Yale Publishing Course Announces Winners of Inaugural “Innovative Leader Scholarship”

May 8, 2015

The Yale Publishing Course is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural “Innovative Leader Scholarship” to this summer’s Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media and Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing programs. These scholarships enable emerging leaders, who might not otherwise have the financial resources, to participate in this unique educational experience.

“This year’s pool of applicants included a wonderfully diverse group of outstanding innovators,” said Tina Weiner, Director of the Course. “Their professionalism, enthusiasm, and desire to improve their leadership skills and become better prepared to meet the challenges of the digital future reflect the mission of our program. It was a difficult task to choose the winners, but I am confident that the four recipients will be great additions to the class of 2015.”

Magazine Media scholarship winners

Domestic: Antionette G. Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, The Write Folks (North Carolina, USA)
Antionette is the founder of Empowerment Magazine, a free resource of knowledge published by the Lexington Housing Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit agency that seeks to assist families in obtaining decent, safe and affordable homeownership opportunities. As Executive Director of LHCDC, she combines her love of journalism and economic empowerment to improve her community.

International: Comfort Sakoma, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Poize Magazine (Abuja, Nigeria)
Comfort launched Poize Magazine to use the power of publishing to advocate for women in Nigeria. Her passion for a more inclusive Africa led her to successfully petition for and host the first and only gender event at the World Economic Forum on Africa in April 2014. Comfort hopes to make Poize Magazine the highest selling African entrepreneurship magazine read by women.

Book Publishing scholarship winners

Domestic: Tarek El-Elaimy, Marketing Manager for North America, American University in Cairo Press (New York, USA)
Tarek has set out to change the book industry’s lack of consumer data. Working with a team of computer scientists, he helped create ReadSenses, a book-marketing platform that helps publishers discover and connect directly with potential readers. ReadSenses was a finalist in the Publishing Hackathon and won second place in HarperCollins’ BookSmash Challenge.

International: Deborah Ahenkorah, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Golden Baobab; Founder, African Bureau for Children’s Stories (Accra, Ghana)
Deborah founded Golden Baobab, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to enable Africans to create written content for children that reflect African experiences. She also founded the African Bureau for Children’s Stories to make sure these books got into the hands of children all over the world.