Women in Toys to honour actor Geena Davis and Mattel’s Jill Barad at 2017 Gala

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment is to honour the Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis with its 2017 Changemaker Award.

Davis will be honoured for her work in flying the flag for gender equality in film and entertainment as well as being an impactful advocate to the toy industry on the importance of improving the gender balance.

She will be named at the annual WIT Wonder Women Awards Gala on February 19th next year in New York City.

Joining Davis in this year’s honours list will be Jill Barad, the former chairman and CEO of Mattel who will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Wonder Women Awards Gala theme will be WIT Changemakers: Playing it Forward, recognising and honouring female executives who create positive change by giving back and paving the way for future leaders.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Geena Davis and Jill Barad this year,” said Genna Rosenberg, co-chair of the Wonder Women Awards Gala and principal of GennComm.

“Both have made history for women in our industry and helped pave the way for today’s businesswoman to grow, thrive and prosper on a more level playing field.”

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