US TOY FAIR: WIT's Wonder Women Awards winners revealed

Spin Master, Hasbro, Moose Toys and Entertaiment One all win big at this year's Gala event.
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The 2016 Women in Toys Wonder Women Awards winners have been revealed at a prestigious event that was held during the New York Toy Fair.

More than 500 executives in toys, licensing and entertainment gathered on Sunday, February 14th to celebrate the 12th annual Gala event and the 25th year of Women in Toys as well as honour those crowned this year’s winners.

Hosted by Women in Toys, the event awarded 12 distinguished winners from over 50 nominees from around the world, among whom the Founders Award was handed to Anne Pitrone and Susan Matsumoto who created WIT 25 years ago.

The ceremony also saw the Game Changer Award handed to Mattel for the evolution of its Barbie brand with the recent expansion of the Barbie Fashionistas, while both Sydney and Toni Loew picked up the Wonder Girl Award for their efforts in developing the Poketti pocket plush line.

The full list of winners form the 2016 gala event are:

Manufacturer: Cat Demas, Vice President & Global Business Head, Preschool Girls Spin Master
Rising Star: Laura Guilbault, Director of Product & Marketing Strategy for Disney Princess and Frozen, Hasbro Public Relations: Tara Tucker, Vice President of Global Marketing Communications, Spin Master
Designer / Inventor: Jacqui Tobias, Director and Head of Girls Product Development, Moose Toys
Licensing & Entertainment: Joan Grasso, Vice President of Licensing North America, Entertainment One Marketing: Kimberly Willis Boyd, Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Gaming & Partner Brands, Hasbro
Social Responsibility: Joan Lawrence, Senior V.P. of Standards & Regulatory Affairs, Toy Industry Association Social Influencer: Melissa & Gracie Hunter, Mommy & Gracie Show / Family Video Network Retailer, Anne Marie Kehoe, Vice President of Toys, Walmart

“Congratulations to this year’s winners, honourees and nominees,” said Genna Rosenberg, principal at GennComm and co-chair of the Wonder Women Awards Dinner.

“All of them are leaders and amazing, creative resources of this industry, and we are so proud and honoured to be able to recognise them.”


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WIT reveals winners at Annual Wonder Women Awards

‘It’s an extraordinary time for us, and the perfect moment to champion women who influence our industries and, even more critical, influence the world around them – women who change the game,’ says Genna Rosenberg.

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