Alyssa McDougle, 2018 Recipient: “I am so glad I was able to attend the PubWest conference due to the Jack W. Swanson scholarship. The opportunity to engage with so many knowledgeable people within publishing was an experience I am extremely thankful for. The conference allowed me to obtain a greater understanding of what all aspects of publishing are facing in our current world and provided great information on how publishers use innovative tools and ideas to navigate this constantly changing world (and profession). This opportunity has been the perfect stepping stone in motivating me to become even more involved with all aspects of publishing and help my generation get more involved as well.”

Katelin Ross, 2018 Recipient: “I had such an amazing experience at the PubWest conference and came back to work feeling very inspired. I am grateful for the Jack W. Swanson scholarship opportunity and resonated with this year’s theme, “Raising Voices: Creating a Vibrant Publishing Future.” There was so much to take away: we learned different ways to optimize our top accounts, how to reach new readers, and discussed the importance of bringing diversity into the industry. It was easy to engage in every session, keynote, and roundtable. I learned so much and came away with a ton of new ideas for our books!”

Rachel Noorda, 2017 Recipient: “I owe so much of my career opportunities and connections to the Jack W. Swanson scholarship. After winning the scholarship in 2017, the networking opportunities provided by the PubWest conference not only enriched and increased my capacity in a small publishing company, but also led to wonderful academic career opportunities, including my new position as Director of the graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University. I am so grateful to this wonderful organization and scholarship, and I look forward to many more career-building PubWest experiences.”

Karen Bullock, 2016 Recipient: “A few years out from receiving The Jack W. Swanson scholarship, I can see its positive effects rippling throughout my publishing career and place in the PubWest community. Attending the 2016 PubWest conference lit a fire under my passion for this industry, and meeting so many incredible, vibrant individuals has led to lasting friendships and valuable business connections. I learn new skills each conference that I attend, and stay connected with my colleagues throughout the year at local networking and development events. Now I am on the Board of Directors for PubWest, and am proud to be an integral part of this organization that has benefited me and other young publishers in so many ways.”

Sarah Gorecki, 2015 Recipient: “Each year I leave the PubWest conference with renewed connections to my publishing colleagues, new friends, and fresh ideas for how to get things done at the office. There was lots to learn at the 2018 conference—including better ways to manage virtual editorial teams, technology tricks for publishing workflow, and strategies for design and editorial teams to communicate more effectively. PubWest has been vital to my publishing career since receiving the Jack W. Swanson scholarship in 2015.”