WIT Reveals Wonder Women Awards Nominees

Executives from UBM, Hasbro, Jazwares, Mattel and Moose Toys, among many others, make up this year’s award nominees.

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment has named the nominees for the 13th Annual Wonder Women Awards, which honors top female executives who have made a positive impact in toys.

This year’s nominees for the awards come from a raft of companies, including Jazwares, Moose Toys, Mattel, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and Disney, among others. Additionally, Jessica Blue, senior vice president, licensing, UBM (organizers of Licensing Expo and Brand Licensing Europe) was nominated in the licensing category.

Nominees for the awards come from a host of companies, including Mattel, Hasbro.

The Gala theme for 2017 will be WIT Changemakers: Playing it Forward. Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the annual Gala, Feb. 19, at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York City.

The full nominees list includes:

Licensing

  • Jessica Blue, senior vice president, licensing, UBM
  • Dianne Bellchambers, business manager, Australia, Moose Toys
  • Erin Stein, publisher, Imprint-Macmillan Publishing
  • Hayley Maguire, senior director of global creative and product development, Hasbro Consumer Products
  • Jennifer Bennett, senior director, strategic development, global licensing and entertainment partnerships, Mattel
  • Karyn Weiss, senior vice president, licensing and business development, Accessory Innovations
  • Marie Todd, director of licensing, Komar Kids
  • Meredith Norrie, director, Marvel licensing and business development, The Walt Disney Company
  • Sujata Luther, executive vice president, consumer insights, Nickelodeon

Entertainment

  • André Lake Mayer, president, global brand strategy and consumer products, ZAG Animation Studios
  • Cathy Galeota, senior vice president, preschool current series, Nickelodeon
  • Meghan McCarthy, co-head, storytelling, Hasbro
  • Julie Pistor, vice president, executive producer, Mattel

Marketing

  • Christina Schick, vice president, marketing, Madame Alexander Dolls
  • Claire Tindall, senior director, marketing and communications, Sphero
  • Deborah Salmon, president, Salmon Borre Group
  • Kristin Hamilton, senior director of partner brands, Hasbro
  • Laurie Conway, vice president of marketing, Alex Brands
  • Lesley Singleton, managing director and head of play, Playtime PR
  • Lisa Wuennemann, director of marketing, PlayMonster (formerly Patch Products)
  • Lynn Rosenblum, marketing consultant, Middle School Moguls
  • Marina Gorey, chief of staff, SuperAwesome
  • Sejal Shah Miller, vice president, global marketing, Mattel
  • Sharon Vinderine, founder and chief executive officer, PTPA Media
  • Sheena Stephens, group vice president, MWWPR
  • Tamara Horowitz, vice president and executive producer, creative content, Spin Master

Manufacturing

  • Anita Choy, general manager, Asia, Moose Toys
  • Anna Mowbray, chief operating officer, Zuru Toys
  • Deirdre Cross, director of production, Forrest-Pruzan Creative
  • Gretchen Forrest, vice president of global design and development, Hasbro
  • Julia Prohaska, vice president, global marketing, American Girl, Mattel
  • Kelly Woon, senior director and general manager, Canada, Funrise
  • Laura Zebersky, chief operating officer, Jazwares
  • Tara Badle, director, brand management, Bandai America

Rising Star

  • Annalisa Batista-Ferreira, senior global brand marketing manager, Mattel
  • Catherine Croft Swanwick, chief executive officer, Catilli Games
  • Jenny Kile, founder/inventor, Kardtects Building Cards
  • Julie Kerwin, creator, IAmElemental
  • Karen Kilpatrick, vice president, marketing, JazWings
  • Kathryn Hardy, senior manager, Marvel licensing, Disney Consumer Products
  • Kelley Williams, co-founder and chief executive officer, Paige & Paxton
  • Kirsten Augustad de Molina, senior director, operations and logistics, WABA Fun
  • Laura Barta, president, Whole Wide World Toys
  • Lisa Pelletier, chief executive officer, Bears2Go
  • Madeline Hunter, vice president, Hunter Products
  • Marissa DiBartolo, senior editor and director of digital/social media at Toy Book/Toy Insider
  • Nicole Jakob, founder and chief renegade, Part Time Renegade
  • Nikki Kennamer, director of global brand strategy and marketing, family gaming, Hasbro
  • Stephanie Haggerty, brand manager, Moose Toys
  • Stephanie Simpson Bughi, director, global brand marketing, Funrise

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