Women in Toys Announces Nominees for 12 Annual Wonder Women Awards

45d2d355-1dc4-46da-af13-75bedb5a57b8Women in Toys Licensing and Entertainment (WIT), will honor a dozen women business leaders, its founders, and more than 50 finalists at the 12th Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala, which is also celebrating 25 years of the organization.

Game Changer Stylist Micaela Erlanger and Positive Body Image Advocate and Supermodel EMME will be present WIT’s Game Changer Award to Mattel. WIT will also present Sydney and Toni Lowe, two toy making entrepreneurs and the creators of Poketti pocket plush, with the Wonder Girl Award.

2016 Wonder Women Awards Finalists:


  • Amie Zukowski, Product Desinger at GoldieBlox
  • Gretchen Forrest, Vice President of Girls Design & Development at Hasbro
  • Beth Hageman, Staff Designer, Fisher-Price at Mattel
  • Jacqui Tobias, Director and Head of Girls Product Development at Moose Toys
  • Golbarg Bashi, President at Goldbarg Bashi LLC
  • Jill Wilfret, Vice President of Inbound Licensing & Entertainment at the Lego Group
  • Grace Hawthorne, Founder and CEO at Paper Punk
  • Nomi Vela, Director of Product Development, Hardlines at Disney
  • Samantha Martin, CEO at Props in a Box


  • Dianne Bellchambers, Business Manager at Moose Toys
  • Marissa Mansolilo, Senior Manager of Global Publishing at Hasbro
  • Divya Dalal, Director of Licensing, Lucasfilm, Hardlines at Disney
  • Pamela Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer Products at Nickelodeon
  • Joan Grasso, Vice President of Licensing North America at Entertainment One


  • Anita Choy, General Manager at Moose Toys
  • Laura Zebersky, Co-Owner and Chief Commercial Officer at Jazwares
  • Catherine Demas, Global Business Lead and Vice President of Preschool & Girls Design at Spin Master
  • Martha Sneider, Founder at Logo Loops LLC
  • Erica Zubriski, Vice President of Sales Mattel
  • Reisa Schwartzman, Founder and President at Griddly Games
  • Iris Solomon, National Sales Manager at SMART Toys & Games
  • Stephanie Hunts, Co-Owner and Inventor at Magformers LLC
  • Jenny Stern, Co-Founder at Diggin


  • Anouk Zisa, Vice President of Marketing at Ozobot (Evollve, Inc.)
  • Kristina Duncan, Vice President of Global Marketing Communications at Mattel
  • Donna Moore, Advertising Director at aNB Media & TTPM.com
  • Lisa Whitaker, Senior Vice President of Marketing at JAKKS Pacific
  • Kimberly Willis Boyd, Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Gaming & Partner Brands at Hasbro

Public Relations

  • Michelle Chidoni, Senior Director of Global Brand Communications at Mattel
  • Tara Tucker, Vice President of Global Marketing Communications at Spin Master
  • Sheena Stephens, Vice President at MWW

Rising Star

  • Cassie Slane, Co-Founder and CEO at Dreamland Fairy
  • Laurie Peterson, Founder and CEO at Build & Imagine Toys
  • Cristina Liquori, Senior Manager of Customer Development for Amazon at the Lego Group
  • Molly Cox, Vice President of Retail Development & Hardlines at Nickelodeon
  • Jaime Wolanski, Account Manager at The Wilko Group
  • Nyssa Harris, Inventor and Designer at Naryssa’s Dolls
  • Katie Jarvis, Owner and Creative Director at Boy Story LLC
  • Sara Sakowitz, Founder and CEO at Blue Moon Box
  • Krissa Watry, Co-Founder and CEO at Dynepic, Inc.
  • Sofia Dickens, Founder and CEO at EQtainment
  • Krista Berger, Director of Global Brand Marketing, MEGA Kids & Preschool at Mattel
  • Tami Murphy, Marketing Manager at Haywire Group
  • Laura Guilbault, Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing, Disney Princess and Frozen at Hasbro
  • Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Founder and Creative Director at Healthy Roots

Social Influencer

  • Heather Lopez, Owner at Bloggin’ Mamas
  • Melissa & Gracie Hunter, Mommy and Gracie Show, Founder of Family Video Network
  • Melanie Notkin, Founder at Savvy Auntie
  • Natalie Diaz, Founder and CEO Twiniversity

Social Responsibility

  • Joan Lawrence, Senior Vice President of Standards & Regulatory Affairs at TIA
  • Sylvia Medina, Founder and Creator at Green Kids Club


  • Lynsey Clark, Associate Buyer at Zulily
  • Gena Lavallee, Senior Buyer at Toys R Us
  • Anne Marie Kehoe, Vice President of Toys at Walmart

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Chelsey Hubric

Chelsey Hubric

Chelsey Hubric is the editorial intern at Adventure Publishing Group and Toy Insider. She is a senior at Hofstra University, majoring in journalism with a minor in global studies. Chelsey enjoys spending her free time binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix and hanging out with her friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @chubric25.