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WEBINAR: Productivity While Working from Home June 17, 2020

Some people working from home get more done than in the office, and others far less. do productive people make the most of working at home?  Why do some people fare far better in their home work environment?  Some things can't be helped:  teaching your children, your partner or roommates also working from home, and the size of your home.

Our panel will help you find the things you CAN control, and use them to your best ability. Everyone will find a different method that works best for them, but these real life examples will help you see how some people flourish within the publishing community.  Their tips should include:

  • Things to consider when creating your workspace;

  • Tools to keep you focused and on top of your goals;

  • Which routines are worth building;

  • What are the biggest challenges for our panelists.

Please join Bay Area Women in Publishing for this lunch-and-learn webinar.  Please consider forwarding this lunch-and-learn within your publishing house as well!



Maureen Forys, Happenstance Type-O-Rama 

 Maureen Forys has more than 25 years of experience working in book publishing and graphic design, specializing in long document publishing, book design, and production automation. As the director of Happenstance Type-O-Rama, an Oakland, CA book packaging and design firm, she is a respected and often called upon expert in the development and use of macros, transformation scenarios, and scripting to automate book production. Maureen holds a B.A. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Redlands and spends her free time training in art of bookmaking at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Amreen Ahmed, Benetech (Bookshare)

Amreen Ahmed (she/her) is an Operations Associate at Benetech, having worked on the Bookshare team for the past three years to provide accessible books to people with reading barriers. She holds a B.A. in English from Oberlin College. Living in Nashville, she always has a music recommendation for any mood, plus a story about the time she saw that band in concert.

Shabnam Banerjee-McFarland, Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Shabnam Banerjee-McFarland is the digital content manager at Berrett-Koehler Publishers. In her role, she oversees all content production, manages digital marketing campaigns, assists in developing digital marketing assets for authors and for BK’s online training products, and edits a few books per year. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MA from Columbia University in American Studies, focusing her studies on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the publishing industry and the role of multimedia in movement-building. She is a proud Bay Area native currently living in New York.


Rochon Perry, Cedar Grove Publishing

Rochon Perry is co-founder of WRTB, LLC, a Black woman owned company consisting of Cedar Grove Publishing 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 provide the opportunity for inclusive voices to be heard. 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;  helped independent comic book companies and non-profits launch new marketing and publicity campaigns, curated cartoon exhibitions and been an Eisner Award judge. While on the board of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Rochon and two other women co-founded the Multicultural Alliance, a two year program working with Communities of Color on their fund development strategies. The program won them the National Diversity Award. 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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