Co-President: Jennifer A. Perry
Jennifer A. Perry is honored to co-lead Women's Media Group after having served on several committees and as Board Treasurer in the past. Jennifer has spent her career creating educational resources and experiences for all ages as a publisher, editor, licensor, museum educator, and teacher. She is currently Director of Audiobooks at Barnes & Noble.
Prior to B&N, Jennifer was Vice President & Publisher at Sesame Workshop (home of "Sesame Street") and Editorial Director at Scholastic. Jennifer is also Founder and Executive Director of PEP Consulting, which focuses on helping nonprofit organizations develop and distribute high-quality content for kids and families.
Jennifer's personal interests include working with literacy organizations to expand opportunities for all children, learning and informing others about the history of New York City, and singing in a NYC chorus that focuses on the music of Broadway.
Co-President: Charlie Schroder
Twitter, IG: @MsCharlieS
(ms.) Charlie Schroder is a deeply experienced leader who melds emerging technologies, storytelling, and nascent consumer behavior shifts to create products, brands and immersive experiences that engage humans in meaningful ways. Her track record of success is based on a seamless integration of marketing, sales, and content strategies into actionable game plans that yield tangible results across the stakeholder spectrum.
As Head of Content Planning & Publishing at Scribd, she spearheads original content initiatives, including high volume and prestige publishing imprints, to delight readers (and listeners) around the globe.
Previous notable corporate roles include VP of Marketing, Licensing & Development of global children’s publisher Candlewick Press/Walker Books, and USA Vice President of Tokyo-based talent agency Creek & River (Nikkei JP: 4763). As a consultant, she lead projects with Discovery Communications International, Nielsen Entertainment, ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, Bonnier Corporation, PBS Kids, BBC America, Sony, Apple, Google, Facebook, Publishers Weekly, and book publishers for adults & kids worldwide
Charlie Schroder works at the nexus of people, technology and products. A digital veteran with deep experience in engaging with and motivating parents, kids, teens, educators and Millenials, she heads Manhattan-based consultancy Charlie & Co. Drawing upon learnings across a broad range of brand, content, retail and technology experience, Charlie & Co. creates actionable business, market and development strategies for content and technology companies.
Secretary: Christen Pruitt
Christen Pruitt is a Business Development and Account Management professional in scholarly publishing and very recently pivoted to the cannabis B2B market. Christen received a WMG Scholarship in 2013, when she joined Wiley as an intern for their journals division. She spent the next eight years climbing the corporate ladder from Editorial Assistant to Business Development Manager, by cultivating strong relationships and developing top-tier peer-reviewed journals with scientific and medical societies. A classic Capricorn, she prides herself on delivering expert advice to scientists and professionals alike. After focusing on research publishing success for most of the last decade, she combined her experiences to shift industries to the cannabis market as an Account Manager for Cannabiz Media. A long-time beneficiary, she is proud to serve as the Women’s Media Group Board Secretary and contribute to the organization’s growth to meet our goals.
Treasurer: Christy Mirabal
Christy Mirabal is Senior Director, Audience Growth at SiriusXM. She oversees all strategic marketing, including planning, development and execution of initiatives to drive branding and awareness to Stitcher’s podcast slate.
Chair, Membership: Chandra Turner
Chandra Turner is the founder and CEO of Ed2010 and Talent Fairy. She has helped countless media professionals find their dream jobs in content creation — so much so that she was often referred to as the industry’s “fairy godmother.” Chandra has held top editorial positions at brands such as Cosmopolitan, CosmoGirl, Parents, and Scholastic. In her 20+ year career, Chandra created award-winning consumer magazines, managed print and digital content teams, and executed content strategy for dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Chair, Communications: Brittany Fuller
YouTube: The Essence Of A Curvy Girl
Brittany Fuller, is a fun-loving writer, content creator, and plus-size blogger. A graduate of Pace University, where she received her BA in Communication Arts and Journalism, and an MS in Publishing, Brittany is in love with all things media!
She’s worked with some truly inspiring publications like Woman's Day, Country Living, The Village Voice, The Knot, and Westchester Magazine while networking with many influential and creative individuals along the way. In her spare time, she works on her plus-size lifestyle blog, The Essence of A Curvy Girl, discussing lifestyle topics. Brittany currently is a freelance Content Creator and editor working with various brands and companies.
Chair, Programming: Jane Wesman
Jane Wesman, President of Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc., is one of the country’s top book publicists with a long record of creating national bestsellers, particularly in the areas of leadership, management, and personal growth. She has worked with such business thought-leaders as Marcus Buckingham, Stephen Covey, Faith Popcorn, Charles Schwab, and Shoshana Zuboff. Today, she and her team provide cutting-edge solutions to help authors and publishers market their books to targeted audiences throughout the United States and other English-speaking countries.
Jane is a staunch supporter of working women, providing guidance as a writer, speaker, and consultant. Her book, Dive Right In – The Sharks Won’t Bite: The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Guide To Success, was one of the first to offer concrete advice geared towards women entrepreneurs. As president of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she launched a mentoring program that still helps women today. She currently sits on the board of the non-profit organization ArtSail and also provides funding for an internship program at Simmons University to help students kick-start their careers.
Co-Chair, Fundraising: Ashley Gordon
Ashley Gordon is Publishing Market Development Manager for the Page Wide Division of HP Inc., where she is also a member of the Digital Equity Initiative and Sustainability working groups. Prior to joining HP, she founded Mockingbird Consulting in 2010 to provide strategic guidance on digital book production and distribution to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the trade and education markets. Past positions include Vice-President of Business Development for technology start-up SharedBook, parent company of AcademicPub; Director of Channel Development for Lightning Source, a division of the Ingram Content Group; and founder of Mockingbird Publishing, an independent literary press that partners with not-for-profit organizations on book outreach projects. Her philanthropic and volunteer activities focus on women’s and children’s health, education, and literacy through organizations including Every Mother Counts, Library For All, and Aid to Inmate Mothers.
Co-Chair, Fundraising: Mary McAveney
Mary McAveney is a publishing veteran with extensive expertise in marketing, strategy, and branding. As CRO/CMO at Open Road she has built a team with a focus on data-driven tactics, a comprehensive understanding of direct-to-consumer marketing, and a deep background in publishing to successfully develop scalable solutions that drive strong revenue performance for Open Road. Ms. McAveney has over 25 years of experience, and her previous positions include Vice President Marketing, Simon & Schuster; Vice President Marketing, Zondervan; Director of Marketing HarperCollins, as well as numerous consulting positions with media companies, internet start-ups and publishers.
Chair, Scholarships and Fellowships: Nevin Mays
Nevin Mays is a children's book editor and lives for the moment when an author says "Aha!" What comes next is bound to be brilliant. Nevin has developed and helped polish content for almost all mediums, from audiobooks to e-books to print to singing pop-up books. She has worked and consulted for publishers big and small around the globe, and shared her expertise teaching children's book publishing at Portland State University. Nevin believes in the power of mentorship to help women build their careers; she has mentored women and teens as editors and writers and professionals for more than five years.
General Board Member: Jodi Brockington
Jodi Brockington embodies the term “multi-hyphenate.” Many of her colleagues know her to be a Master Networker, Super Connector, and “Diversity Disruptor”, creating seamless and authentic interactions within the workplace, marketplace, and community. An entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, she has represented, coached and advised thousands of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals helping them launch, manage and develop their business. She truly enjoys connecting people as her professional expertise lies within the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)space. She is a champion of investing in the workforce of the future, driving evolution, implementing effective and sustainable business strategies while consistently delivering tangible outcomes. In her spare time, Jodi is an author, speaker, traveler and fitness enthusiast.
As the founder of Niara Consulting, Jodi has developed a solid global network leading strategic and major accounts defining strategies creating innovative solutions for non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Her latest entrepreneurial endeavor is BLENDiD, a real-time information platform enabling people with biracial and multiracial backgrounds everywhere to connect through personalized content and community. A proud native New Yorker, Jodi has been highly educated on both coasts of the US and is a self proclaimed foodie that also helps to elevate representation in the culinary industry.
President Emerita: Julie Blattberg
Julie Blattberg is a publishing executive and process wonk with a passion for compelling content, efficient systems, and innovative ways to scale and drive revenue. She’s held strategy, marketing, and operations positions at HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Disney Publishing Worldwide, and was VP, Strategic Operations and Chief of Staff to the CEO at Open Road Integrated Media. In her business consulting practice, Julie works with publishers, authors, and nonprofits to optimize workflows and metadata, grow audience and reach, develop messaging and branding, and capitalize on content.
President Emerita: Kathy Sandler
Kathy Sandler is a leader in the field of publishing technology and innovation. She currently works in IT at Penguin Random House and helps to run a grass-roots innovation project. She worked on the launch of the Storia eReader at Scholastic and the launch of the digital editions of Fitness and Parents magazine to iPad at Meredith. She worked at Hearst Magazines in publishing technology and training for 20 years. Kathy was named one of Folio’s 40 Most Influential People in Publishing. She was President of Women In Production and founded Digital Asset Management Day at Seybold. She has an MBA from NYU and teaches in the Master's in Publishing program there.