I found the group welcoming and the sessions full of great information."

    Suzanne Wilson-Higgins
    Managing Director/CEO, Lion Hudson
  • "Great content. It's always good to find out what others in the industry are doing."

    Mark Taylor
    Chairman/CEO, Tyndale House Publishers

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