On the opening night of the 109th American International Toy Fair, more than 50 of the most influential and impactful women business leaders in toys, licensing, and children’s entertainment were honored at the 8th Annual Wonder Women of Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment Awards Dinner in New York City. More than 300 industry executives attended the newly revamped event, hosted by Women in Toys (WIT), as they honored the 2012 Wonder Woman Award winners, including Adventure Publishing Group’s own Jackie Breyer and Laurie Schacht.

The winners were: Lori Rotter of Blip Toys for designer or inventor; Laurie Zoob Hyman of Green Toys for entrepreneur; Jackie Breyer of Adventure Publishing for journalism and social media; Jennifer Richmond of Richmond Management Group for licensing agent; Lauren Whitehead of Jakks Pacific for licensee; JoAnn McLaughlin of Disney Consumer Products for licensor; Joanne Oppenheim of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for lifetime achievement; Jennifer Caveza of Jakks Pacific for manufacturer; Sasha Junk of Kidz Bop for marketing, advertising, and branding; Laurie Schacht of Adventure Publishing for publishing; Janis VanTine of Imperial Toy for public relations and communications; Lori Costley of Walmart for retailer of the year; Elizabeth Miller of Hasbro for rising star; Renee Lochhead of Spin Master for sales; and Deidre Lind of Mattel for social responsibility. You can see all of the nominees on the Women in Toys Facebook page at www.facebook.com/womenintoys.

Additionally, through the WIT Foundation, scholarships were granted to students whose focus and major in college is toy design. This year’s scholarship recipients are from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York; Avni Institute of Art & Design in Jerusalem, Israel; Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles; and the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, Canada.

This post was originally written by Elizabeth A. Reid and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.