Meet the 5 DBW 2017 Keynote Speakers

The DBW Conference attracts some of the biggest names in the industry each year to take the stage as keynote speakers. And for 2017, we’ve lined up five professionals whose experience and expertise cover a wide range of issues and subjects.

John SargentJohn Sargent is the CEO of Macmillan Learning and Executive Vice President of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. He is responsible for the Macmillan higher education business as well as managing the global trade business.

Sargent had previously run the US operations of Holtzbrinck, including all the US trade companies, the Macmillan Higher Education group, St. Martins Scholarly and Reference, Hanley & Belfus medical publishers and Scientific American.

Sargent’s keynote will address the challenges facing publishing professionals at all levels as they struggle to reposition their skills and knowledge for success in a post-digital world.

Jonathan StolperJonathan Stolper is the SVP, Global Managing Director of Nielsen Book. He is responsible for the global P&L performance and strategic development of the book information businesses at Nielsen. Stolper joined Nielsen Book in 2010.

Prior to his current role, he was the SVP for Nielsen Book’s North American business. Before arriving at Nielsen, Stolper was a 21-year publishing veteran with a variety of positions, including VP and Associate Publisher for Octopus Publishing, VP of Client Services for Hachette Book Group, and VP of Sales and Marketing for Harry N. Abrams Inc.

Stolper’s keynote will provide insights into the latest trends from book publishing’s most authoritative source of industry information.

Data GuyData Guy is a co-founder of Author Earnings, a nonprofit venture focused on publishing industry data analysis. It is conducted by authors and for authors.

Author Earnings began in February 2014 as a collaboration between Hugh Howey and Data Guy, and has since become one of the top go-to industry data sites for authors.

Author Earnings uses technical means to extract and aggregate sales-based data directly from online retailers. Over the past two years, AE’s highly-anticipated quarterly reports for authors have tracked the shift in market share within the digital publishing industry, while also examining the effects of ebook pricing, DRM, genre selection, author tenure, different publishing routes to market, the impact of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, and the vast and booming but traditionally uncounted no-ISBN sector of ebooks and audiobooks.

Data Guy’s keynote will examine the latest sales trends and offer a unique perspective on sales trends within Amazon and competition to traditional publishing from indie and self-publishing.

Bill BurnettBill Burnett is the Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford University co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Designing Your Life. He directs the undergraduate and graduate program in design at Stanford, both interdepartmental programs between the Mechanical Engineering department and the Art department.

Burnett has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from award-winning Apple PowerBooks to the original Hasbro Star Wars action figures. He holds a number of mechanical and design patents, and design awards for a variety of products including the first “slate” computer. In addition to his duties at Stanford, he is on the Board of VOZ, a socially responsible, high fashion startup and advises several Internet start-up companies.

Burnett’s keynote will show how the principles of design thinking can help you find new solutions to old, seemingly intractable problems.

Chris BaileyChris Bailey is a productivity expert and the author of The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy. His productivity blog is read by more than 200,000 people from around the world every month.

In his book, Bailey shares useful and counter-intuitive takeaways, such as slowing down to work more deliberately; shrinking or eliminating the unimportant; the rule of three; striving for imperfection; scheduling less time for important tasks; the 20-second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions; and the concept of productive procrastination.

In his keynote, Bailey will share his insights on how you can find the time and energy to work better and accomplish more in your professional life.

Check out the rest of the DBW 2017 speakers, as well as the entire agenda. Also, be sure to look at the DBW Indie Author Conference.


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