WIT to Host NYCC Panel

WITLogoWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) will host a panel for New York Comic Con on “The Power of Narrative: Iconic Characters and How They Reflect a Dynamic Culture.” The panel will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Panel moderator, Zuri Rice, vice president of production and development at Nickelodeon, will lead the panel, which will explore the ways storytelling and narrative in the contemporary world reflect and reinforce cultural changes from gender to interaction and identification. Panelists include Casey Collins, executive vice president, consumer products at WWE; Melissa Flores, director of development and production at Saban Brands; Tonya Lindo, director of licensing for North America at Nelvana; and Random House kids author Bill Doyle.

Acting Chairman of the U.S. CPSC, Creata CEO, and Walmart Executives to Headline at WIT Empowerment Day

WITEmpowermentDayIndustry leaders will mentor female entrepreneurs and women-led business owners at Women in Toys, Licensing, & Entertainment‘s Empowerment Day at Fall Toy Preview on Monday, October 2. Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Norma Rosenhain, Creata Founder and CEO, and Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of Toys at Walmart and her buying team at Walmart and Walmart.com are headlining this year. All Fall Toy Preview exhibitors and guests are welcome to attend the speaker portions of the day below, as well as WIT’s Cocktails & Connections after-party. [Read more...]

WIT Accepting Nominations for Elise Lachowyn Mentorship Award

WITEmpowermentDayWomen in Toys, Licensing, & Entertainment is accepting nominations for the Elise Lachowyn Mentorship Award, to be presented at the 2018 Wonder Women Awards Gala.

The Elise Lachowyn Mentorship Award honors an individual, female or male, who is recognized by her or his mentees and industry peers for having provided valuable advice, support, and guidance. Through a significant commitment of their time and effort, the award honoree will have contributed to the growth of the toy, licensing, or entertainment industry by building their mentee’s professional skills and abilities. Mentees can be inside or outside of the mentor’s business.

Nominations will be open until Oct. 1. Click here to nominate a mentor!

 

Registration Deadline Extended for WIT’s Empowerment Day

WITEmpowermentDayThe registration deadline for Women In Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment‘s (WIT) Empowerment Day has been extended to August 31. The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 2, the day before Fall Toy Preview begins in Dallas.

Attendees will have the opportunity to pitch to Walmart, participate in speed mentoring Info Sessions, and more. The event is free for WIT members. Click here to register!

Nominations Now Open for 14th Annual Women In Toys Wonder Women Awards

WonderWomanNominations for Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT)‘s 14th Annual Wonder Women Awards are now open. The awards honor top female thought leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and other changemakers whose work or product has made a positive impact in toys, licensing, and entertainment. Honorees will be celebrated at the annual Gala on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, during New York International Toy Fair.  [Read more...]

WIT Hosts Summertime Referral Contest

WITLogoWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) is hosting a referral contest from June through September. The chapter with the highest percentage of new members brought in through referrals will win $100 to be used toward any event and a Project Genius brainteaser bundle valued at $500 for the winning chapter’s local charity or school of choice. Plus, referring a member will receive $25 off their next WIT membership renewal.

To participate, have a friend fill out an application here and make sure the “Who Referred You?” box is filled out.

Registration Open for WIT Empowerment Day

womenintoysThe Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT)’s Empowerment Day will be on Oct. 2 this year, the day before the Fall Toy Preview in Dallas. WIT Empowerment Day is held in collaboration with Walmart and will feature product pitches, mentorship, and face-to-face connections with various members of the industry.

The goal of the event is to help entrepreneurs, manufacturers, inventors, and business owners to strengthen their career in toys, games, licensing, and entertainment. Members of WIT will be able to pitch their products to Walmart buyers and pitch products and concepts to companies such as Hasbro, Spin Master, PlayMonster, and Jazwares for licensing or feedback. Opportunities for “Ask an Expert” Info Sessions and “Looking to Launch” Bootcamp sessions will also be available for members.

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WIT Introduces New Board and Advisory Members

LOGO1 copyWomen in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) added two new members to its board of directors. Gena Lavallee, senior buyer at Toys “R “Us, and Brandi Pinsker, founder and CEO of Project Genius, were recently appointed to the board. Maura Regan, executive vice president at LIMA Licensing, was also appointed to WIT’s advisory board.

WIT also welcomed chairs in its Puerto Rico and France divisions. Tree House Kids vice president Johanna López-Falero was appointed to Puerto Rico, while 123 Conseil Director Christine Pagini and Bandai Country Manager Mathilde Dezalys were appointed in France.

WIT to Host Next Learn the Ropes Webinar

WITLearntheRopesWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) will host its next “Learn the Ropes” webinar, Responsible Sourcing 101: The Essentials of Ethical Toys, tomorrow from 12 to 1 p.m. Presented by Carmel Giblin, president and CEO of the ICTI Care Foundation, the webinar will give a better understanding of why responsible sourcing plays a vital role in the toy and entertainment industry. [Read more...]

WIT Announces Winners at Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala

WIT2017The 13th annual Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) Gala hosted more than 600 industry executives and honored leaders in the toy industry.

The 2017 Wonder Women Awards Winners include ZAG’s Andre Lake Mayer as Wonder Woman in Entertainment; Mattel’s Jennifer Bennett as Wonder Woman in Licensing; Jazwares’ Laura Zebersky as Wonder Woman in Manufacturing; and PlayMonster’s Lisa Wuennemann as Wonder Woman in Marketing. Six winners were also awarded the Wonder Woman Rising Star award, including The Toy Book/The Toy Insider’s Marissa DiBartolo; IAmElemental’s Julie Kerwin; JazWings’ Karen Kilpatrick; Disney’s Kathryn Hardy; Hasbro’s Nikki Kennamer; and Moose Toys’ Stephanie Haggery.  [Read more...]