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ECPA to launch free Virtual Summit Series on May 14 for members

Beginning on May 14, ECPA will launch the Virtual Summit Series, a weekly webcast featuring conversations with publishing experts on trends and best practices in the wake of COVID-19. ECPA president Stan Jantz will host these one-hour interactive webcasts, designed to share knowledge and information for ECPA members, in the wake of not meeting at the ECPA Leadership Summit originally scheduled for May 5-6, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Virtual Summit Series will be broadcast live on Thursdays from 10 to 11 am Central time via Zoom for ECPA members.  Each webcast will include a time of Q&A so viewers can ask questions of the special guests. A complete program list, including the topics and guests and registration is now posted at

The first webcast on May 14 will feature 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 in a webinar titled, Consumer Data in Such a Time as This.  

Because the ECPA Virtual Summit Series is being sponsored by ECPA’s valued industry partners and service providers, these webcasts are being presented at no cost to ECPA members. However, you must register for each webcast in the six-week series.  Each webinar is powered by The knk Group.

Here is the list of webinars currently scheduled in the series:

MAY 14:  “Consumer Data in Such a Time as This” with 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.  Sponsored by NPD Group.  REGISTER

MAY 21: “Reaching Customers in a Time of Crisis: Digital Marketing Innovations” with 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. Sponsored by Ingram.  REGISTER

MAY 28: “Responding to the Needs of the Church” with Bob Pritchett, president and CEO of Faithlife, and Jesse Myers, Associate Publisher, Lexham Press. Dedicated to serving the church, Bob and Jesse will share their strategies for meeting the needs of the church at this time.  Sponsored by Firebrand Technologies.  REGISTER

JUNE 4: “Innovating on a Dime in a Time of Rapid Change” with 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.  Sponsored by The knk GroupREGISTER

JUNE 11: “The Three-Box Solution Playbook: Breakthrough Innovations” with Manish Tangri, co-author with Vijay Govindarajan of The Three-Box Solution Playbook: Tools and Tactics for Creating Your Company’s Strategy.  Manish will explain a repeatable process for publishers to create new breakthroughs—from ideation through incubation to scaling.  Sponsored by Nord CompoREGISTER

JUNE 18: “The Publishing Supply Chain: Crisis or Opportunity?” with 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.  Sponsored by LSC CommunicationsREGISTER