Virtual Summit Series

ECPA members only. Free. Registration required.
Every Thursday, May 14 – June 18, 10AM Central time.

Although we look forward and value our times together, the current situation is preventing our gathering. For such a time as this, ECPA is in a unique position to feature thought leaders who can share relevant information to our membership. ECPA is pleased to introduce the new Virtual Summit Series, a weekly webcast featuring conversations with publishing experts on trends and best practices in the wake of COVID-19.

Hosted by ECPA president Stan Jantz, these one-hour interactive webcasts are designed to share knowledge and information for Christian publishers as they emerge from the current crisis. The Virtual Summit Series will be broadcast live on Thursdays from 10 to 11 am Central time via Zoom beginning on May 14. Each webcast will include a time of Q&A so viewers can ask questions of the special guests.

Through the generous support of our sponsors, ECPA is able to present the Virtual Summit Series at no cost to its members. However, you must register for each webcast in the six-week series.

Here is the schedule of webcasts:

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May 14

Consumer Data in Such a Time as This

Featuring Kristen McLean, Executive Director of Business Development at the NPD Group. Kristen will present the most recent consumer book buying trends, offering her usual keen insights and recommendations.

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May 21

Reaching Customers in a Time of Crisis: Digital Marketing Innovations

Featuring Kelly Gallagher, VP of Content Acquisition, Ingram Content Group, and Peter McCarthy, Director, Digital Services, Ingram Content Group. Kelly and Pete will discuss the trend toward “verticals” in digital marketing and will offer practical tools publishers can use in this time of rapid change.

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May 28

Responding to the Needs of the Church

In this webinar, we will talk with the Trade Group Publisher for B&H Publishing, Devin Maddox—along with Bob Pritchett, president and CEO of Faithlife, and Jesse Myers, Associate Publisher of Lexham Press. Devin, Bob, and Jesse will share their strategies for meeting the needs of the church at this time.

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June 4

Innovating on a Dime in a Time of Rapid Change

Featuring Cory Verner, founder and president of One Audio; Don Nori, president and CEO of Noria Media Group; and Tim Thornborough, president of The Good Book Company. Within weeks of the global outbreak of the coronavirus, Cory, Don and Tim turned around books on the Christian response to the crisis in digital, audio and print formats. They will share how they did it and why it matters.

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June 11

The Three-Box Solution Playbook: Breakthrough Innovations

Featuring Manish Tangri, co-author with Vijay Govindarajan of The Three-Box Solution Playbook: Tools and Tactics for Creating Your Company’s Strategy. In his seminal book, The Three-Box Solution, Vijay offered a framework for leading innovation by executing the present core business at peak efficiency (Box 1); avoiding the inhibiting traps of past success (Box 2); and building a future through breakthrough innovations. We are excited to have Manish Tangri, the co-author of the just-released The Three-Box Solution Playbook. Manish will explain a repeatable process for publishers to create new breakthroughs—from ideation through incubation to scaling.

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June 18

The Publishing Supply Chain: Crisis or Opportunity?

Featuring Matt Baehr, Executive Director of the Book Manufacturers Institute; Pete Larson, President and Owner of Bethany Press International; Michael Shea, SVP of Book Sales, LSC Communications; and Brittyne Lewis, Director of Digital Services, LSC Communications. Four experts in book manufacturing and distribution will share their publishing supply chain insights and forecasts.

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