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FT Digital Dialogues: Business Books in Times of Uncertainty

Webinar |
Speakers include:
Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian

Allianz & President-Elect of Queen's College Cambridge

Rik Kirkland

Rik Kirkland

McKinsey & Company

Hollis  Heimbouch

Hollis Heimbouch

Harper Business

Overview

The current crisis is both a challenge and an opportunity for business book authors, agents, editors and publishers and is likely to shape the industry - and the lives of the writers and readers who feed it - for years to come.

This online discussion looks at the key issues facing all the business book sector's stakeholders as well as taking a broad look at the economic and business implications of the crisis and its aftermath.

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Full Overview

As the June 30 submissions deadline for this year's Financial Times and McKinsey & Company's Business Book of the Year Award nears, this webinar will address the key issues the publishing world is facing as well as taking a broad look at the economic and business implications of the crisis and its aftermath:

How will the reshaping of the post-pandemic affect the publishing industry and business more generally? 

What is the immediate outlook for publishers and how are they handling the challenges of a disrupted publishing schedule?

Is the crisis accelerating or reversing structural change in the industry, such as the balance between physical and digital books?

What themes will publishers be looking to cover as they plan their 2020-21 catalogues?

How should authors respond to the crisis? What will the market for business books that do not address the fallout from coronavirus look like?

What are the themes that judges of this year's Business Book of the Year expect to rise to the top of this year's pile of entries?

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Full Overview: Business Books in Times of Uncertainty

As the June 30 submissions deadline for this year's Financial Times and McKinsey & Company's Business Book of the Year Award nears, this webinar will address the key issues the publishing world is facing as well as taking a broad look at the economic and business implications of the crisis and its aftermath:

How will the reshaping of the post-pandemic affect the publishing industry and business more generally? 

What is the immediate outlook for publishers and how are they handling the challenges of a disrupted publishing schedule?

Is the crisis accelerating or reversing structural change in the industry, such as the balance between physical and digital books?

What themes will publishers be looking to cover as they plan their 2020-21 catalogues?

How should authors respond to the crisis? What will the market for business books that do not address the fallout from coronavirus look like?

What are the themes that judges of this year's Business Book of the Year expect to rise to the top of this year's pile of entries?

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Speakers (4)

Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian

Chief Economic Advisor
Allianz & President-Elect of Queen's College Cambridge

Mohamed A. El-Erian is President-Elect of Queens’ College Cambridge. He currently serves as Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer (2007-2014). A Professor of Practice at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and Senior Global Fellow at the Lauder Institute, he is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. He previously chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017).

Dr El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO’s portfolio management and investment strategy group, as well as a founding member of its investment committee. He rejoined the company at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company. Prior to this, Dr El-Erian was a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in London, and previously spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC where he was Deputy Director.

Dr El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His 2008 book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. His 2016 book, The Only Game in Town, was a New York Times bestseller. He was named on Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” four years in a row. LinkedIn named him among its Top “Influencers” for 2016 and 2017.

Having served on the boards of the US Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the IMF’s Committee of Eminent Persons and the New York Fed’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets, Dr El-Erian is currently a trustee of several nonprofit boards, including the NBER where he sits on the Executive Committee, and is a Board member of Barclays and Under Armour. He is a Senior Advisor for Gramercy, co-chairs the capital campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge and has been chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board since 2007. Dr El-Erian holds a Master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University.

Rik Kirkland

Rik Kirkland

Partner and Director of Publishing
McKinsey & Company

As Director of Publishing at McKinsey & Company, Rik Kirkland has led the firm’s global print and online activities since 2008. These include the McKinsey Quarterly, mckinsey.com, the McKinsey Insights apps and books such as Talent Wins (HBR Press, 2018), No Ordinary Disruption (PublicAffairs, 2015), and Reimagining India (Simon & Schuster, 2013). From 2000-2005, he was the editor of FORTUNE magazine, which under his leadership was three times nominated as a finalist for general excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors and won numerous other awards.

During more than two decades, he served as FORTUNE’s Washington editor, Europe editor, International editor and Deputy Editor. He has been a frequent guest on CNN and CNBC and a moderator at the WEF in Davos, FORTUNE’s Global Forum, and the Microsoft CEO Summit. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and plays guitar in a rock band, The Prowlers.

Hollis  Heimbouch

Hollis Heimbouch

Vice President/Publisher
Harper Business

Hollis Heimbouch is Vice President/Publisher of Harper Business and an Executive Editor at Harper, both imprints of HarperCollins. Prior to joining HarperCollins in 2008, Heimbouch worked at Harvard Business School Publishing for ten years in various editorial roles, most recently as Associate Publisher/Editorial Director of Harvard Business Press and as a contributing editor to Harvard Business Review. Before that, she was Director of Editorial Development for Wired Ventures in San Francisco. Heimbouch holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Christy Fletcher

Christy Fletcher

Founder and CEO
Fletcher & Company

Christy Fletcher is the Founder and CEO of Fletcher & Company, a literary management company based in New York. The company, founded in 2003, is dedicated to the practice of providing high level creative and strategic support to their clients, across a wide variety of media. Fletcher’s clients include a range of writers and public figures, including Gretchen Rubin, Chip & Dan Heath, Eric Ries, Ed Catmull, Bob Sutton, Morten Hansen and David Leonhardt, among others. She lives in New York City with her husband, the author Sam Walker, and their two children.

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Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

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