Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment has elected six new members to its Board of Directors for 2021, with executives from the likes of Mattel, ViacomCBS, and Warner Bros joining the board.
Four candidates were elected in January 2021 to serve their first term. Amy Thompson, EVP and chief people officer, Mattel, and Kristi Wasmer, SVP, retail sales and marketing, ViacomCBS join Michelle Wever, senior sales executive, Toy’n Around, and Shawn Smith, director of PR, Warner Bros to take up roles on the board.
Two candidates were also elected in August 2021 to serve their first term, in the form of Angelina Castro, director of marketing, Jazwares, and Kristin Lecour, co-VP, Consumer Products & Vice President, Distribution, 9Story Media Group
“Our 2021 WIT Board appointments are now complete. These powerful leaders each bring a unique set of skills and talents that will drive our mission forward,” said Janice Ross, WIT President.
“The work we do at WIT to advance women in toys, licensing and entertainment has never been more important than in today’s volatile business environment, where we’re losing women in the workplace due to fallout from the pandemic.
“We’re thrilled for the leadership these women bring to our board. Their innovative ideas, expertise, and passion for our mission and vision further strengthens the profound impact we’re having on our industry.”
Founded in 1991, Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) / The WIT Foundation is a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves a diverse community of professionals at all stages of their career.
As a voice for the toy, licensing and entertainment industries advocating for gender equality and the advancement of women, WIT provides women with a community of belonging that opens doors to people, resources and opportunity through events, education and programming.
The WIT Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students enrolled in industry-related undergraduate programs. WIT has 25 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, France, the UK and Australia, with liaisons in Finland, Germany, India and Lebanon.