Keynote Speakers: Publishing in a Time of Crisis

Dr. Theon Hill

The Role of Publishing In a Time of Crisis

 Dr. Theon E. Hill10-11 AM central timeAugust 31, 2020 - MON

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Theon E. Hill (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College where he studies the intersections of race, religion, and politics in American culture. His work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited collections along with popular outlets like Christianity Today.  Dr. Hill is also the Director for the upcoming Center for Faith, Race, and Ethnicity.

Kristen McLean

Listening to Data In A Time of Crisis

 Kristen McLean10-11 AM central September 2, 2020 - WED

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Kristen McLean is the Executive Director of Business Development at NPD Book, a part of The NPD Group. With more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry in roles including retailing, sales, marketing, and industry advocacy, she oversees research into the consumer behavior of readers, and she is NPD Books' in-house specialist on both the Children's and the Christian markets. She is the editor of the recent ECPA Landscape Survey of Book Buying Trends in the Christian Market. As part of her role as an industry strategist, Kristen speaks extensively on issues facing the publishing world including the effect of technology and culture on books and reading, and evolving models for publishing. Kristen is deeply interested in the confluence of consumer behavior, technology, literacy, and global information in the Digital Age.

Ruth Chou Simons


 Ruth Chou Simons10-11 AM centralOct. 1, 2020 - THUR

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ruth chou simons

Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling and award-winning author of several books —including GraceLaced, Beholding and Becoming, and Foundations. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker, using each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people's hearts. Through her online shoppe at and her social media community, Simons shares her journey of God's grace intersecting daily life with word and art. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys--their greatest adventure.