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Leadership Summit tackles the keys to industry’s future: A new
strategic path for leaders and creating stronger ties to readers

ECPA’s Leadership Summit has always been the “must-attend” conference for the leaders of Christian publishing. This year, on May 2-3 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Leadership Summit will take on even more importance and meaning. The theme, “Future Leaders for Future Readers,” reflects the content of the presentations. The opening and closing speakers, Dr. Barry Corey and Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, are global leaders in Christian higher education, where the majority of our future leaders and readers are emerging. Skot Welch, president of Global Bridgebuilders, will present a brilliant process for incorporating diversity into our companies and products. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, will share the characteristics of the millennial family.  In between these outstanding presentations, a number of panels comprised of industry experts will report on Bible literacy, engagement, and its impact for all publishers; the ways publishers can reach new readers and maximize workflow efficiencies; and the growing market for children’s books.  In addition, Kristen McLean with NPD Book (formerly Nielsen) will present the industry’s latest market data and opportunities in Bibles and Children’s/YA.  The Christian Book Award® celebration on the evening of May 2 will be a highlight as we recognize the most outstanding books published in the last year and honor the recipient of the Kenneth N. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award.

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“With all that’s going on in the world, in business, and the global church, it’s critical that we come together as an industry to discover the work being done by publishing innovators, thought leaders, and mission activators to advance the Christian message through books and Bibles.
We have assembled a great line-up of speakers, presenters, and panels,
all with the goal of identifying a strategic path for leaders so we can create stronger ties to readers. Leadership Summit 2017 is going to be the best ever because now is the time for all Christian publishing leaders to bring their best and learn from the best.”
Stan Jantz, ECPA’s executive director