Our founder and President, Mary Jo Slazak Courchesne, is a publishing veteran with more than 20 years of experience in trade, academic and direct-response publishing, and has spent nearly 2 decades years specializing in licensing, subsidiary rights, and permissions. She is a frequent and polished presenter on licensing and copyright. She firmly believes that everyone from authors to publishers to corporations should “know their rights” when it comes to intellectual property. To that end, she instructed in The George Washington University's Masters in Publishing program for 13 years, first for 11 years as Adjunct Professor for a course entitled Editorial Content, Rights and Permissions, and subsequently as Lecturer in a course on copyright. She is a member of the Copyright Alliance, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has also held memberships with other organizations such as the American Society of Picture Professionals and Washington Publishers. She currently serves as a member of the Advocacy Committee for IBPA, is the "copyright expert" for the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), and is Secretary and board member for The Big Easy in Buffalo.