• PCPA Annual Conference 2023 Agenda

    April 19, 2023 (Heads of Houses only)


    April 20 & 21, 2023 (Full Conference)

    The Sanctuary, 965 Anglum Road, Hazelwood, MO


    All times are in Central Daylight Time Zone. (UTC - 05:00)
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    Wednesday, April 19, 2023

    11 a.m.-1 p.m. By Invitation Only: PCPA Officers Meeting (with working lunch)

                                 Lunch sponsor TBD


    1:30 -5:30 p.m. By Invitation Only: PCPA Board of Directors/Heads of Houses meeting


    6:30 p.m. By Invitation Only: PCPA Heads of Houses dinner

    Dinner Sponsored by The Grandview Group

    Thursday, April 20, 2023

    8:30 am -11:45 a.m. By Invitation Only: Heads of House/ Board of Directors Meeting

    Lunch Sponsored by Friesens (11:15-11:45 a.m.)


    8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Adjunct Members set up displays

    11:00 am Conference Registration Desk Open

    noon- 1:30 pm Opening Plenary

    Welcome, Opening Prayer, Intros, etc.


    Platinum Sponsor greeting from Versa Press



    The Way Forward: On the Front Lines of Change with DEI

          Carrie Bloxson, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Hachette Book Group.


    Carrie will discuss her experience as a person of color in the publishing industry and how work leading a social impact nonprofit organization helps her navigate positive change for the industry. Attendees will also learn how to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion principles in their own publishing company.


    Gold Keynote Sponsor Marquis Book Printing


    1:30-2 p.m. break with time to visit Adjunct Members’ Displays

                                              Break Sponsor: Color House Graphics


    2-3:45 p.m. Peer Group meetings


    3:45-4 p.m. move to workshops


    4-5 p.m. Workshops (select one of 4 options)


    A1: Best Practices in Nonprofit Accounting with Tim Hudson


    A2: The State of Religion & Young People: How the Most Diverse Generation in History Approaches Faith with Dr. Angela Patterson


    A3: Lessons Learned Selling Books Direct to Consumers and Through Non-Traditional Channels with Brian Nordyke

    sponsored by Silver Workshop Sponsor AdvantageCS


    A4: Readaloud creation: enriching a fixed layout epub with audio and word highlighting with Larry Bennett

    sponsored by Silver Workshop Sponsor Core Publishing Solutions


    5-6 p.m. Reception: Appetizers and Soft Drinks in Adjunct Member Display Area


    After 6 p.m. Dinner on your own


    Friday, April 21, 2023

    9 -10 a.m. Workshops (select one of 5 options)


    B1: Partnering with Your Printer: Tools for Success with Matt Kennell


    B2: Overcoming the 5 Barriers to Royalty Automation with Rachel Rigdon


    B3: Rights (and Wrongs) of Publishing: Legal Issues that Every Publisher Should Know with Craig Gipson


    B4: Know Your Audience: The Power of Reader Data, Analytics,

    and Old-Fashioned Listening with Lou Ann Sabatier


    B5: Consumer Data Roundup with Brooke Borneman


    10-10:30 am Coffee Break with time to visit Adjunct Members Displays

                                                             Break Sponsor: Bethany Press International


    10:30 -11:30 am Workshops (select one of 4 options)


    C1: Forecasting and supply planning for publishers with Ken Brooks


    C2: The Future of Technology for Publishers and Media Companies: Utilizing IT to Increase ROI with Sebastian Mayeres


    C3: Digital Equality: The Importance of Accessibility in Your Publishing Strategy with Sanjay Tangri


    C4: PaperGeek: The Hands-On Experience with Brandie Herrell


    11:30 a.m. -12:15 pm Boxed lunches with time to visit Adjunct Members Displays


    12:15-12:30 p.m. Move to Plenary


    12:30-3 p.m. Closing Plenary


    Platinum Sponsor greeting from Books International        


    Title: ”What’s happening in Christian Ed? How can publishers help?”

    Description: A panel of excellent Christian Educators from a variety of churches/denominations will talk about what they are seeing in terms of Christian education and will share their insights on what they would like to see from publishers to assist with faith formation for children and youth. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Dawn Rundman, Director of Faith Formation Resource Development for 1517 Media.



    • Catherine Broadhurst, Director of Children's Ministry at Tower Grove Church and as Preschool Program Consultant for Tower Grove Christian Academy in St. Louis, MO.
    • Rev. Dr. Brad Delaughter, Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church in DeSoto, MO.
    • Andrea Roettger, Director of Christian Education at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard, St. Louis, MO



    Keynote Speaker:

    Rev. Dr. John Park, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Central Seminary and the Des Peres Chair in Congregational Health.

    Title: Using Design Thinking for the Christian Publishing Industry

    Description: John will provide an overview of design thinking with some examples from the business world and some from the church world along with recommendations for how Christian publishers might use these techniques to understand the needs of their customers and create resources to better meet those needs.


    Gold Keynote Sponsor knkSoftware          


    Announcements, Closing Prayer, Adjourn




    All times are in Central Daylight Time Zone. (UTC - 05:00)
    Please adjust for your time zone.