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Tucson Book Publisher VP Begins National Publishing Role

Great Potential Press Vice President Teresa (Terry) Filipowicz has been offered a role with Independent Book Publishers Association’s Editorial Advisory Committee for this new fiscal year.

She joins others in the book publishing industry from around the country to advise on the direction of IBPA Independent monthly magazine’s content and overall themes. They develop content ideas, identify subject matter experts, brainstorm potential writers, encourage potential advertisers, and ensure the practical nature of the magazine’s content.

Terry joined Tucson-based GPP in 2013 to direct the company’s communication with authors, readers, and vendors. Her role expanded in 2016 when she became a Vice President and began also overseeing book production.

GPP specializes in nonfiction books and materials for gifted and talented children and adults. Founded in 1982, GPP’s recent best-selling and forthcoming books examine procrastination, perfectionism, existential depression, the misdiagnosis of attention disorders, worry and anxiety, and adults and giftedness.

Dr. James Webb—founder and president of GPP– said, “We congratulate her. This is wonderful news. I know that she will bring a lot to the table with this committee, and they are fortunate to have her. It is an important recognition of her ability and knowledge.”

In addition to her work with GPP, Terry teaches journalism, communication, digital arts, and technical writing at Pima Community College where she received the 2017 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award and regularly delivers presentations to higher education peers. She also tackles communication, media, and education-related projects, including consulting and the creation of a California scholarship. Terry previously taught communication at Sacramento State but much of her career has been in television news as a writer and producer. She worked for Sacramento, CA (KOVR) and Tucson (KVOA) TV stations. She also performed public relations-related duties for Sacramento State and University of Arizona.

This year, she began serving as internal communication board member for Public Relations Society of America Southern Arizona Chapter, joined the Tucson Festival of Books’ Movie, Television, and Book Biz Genre Committee, and began a position on the board for PEERS AZ— a local nonprofit serving unemployed and underemployed professionals.

Terry earned her Master of Arts (communication studies) and Bachelor of Arts (journalism) degrees from Sacramento State. She was also a communication and media arts PhD-level student at UA.

Terry can be reached at terry@greatpotentialpress.com.

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GPP staff member moves into vice president role

Director of Communications Teresa (Terry) Filipowicz has moved into the position of Vice President at Tucson book publisher Great Potential Press, Inc., effective August 1, 2016.

She will continue to oversee and direct the company’s communications in order to develop, target, and nurture new markets for its award-winning books and authors. She also oversees production.

GPP is one of only four companies in the U.S. specializing in the publication of books and materials for gifted and talented children and adults. Founded in 1982, GPP focuses on the social, emotional, and family issues that often occur among bright and creative people. Recent best-selling and forthcoming books and materials examine the topics of adults and giftedness, accelerating students to another grade level, medication and the misdiagnosis of attention disorders, food allergies, procrastination, the potential for disillusionment among the bright and idealistic, and student cheating.

Company Founder and President Dr. James Webb–recognized as one of the most influential psychologists on gifted education–said, “I appreciate her calm wisdom and input, creative thinking, continued high energy, her continuing initiative and ideas, and how well she interacts with the other GPP employees to nurture the vision of the company. I have come to rely very much on her skills and her judgment.”

In addition to her work with GPP, Terry Filipowicz teaches journalism, communication, and technical writing classes at Pima Community College, where she also serves as the journalism student learning outcome leader. As part of this, she often presents at journalism and communication conferences. She also tackles communicTerryFilipowiczphotoation-related projects, including her recent creation of a media scholarship program for students and professionals in Arizona and California. Though previously a university instructor in California, she spent most of her career in television news as both a writer and producer. She has worked for Tucson and Sacramento, CA TV stations but has also performed public relations-related duties for California State University, Sacramento, University of Arizona, and a Polish cultural non-profit.

Terry earned her Master of Arts (communication studies) and Bachelor of Arts (journalism) degrees from California State University, Sacramento. She was also a communication and media arts PhD-level student at University of Arizona.

Of the company and its mission, Terry has said, “‘Gifted’ is more than being smart academically. It’s being creative, intense, and sensitive. Gifted poses its challenges. I have a job in which I hope what I do makes a positive difference in the lives of parents, educators, counselors, and gifted adults and children. This vice president position is a continuation of my general desire to help people become even better than they already are. It’s also about my love for media and for education.”

 

Silver Award goes to authors Kerr and McKay

#academicfabulous

The results are in and it’s a silver winner!

Smart Girls in the 21st Century: Understanding Talented Girls and Women took the silver for the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, a celebration of the best books published over the past year.

Smart Girls 2014

The recently published book was one of nearly 1,400 entries and 160 finalists. The Independent Book Publishers Association’s award  is regarded as one of the highest national honors for authors and publishers in the United States. The winner was announced during an April 10, 2015 ceremony in Austin, TX.

Dr. Barbara Kerr is the author of four books: A Handbook for Counseling Gifted and Talented; Smart Girls; Smart Boys; and Letters to the Medicine Man: The Shaping of Spiritual Intelligence. She’s currently a counseling psychology professor at the University of Kansas where she works with Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

Dr. Robyn McKay is the founder and creative director of she{ology} by dr. robyn mckay, a leadership and coaching program for bright women. She was a psychologist with ASU’s Herberger Young Scholars Academy and the founding adviser for ASU’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Leadership program.

“Smart Girls in the 21st Century” examines giftedness, self-actualization, education, adolescence, college, eminent women, barriers to achievement, and career guidance.

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Two Great Potential Press authors are book award finalists

A new book from Barbara Kerr and Robyn McKay has been pegged as one of the finalists for the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, a celebration of the best books published over the past year.

Smart Girls in the 21st Century: Understanding Talented Girls and Women tackles what it means be a modern smart girl or woman. The authors examine giftedness, self-actualization, education, adolescence and college, eminent women, barriers to achievement, and career guidance.

The 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design. Two or three judges from the Independent Book Publishers Association evaluated each of the nearly 1,400 entries and narrowed the books to 160. The award is regarded as one of the highest national honors for authors and publishers in the United States.

The winner will be announced during an April 10, 2015 ceremony at the IBPA conference in Austin, TX.

Dr. McKay is the founder and creative director of she{ology} by dr. robyn mckay, a leadership and coaching program for bright women based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was a psychologist with Arizona State University’s Herberger Young Scholars Academy and the founding adviser for ASU’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Leadership program.

Dr. Kerr is the author of four books: A Handbook for Counseling Gifted and Talented; Smart Girls; Smart Boys; and Letters to the Medicine Man: The Shaping of Spiritual Intelligence. She’s currently a counseling psychology professor at the University of Kansas where she works with Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

Kerr and McKay at Smart Girls in the 21st Century launch party

               

Nov. open house and FREE community event celebrates the power of people!

Smart Girls in the 21st Century: Understanding Talented Girls and Women

The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy at Arizona State University’s West Campus is hosting an open house to celebrate the launch of a new book co-authored by Scottsdale resident Robyn McKay and former Phoenix-area resident Barbara Kerr.

The free event is 5p.m. to 8p.m. on Saturday November 8 at The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy. The school is at 4701 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale.

The night includes food and drink, entertainment, activities for adults and kids, book sales and author signings, surprises, and an official launch you’re sure to remember.Smart Girls 2014

In this eagerly-anticipated book, the authors examine what it means to live with, work with, and be a modern smart girl. This book is grounded in education and psychology with a thoroughly modern twist.

Dr. McKay is the founder and creative director of she{ology} by dr. robyn mckay, an international leadership and coaching program for bright women. She was a psychologist with the Academy and the founding adviser for ASU’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Leadership program.

Former Phoenix-area resident Dr. Kerr is the author of four books: A Handbook for Counseling Gifted and Talented; Smart Girls; Smart Boys; and Letters to the Medicine Man: The Shaping of Spiritual Intelligence. She’s currently a counseling psychology professor at the University of Kansas where she works with Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

Visit the Facebook event page, the Brown Paper Tickets page, or here on the website for more information and deals on the new book!

Flaunt YOUR smart!

 

 

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Tucson Publishing Company Grabs International Award

Top-selling Book About Worry and Anxiety Wins Gold

A book from Great Potential Press has been awarded the prestigious Independent Publisher Book Award gold medal.

The competition received more than 5,500 entries from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, nine Canadian provinces, and 33 other countries.

Dr. Dan Peters is the California-based author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior New Cover Make Worrierand the companion book “From Worrier to Warrior.” Both are published by Great Potential Press and examine the epidemic of worry and anxiety among adults and kids. The books provide useful methods to battle and tame the Worry Monster that threatens anyone battling anxiety.

Dan Peters, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist specializing in anxiety, learning differences, parenting, education, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality (giftedness and autism, for example). He’s co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center in California. He writes regularly for “The Huffington Post” and “Psychology Today” and is a frequent media guest.Dan Peters

The 18th Annual IPPY Awards ceremony was held the evening of Wednesday May 28, 2014 at Providence NYC in New York City and attended by staff of Great Potential Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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