Bonus Episode: Helen Lee on Diversity in Publishing


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Welcome to a bonus episode of Every Voice Now! This week we are going rough and tumble with an impromptu conversation with the producer of the Every Voice Now podcast, Helen Lee. Helen also serves as the associate director of strategic partnerships and initiatives for InterVarsity Press and has previously worked as the director of marketing and as an associate editor at IVP. Helen recently had the chance to write an article for the Asian American Christian Collaborative entitled "US Demographics Are Changing, and the Publishing Industry Needs to Follow Suit," in which she outlined the current realities in this largely-white industry and also challenged Christian publishing professionals to be more proactive in pursuing change. You'll also hear about the origins of the Every Voice Now initiative and podcast! We hope you enjoy this honest conversation about the publishing context with three professionals of color.
About Helen Lee:

Helen is the associate director of strategic partnerships and initiatives; she has a B.A. from Williams College in bioethics, an M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School in interdisciplinary studies, and an MBA from Babson College in entrepreneurship. She has served as an acquisitions editor and as director of marketing at InterVarsity Press; she is also the author of The Missional Mom and contributor to numerous other Bibles, devotionals, and multi-author works. Helen has won awards in reporting and devotional writing from the Evangelical Press Association; she began her career in Christian publishing at Christianity Today, where she met Every Voice Now podcast co-host Ed Gilbreath. She is working on a forthcoming book with Michelle Reyes tentatively titled The Race-Wise Family, which will be released in spring 2022.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @HelenLeeBooks
About the Hosts:

Maila Kim, Co-Host
Maila is IVP’s events marketing coordinator; she holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Christian Formation & Ministry with a concentration in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. She enjoys photography, growing and caring for her plants, and listening to podcasts such as This American Life, Invisibilia, and Unlocking Us. Follow Maila on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Ed Gilbreath, Co-Host
Formerly an editor at IVP, Ed is currently an executive leader at Christianity Today; he earned his bachelor’s in communication arts from Judson University and a master’s in philosophy of history from Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the author of two IVP books: Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution. Ed loves listening to an eclectic mix of music, reading narrative nonfiction books on American history and pop culture, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts such as NPR’s How I Built This, The Daily, Pass the Mic, and CT’s Quick to Listen. Follow Ed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Producers: Ed Gilbreath, Maila Kim, and Helen Lee

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