Brent Lambert, Acquiring Editor and Social Media Manager, FIYAH Lit Magazine

Tamara McNeil, Founder and CEO, Just Like Me! Box

Michele Martin, Vice President and Publisher, North Star Way, Simon and Schuster (Published I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice by Keke Palmer)

Marjaun Canady, CEO, Co-Founder, and Author, Callaloo Kids

Nabeeh Bilal, CCO, Co-Founder, and Illustrator, Callaloo Kids

Shannon Hitchock, Author (Scholastic) One True Way

Deanne Urmy, Senior Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Edited This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe)

Matia Burnett, Assistant Editor, Children’s Reviews Department, Publishers Weekly

Tamar Rydzinski, Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights, Laura Dail Literary Agency

Box Brown, Cartoonist and Author

Katrina Walker, Entrepreneur and Author

Kellye Garrett, Author and #PitchWars Mentor

Kendra Levin, Executive Editor, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Young Readers Group

John Maher, Associate Editor, Publishers Weekly

Christine Pride, Senior Editor, Simon and Schuster

Tony Forte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, WOODstack /GMM and co-partner of the Angela Yee Book Club.

Joy Peskin, Editorial Director, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Tasha Hilton, Digital Marketing Manager, Atria Books, Simon and Schuster

Lisa DuBois, Artist and Illustrator of Rugrats #1

Keturah Ariel, Artist and Illustrator of I Am Enough by Grace Gealey-Byers

Tawanna Sullivan, Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights (Berkley, Jove, and Ace), Penguin Random House

Lisa Morton, President of the Horror Writers Association

Michael Bush, Author of The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson [Insight Editions]

Marla Frazee, Author and Illustrator of It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton, The Boss Baby, The Bossier Baby

Charli Hodge, Author of Hello Beautiful Brown Girl! 

Octavia Samuels, Author and Publisher of Hello Beautiful Brown Girl!

Dr. Ashley Denmark, Author of Olivia’s Doctor Adventures

Andrea Davis Pinkney, Author and Vice President, Executive Editor, Trade Editorial, Scholastic

Carrie Thornton, Editorial Director, Dey Street Books, HarperCollins

Mathew Knowles, Phd.D, Author, Racism From the Eyes of a Child, The DNA of Achievers

Teri Coaxum, Founder, CEO, Coaxum Connects, Author, Peaceful Pondering: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Inner Peace

Emma Dryden, Founder and Principal, drydenbks

James Mtume, Grammy-Award winning musician, songwriter, activist, radio host [Unsung life story]

Deborah Gregory, Author, The Cheetah Girls

Alessandra Balzer, Co-Publisher, Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins

Nono The Poet, Author, Publisher, Soul Vagina: In Between Sex and God, Who Am I?

Diann Valentine, Author, Publisher, Going The Distance For Love: 22 Tips On Handling Your Issues and Finding Love…Wherever It May Be

Daniel José Older, Author, Shadowshaper series, Dactyl Hill Squad (Fall, 2018), etc.

Allen Maldanado, Writer, A Father’s Love

Kellon Akeem, Producer, A Father’s Love

Pratima Rao Gluckman, Author, Nevertheless, She Persisted

Yahdon Israel, Writer, and Creator of Literaryswag

Michelle Staubach Grimes, Author, Pidge Takes The Stage

Megan Devine, Author, It’s Okay That You’re Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand