Talent Development Scholarship at CIC

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The Talent Development Scholarship Program is intended to help professionals new to the educational resource community learn, grow, and network at one of the industry's most important events. Winners receive a full pass to the Content in Context (CIC) Conference, presented by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), as well as guided networking provided by veteran AEP members.

Congratulations to the 2013 Talent Development Scholarship Winners:

  • Lauren Baker, Assistant Editor & Permissions Contact, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • BJ Benson, Assistant VP of Marketing, American Book Company
  • Ryan Bubalo, Director of Curriculum and Implementation, StudySync
  • Tanya Rosbash, Consultant, Education Growth Advisors

Details on applying for the 2014 Talent Development Scholarship will be available in August.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible candidates include individuals who have entered the educational resource industry within the past two years. They must be first-time CIC attendees who wouldn't or couldn't normally attend the conference.

How Do I Apply?
Four scholarships will be awarded based on candidates' commitment to personal growth within the education industry as demonstrated in their letter of application. All letters should include:

  1. Description of current role, career goals, and what they hope to get out of CIC
  2. Description of their company and how it supports career growth
  3. Description of how the candidate will report back to the company from CIC

Candidates' companies must demonstrate support of learning and career development by providing travel expenses for their associate.

The application period for the 2013 Scholarship has cloed.

Additional Requirements
Winners will be asked to write three blog posts to appear on Educational Publishing, the AEP blog: one prior to, one during, and one after the conference. They also agree to blog six months out on the lasting impact of CIC. Candidates may also publish these posts on their own company and/or personal blogs.

The Talent Development Scholarship Program is supported by Jim McVety of First Step Advisors. This program is in its third year and both First Step Advisors and AEP hope to continue to expand and grow the program with the support of additional sponsors. If you are interested in supporting the Talent Development Scholarship Program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 267-351-4327.

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About First Step Advisors
First Step Advisors, founded in 2009, is a specialty advisory firm that provides sales, marketing, and market research to clients across the education marketplace. Led by Jim McVety, a recognized authority on the education industry, First Step provides thought leadership along with tactical marketing and sales support to a wide range of education companies, including eChalk, Triumph Learning and Credit Suisse. First Step is a member of AEP and is proud to be the founding benefactor of its Talent Development Scholarship Program. Learn more about First Step at www.firststepadvisors.com. 


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Save the Date

The 2014 CIC is scheduled for June 2-4 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. Mark your calendars.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014!

The Content in Context Conference is for anyone involved in the creation, sales, distribution, or delivery of educational content or the service providers that support this community.

  • Publishers
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  • Designers
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  • Printers
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  • Marketers
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  • Freelancers
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  • Conversion Services
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