STM Master Class U. S.

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Registration Fee (does not include accommodation) $2195.00

For information about hotel reservations at $230.00 per night, please contact Jo Dinnage

Registrants are required to stay at the course hotel  - Doral Arrowwood

Preliminary Program

Program Director: John Tagler, AAP/ Professional & Scholarly Publishing 
Course Director: Richard Balkwill

General overview

For eight years, the STM Master Class has established itself as a benchmark of exciting and innovative teaching and learning in strategic business skills. The course attracts influential speakers from within and outside the STM industry whose ideas challenge the participants to tackle today’s key publishing issues – achieving innovation, tackling change, evaluating risk, licensing and acquiring intellectual property, managing relationships with key stakeholders, and enhancing brand values. 

The course isn’t concerned with process but with fresh thinking, of ways to adapt our business to meet the new demands we all face, while also providing a sustainable source of income. This is the first course in North America.

Who is the course for?

  • Tomorrow’s international senior managers in all STM publishing functions: marketing/sales, business development and editorial.
  • Managers will have between three – five years’ experience, including some responsibility for managing budgets, resources and staff.

Benefits of participating in the course

  • Time to consider the importance of strategic initiatives over the demands of managing processes
  • Original and innovative ideas to manage change
  • Opportunities to network with high level people in our industry
  • Membership in a growing community of highly motivated and committed former delegates

Some features of the course

  • An emphasis on thinking strategically, not on honing process skills
  • A superb range of senior high-profile speakers
  • Demanding group work with case studies that bring to life course themes and topics
  • A clearer vision of who our partners and stakeholders are, and what they might want
  • Contrasting points of view from stakeholders, customers and publishers

Key themes and topics

  • The pace of change continues to make demands on STM managers; the change is disruptive, but offers opportunities for entrepreneurial innovation
  • Managers increasingly have to respond to demands to redefine their business strategy
  • Who are our stakeholders? These partners are more than customers. What do they need from us, and how are changes in research methodology impacting upon our business?
  • The need to understand and manage risk, and to make substantial investment commitments without all the data and facts
  • Are we equipping future managers with the aptitude and skills to manage change innovatively?
  • The legal and rights environment is changing and putting new pressure on how we negotiate licenses and agreements

Speakers List

  • Ed Barnas, Senior Editor, Journals, Cambridge University Press
  • Adam Chesler, Assistant Director, Library Relations and Customer Service, American Chemical Society
  • Linda Gagnon, Senior Vice President, eContent Integration & Business Development, YBP Library Services, A Baker & Taylor Company
  • Karen Hawkins, Director of Product Management, IEEE
  • Karen Hunter, Senior Vice President, Elsevier
  • Robert Kelly, Director, Journal Information Systems, American Physical Society
  • Timothy King, Senior Vice President, Planning & Development, Wiley
  • Mary Ann Liebert, President, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
  • James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
  • Andrew Plume, Senior Publishing Information Manager, Elsevier
  • Dessi Schachne, Associate Director, Library and Institutional Marketing, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Mark Seeley, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Elsevier
  • Michael Stoller, Director, Collections & Research Services, New York University Libraries, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
  • Linda Stone, Consultant, The Morgan Stone Group
  • Dan Tonkery, Vice President of Business Development EBSCO
  • Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Professor & Program Director, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, New York Medical College
  • Paul O. Weislogel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Medical Journals Strategy and Acquisitions, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


Nestled amid 114 wooded acres in Rye Brook village in Westchester County, yet only 45 minutes from New York City, The Doral Arrowwood is close to all metro area airports.
975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, New York. Tel: 914.908.4969     Fax: 914.323.5500

Registration Fee (does not include accommodation) $2195.00
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For information about hotel reservations for $230.00 per night, please contact Jo Dinnage

Comments from Master Class Oxford delegates in previous years

‘This was the best training course I have been on’

‘Excellent – gave me a whole lot of information and perspective on what turbulence publishers face and how we might approach it’

‘Speakers were compelling, stimulating and entertaining’

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Registration fees do not include insurance. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.