Pace University Publishing students have been lending their talent and ingenuity to the New York City chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. The following are three articles that showcase what students have been learning from WNBA Career Panel events, positions they have acquired within the organization and how they have become involved with the United Nations through the WNBA.
WNBA Career Skills Panel Report
By Heather Allen
Heather Allen is in her second semester of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University. She is the Social Media Coordinator for the WNBA-NYC, Social Media/ Marketing Intern for Touchstone
Books at Simon & Schuster, and holds a part-time editorial assistant position at Thieme Medical Publishers.
On Tuesday, a panel of six industry professionals spoke to an intimate group of publishing hopefuls. The panelists were:
- Melissa Rosati, Co-Leadership Trainer, Pace University MS in Publishing Program
- Alexis Bressler, Human Resources Specialist, Macmillan Publishers
- Pauline Hsia, Literary Agent Assistant; WNBA-NYC Member, Young to Publishing Group
- Justin Krass, Career Counselor, Pace University Career Services Center
- Amy Saxon, Editorial Assistant at Bedford/St. Martin’s
The night’s moderator was Andrea Baron ( WNBA-NYC Student/Young Professional Outreach Chair and Adjunct Professor, Pace University MS in Publishing Program). Click here to read about the WNBA’s Career Panel.
WNBA Member Monday: Meet Tqwana Brown!
Tqwana Brown, a former high school English teacher, is currently in her second semester of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University. She is currently interning at a literary agency and will be taking over as Blog Intern for the WNBA-NYC Chapter. The following is an interview about her experiences, conducted by Hannah Bennett, an alumni of the MS in Publishing Program and WNBA member.
Hannah: Congratulations on becoming the new Blog Intern for the WNBA-NYC blog! How did you come to be involved in the world of publishing and in the WNBA?
Tqwana: Thank you! I’m very excited about this opportunity. I first heard of the organization last semester. I attended a few events, but it wasn’t until the blog editor position became available that I became an official member. Growing up, publishing wasn’t a career that anyone in my family even knew existed. I entertained the idea briefly right after I completed undergrad (though it was magazines at the time), but nothing came of it. In fact, that’s when I first learned of Pace. After teaching high school for several years, the idea came back to me that this is where I’d rather be.
Hannah: What are some of your goals for the WNBA-NYC blog? What most excites you about this position?
Tqwana: Getting more member participation. Not just interviews, but guest blogs and event reports. Members should feel like this is their blog, and the best way to do that is to get them contributing more. I want to increase visibility to the organization and grow our numbers. The majority of people currently entering and working in the field are female and our numbers should reflect that. I also want to work closely with Heather (social media coordinator) to help with that.
Click here to learn about Publishing student, Tqwana Brown’s involvement in the WNBA as the new Blog Intern.
By Diana Cavallo and Jenna Vaccaro
(The Women’s National Book Association is a
Non-Governmental (NGO) member of the
United Nations, supporting the UN in its goals.)