Women in Toys names awards finalists

by TnP Staff
Published: 21 December 2017, 10:27
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Shortlist for next year's Wonder Women Awards unveiled

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) has unveiled the Wonder Women Awards Finalists for the 14th Wonder Women Awards Gala on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

The Gala celebrates industry leaders for their outstanding contributions in toys, licensing and entertainment, and winners will be announced that evening in the categories of Creator/Innovator, Licensing, Manufacturing, Marketing, Public Relations, Retailer, Sales and Rising Star.

“This year’s finalists represent some of the brightest leaders in our industry, and we are thrilled to celebrate all of them and the incredible winners at the upcoming Gala,” said Janice Ross, Wonder Women Co-Chair, and Business Development and Head of Global Licensing for American Greetings Entertainment. “These women innovate, collaborate and drive their company’s growth in many different and impactful ways, and are very deserving of this honour.”

2018 Wonder Woman Final Nominees are:

Creator/ Inventor

Amy Pruzansky - Senior VP, Global Advanced Concept Team, Spin Master

Laurel Wider - Founder, Wonder Crew

Meghan McCarthy - Head of Allspark Animation, Hasbro

Robin Sydney - President, Zorbitz

Sohyun Park - Manager, Product Development, Disney Junior & Disney Baby, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media

Sydney Wiseman - Brand Manager, WowWee



Claire Gilchrist, Vice President of Consumer Products, Hasbro

Danielle Jones - Brand Business Director, Jazwares

Dawn Ciccone - Vice President, Brand Licensing, PBS

Divya Dalal - Director Licensing, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media

Kate Karcher Clark - Founder & President, YOTTOY

Kristin Sangha - President, Innovative Designs

Menal McGrath - Director of Licensing Acquisitions, Moose Toys

Meredith Norrie - Director, Licensing, Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media



Anna Mowbray - Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer, ZURU Toys

Diana Young - Vice President of Product Development, Spin Master

Stacy Lellos - SVP & General Manager, Klutz

Sydney Wiseman - Brand Manager, WowWee Ltd.



Claire McGarry - Global Head of Girls, Moose Toys

Hailey Wu Sullivan - Vice President, Global Marketing, Girls Toy Box, Mattel

Jennifer Eiselein - VP of Marketing & Product Development, VTech Electronics North America

Julie Powell Christopher - Vice President Marketing North America, Entertainment One

Sarah Orefice - Senior Director, Retail Marketing, Nickelodeon

Tamara Horowitz - VP and Executive Producer Creative Content & Integrated Marketing, COE

Tyla Bucher - Vice President, and My Little Pony Franchise Leader, Hasbro


Public Relations

Amanda Madore - Senior Manager, Brand Relations, LEGO

Laurie Leahey - Senior Editor, TTPM

Michelle Chidoni - Vice President, Global Brand Communications, Mattel

Shawn Smith - Director of Public Relations and Brand Partnerships, MGA Entertainment

Susan Murphy - Vice President, Coyne PR



Cindy Levitt - SVP Merchandise and Marketing, Hot Topic

Ellen Henry - Merchandise Manager, Hallmark Retail, LLC

Leslie Jenkins - Senior Director Marketing, D2C North America, LEGO Systems, Inc.


Rising Star

Ali Mierzejewski - Senior Editor, The Toy Insider

Anna Fronberry - Associate Buyer, Claire’s

Dani Merkrebs - Director of Licensing, Soft Lines, Entertainment One

Ela Pauleus - Senior Director of Sales, Jakks Pacific

Elizabeth Max - Senior Manager, Toy Industry Foundation

Erica Buxton - CEO, EQtainment

Georgia Wistow - Head of Delivery, North America, SuperAwesome

Hattie Elliott Peze - CEO and Head Mermaid Enthusiast, Blankie Tails

Kate Martino - Director of Global Brand & Marketing Strategy, Monopoly, Hasbro

Kate Nichols - Senior Global Brand Manager, Spin Master

Katie Smith - Director, Retail Development, Nickelodeon

Krista Berger - Senior Director, Marketing Barbie, Mattel

Lindsay Albert - Senior Licensing Manager, Toys, Nickelodeon

Madison Bauman - Order and Planning Coordinator, Moose Toys

Meghan Hall - Director, Content Marketing & Integration, LEGO Systems, Inc.

Stephanie Mendoza - Licensing Manager, Sesame Workshop



Christine Turco - Senior Director, Sales, The LEGO Group

Donna Moore - Advertising Director, TTPM (Toys, Tots, Pets & More)

Erin Fish - Senior Director, Sales, Mattel

Kelly Tomaselli - International Account Manager Latin America & Canada, Moose Toys

Laura Fletcher - National Account Manager, Jazwares

Lexi Lazer - Vice President, Sales, Spin Master

Lisa Gilbert - Vice President, Sales, Toys”R”Us and Fan Channel, Hasbro

Mary Pearson - Director of National Accounts, PlayMonster

Voting for the Wonder Women Awards is open to all WIT members, board of directors and advisory board, beginning on December 20, 2017. Tickets to the Gala are now available for purchase here. WIT’s mission is funded through the support of its incredible industry sponsors for 2018, including Mattel, Nickelodeon, Disney, Spin Master, Hasbro, Bandai Foundation, Jazwares, PlayMonster, and many other generous companies. To learn about WIT’s 2018 annual Sponsorship opportunities and individual Superhero Circle donation program, please click here .