2018 RWA Diversity Summit Schedule

In continuing its commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion within the organization and the romance industry, Romance Writers of America will hold its second Diversity Summit at the 2018 RWA Conference in Denver on Friday, July 20. The Summit is a meeting that gathers high-level publishing professionals, key contacts at major retailers, members of the RWA staff and Board, and selected committee and chapter leaders who are registered for the conference. A summary of the Summit will be provided to membership by August 6, 2018.

The Diversity Summit will once again be moderated by 2016’s Librarian of the Year recipient Robin Bradford. We'll be discussing the results of a survey RWA commissioned from NPD Book focusing on the buying habits of readers across ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation, as well as revealing initiatives within RWA to promote inclusiveness within our own organization and the industry. We will be inviting publishers to share their ideas, in-house initiatives, and ways in which RWA can be a resource for them.



8:30–8:35 a.m.: Welcome Address

8:35–8:55 a.m.: “The Romance Book Buyer 2017: A Study from NPD Book for Romance Writers of America”

8:55–9:15 a.m.: RWA Initiatives

  • RITA Statement
  • Chapter Code of Conduct and Chapter Leader Training
  • Spectrum Grant Update
  • Looking Forward

9:15–10:15 a.m.: Open Dialogue: A moderated discussion between industry leaders and RWA

10:15 a.m.: Closing Remarks

Members are encouraged to send concerns they would like to see addressed at the Diversity Summit at http://www.rwa.org/2018diversitysummit. Members may also contact RWA Executive Director Allison Kelley at allison.kelley@rwa.org, Diversity Summit Chair Jamie Pope at jamiepope57@yahoo.com, or Chapter Relations Administrator Leslie Scantlebury at leslie.scantlebury@rwa.org

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