Diana Childress
VP, Business Development, Blackboard Inc.


Diana Childress is VP, Business Development, where she leads the strategy for the company’s efforts to bring new, customer-driven content solutions to Blackboard’s global client community. Childress is a publishing and information industry veteran with extensive leadership experience in the convergence of content and technology within education.

At Blackboard, Childress works directly with leading companies such as Pearson, Cengage Learning, and McGraw Hill to manage partnerships that allow for the delivery of educational content directly to faculty and students through Blackboard’s e-learning platform.

Prior to joining Blackboard, Childress served in a number of executive positions with some of the largest higher education publishers and has been responsible for significant innovations in the development and delivery of education content as learners move from traditional consumption of print course materials to online learning environments.

Childress served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Gale Cengage Learning, a leading e-research and education publishing firm, where she helped to lead a transformative print-to-digital effort that brought online Gale’s vast reference collection combined with other third party content. At Gale, Childress oversaw a $10 million marketing budget and was a key player in the re-branding of Thomson Learning to Cengage Learning.

Prior to this role, Childress served as Vice President of Marketing at WoltersKluwer Health, a $300 million health science publisher, where she oversaw a budget of more than $25 million and a staff of 75. Childress previously held executive positions at ProQuest Information & Learning, Vcampus.com, and Harcourt Brace College Publishers. Highlights include leading a groundbreaking effort to leverage Proquest’s print and digital library holdings by bringing them into the classroom via technology and leading the execution of a successful IPO with UOL Publishing (now Vcampus.com), Inc., an early LMS-content integrated solution for corporate and higher education.

Childress holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications Arts and Marketing from C.W. Post College. She currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland and is an avid boater, fly fisherwoman and gourmet cook.


Diana Childress (Blackboard Inc.), Ray Henderson (Blackboard Learn)
Presents Blackboard's vision of the evolving relationship between LMS & digital publishers & the potential for great mutual benefit. Presenters will argue that new model can catalyze greater consumption of digital products with improved economics & expanded global reach & that OER is a positive development that will further the market for commercial digital content. Read more.
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ingram Content Group
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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