27 October

Brad Hill promoted to director of audio sales for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus

Nashville, Tenn. (October 27, 2020)—HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) and HarperCollins Focus (HCF) today announced Brad Hill’s promotion to director of audio sales. 

Hill began his career at Zondervan, a publishing group within HCCP, in 2006 on the audio production team where he helped bring front list titles to the audio format.  Before returning to HCCP and HCF in 2019, he spent six years managing teams at Brilliance Audio where he gained experience in the broader audio publishing industry.

Most recently serving as senior manager of audio sales, Hill has led several growth initiatives including bringing licensed audio in-house, artificial-intelligence (AI) voice narration, and refreshing and expanding previous abridged editions. In addition, Hill has led the effort to bring one of our top academic works to the audio format this fall, Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, a first for a major textbook from Zondervan Academic.

As director of audio sales, Hill will lead the strategy for the HCCP and HCF audiobooks program, overseeing the audio editorial and marketing process and helping pursue innovative ways to utilize the audio format. Hill will collaborate with publishing teams to continue to expand the audio program and to continue to grow the company’s audiobook market-share.

“I am thrilled for Brad to step into this role,” said Jason Short, senior director of digital sales. “During his time at HCCP, he has proven that he is an aggressive innovator and excellent manager as well as a collaborative team player. I am excited to see the ways his leadership will help position HCCP and HCF as a leader in this growing category.”

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, BibleGateway.com, FaithGateway.com and ChurchSource.com.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.   Bible Gateway is the world’s largest Christian website with more than 20 million unique monthly visitors. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico.  For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.  

HarperCollins Focus

HarperCollins Focus, LLC owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints, that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship and community. The company is based in Nashville, TN. For more information visit www.HarperCollinsFocus.com.

Date:          October 27, 2020

Contact:     Chelsea Taff, Assistant Manager

                   Corporate Communications

                   tel:    615.902.2137

                   web:   Chelsea.Taff@HarperCollins.com

26 October

Jovan Jackson named assistant general counsel for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and HarperCollins Focus

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Mike Bzozowski promoted to business affairs counsel

Nashville, Tenn. (October 26, 2020)—HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) and HarperCollins Focus (HCF) today announced Jovan Jackson as the organization’s assistant general counsel and joining the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

Jackson, who has been with the company for five years as a manager of contract administration, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she concentrated on advocacy and dispute resolution.  As the assistant general counsel, Jackson will be responsible for contractual and transactional matters and will oversee the organization’s entire contracts and legal department.  

Mike Bzozowski has been promoted to business affairs counsel, reporting to Jackson, where he will focus on statutory, litigation, and general business matters such as intellectual property issues and legal reads of books. Bzozowski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and a Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America.  He also earned certificates from the university’s Law and Public Policy Program as well as Comparative and International Law Institute. Prior to this new role, Bzozowski had been with the company for three years, managing contract administration.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

About HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., comprises the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups, BibleGateway.com, FaithGateway.com and ChurchSource.com.  The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space.   Bible Gateway  is the world’s largest Christian website with more than 20 million unique monthly visitors. HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in the U.S. and Mexico.  For more information visit www.HarperCollinsChristian.com.  

HarperCollins Focus

HarperCollins Focus, LLC owns and operates a collection of publishing imprints, that enlighten and empower readers to transform their hearts and minds, connecting through story, advice, mentorship and community. The company is based in Nashville, TN.

Contact:     Casey Harrell, Senior Director

                   Corporate Communications

                   tel:    615.902.1109

                   web:   Casey.Harrell@HarperCollins.com

15 October

HARPERCOLLINS LEADERSHIP LAUNCHES NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ECOURSE SERIES HOSTED BY DENNIS MILLER

NASHVILLE, TENN., Oct. 12, 2020 – HarperCollins Leadership is proving that it’s possible to have fun while learning with the release of a new e-learning professional development series “Get Smarter with Dennis Miller.” Developed for professionals in corporate teams or small businesses, the series boasts a unique combination of proven training content and celebrity humor.   

“The need for effective, engaging professional development has never been greater. We are thrilled to partner with Dennis Miller, whose standard of excellence in comedy is matched by his passion for helping people learn and grow,” said Jeff James, vice president and publisher at HarperCollins Leadership. “The ‘Get Smarter with Dennis Miller’ professional development ecourse series sets a new standard for online professional development excellence. By layering Dennis’ legendary sharp humor throughout best-in-class development content, more people will pay attention to and remember what they’ve learned to become more effective in their jobs.”

The “Get Smarter with Dennis Miller” series is self-paced, accessible on any schedule, and contains a variety of images, videos, exercises and resources to engage interest and help with retention. Throughout the program there are mini-quizzes to check subject mastery and upon completion of a program, participants receive a certificate announcing “I got smart with Dennis Miller.”

Content in the series is based on leading-edge concepts from some of the brightest minds in each topic, including HR expert Paul Falcone, management expert Jim McCormick, customer experience guru Micah Solomon and gobal sales trainer Mark Hunter. Valuable content combined with Dennis Miller’s sharp wit and helpful explanations creates a world class way to improve professional skills. The “Get Smarter with Dennis Miller” series currently includes the following modules:

  • —Discover how to navigate some of the toughest employee relations challenges that corporate leaders face every day. This course leads participants through improving team communication, improving formal documentation, strategies to avoid litigation, and inspiring increased engagement.
  • – Discover how to navigate the challenges and opportunities that stem from leading and managing your employees effectively. In this course, first time leaders learn how to build trust and relationships with team members, how to avoid the pitfalls many managers encounter, and how to improve formal documention.
  • —Discover how to create an organization where it’s clear (internally and externally) that customers are the most important part of the business. Participants learn how to retain a higher proportion of existing customers while attracting new customers in a way that is nearly immune to competitors.  
  • – Discover how to become a top-performing salesperson including having the right mindset, how to leverage your greatest assets, how to avoid mind traps that drive focus away from the activities that create value, and how to take the lead with prospects and customers by understanding the process to transform their needs into sales.

“When I met with HarperCollins leadership I could see the approach they were taking and remembered years ago when John Cleese of Monty Python told me how much fun he had adding his own character to corporate training videos,” said Dennis Miller. “Humor opens people’s minds to learn more and retain information but most corporate training videos are flat – just informational with no personality. I had a blast taking great, valuable content and adding humor and entertainment to it.”

For more information about “Get Smarter with Dennis Miller” visit getsmarterwithdennismiller.com.   

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About HarperCollins Leadership

HarperCollins Leadership feeds your inner drive to grow as a leader, with integrated content and development experiences that give you the inspiration and insights you need to thrive in your current role—and your next. For additional information, please visit harpercollinsleadership.com.

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About Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller is the Emmy Award-winning former host of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” a former Monday Night Football host, and one of the most iconic comedians in the world known for his sharp wit, rapid pace, and impressive knowledge of culture, politics, history…and, yes, business! He’s also the host of the popular “The Dennis Miller Option” podcast.

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Date: October 12, 2020

Contact: Becky Powell, Senior Marketing Manager

becky.powell@harpercollins.com

(615) 902-2213

06 October

HARPERCOLLINS LEADERSHIP COLLABORATES WITH THE MICROSOFT ALUMNI NETWORK TO PUBLISH SERIES OF LEADERSHIP BOOKS

NASHVILLE, TENN., Oct. 6, 2020 – The Microsoft Alumni Network and HarperCollins Leadership announced today a new publishing collaboration that allows HarperCollins Leadership to represent the broad range of talent that makes up the Microsoft alumni community.

The first projects in the new co-publishing relationship are business and leadership books penned by top former employees of the tech company: 

  • by Akhtar Badshah
  • by Nancy McSharry Jensen and Sarah Duenwald
  • by Paul Shoemaker

The collaboration’s inaugural release is the The Purpose Mindset. It will be available for purchase on November 10, 2020 on Amazon and through major booksellers.

“Microsoft’s track record in developing community-minded, purpose-oriented employees and alumni has been long and impressive,” said Jeff James, vice president and publisher at HarperCollins Leadership. “Their unique culture has attracted incredibly talented innovators, many of whom have gone on to extend their impact through NGOs, nonprofits, academia and startup ventures. Our relationship with the Microsoft Alumni Network offers a compelling platform for these thought leaders to extend their influence and share best practices beyond the Microsoft community.” 

“The Microsoft Alumni Network is made up of influential individuals who have a unique set of experiences and are ripe with leadership wisdom because they have worked at one of the most influential technology companies of our time. The Alumni Network is in a unique position to share their knowledge thanks to our collaboration with HarperCollins Leadership,” says Ali Spain, Microsoft Alumni Network’s Executive Director. “We’re excited to share our members’ leadership expertise with the world.”

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About HarperCollins Leadership

HarperCollins Leadership feeds your inner drive to grow as a leader, with integrated content and development experiences that give you the inspiration and insights you need to thrive in your current role—and your next. For additional information, please visit harpercollinsleadership.com.

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About The Microsoft Alumni Network

The Microsoft Alumni Network is a worldwide community of former employees who share a common experience of having worked at Microsoft. Founded in 1995, the Alumni Network is a member organization representing more than 50,000 alumni in 51 countries. The Alumni Network publishing collaboration

 with HarperCollins Leadership represents the broad range of talent that makes up the Microsoft alumni community: entrepreneurs, tech innovators, business professionals, nonprofit leaders, volunteers, and lifelong learners, while shining a light on the meaningful impact that Microsoft’s alumni have around the globe.

Date: October 6, 2020

Contact: Becky Powell, Senior Marketing Manager

becky.powell@harpercollins.com

(615) 902-2213

PO Box 141000

Nashville TN, 37214

tel: 800.251.4000

web: www.harpercollinsleadership.com