Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) revealed the winners of its 2020 Wonder Women Awards at a sold-out event over this year’s New York Toy Fair, marking the 16th Annual event for the group.
The global organisation focused on advancing women working in toys, licensing and the entertainment, also honoured Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences, who received WIT’s Mentor of the Year Award, and Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer, who received the WIT Changemaker Award.
At its event held on Sunday, February 23rd, WIT revealed the following winners of the 2020 Wonder Women Awards:
Creator/Designer/Inventor – Angie Cella, GemC2, creator of Blinger
Licensor/entertainment – Glenda Beltran, ViacomCBS
Licensee/manufacturer – Anna Mowbray, ZURU
Marketing/PR – Krista Berger, Mattel
Rising Star Corporate
Elaine Chang – Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
Maddie Michalik – The Toy Book
Rising Star Independent
Madison Robinson – FishFlops
Jill Walters – Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld
Social responsibility – Nancy Molenda, Mattel
Mattel CEO Richard Dickson presented the Mentor of the Year Award to Pam Lifford. As President of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences, Lifford is responsible for strengthening consumer engagement across the company’s iconic characters and Global Franchise businesses, including, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Themed Entertainment and fan-focused brands, DC, HBO and Cartoon Network properties.
Meanwhile, ViacomCBS president Pam Kaufman and last year’s Honoree, presented WWE Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon with WIT’s Changemaker Award.
McMahon is responsible for the company’s Brand, Community Relations and Pop Culture strategies, and represents WWE as its global brand ambassador. Among her many contributions, she has been the driving force behind WWE’s women’s evolution, which has given female performers an equal share of the spotlight both in and out of the ring.
Hasbro’s Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner presented longtime WIT President Ashley Mady with WIT’s President Award for her more than six years of service. Under Mady’s leadership, WIT has grown to a global organisation with an infrastructure, hundreds of events and a growth strategy for the future.
WIT also announced yesterday that Janice Ross will lead WIT as its new president, beginning in March.
“It was an absolutely extraordinary evening, with more than 850 guests joining us to celebrate brilliant women making an impact on our industry,” said Genna Rosenberg from GennComm and Jennifer Caveza, from ViacomCBS, Wonder Women Awards Co-Chairs. “The 2020 finalists, winners and honorees all reflect excellence and we can’t wait to continue to watch them shine.”
WIT also presented $2,500 scholarships to 11 deserving students who’ve demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in business, design, engineering and entrepreneurial studies, and with the support of WIT’s generous sponsors.
Many of the recipients were in attendance thanks to the generosity of the Bandai Foundation, which underwrote a special Excursionista travel stipend.
The 16th Annual Wonder Women Awards, held on Sunday, February 23 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, coinciding with Toy Fair New York, honours top female executives, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and other change makers for their accomplishments and impact within the toy, licensing and the entertainment industries.