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JILL TARDIFF

BOOK CLUB/READING GROUP OUTREACH, EVENTS, MARKETING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, RETAIL BOOKSELLING/SPECIALTY RETAIL, PROMOTION/ADVERTISING/SOCIAL MEDIA WITH CATEGORY EMPHASIS ON DEBUT, LITERARY,  AND WOMEN’S FICTION, MEMOIR, FOOD, FOOD ADVOCACY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, TRAVEL, AND WOMEN’S STUDIES

Jill A. Tardiff is the National Reading Group Month (NRGM) Chair and Event Manager, a marketing initiative fostered by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA), a professional development and literacy outreach nonprofit organization. She is WNBA’s Main NGO Representative at the United Nations Department of Public Information and its current Social Media Manager. Jill was the WNBA’s National President (2004-2006) and the New York City Chapter’s President (2000-2006).

Over the past three-and-half decades, Jill has held top retail management positions at Hallmark Cards, Inc., Doubleday BookShops, and Tiffany & Co., as well as principal of Bamboo River Associates, a retail consultancy serving major Japanese publishers and booksellers such as Shueisha Publishing Co. and Kodansha Ltd. Miraiken Group. She has worked as a reporter and columnist at Shinbunka Weekly, contributing editor at Shueisha Publishing Co., and Publishers Weekly, advertising manager at Guernica Magazine, Parabola Magazine, and Persimmon Asian Literature, Arts & Culture, as well as project manager/editor at Lintel Press. Jill is currently involved in the farm-to-table food advocacy movement under the banner of Alder & Vine with professional expertise in artisan and farmstead cheeses and provides literary terroir pairing services to groups upon request.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jillatardiff
Facebook: facebook.com/jill.tardiff.7
Twitter: @TheCheeseCrone; @JATardiff

David-Kener

DAVID KENER

EVENTS, ADULT, YA, ARTS, EDUCATION, LITERATURE, POETRY, LITERACY

David Kener has enjoyed an expansive career in Theatre, Arts and Education, with a significant focus on underserved youth communities. David was just appointed Director, NYC Project Hope for Counseling in Schools. This FEMA funded initiative offers Crisis Counseling and Creative Arts services to students and school communities in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy.

David worked as an actor for many years following his graduation from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, studying with the legendary Sandy Meisner.” He has appeared on many stages in the US and internationally including The Signature Theater, where he worked with Arthur Miller, and The American Place Theatre, working with Wynn Handman.

While working as a professional actor in all media, he began his teaching artist career and spent many years working in leadership roles for The Creative Arts Team, The Henry Street Arts Settlement, and Colors United. He then held the position of Executive Director of The Leadership Program, creating an arts focused methodology and establishing partnerships with institutions such as New York University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His most recent position, held for over fifteen years was as Executive Director of The American Place Theater where he pioneered the Literature to Life Program serving over 20,000 students annually across twenty-five states, working to improve literacy and cultural awareness.

David has recently been a featured writer for The New York Times, penning a weeklong Drama series for the Learning Network on drama strategies using the Times. He now heads up his own consulting firm Education Development Unlimited (EDU) working with mission driven organizations such as Counseling In Schools, where Caring Inspires Success and Power Writers, helping launch powerpoetry.org, the world’s first transmedia mobile poetry community for youth.

David lives on the upper west side of NYC with his wife, the Costume Designer Michelle Matland and his son Marcus, a sophomore at The Beacon High School, where David serves on the Executive Board as Vice President, Arts Liaison.

Website: www.counselinginschools.org