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The Leadership Interview Series

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." – John F. Kennedy

Maya Payne Smart is carrying on a legacy of love and literacy by working to create opportunities for more children to experience the joy and power of reading.

The first in our new season of the Seaway Leadership Interview Series, we had the privilege of talking with Maya about her own journey, the experience of writing a book, and the vision for a future where literacy is a part of everyone's life right from the start. 

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February 2023: Interview with Maya Payne Smart, author of Reading for Our Lives: A Literacy Action Plan from Birth to Six

Life Lessons
Maya Payne Smart shares valuable lessons she learned at an early age and the positive impact it's had on her life.
What's more valuable?
Demian Ross discusses how he measures digital subscribers compared to magazine subscribers and which is most valuable.
Way of thinking
Don Rosso shares how he is continually learning and how being curious can make you better at your craft.
The Reader Experience
Lou Aronica discusses how his team discovered the tactile experience of a reader was way more important than they anticipated.
Making a Difference
Maya Payne Smart discusses how organizations are finding creative ways to make literacy a part of everyday life, giving everyone greater opportunities to succeed.
Chasing a Dream
Janine Pettit discusses her journey to creating Girl Camper magazine, and the mission she's on to empower women across the country.
Maya Payne Smart shares some advice she'd give her younger self to make the most of opportunities and pursue dreams.
Starting a movement
Janine Pettit, founder of Girl Camper, discusses how she's working to empower women to live remarkable lives.
Never Stop Improving
Lou Aronica has had an incredible career. A big part of his success is his constant focus on finding ways to improve and grow.

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