Brandi Larsen is a writer, speaker, and coach building a more inclusive publishing landscape. She speaks to audiences about leadership, grief, and how the book publishing process really works. She writes books and essays.

As a publishing executive at Penguin Random House, she helped create New York Times bestsellers. As a journalist, her efforts earned Emmy nominations. As a speaker, her talks inspired audiences at Harvard Business School, Book Expo America, Case Western Reserve University, the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference, and the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, among others. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines, literary journals, textbooks, industry guidelines, and online.

Brandi is passionate about helping her community. She serves as board president of Literary Cleveland, volunteers with her local PTA, mentors caregivers through the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, and sponsors the annual Eileen Kleinert Memorial Scholarship. In her free time, she marries creative couples.

Her father, Eric Kleinert, is her favorite author and she believes every household needs his book, Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances.