WIT announces 2018 Wonder Women award winners

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment has held the 14th annual Wonder Women Awards Gala on Sunday, February 18th, coinciding with the 2018 New York International Toy Fair.

The Gala celebrated industry trailblazers for their outstanding contributions in toys, licensing and entertainment across a variety of disciplines, including creative, marketing, manufacturing, sales, PR and more.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Wonder Woman Creator Inventor Award  

Sydney Wiseman, WowWee

Wonder Woman in Licensing Award 

Menal McGrath, Moose Toys

Wonder Woman in Manufacturing Award

Diana Young, Spin Master

Wonder Woman in Marketing Award

Julie Powell Christopher, Entertainment One

Wonder Woman in Public Relations Award

Susan Murphy, Coyne PR

Wonder Woman Retailer Award

Cindy Levitt, Hot Topic

Wonder Woman Rising Stars 

Ali Mierzejewski, The Toy Insider

Stephanie Mendoza, Sesame Workshop

Wonder Woman in Sales Award

Donna Moore, TTPM

“WIT is beyond proud of our new Wonder Women,” said WIT President Ashley Mady. “Collectively, these powerhouse women lead a success story beyond the toy industry. In fact, WIT was just recognized by Nasdaq for the work our members contribute to overall business.”

In addition to the Wonder Woman Awards, WIT celebrated several honourees at their Gala: Norma Rosenhain, Creata CEO with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Nancy Zwiers, EVP and Global CMO at Spin Master, with the Elise Lachowyn Mentorship Award, and the Wonder Girl Award was given to the Toys R Us President of Play, 12-year-old Ariana Gentry.

“WIT supports a culture that drives passion and excellence, and our winners empower others to achieve success. Their work product inspires the next generation of pioneers and leaders,” added Gala Chairs, Genna Rosenberg, Janice Ross and Jennifer Caveza.

WIT also presented scholarships 10 college students through the foundation’s scholarship program. The scholarship recipients are as follows:

Wharton: Venture Initiation Program

Meriem Djelmami-Hani

FIT Toy Design

Karen Harel

Stanford Design Program

Lee Marom

OCAD: Faculty of Design 

Willow Sharp

OTIS Toy Design 

Juliette Ward

OTIS Toy Design

Erika Jennings

University of Arkansas

Parker Milner

Long Island University

Abigail Sollecito

Long Island University

Judith Solorzano


Madison Seeley

2018 marked the second year of WIT’s Superhero Circle program, which is a means to make personal donations in support of WIT’s programming, initiatives, and scholarship program. Donations may be designated to honour the memory of loved ones.

WIT’s mission is funded through the support of its 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

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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