WIT Wonder Women Awards 2020

The clock is ticking to get your nominations in for the 16th Annual Wonder Women Awards presented by Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT). Nominations are open through Oct. 31.

The awards, which honor top female executives, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other changemakers for their extraordinary accomplishments and impact within the toy, licensing, and the entertainment industries, will be presented at a special celebration on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York City, coinciding with Toy Fair.

“The WIT Wonder Women Awards celebrate the successes and impact made by remarkable women making a difference in kids entertainment and the global toy market,” says Wonder Women co-chairs, Genna Rosenberg from GennComm and Jennifer Caveza from Nickelodeon. “Each year, hundreds of industry players come together to honor powerhouse women and changemakers who raise the bar for us all.”

2020 Nomination Categories

  • Creator/Designer/Inventor

  • Licensor/Entertainment

  • Licensee/Manufacturer

  • Marketing/PR

  • Rising Star

  • Social Responsibility

Wonder Women Award nominee finalists (announced in early December) will be determined by a vote of the WIT board of directors, advisory board, chapter chairs, and the WIT nominations committee based on the candidate’s achievements and accomplishments in any of the following areas (click here for additional guidelines):

  • Positively impacted her company, peers, or industry, and served as a role model for other individuals or companies in the industry;

  • Contributed to the growth or improvement of her company or the toy, licensing, or entertainment industries; or

  • Garnered widespread industry recognition for her noteworthy accomplishments for the year.

Final voting for the winners will begin in December and will be conducted by WIT members, board members, and key industry influencers.

Karen Kilpatrick, chair of the nominations committee adds, “Let the nominating begin. There is such extraordinary talent in our industry, and each year the WIT Community proudly puts the spotlight on our most exemplary leaders. We can’t wait to see the deserving candidates of the 2020 class!”

WIT thanks Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Disney, Spin Master, Mattel, LEGO, PlayMonster, Jazwares, the Bandai Foundation, and the many sponsors who support the organization year-round and help contribute to the success of the Wonder Women Awards. Proceeds from this event are used to fund scholarships, develop and maintain a full calendar of programs and networking events, and support initiatives for WIT’s members and its community.

To nominate a WIT Wonder Woman candidate, visit www.womenintoys.com.

There is a $100 submission fee in place now through Oct. 31.

The Toy Book is a supporting sponsor of Women in Toys.

Related: See the 2019 Wonder Women Award Winners

About the author

James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.