Session 1E

Practical Skills/Publishing 101
Leadership development in scholarly publishing: A practical conversation

Nearly all professionals want to know ways they can grow in their field; however leadership development is often overlooked at organizations. Without spending time on developing a staffs’ professional skills, organizations risk high turnover, wasted resources, and creating internal political roadblocks. But, with good planning and mentoring, staff can be retained, developed, and succeed at a high level. This panel is intended to provide information to those looking to develop their own skills, as well as for managers seeking practical tips and advice. Specific topics will be: How can individuals look for opportunities of leadership development? How can managers do a better job on these activities? What risks and strategies have individuals taken in their career? How do you identify opportunities for growth in flat organizations? What practical things can an individual do on their own to ensure they are still growing.


Ben Mudrak, American Chemical Society
Ben Mudrak is Product Manager at the American Chemical Society. In his role, Ben oversees development of new solutions and improvements to existing products that serve ACS's reviewers and authors. Prior to his current position, Ben also spent several years in business development in the scholarly publishing industry and launched an author education program, including in-person workshops, webinars, and an online resource site. Ben holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University and a BSc in Biology from the University of Virginia. He resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and two kids.


Julie Nash, J&J Editorial LLC
Julie Nash is a Senior Partner at J&J Editorial, LLC, a publishing services company that provides editorial, production, copy editing, and systems support assistance to academic journals.   Julie started working in STM publishing as an assistant editor with Arthritis & Rheumatism in May 2000. After working on A&R and other titles for several years, she founded J&J with her business partner, Jennifer Deyton, in 2008.  She currently serves as the Managing Editor for Movement Disorders, the official journal of theInternational Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.  In addition to working at J&J, Julie is the President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors and is active in planning the society’s meetings in North America and Asia.  She also is part of the Mentoring Committee for the Council for Science Editors and the Membership Committee for SSP.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Duke University.  Julie lives in Cary, NC with her husband, two kids and two dogs.
Alison Labbate, Wiley
Alison Labbate is Editorial Director at Wiley, where she works with medical societies to strengthen and develop their publication programs. She aspires to an interconnected world where critical research is easily shared, readily available, and digested according to each person’s ability. In addition to acquiring, launching, and improving peer-reviewed journals in various disciplines, Alison manages and mentors fantastic colleagues who are building their own skills and resumes. Prior to joining Wiley, Alison worked at Blackwell (Malden, MA), SAGE Publications (Thousand Oaks, California), and Taylor & Francis (Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA). She began her publishing career at a trade publisher in Washington DC.
Rick Anderson, J. Willard Marriott Library University of Utah
Rick Anderson is Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He speaks and writes regularly on issues related to libraries, scholarly communication, and higher education, and has served as president of NASIG and of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Twitter Handle - @looptopper
Alethea Gerding, American College of Prosthodontists
Alethea Gerding has been the Managing Editor of the Journal of Prosthodontics, the official publication of the American College of Prosthodontists, since 2003. In addition to her work with the journal, she manages select projects for the society, including, most recently, “Women in Prosthodontics,” an e-book and gathering of prominent women in the field. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE). Alethea is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 7 years. While serving as a naval intelligence analyst in Washington, DC, she received her Master’s Degree in Media and Public Affairs from the George Washington University. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and two sons.