Women in Toys Honors Outstanding Business Leaders at 9th Annual Wonder Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment Awards

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WIT and Walmart Launch Global Women's Empowerment Initiative; 38-year Hasbro Vet Cathy Meredith presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

Women in Toys presented its 2013 Wonder Women Awards and inaugural Superman Awards to a dozen outstanding Business leaders in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment at the 9th Annual Wonder Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment Awards attended by more than 300 industry executives. The Awards Dinner recognized and celebrated the most outstanding women in our industry. WIT has grown The Wonder Women Dinner into a coveted annual event for women and men who are the super heroes of our industry, remarkable leaders, tireless innovators and those who have made a lasting impression. The Women in Toy Foundation also recognized future toy industry leaders, outstanding young women in toy design programs worldwide with Scholarships distributed at the Awards Dinner on February 10, 2013.

The 2013 Wonder Woman Winners Are:
Lifetime Achievement Award - Cathy Meredith - Hasbro
Rising Star -- Caitlin Gutekunst - Licensing Manager, Americas - Mind Candy
PR * Social Media -- Jen Derevensky - President - Ren Beanie Public Relations
Manufacturer -- Gale Jarvis - President - Alexander Doll Co.
Designer or Inventor -- Nancy Zwiers - Chief Funosopher - Funosophy
Licensing & Entertainment - Lourdes Arocho - VP, Toys and Games - Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Socially Responsible -- Jean Butler - Executive Director, The Toy Industry Foundation
Retailer - Leila Nosrati - Buyer, Girls' Toys - Toys R Us
Marketing or Branding - Alita Friedman - Chief Brand Officer & Principal - Pretty Ugly, LLC
Superman Award - Jay Foreman - The Bridge
Superman Award - Carter Keithley - The Toy Industry Association

This year Women in Toys and Walmart are launching a new partnership called The Walmart WIT Global Economic Empowerment Initiative at Toy Fair, developed to help Women owned WIT Members do business with Walmart. The Walmart Toy Buying Team has dedicated an entire afternoon to meet with more than 40 WIT Member Companies who have businesses but are not yet doing business with Walmart. With three tracts of 20 minute long Pitch meetings, this is a groundbreaking opportunity for Women owned businesses and the nation's largest retailer.
"We were thrilled to honor the true innovators who have shined brightly over the past year and throughout their careers, and made indelible marks on the toy industry," said Ashley Mady, president of Brandberry and co-chair of the Wonder Woman Dinner. "In addition to acknowledging 10 remarkable women, we included the first ever Superman awards, Jay Foreman and Carter Keithley for their impactful contributions to WIT and mentoring of Women Business Leaders throughout our industry. We were thrilled to have a robust group of nominees and impressive roster of companies attending the dinner this year to celebrate their accomplishments."

With the buzz in the room and magical twinkling views of the Hudson and Statue of Liberty as the backdrop, this Abigail Kirsch gourmet food event was the place to be. This year's major Wonder Woman Awards Dinner Sponsors included: JAKKS Pacific, Mattel, Toys R Us, Toy Industry Association, Madame Alexander and Funrise.
ABOUT Women In Toys

The Mission of Women in Toys is to provide a professional networking base for women working within the Toy, Licensing and Entertainment Industries and to acknowledge and promote the achievements of these women.

WIT provides resources and information to empower both women and men in our industries. WIT, founded in 1991, has chapters in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, Greece, Israel, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Media Contact:
Genna Rosenberg, Principal at GennComm &
Co-Chair of the Wonder Woman Awards Dinner
T: 818-839-1461 E: Genna(at)GennComm(dot)com

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