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March Webinar: Accessibility in Ebooks and Other Digital Products

As the publishing industry takes a serious look at its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues, accessibility has become a frequent topic of conversation. Our March keynote speaker, Laura Brady, has long been at the forefront of that discussion. In her post Producing Accessible Ebooks, Laura notes that “Fifteen percent of the world’s population uses assistive…  Read More

May Webinar: Working with Illustrators: From Creative Brief to Final Illustration

The art of illustration encompasses visual designs that tell stories or explain ideas in a wide range of formats. Writers and publishers need talented illustrators to bring their stories to life. What would a children’s picture book be without illustrations? A graphic novel without drawings? They wouldn’t be as effective—and they wouldn’t be as fun…  Read More

September Webinar: Navigating Printing and Supply Chain Challenges

Open Book, Target Auditorium 1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Join your book publishing colleagues for MBPR’s season kick-off with an IN PERSON event, Navigating Printing and Supply Chain Challenges. We’ve invited three panelists for an exciting discussion about paper, printing, supply and demand, and scheduling. We will talk about recent trends affecting the publishing industry, as well as what publishers can do to make the…  Read More

January Webinar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring and Retaining Employees

Zoom online meeting platform MN

Cultivating an inclusive culture is a priority for many companies. But what are the steps we need to take to accomplish this goal? And how do companies evaluate DEI training and ensure its longevity?

In MBPR’s January webinar, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring and Retaining Employees, keynote speaker Andrew Williams will discuss ways companies can develop and improve DEI policies, especially in relation to the hiring and retention of employees. He will also describe ways to proactively source candidates from underrepresented communities and promote diversity in job postings.

For twenty-five years, Andrew Williams has worked at the intersections of cultural anthropology, educational equity leadership, community-based learning, and global education to advance racial justice, environmental justice, food security, and health equity in the United States and abroad. Williams has served as faculty at DePauw University, as Director of the Posse Foundation, and as Executive Director of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. Before his arrival at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Andrew was Assistant Vice-Chancellor at the University of Minnesota Rochester providing strategic leadership for efforts to center access, equity, and public health in the university’s vision of health sciences education. As the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s first Director of DEI, Andrew leads the execution of the organization’s DEI strategy, including efforts to build an inclusive and diverse workforce, expand access to treatment services, and advance health equity.

This webinar is $5 for MBPR members and students and $15 for nonmembers. When you register via the Eventbrite link, you will receive further instructions on how to attend.