Join us on October 2nd in Dallas, where top industry experts will help female entrepreneurs take their business, product or concept to the next level! Get one-on-one mentoring from the best in the business, who will share important trends and insights, and provide you with invaluable education, support, and guidance.
Meet face-to-face in private pitch sessions with Walmart buyers across multiple categories, and Inventor Relations executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, PlayMonster and Jazwares for feedback and licensing opportunities. To be eligible to pitch Walmart, your product must be currently sold online or in stores.
Have questions? Click here to get more details about Empowerment Day.
Monday, October 2, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fall Toy Preview® at Dallas Market Center
This is a free event for WIT members only, however ALL Fall Toy Preview registrants are invited to attend Walmart Buyer Panel and AM & PM speakers, as noted below.
|7:45 AM||Registration Opens|
|8:00 AM||Coffee, Breakfast & Networking|
|8:30 AM||Welcome & Introductions|
|8:40 AM||Keynote: Norma Rosenhain – CEO, Creata – Open to all Fall Toy Preview registrants|
|9:10 AM||Walmart Buyer Panel – Open to all Fall Toy Preview registrants|
|9:40 AM||Empowerment Day Overview|
|10:00 AM||Walmart & Toy Company Pitches / Info Sessions|
|1:00 PM||Lunch & Networking – Generously sponsored by Hasbro|
|2:00 PM||Toy Company Pitch Sessions|
|2:00 PM||Speaker: Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman, U.S. CPSC – Open to all Fall Toy Preview registrants|
|2:20 PM||Looking to Launch Sessions:
– E-commerce Best Practices
– DRTV – Using Direct Response to Launch a Product
– Be an Inventor Panel
|4:30 PM||Sharing, Feedback & Empowerment Day Recap|
|5:30 PM||Cocktails & Connections Party|
Pitch products to Walmart buyers, or products and concepts to top toy companies’ Inventor Relations for feedback or licensing.
Get your concept or business off the ground or to the next level while making priceless connections. This is a once-a-year opportunity you cannot afford to miss.
Register early – Limited pitch sessions available!
Cap off the day at Cocktails & Connections for fun and networking with Fall Toy Preview attendees and exhibitors. Open to all WIT members and non-members. Click here for info and to purchase tickets.
Entrepreneurs, start-ups, small manufacturers, inventors, designers, consultants, freelancers, and anyone wanting to take their play product, concept, idea or business to the next level.
Expect to grow your business and your career, both professionally and personally. Join us for an intimate and highly educational day of insights, inspiration, opportunity, and actionable ideas. Participate in Private Pitch Sessions, Speed-Mentoring Info Sessions, Panel Discussions, and unrivaled opportunities to network with industry thought leaders.
Learn the Ropes Webinar Series: WIT EMPOWERMENT DAY 101
Learn everything you need to know to prepare for Empowerment Day. Hosted by Co-Chairs Nancy Zwiers and Deb de Sherbinin. This webinar is now available via audio broadcast on the Members Only Webinar page.
Visit the WIT Empowerment Day FAQ page for additional information.
Between the opportunity to pitch major retailers, the amount of info learned, and the networking opportunities, WIT Empowerment Day is a must-attend event.
Great job! The women at the helm of Women in Toys are not only making a difference in the industry as a whole, but also empowering women entrepreneurs to achieve tangible goals.
WIT provided me with unparalleled access to toy industry leaders and terrific opportunities for networking.
It provides mentorship, guidance and support to all toy industry professionals, whether just breaking into toys, or those with decades of experience.
It was a really awesome event and an amazing opportunity for talented inventors to connect. The work WIT does is very meaningful, and there is no better opportunity for entrepreneurial, innovative women in toys than to become involved with WIT.
I am an industry veteran, and this event is so much more than networking. I met some of the most inspirational people whose thoughts and experiences created new ideas and solutions for thoughts I’ve had on the back burner.
This venue afforded me the opportunity to meet with so many different cutting-edge companies. I would never have been able to single-handedly do this myself in a million years! I appreciate all the support WIT has given me to boost my product to new heights. Thank you!
It's a wonderful way to meet fellow entrepreneurs, get industry experts' advice and buyer feedback. To have one-to-one moments with so many experts in one day is just extremely helpful for my business.
I learned so much and have a new plan and direction. I’m very grateful to WIT!
In one single day, entrepreneurs have an opportunity that would take years to gain access to otherwise. The event truly is "empowering" for women on so may levels. Thank you!
Unwind, mix & mingle over delicious food, drinks, and great networking with other Empowerment Day participants and Fall Toy Preview attendees and exhibitors. Takes place immediately after Empowerment Day, and open to all – WIT members and non-members. Purchase tickets in advance and save.
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WIT Learn the Ropes Webinars are generously sponsored by the Nancy Zwiers Empowerment Fund.
Knowledge is power! Join thought leaders to learn about timely topics in the toy, licensing and entertainment industries. Get important insights, best practices, and tips for success. These interactive webinars offer you the chance to ask questions and connect with our expert hosts. Join live or view archived webinars at your leisure.
All live webinars are recorded and available to members at any time in the Learn the Ropes Webinar Archives. You must be logged in and a current WIT member to access the archives.
Recorded on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Julio Terra – Director of Design & Technology Outreach, Kickstarter
Julie Kerwin – CEO, IAmElemental
Best practices for crafting a great Kickstarter campaign, strategies for community outreach and engagement.
Recorded on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Deb de Sherbinin – Principal, Perk Consulting
Nancy Zwiers – CMO, Spin Master
Learn how WIT Empowerment Day will help take your product and your business to the next level. Join Empowerment Co-Chairs Nancy Zwiers and Deb de Sherbinin to get critical insider tips and advice on what to expect and how to prepare to make the most of your Empowerment Day experience.
Recorded on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Rita Street – Executive Producer and Indie Development Artist at Radar Cartoons, LLC.
Rita Street has done what some say is impossible; she’s turned a doll design, a multi-player game and soon, a vinyl toy concept, into TV shows. This busy executive producer and development artist has sold 16 shows in the last ten years, five of which have made it out of development and into production. Her secret? Listening to buyers’ one request—give me a unique hero that kids want to be like or have as their best friend.
Watch this WIT Learn the Ropes Webinar and get the inside scoop on Rita’s development system including:
Recorded on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt – Founder, MNS Creative
Kelli Coucheé – Account Director, UBM Global Licensing Group
Learn about Michelle Nelson-Schmidt’s (founder of MNS Creative) journey to developing a successful licensing program. We’ll explore each step of her journey, from her brand’s debut at Licensing Expo and her first licensing deal, to her full-blown licensing program that now extends to products on Walmart shelves. Kelli Coucheé, Account Director with UBM’s Global Licensing Group, will offer insight into Licensing Expo, how she helps emerging brands launch their own licensing programs, and how you can benefit from attending or exhibiting at Licensing Expo.
Recorded on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Kristen McLean – Director, New Business Development, Nielsen Book | Entertainment
Baby Boomer Generation they are replacing which has implications for the choices they are making for their children on everything from clothing and toys, to digital content and even what they eat for dinner. Come join Nielsen Book’s Director of New Business Development and resident Children’s expert, Kristen McLean, as she shares highlights from Nielsen’s recent Global Millennial research, draws a picture of the key drivers for this generation, and helps WIT members connect the dots so they can optimize their strategies for connecting with this increasingly important consumer group.
Recorded on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Ashley Mady, WIT President
Mary Kay Russell, WIT Executive Director
Deb de Sherbinin, Empowerment Co-Chair
Amy Good, WIT Staff
Peg Prom, WIT Staff
WIT members around the globe are invited to join us for our Annual Membership Meeting webinar. You’ll meet the WIT Staff and hear from Board Members about new programs and initiatives, and how you can get more involved in WIT.
Recorded on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Karen Kilpatrick, Vice President of JazWings, Jazwares
Luis Ramos, Associate Counsel of JazWings, Jazwares
Evelyn Fornell, Digital Marketing Specialist of JazWings, Jazwares
Calling all creators, innovators and inventors! Join us for this exciting webinar and learn about an incredible opportunity to partner with global toy and entertainment company, Jazwares, and their incubation arm, JazWings, to launch or build your brand. Meet Vice President, Karen Kilpatrick, and find out about JazWings’ team of passionate industry professionals who support independent creators, and its supportive community of creators, innovators, inventors, and fans who want to have a say in “the next big thing.” Learn how JazWings helps launch and grow new or young brands, from crowdfunding through manufacturing, distribution, content creation and retail placement.
Recorded on September 20, 2016
Ashly Sands, Esq. – Epstein Drangel LLP
Kimberly Klibert, Esq. – Epstein Drangel LLP
Protecting Playtime. An interactive webinar with two attorneys who develop and implement Intellectual Property protection and enforcement strategies for everything inside the toy box, outside the toy box, and for the toy box itself.
Recorded on August 24, 2016
Lisa Shamus – Executive VP of Commonwealth Toy, and CEO, Lisa Shamus and Associates
Kelli Couchee – Account Director, UBM for Licensing Expo and Brand Licensing Europe
The licensing business has changed dramatically over the years, and consumers and manufacturers are much more brand conscious than ever before. Tune in and get professional insights and knowledge on the basics of obtaining a license to use for your product, and to understand how a license agreement works for your product or invention.
Recorded on June 16, 2016
Deb de Sherbinin and Nancy Zwiers – Empowerment Day Co-Chairs
Recorded on January 20, 2016
Nancy Zwiers – CMO, Spin Master
Recorded on October 21, 2015
Stacie Speaker – Stacie Speaker Coaching, Founder
There are many opportunities to do live presentations to internal teams, to clients, or to buyers for your product line. Being in front of a room or even thinking about it can cause unsettling feelings of worry, nervousness and fear or it can even create negative thoughts. Special Guest, Founder of Stacie Speaker Coaching, Stacie Speaker will share 5 must have skills to be a dynamic presenter. Join us to learn how to engage an audience in your next presentation.
Recorded on March 18, 2015
Nancy Zwiers -Founder and CEO, Funosophy, Inc.,
Marty Brochstein – Senior Vice President Industry Relations and Information, LIMA,
Traveling to another city? Tell us where you’re going and we’ll connect you to WIT members worldwide for a coffee, a meal, or just a chance to see a friendly face. The WIT Concierge Service is a members-only benefit, so you will be prompted to log in to your WIT account to submit the Concierge Service form.
Let WIT connect you with expert industry speakers on a wide variety of topics in toys, licensing and entertainment.
Are you an expert speaker in one or more of the topics above? Apply to be a featured in our Speakers’ Bureau.