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What Is It Like To Be A Nonprofit Board Member?

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Tieshena Davis - Tieshena Davis is a multi-bestselling author, Yale Alumni, and the founding publisher & CEO of Publish Your Gift®; an award-winning publishing firm specializing in literary content creation and author branding. She appears widely at professional events, teaching audiences how to leverage writing to advance their business and career goals in competitive environments. Her expertise has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, Black Enterprise, The Root, Rolling Out, The Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly.  

Christie Roehl - I am married with kids 12 and 14. I was originally a volunteer and board member of the Borders Group Foundation. When Borders went bankrupt, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation was formed and I have been a part of that board for the past 9 years. I was previously Secretary and Treasurer at Binc. My term is up this year so I will have to retire! My pandemic free time has been spent slowly expanding the backyard garden. We live in a small city north of Detroit. 

David Peattie - David Peattie (he/him) is board president of Publishing Professionals Network and owner of BookMatters and Whereabouts Press. He is board president of Berkeley Disaster Prep Neighborhood Network and Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association and on the steering team for Berkeley Mutual Aid. He firmly believes in the power of community and collaborative efforts to drive change and improve the world for everyone. His hobbies include dog walking, biking, and cocktails, but not at the same time.

​Eden Sugay (she/they) is a Publishing Sales Manager at VIZ Media. Eden has previously worked for Ingram Content Group (formerly Perseus Books Group) and Chronicle Books in sales, marketing, events, and client management. Eden is also Poetry Editor for Apricity Press, a multi-genre arts press that publishes one issue per year. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA. In addition to her role as Vice President, Eden is an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Communications Committee Co-Chair, and a BAWiP Mentor.

Have you ever wondered what it's like (really like) to be a board member for a nonprofit?

Maybe you’d love to do more for your favorite organizations but don't know how to get more deeply involved. Join us for a conversation with some seasoned board members who can tell you the whats, whys, and hows of this particular type of service.

You'll hear what drew the panelists into this work and what the challenges and rewards are. Anyone can be on a board:  you don't need special qualifications. You just need time, willingness, and passion for the organization. Once you step up in this way you will find yourself in good company— with other dedicated, enthusiastic, like-minded colleagues.

Come and learn more!

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Rochon Perry is the co-founder of WRTB, LLC, which consists of Cedar Grove Publishing (book company) and Articulate Fish Media Group (digital marketing and media), along with her partners Rebecca Sims-Nichols and Gloria Davenport-Wilson. With the tagline Every Book is Somebody's Story, Cedar Grove Publishing's books celebrate diversity, and being true to yourself while overcoming adversity to achieve success. Previously, Rochon was an Art Director for a local San Francisco television station. She also worked on the White House Access to Capital for Small Business campaign, Bishop Desmond Tutu's first tour upon his release from prison, and has helped independent comic book companies and non-profits launch new marketing and publicity campaigns, curated cartoon exhibitions and been an Eisner Award judge. Rochon is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, Institute for Comic Studies, CALIBA, Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association, People of Color in Publishing, the Children's Book Council and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She is also the recipient of several awards, including an award for news content from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

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