Women in Toys Reveals Wonder Women Awards Nominees

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment has revealed the nominees for its 13th Annual Wonder Women Awards, honoring top female executives who have had a positive impact on the business of play. The theme of the 2017 Awards Gala — being held Feb. 19 in New York City — is “WIT Changemakers: Playing it Forward.”

As previously announced, the 2017 Changemaker Award honoree is Geena Davis, co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jill Barad, a former Chairman and CEO of Mattel, who shattered the glass ceiling when she became one of the most prominent female chief executives in America.

The nominees represent a broad swath of companies, including major industry Jazwares, Moose Toys, Mattel, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and Disney, and firms on the rise like ZAG Animation Studios.

2017 Wonder Women Awards nominees:


Jessica Blue, SVP, Licensing, UBM

Dianne Bellchambers, Business Manager, Australia, Moose Toys

Erin Stein, Publisher, Imprint-Macmillan Publishing

Hayley Maguire, Senior Director of Global Creative & Product Development, Hasbro Consumer Products

Jennifer Bennett, Senior Director, Strategic Development, Global Licensing & Entertainment Partnerships, Mattel

Karyn Weiss, SVP, Licensing & Business Development, Accessory Innovations

Marie Todd, Director of Licensing, Komar Kids

Meredith Norrie, Director, Marvel Licensing & Business Development, The Walt Disney Company

Sujata Luther, EVP, Consumer Insights, Nickelodeon


André Lake Mayer, President, Global Brand Strategy & Consumer Products, ZAG Animation Studios

Cathy Galeota, SVP, Preschool Current Series, Nickelodeon

Meghan McCarthy, Co-Head, Storytelling, Hasbro

Julie Pistor, VP, Executive Producer, Mattel


Christina Schick, VP, Marketing, Madame Alexander Dolls

Claire Tindall, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, Sphero

Deborah Salmon, President, Salmon Borre Group

Kristin Hamilton, Senior Director of Partner Brands, Hasbro

Laurie Conway, VP of Marketing, Alex Brands

Lesley Singleton, Managing Director & 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, VP, Global Marketing, Mattel

Sharon Vinderine, Founder and CEO, PTPA Media

Sheena Stephens, Group Vice President, MWWPR

Tamara Horowitz, VP and Executive Producer, Creative Content, Spin Master


Anita Choy, General Manager, Asia, Moose Toys

Anna Mowbray, Chief Operating Officer, Zuru Toys

Deirdre Cross, Director of Production, Forrest-Pruzan Creative

Gretchen Forrest, VP of Global Design & Development, Hasbro

Julia Prohaska, VP, Global Marketing, American Girl, Mattel

Kelly Woon, Senior Director & 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, VP, Marketing, JazWings

Kathryn Hardy, Senior Manager, Marvel Licensing, Disney Consumer Products

Kelley Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, Paige & Paxton

Kirsten Augustad de Molina, Senior Director, Operations & 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 & Director of Digital/Social Media at Toy Book/Toy Insider

Nicole Jakob, Founder & Chief Renegade, Part Time Renegade

Nikki Kennamer, Director of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing, Family Gaming, Hasbro

Stephanie Haggerty, Brand Manager, Moose Toys

Stephanie Simpson Bughi, Director, Global Brand Marketing, Funrise

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