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The Business Behind The Book Cohort 2024-2025

An unparalleled program dedicated to advancing women and diversity in publishing 

Begins September 2024 thru
September 2025  

Cohort Program Sponsor 


Francine Parham is a career expert and practitioner focused on female leadership and the advancement of women and women of color into positions of leadership and authority in the workplace. She has lived and experienced all the work that she and her organization do, which has positioned her as a human capital expert and practitioner. Having spent two decades in the corporate sector advancing to the position of a global vice-president in two Fortune 500 companies (General Electric and Johnson and Johnson), Francine understands the importance of having the right skills (explicit and implicit) for career success. She understands the actions needed within an organization to achieve professional success as a woman
of color herself. Francine’s experiences and being one of few Black women at her level resulted in her becoming the Founder and CEO of her business, FrancineParham & Co. As a keynote, public speaker and panelist, her topics range from workplace navigation to speaking with audiences about their leadership accountability in helping women and women of color advance professionally. Her voice has translated into her most recent book and audio book titled, “Please Sit Over There: How to Manage Power, Overcome Exclusion and Succeed as a Black Woman at Work” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, August, 2022) focused on the concept of power and successful workplace navigation. She is also the co-author of “The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide” and a contributing author to The Memory Project, a book of collective coursework at the Columbia Journalism School, her alma mater. Francine has also written for various online outlets. She has been cited or recognized as a career expert by the Women’s Media Center, in various published books as well as, shared her career advice in interviews for print publications and podcasts. She is the proud mother of a son who supports and partners with her in all that she does to advance women and women of color in the workplace.

Cohort Program Facilitator 

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Bethany Saltman is the author of Strange Situation: A Mother's Journey Into the Science of Attachment (Random House 2020), a bestselling book coach for women and co-host of BOOKBOUND: The Podcast. Bethany Saltman still can’t believe she gets to write and work with books for a living. Her critically acclaimed first book, Strange Situation: A Mother’s Journey Into the Science of Attachment (2020, Random House) was named one of the Top Science Books of 2020 by New Scientist, has been published in five countries, and is included in psychology syllabi around the world. As a bestselling book coach and co-host of the Bookbound podcast, Bethany is obsessed with the art of the non-fiction book proposal and with helping women claim their author-ity. She is also a Brown-University certified leadership coach, and lives in the Catskills of New York with her husband, teenage daughter, and their two standard poodles.

Cohort Advisors and Experts

Cohort Program Explained  

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The Conference

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Bestselling Authors 

PR Firms


Publishers & Editors 

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Aspiring Published Authors

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Hear directly from bestselling authors, global PR firms, and publishing industry insiders brought together by the mission of amplifying and elevating underrepresented voices. 


Industry knowledge, what really catches an agent's attention, what it takes to get media coverage: the insider info you need to launch your book.


Carefully curated content will change your mindset about what it means to write and launch a book. Learn tactics and strategies that work, and put them into practice immediately. 






A 12 Month Accelerator
Coaching Sessions 
Vetted Industry Experts
Completed Book Proposal
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