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Exploring Writing as a Passion (Resilience Series #11)
Have you ever wanted to write the next “great American novel”? One of the positive aspects of the pandemic is that many of us had time to explore talents and passions that we never had time for in years past.

Thursday, March 10, 2022 

6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.

(A Zoom Event)

Many of us have thought about writing, but never had the time to pursue it.  Pat Hubbell, SM '91, and SBAA Board Member will moderate this discussion between Audrey Daum, SBAA Board Member and Steven Spatz, President Emeritus of BooKBaby. Audrey Daum, SM ’88, wrote "The Little Floof's Book of Money" in 2020 which was published with BookBaby.  Her book is targeted at helping young children learn about basic money concepts in a lighthearted manner.  The book is brilliantly illustrated.  Audrey will discuss why the topic was so important to her as a financial services professional; why she decided to self-publish; how she found her illustrator (not what you think); and the obstacles that she encountered.  In addition, we will explore publishing with Steven Spatz, who will discuss the various options to getting published.

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Audrey Daum, SM '88, is a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Association of Boston Board and is Co-Chair of the Resilience Series, Marketing Chair and Co-Chair of Women's Events . She was named a Five Star Wealth Manager, listed in Boston Magazine from 2011 to the present. Audrey Daum is a Senior Vice President – Investments with Moors & Cabot. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Ms. Daum was employed as Director-Investments, Oppenheimer. Prior to that she was employed as a Vice President and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management from 1998 to 2010. She was also employed as a Senior Business Manager at Merrill Lynch from 1996 to 1998. Prior to that, from 1994 to 1996, she was a Vice President of Institutional Fixed Income Sales at Citicorp Securities and Vice President of Corporate Finance from 1988 to 1994. While at Citicorp, she was responsible for leading and negotiating Donald Trump’s loan restructurings with a 64-member bank group. She is an advocate for financial literacy and authored "The Little Floof's Book of Money". Audrey holds an MBA in Finance from MIT Sloan, she spent two years at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and holds an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. Her email is

Pat Hubbell, SM '91, is a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Association of Boston Board of Directors, co-leads two interest groups; The BIEN/Entrepreneurship Series and The Resilience Series. She is also policy advisor for the MIT CIO Symposium Planning Committee. When not working on events to support the careers of MIT Sloan Alum in New England, Pat keeps very busy as co-founder and executive director of Candorful, a non-profit start-up preparing veterans, transitioning military, and military spouses for job interviews. Since launching in 2018 Candorful has supported over 2000 military job candidates through their transition. Pat has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and an SM in Management from MIT Sloan.

Steven Spatz is President Emeritus of BookBaby, the nation's leading self-publishing services company. Spatz's professional writing career began at age 13, paid by the word to bang out little league baseball game stories on an ancient manual typewriter for southern Oregon weekly newspapers. His journalism career continued after graduation from the University of Oregon at several daily newspapers in Oregon.

When his family took over a direct marketing food business, Spatz redirected his writing and design skills into producing catalogs. The Pinnacle Orchards catalog was named "Best Food Catalog," received dozens of other national awards, and the business grew into one of the nation's largest gourmet fruit gift businesses.

After the company was sold, Spatz continued his direct marketing career with Fortune 500 companies including Mattel and Hasbro. He joined AVL Digital in 2004 to lead the direct-to-consumer marketing teams for music industry-leading brands Disc Makers, Oasis, and CD Baby. After serving as Chief Marketing Officer, Spatz was tapped to lead the company's new publishing division in late 2014. The company is headquartered in Pennsauken, NJ (just outside Philadelphia, PA) and meets the printed book and eBook needs of thousands of self-publishing authors around the globe. Steven loves to hear from authors, editors, and publishers in the BookBaby community with tales of publishing trials and triumphs. To tell him your story, write to



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Thursday, Mar 10 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm [ iCal ]
A Zoom Event

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