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WIT announces finalists for Wonder Women Awards

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) has just opened voting to determine this year's Wonder Women Awards winners.
December 17, 2018

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) has announced the finalists for its Wonder Women Awards. The winners in each category—including licensing, marketing and social responsibility—will be recognized at the 15th annual awards ceremony on February 17, during New York International Toy Fair.

Voting is open to all WIT members, the board of directors, the advisory board and key industry influencers until January 11. Tickets for the Wonder Women Awards are available for purchase through WIT’s website, and proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships and develop programming and networking events.

The full list of finalists includes:

Creator/Inventor
Amy Pruzansky – Spin Master
Deirdre Cross – Forrest-Pruzan Creative
Kiyomi Haverly – KidKraft
Letitia Fox – Artful Playdate
Lisa Mahar – Kid O, a division of PlayMonster
Natalie Davis – The Walt Disney Company
Shelly Owen – OLO Industries
Sondra Weiner – Hasbro

Licensing
Danielle Reinhardt – PlayMonster
Gabriela Arenas – Sesame Workshop
Janice Lam – Entertainment One
Jessica Hardy – Hasbro
Jill Wilfert – LEGO
Margaret Abroms – Spin Master
Nicole Hardiman – Moose Toys
Maria Karzaros – Universal Studios

Manufacturing
Alicia Ciancimino – Bandai
Arlene Biran – Spin Master
Brenda Elliott – Irwin Toy
Jacquie Patterson – Hasbro
Jennifer Eiselein – Vtech Electronics North America
Kate Karcher-Clark – YOTTOY Productions
Nancy Sanchez – LEGO Systems
Wendy Gilbreath – InRoad Toys

Marketing/PR
Adrienne Appell – The Toy Association
Britt Bagnall – SuperAwesome
Eva Daly – Moose Toys
Jennifer Vandermeer – The Walt Disney Co.
Joselyn Jang – Amazon
Juli Lennett – The NPD Group
Kathleen Harrington – Hasbro
Sandra Shatilla – Spin Master

Rising Star (Corporate)
Beth Meuhlenkamp – PlayMonster
Chrissy Helmich – Wicked Cool Toys
Erica DiBacco – Nickelodeon
Kate Nichols – Spin Master
Molly Cunningham – Amazon
Rachel Bekerman – Jazwares
Talor Weltman – Mattel
Tatjana Blanusa – LEGO Systems

Rising Star (Independent)
Angelyn Myers – The Original My “Buddy” Towel
Christine Mangnall-Schwarz – Cozy Wings
Marissa Louie – Animoodles
Natalie Rebot – Moonlite World
Robin Sydney – Zorbitz
Stephanie Costabile Crowley – Chizcomm
Trina McFarland – TinkerTini

Sales
Anne Carrihill – Amazon
Bess Milner – Mattel
Danielle Borbon – Wicked Cool Toys
LeeAnn Lanzo – The Walt Disney Company
Lindsay Britt – Viacom
Lisa Wiggins – Diverse Marketing
Marian Bossard – The Toy Association
Mary Pearson – PlayMonster

Social Responsibility
Amy Knight – Hasbro
Jennifer Pace Robinson – Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Kelly Oriard – Slumberkins
Odette Levy – Spin Master
Teresa Samaniego – ABC7

About The Author
Elizabeth Foster is Kidscreen's Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor. Contact Elizabeth at efoster@brunico.com

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