Yale Publishing Course Announces Winners of 2nd Annual “Innovative Leader Scholarship”

May 17, 2016

New Haven, Connecticut − The Yale Publishing Course is pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd annual “Innovative Leader Scholarship” to this summer’s Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media (July 24-29) and Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing (July 31-August 5) programs. These scholarships enable emerging leaders, who might not otherwise have the financial resources, to participate in this unique educational experience.

“This year’s scholarship applicants were an extraordinarily talented group of professionals from all over the United States and from countries around the world,” said Tina Weiner, Director of the Course. “Their commitment to advancing their careers, becoming more fluent in the latest digital technologies, and finding ways to expand their readership made them all ideal candidates for our program. I am confident that they will find the curriculum beneficial and that they will have much to share with the other participants.”

Magazine Media scholarship winners

Domestic: Sally Sampson, President and Founder, ChopChopKids (Massachusetts, USA)
The author of over 20 cookbooks, Sally is the founder of the non-profit organization ChopChopKids to address the threat of obesity, hunger, and poor nutrition affecting children worldwide. Her organization publishes ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, which is published in Spanish and English and is distributed in over 20 countries with a circulation that has grown to 4 million annually. ChopChop won the 2013 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, has received the endorsement of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and works with the USDA and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.


International: Ewelina Swierad, Founder, LifeLab Media (Sydney, Australia)
After a life-long passion for magazines, Ewelina launched LifeLab Media, a magazine and online platform that brings social science from academia to the masses. An educational and inspirational platform, LifeLab Media’s well-researched, thought provoking content strives to accelerate ideas and drive compassionate thinking. Ewelina’s mission is to create a socially responsible company and is currently working on the launch of the LifeLab Foundation, which will focus on improving the health of minority groups living in urban areas.

Book Publishing scholarship winners

Domestic: Jessie Duke, Owner, Pioneers Press (Michigan, USA)
Looking to give marginalized communities a platform for social inclusion, Jessie launched Pioneers Press. Her publishing house carries titles with a focus on underrepresented groups in farming, publishing, and art including youth, women, and minorities. Awarded a Rocket Grant, Jessie helped launch the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile, a touring small-press library and portable educational facility to empower independent publishing and inspire underprivileged groups to participate in the written and visual arts.


International: Temitope Oyetomi, Managing and Acquisitions Editor, Baal Hamon Publishers (Akure, Nigeria)
With a vision to publish books that could positively affect lives and the society, Temitope started Baal Hamon Publishers in 2006 with the mission to promote the literary works of African authors to international audiences and also bring the works of international authors to African markets. Baal Hamon Publishers is a small but actively growing enterprise and Temitope is intent on expanding it internationally.

About the Yale Publishing Course

YPC is a weeklong intensive classroom-based course for mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals from all over the world in all areas of publishing. With a challenging and timely curriculum, YPC focuses on introducing participants to new strategies and ways of thinking in a highly interactive seminar environment. The YPC experience exposes participants to an international network of peers and an expert faculty composed of faculty from the Yale School of Management and thought leaders in the industry. For more information, visit http://publishing-course.yale.edu.

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